BYU China Conference

Speakers • Networking • Panel Session • Luncheon


March 11th, 2023, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: BYU Hinckley Center


This Year's Speakers

Dr. Renata Forste

International Vice President of BYU

Dr. Renata Forste serves as the International Vice President at Brigham Young University, responsible for overseeing Continuing Education, Performing Arts Management, and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.

Dr. Forste has served as an associate dean in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, as well as department chair of the Sociology Department. Most recently, Dr. Forste has served as the Director of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and Associate International Vice President

Dr. Yi Zhihong

Professor of Finance and Former Vice President of Renmin University

Zhihong Yi is currently a professor of finance and the academic director of the FinTech (Finance Technology) MBA program at the business school, Renmin University of China.

She once served as the Vice President for international affairs and alumni relationship development, the dean of the business school at Renmin University of China, the board member of EFMD (2012-2021), and the IAC committee member of AACSB (2012-2017). She actively participated in the founding of Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) with Yale SOM and IE Business School in 2012.


Dr. Kirk Larsen

Associate Professor of History at BYU, specializes in the history of modern China

An Associate Professor of History, Kirk W. Larsen specializes in the histories of modern Korea, modern China, and early modern and modern East Asian international relations.

He earned a Ph.D. in History at Harvard University (2000). Joining the BYU faculty in 2008, he teaches courses in Korean, Chinese, East Asian, and World History. His publications include Tradition, Treaties, and Trade: Qing Imperialism and Chosŏn Korea, 1850-1910 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2008). His next book, Pirates, Soldiers, Diplomats, Cannibals, and Other 'Savages': Historical Memories of Early Korean-American Relations (1866-1882) is forthcoming. He has published, presented, and commented on a variety of contemporary issues including East Asian foreign relations, North Korea, nationalism and elections in South Korea, and Sino-Korean relations. He has appeared on ABC, MSNBC, VOA, the Canadian Broadcast System, and Al Jazeera.


Dr. Kang Changyun

Associate Dean of China Education Innovation Institute, Beijing Normal University

Changyun Kang is a highly regarded education expert, having held numerous influential positions in academia.

He was the deputy director of the Basic Education Curriculum Research Center of Beijing Normal University, the executive deputy director of the Science Education Research Center of Beijng University, and the deputy director of the General Editorial Committee of the New Century Edition of the International Basic Education Curriculum Standards. He was the organizer and coordinator of the 8th National Basic Education Curriculum Reform, the coordinator of the National Science Quality Standard 2049 project, and the liaison of the "Doing Middle School" science education project of the Ministry of Education. He has independently undertaken a series of major national research projects.


Professor Robert Griffiths

Adjunct faculty of political science at BYU and former Consul General of the United States of America in Shanghai

Robert Griffiths is a career U.S. diplomat and is the former Counsul General of the United States of America in Shanghai.

He has served at the American Institute in Kaohsiung Taiwan, Taipei Taiwan, Shanghai China, and Beijing China. He also served as the Senior Program Advisor at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia. In Washington, D.C., he served in the Bureau of Economic and Buiness Affairs and as Deputy Director of the Southeast Asian Continental Division in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. In addition to the Department of State, he served in the Office of Asian Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and spent a year in the office of Senator Harry Reid of Nevada in the U.S. Senate working on the Pearson Project.


Conference Schedule

Time Block
9:30-10:00 AM Check in
10:05-10:20 AM Opening remarks: Dr. Renata Forste
10:20-10:50 AM More than Great Power Competition? Reflections on two centuries of Sino-American Interactions
10:50-11:20 AM The development of Financial Technology (FinTech) in China: What we have learned in the process and how it may apply to you
11:20-11:30 Break
11:30-12:00 AM Dr. Kang Changyun
12:00-12:30 PM TBA
12:30-1:00 PM Professor Robert Griffiths
1:00-1:10 PM Closing Remarks
1:00-1:50 PM Lunch + Networking
1:50-2:40 PM Panel + Open Question Time

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