April 5, 2021
12:00 pm EST
The Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy
featuring Mark Katz, John P. Barker Distinguished Professor of Music and Director of Graduate Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of Build: The Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy in a Divided World and featuring performers from different countries. Special thanks to Adam Clayton Powell III, Director of Washington Programs, USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, for organizing this session.
USC April mid-month Public Diplomacy Forum:
Friday, April 15, 2021
12:00 pm EST
Radio Free Asia and its critical role in the Asia-Pacific Region
The Public Diplomacy Association of America (PDAA), in collaboration with the Public Diplomacy Council (PDC) and the USC Public Diplomacy Forum, is pleased to invite you to a program on Radio Free Asia and its critical role in the Asia-Pacific Region, with Bay Fang, President of Radio Free Asia. The virtual program will take place on Thursday, April 15, at 12:00 noon EDT.
As President of RFA, Bay Fang overseas award-winning journalism with the mission of bringing a free press to closed societies in Asia. A former Beijing bureau chief for US News and World Report who also covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, she has the added perspective of having served in government during the Obama Administration as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for press and public diplomacy. Ms.Fang earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, was a visiting fellow at Oxford University, and was a Fulbright scholar in Hong Kong. She trained as a French chef at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and holds a brown belt in kung fu.
This program will take place at a critical time in East Asia. The Burmese military ended democracy in Burma with a coup and arrest of democratically-elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, followed by violent reprisals against pro-democracy demonstrators. China has arrested democracy activists and curtailed democratic rights in Hong Kong, effectively ending the “one country, two systems” approach agreed to before Britain’s 1999 turnover of Hong Kong to China. China has moved to assert its economic and military might in the region and beyond and is brutally repressing its Uighur population in Xinjiang. Ms.Fang will address how these and other issues have informed RFA’s broadcasting to and about the region. There will be time for discussion following her presentation.
Please respond to Judy Kang at email@example.com if you wish to attend in order to receive the Zoom link. We look forward to seeing you at this important program.