28 Nov. 2008 – ACO Conference: “Paradoxal China: Western Perceptions, Eastern Realities?”
On Friday 28 November 2008 ACO organized a one-day conference in Groningen. The conference consisted of a conference introduction, two keynote-speeches and multiple panel discussions. The event was attended by more than one hundred people from NGOS, the government, business and academic sector alike. Beneath we have listed all speeches and panel discussions, including a multitude of the held presentations.
Keynote-speech Education and Research in China and the Dutch Scientific Community’s Response by Mr. Dirk Jan van den Berg, President Technical University Delft & former Dutch Ambassador to China
Keynote-speech Chinese Investments in The Netherlands: Why China is Attracted to The Netherlands by Mr. Roy Ho Ten Soeng, Chair of the Dutch-China Association (VNC) and Mayor of Medemblik
Conference Introduction China and the West: What We See is What We Want to See by Prof. Peter Ho, Director of the Centre for Development Studies, University of Groningen and Chair ACO
Panel: China’s Science and Education: Collaborator or Competitor?
Chair: Dr. Dirk-Jan van den Berg, President Technical University Delft & former Dutch Ambassador to China
Organizer: Charlotte van Hees, senior officer, VSNU
- S&T Developments in China: Prospects for Bilateral Cooperation in Research Bob Su, Professor of Spatial Hydrology and Water Resources Management, International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)
- The Importance of Coordination at the National and European Level Dr. Max Spoor, Associate Professor, ISS; member China Committee Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW)
- The Culture of Teaching and Learning in China and Netherlands: A Comparison Wu Wei and/or Henk Frencken, resp. PhD candidate and educational advisor, ICLON, graduate school of teaching, Leiden University
Panel: Rethinking China’s History: From Mao and Red Guards to Tian’anmen
Chair: Prof. Stefan Landsberger, Amsterdam University
Discussants: Floris-Jan van Luyn and Aernout Bouwman
Organizer: Dr. Leo Douw, Senior Lecturer, Amsterdam University
- China’s Time-lag in Economic Development Prof. Barend ter Haar, Leiden University
- Confucianism and Civil Society Dr. Leo Douw, Amsterdam University
- The Politics of Remembering and Forgetting in Contemporary China
- Prof. Tak-wing Ngo, Erasmus University
Panel: Organizing Your Business: China Low Cost Producer or Source of Knowledge?
Chair: Prof. Koos Krabbendam, Professor of Operations Management, University of Twente (presentation)
Organizer: Prof. Koos Krabbendam, Professor of Operations Management, University of Twente
- Innovation Systems & Knowledge Transfers in Global Production Networks: The Chinese Case Prof. Bert van der Knaap, Professor of Economic Geography, Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Managing the Supply Chain with China Dr. Yujian Fan, China Sourcing Leader, Power Packer
- Managing and Implementation of Enterpise Systems in China Dr. Nel Wognum, Senior researcher Management Studies, Wageningen University
Panel: Human Rights and Good Governance in China: Our Values, Chinese Values?
Chair: Gerard Steeghs, Minister Plenipotentiary, Dutch Royal Embassy, Beijing Organizer: Prof. Peter Ho, Groningen University
- China’s Human Rights and Good Governance: Implications for Foreign Policy Adriaan Palm, Head Section East-Asia, DAO, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Do International Media and NGOs Cover Modern China Correctly? Willem Offenberg, filmmaker/journalist, FEM Business and NRC Handelsblad, former Editor-in-Chief Amnesty International (Dutch Section)
- The Role of Human Rights in China’s Building of the Rule of Law Dr. Li Yuwen, Associate Professor, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, Utrecht University
- Governance of Technology and Science in China’s Society: A Clash of Participation versus Authoritarianism? Dr. Sjaak Swart, associate professor, Science and Society Group, University of Groningen
- China’s Civil Society, NGOs and Social Movements: Signs of Democratization? Prof. Peter Ho, professor and director, CDS, Groningen University
Panel: China’s Politics: Post-1989 Perceptions and Impact on Sino-Western Relations
Chair: Dr. Frans-Paul v.d Putten, Institute Clingendael
Organizer: Dr. Frans-Paul v.d Putten, Institute Clingendael
- China’s Rise: The Reaction in Europe and the US, Different Perceptions and Attitudes Jan-Willem Blankert, Director-General External Relations European Commission
- David Fouquet, Director The Asia Europe Project Information Service
- Ingrid d’Hooghe, Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute
- Perception in the West of Chinese Political System after 1989 Boi Boi Huong, Journalist/Sinologist
Panel: China’s Impact on Africa: New Imperialist, Donor or Partner?
Chair: Prof. Meine Pieter van Dijk, ISS
Organizer: Prof. Meine Pieter van Dijk, ISS
- Development Studies: Asia and Africa how do they Interact Dr. Pieter Boele van Hensbroek, Senior Lecturer, CDS, Groningen University
- Chinese in Zambia: Illustrating Contradictions Chinese Dr. Jan Kees van Donge, Senior Lecturer Africa Studies Centre, Leiden University, and Coordinator NWO Program Africa-Asia
- China’s Influence on Corporate Security and Social Ssupport in Africa Egbert Wesselink, senior advisor, IKV Pax Christi/ECOS
- China’s Destabilizing Impact on Sudan? Oil and Security Prof. Meine Pieter van Dijk, Institute for Social Studies, The Hague
- China in Africa Andrew M. Fischer, Lecturer in Population and Social Policy, Institute for Social Studies, The Hague
Panel: Chinese Investments in The Netherlands: Is China Taking over?
Chair: Prof. Haico Ebbers, University Nyenrode
Organizer: Prof. Haico Ebbers, University Nyenrode
- A Framework to Explain Chinese FDI Outflow: CIC and Sovereign Wealth Fund Prof. Haico Ebbers, Director China Centre, Universiteit Nyenrode
- Chinese Companies: Examples of Strategies, Success and Failures Dr. Jianhong Zhang, Senior researcher, Universiteit Nyenrode
- Culture as an Explanandum of Chinese companies: Are Chinese managers capable to survive in mature markets? Fons Lamboo, Director of China Link
- Western images on integration and public functions of the Dutch Chinese society and their reality Roy Ho ten Soeng, Chairman VNC or Boudewijn Poldermans, Director
Panel: Needles, Mushrooms and Dried Animals: Chinese traditional medicine versus Western knowledge
Chair: Professor Dr. Oliver Kayser, Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Groningen
Organizer: Prof. Henk Kauffman, University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG). (presentation).
Discussant: Dr. Sicco van der Heide, Biochemist; Laboratory of Allergy and Lung Diseases, Laboratory Centre, Groningen
- Introduction to the Panel Professor Dr. Oliver Kayser Dr. Mei Wang, Senior Researcher TNO, SU BioMedicine
- Chinese medicine, a source of inspiration for drug development? Pharmacognosy and TCM Prof.Dr. Rob Verpoorte, Senior researcher, Dept Pharmacognosy, Section Metabolomics
- Facts and fictions around TCM Zhu Y.P. TCM, Hwa To Centre for Chinese Medicine, Groningen
Other participants: Cees van der Gondel (Chief Scientific Officer, Leiden University, Inst Biology); Paul van der Logt (Principal Scientist Unilever Research); Mw Marja Pronk (Health Care Consultant and Allergene Registration).
Panel: Media after the Olympics: The Chinese King Kong under control?
Chair: Yiu Fai Chow, Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam
Organizer: Dr. Jeroen de Kloet, Amsterdam University
- Medals, Media and King Kong – Spectacle in the Age of Globalization Dr. Jeroen de Kloet, Assistant Professor Mediastudies, University of Amsterdam
- Reporting the Olympics – Reflections of a Journalist Sigrid Deters, Journalist Wereldomroep
- What’s in a flame? Mediation of the Olympic Torch Relay Wei Liu, PhD student Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam
- More than a Smile? Olympic Volunteers as the New Model Citizens Gladys Pak Lei Chong, PhD student Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam