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My Country, My Hopes

  • Thursday, February 21, 2013
    4 PM ET
  • Radcliffe Gymnasium
    10 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
Speech by Anson Chan
Photo by Tony Rinaldo

Anson Chan, former Chief Secretary for Administration, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, will deliver this year's Rama S. Mehta Lecture.

Introduction by William Kirby, T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies, Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration, Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and Chairman of the Harvard China Fund.

In just 30 years, China has morphed from "factory of the world" to global superpower, spreading investment and influence throughout the developing world. Drawing on more than 40 years of distinguished public service, Anson Chan will analyze the opportunities and challenges for the United States–China relationship and share her hopes and concerns for her country’s future. The lecture will include her assessment of the status of women in China—past, present, and future—highlighting the challenges facing women in achieving gender equality. She will also explore Hong Kong’s crucial role in shaping development on the Chinese mainland and promoting constructive engagement and understanding between China and the West.

The Rama S. Mehta Lecture at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study was established by the late John Kenneth Galbraith and Catherine Atwater Galbraith in memory of Rama S. Mehta, who died in 1978. The purpose of this lectureship is to invite to Radcliffe and Harvard a distinguished woman in public affairs, the sciences, or the arts who has a deep understanding of the problems of women in developing countries.

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Speech by Anson Chan

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