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"The Understanding and Resonance of East Asia"- The Memorial Service for Havard University Professor Ezra F. Vogel hold at Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Text source:Release date:2021.01.11Times of browsing:

On January 15, 2021, under the initiative of Professor Weidong Ji, Mr. Shi Wang and other professors, the memorial service for Professor Vogel of Harvard University was held in the Law Building of Shanghai Jiaotong University, Xuhui Campus with the co-operation of the Feishu Online Conference System. The memorial service was hosted by the Center for Japanese Studies of Shanghai Jiaotong University. The co-organizers include the Organization of Humanity Cooperation of the Asian Community of Japan, the Japanese International Cultural Center, the Chinese Institute for Socio-Legal Studies, the Harvard University U.S.-Japan Relations Program, the Back to the Future Studio, the Lan Shi Research Association, so on and other Sino-Japanese research and exchange institutions. Professor Steven Vogel the son of Professor Ezra F. Vogel, and Professor Michael Szonyi the current director of the Harvard University Fairbank Center, also attended and delivered their speeches. There were about 50 attendees at the venue, around 70 registered online attendees, and nearly 150 unregistered online viewers who watched the live broadcasting. In total, there were about 270 offline and online attendees.

On December 20, 2020, Professor Vogel, a well-known expert in research topics on China, Japan, and East Asia had passed away, and lead to an immediate response and discussion from relevant countries. He was the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard, and former director of the Fairbank Center. He was considered the only scholar in the United States who is expert in both China and Japan studies. He devoted his life to the study of East Asian issues, not only having a high reputation in Japan, but also one of the most influential experts on Chinese issues in the United States, and gaining the reputation of "Mr. China" at Harvard University. His works of representation include "Japan's New Middle Class", "Japan as No. 1", "One Step Ahead in China: Guangdong under Reform", "Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China", "China and Japan: Facing History" and others. Many Chinese remembered that he had published an open letter with hundreds of experts and scholars in the United States before his decease, opposing the hostile foreign policy of the United States with China, and also that he emphasized the importance of co-operation between China and Japan based on the history of 1500 years of diplomatic relation.

At the Memorial Service

In fact, Professor Vogel also had many co operations and connection with Shanghai and Jiaotong University, which gave the commemorative seminar more or less a touch of emotion. The memorial service held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University had the themed "East Asian Understanding and Resonance". Famous experts and scholars from China, Japan, and the United States were invited together in remembrance of the legendary life of Professor Vogel and his great contributions to China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.

The opening ceremony of the service was hosted by Weidong Ji, a senior professor of liberal arts at Shanghai Jiaotong University and also the director of the Center for Japanese Studies. He first briefed the purpose of this commemorative seminar, and then invited Cheng Zhou the deputy secretary of the Party Committee of Shanghai Jiaotong University, the representative of Yasuo Fukuda who is the former Japanese Prime Minister, Yonghua Cheng the former Chinese ambassador of Japan, and Professor Michael Szonyi the director of the Harvard Fairbank Center, Cheng Li the Director of the John Thornton China Center of the Brookings Institution, Yawei Liu the Senior Advisor of Chinese Affairs at the USA Carter Center, Shi Wang the Founder and Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wanke Association, and Son of Professor Vogel who is the Chair of the Political Economy Program, the Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, Steven Vogel delivered their speeches.