Editor: Jane Leung Larson
University of California Hastings School Law Chancellor and Dean Frank H. Wu was named the most influential dean in legal education and the third most influential person in legal education by The National Jurist magazine. The honor is based on the ratings of 350 legal educators and was given to Wu because of his “bold plan to reboot legal education.”
Last year, in
response to the worsening job market for new lawyers, Wu cut enrollment at his
law school by 20 percent. Wu also plans to offer online legal courses and
create a one-year legal masters program for students who do not intend to
become lawyers. “Wu has never been one to swim with the tide, and it’s
something he’s proud of,” writes The National Jurist. Wu adds,
“I ride a motorcycle to school. I’m willing to take calculated
risks—riding a motorcycle is a risky proposition and running a law school in
today’s environment is no different. . . You just have to wear a helmet.”
China Business News (CBN) broadcast a feature about U.S.-China relations and the role of Chinese Americans in the 2012 election on October 31 with comments from C-100 Chairman Dominic Ng (left), Kaye Scholer partner Alice Young, and Executive Director Angie Tang. Ng urged political candidates to refrain from China-bashing in the presidential election campaigns. He also emphasized the Committee of 100’s dual role of increasing Chinese American influence in American society and fostering collaboration between the U.S. and China.
Tan Dun’s updated version of the classical Suzhou-style kunqu opera, The Peony Pavilion, was performed from November 30 to December 2 at the Astor Court Chinese garden in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The five performances (sold out) and the November 30 live-streamed program were sponsored by the Met and the US-China Cultural Institute.
Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy features 40 works of classical calligraphy collected by Jerry Yang on view at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum until January 13. Yang told San Francisco Weekly : “The goal of these 40 works is to provide audiences a sample and taste of major calligraphers from the Yuan to the Qing dynasties, but also vary them in style, script, and focus on the personalities of the artists.” Although Yang has less than fond memories of studying calligraphy as a child in Taiwan, the Los Angeles Times reports that “Yang willingly sits down and practices calligraphy at home, and he enjoys trying to copy the masters. ‘I certainly feel there is a sense of calm and almost a meditation that's involved,’ he says. ‘And if you understand the language, there's a sense of ingraining the words in your head.’ He feels so strongly about the benefits of calligraphy that, he admits, ‘Now I'm trying to force my kids to do it.’”