October 13, 97

Vol. 13 , No. 03   

Overseas Chinese Business in the New Hong Kong

0n July 1, 1997, Hong Kong was transferred from the capitalist hands of the United Kingdom to the Communist control of China. The world, and the U.S. in particular, has been observing the transition with great interest to see the impact it has on investors in both Hong Kong and China. Sandy Wai-Yan Chau is one such investor.

Chau is a principal of Trident Investment, the investment company of the Chau family. He is also president of Pacific Construction Company, Limited, a listed company in Taiwan. Chau has extensive international business experience, having worked as a chemical engineer/project manager in Vietnam in the food processing and cement industries. He founded one of the first gate-array semiconductor companies in the U.S., Universal Semiconductor. He was also involved in several venture-capital partnerships focusing in the high-tech industries. In 1986 he relocated to Asia and has since been involved in real estate development and investment businesses. The Chau family investments are spread throughout the Pacific Rim including investments in the U.S., Taiwan, Thailand, and China. He received both his BSC in Chemical Engineering and MBA from U.C. Berkeley.

Sandy Chau's lecture is the first in the series on Hong Kong in Transition sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.

East Asian Security
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1997 12:15 p.m.

As one of the fastest growing economic regions of the world, and easily the most populated, East Asia plays a role of increasing importance in the world economy. Despite the greater attention the region receives, its security and stability remain in doubt. The tensions between North and South Korea, and China and Taiwan, coupled with the instability of Indo-China, make the region hotly discussed among security analysts.

Robert O'Neill is the Chichele Professor of the History of War and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University. After completing his studies at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, he served in Vietnam as an infantry captain in the Australian Army. Subsequently, he headed the Strategic and Defense Studies Centre at Australian National University, and, from 1982 to 1987, he directed the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. As the chairman of the governing board of the IISS, O'Neill recently participated in the Institute's 1997 Singapore Conference on "East Asian Security in the 21st Century."

O'Neill is the author of books on the German army under Hitler, the Korean war, and the Vietnam conflict. He writes and advises extensively on international security and serves on the boards of the IISS, the Imperial War Museum, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

A buffet lunch will be served at 11:4 5 a.m. Professor O'Neill will speak at 12:15 p.m. His lecture is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.

When Spending Becomes You: Pitfalls of the New Consumerism

Common sense would seem to dictate that increasing technological sophistication has led to more leisure time for Americans. Computers, cellular phones, and fax and copy machines have increased the pace of the business world, allowing work to be done more quickly and attention turned to personal fulfillment and family. Conventional wisdom also holds that the American worker is getting soft, that he is perhaps seeking too much personal fulfillment, and that the workers of the Asian tiger countries, for instance, are passing Americans in productivity.

Harvard economist, Juliet Schor, claims the contrary in her recent best-seller The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (1992). Technological advancements seem only to lead to higher expectations of the amount to be accomplished, and individuals increasingly have even less time for themselves and their loved ones. Schor also produces evidence indicating that Americans work the second highest number of hours per year in the Western World, and, in fact, the number is increasing.

Schor is working on a new book, When Spending Becomes You: Pitfalls of the New Consumerism, to be published in May 1998.

Professor Schor holds her undergraduate degree in economics from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts. She joined Harvard's faculty in 1984, where she teaches economics and is director of women's studies and senior lecturer for the committee on degrees in women's studies. Schor has served as a consultant to the United Nations and has been awarded a research fellowship at the Brookings Institution, a public-policy think tank in Washington, DC.

Professor Schor's lecture is second in the Athenaeum series Perspectives on the American Dream.

The CIA in Latin America: Fighting the Secret Wars

Many stories abound of the CIA causing rebellions in small Latin American countries, seemingly at will. Some of the stories are undoubtedly grounded in the truth and, of people who would know the truth, Donald Winters is one of the few who is willing to speak publicly about his career.

Winters has been an officer in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency since 1960, serving eight years in Washington, DC, and 23 years in various field assignments. While specifics of his Agency employment cannot be detailed, his career has been a progression of operational and managerial positions of increasing responsibility and authority. He has held senior management positions since 1975 and was promoted to the ranks of Senior Intelligence Service in 1984.

With his total of 33 years as a CIA officer, he has extensive first-hand knowledge of relations between the CIA and Congress and between U.S. and foreign intelligence organizations.

Winters graduated from Ohio State University in 1958 with a degree in international studies. He spent the following year on a Fulbright Scholarship attending the National University of Nicaragua as the only American student. He became acquainted with several of his classmates who eventually were to become prominent players in the Sandinista Movement. Following six months of graduate and Russian language studies at Georgetown University, Winters began his long career with the CIA.

Alcohol Awareness Month

Substance Abuse in Professional Athletics

It has been over 27 years since Don Newcombe has had a beer. As part of Claremont McKenna College's Alcohol Awareness Month, professional baseball legend Don Newcombe will speak on the effects that alcohol abuse had on his professional career, and the potential pitfalls that future generations of athletes face in the struggle to stay clean and sober.

Although Newcombe, Director of Community Relations for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has decided to make awareness of alcohol abuse his personal cause, he will always be remembered for his professional baseball accomplishments. Along with Dodger Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe was one of the first players to break the color barrier. Newcombe was named Rookie of the Year in 1949 and won the National League MVP in 1956, the same year he was awarded the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher with a 27-7 season-making him the only player in the history of baseball ever to receive all three honors. He threw 24 career shutouts, was a four-time All-Star, and had the privilege to pitch in three World Series. He holds the National League record for the most home runs by a pitcher and was the first rookie ever to start in the opening game of a World Series.

In 1978 Newcombe convinced owner Peter O'Malley of the need to establish an alcohol-abuse assistance program for the Dodgers. Since then, other teams around the Major Leagues have followed suit.

Please join the Athenaeum in welcoming one of baseball's pioneers and renowned humanitarians.

A Special Notice to the CMC Community

The Madrigal dinner is back! The Fifteenth Annual Madrigal Feast will again return to the Athenaeum featuring the Concert Choir of The Claremont Colleges and the medieval cuisine of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

There are two dates still open: Thursday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 9. Due to the popularity of the Madrigal, you are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Seating is on a first-come basis. The CMC community-students, faculty, and staff-will get a preferential sign-up period through October 22. After that all other Claremont Colleges students may sign up.

Use the reservation coupon to sign up and be sure to include your payment and meal card number when turning in your reservation at the Athenaeum office. If you wish to sit with a group, please turn in a list of all names and meal card numbers with your payment. We have a limited number of tables that can seat 8 or 10 people.

CMC students with meal card $10.00 per person
CMC students without meal card $13.00 per person
CMC faculty and staff (limit two tickets per person) $15.00 per person
Claremont Colleges students with meal card $12.00 per person
Claremont Colleges students without meal card $17.00 per person
Claremont Colleges faculty and staff (limit two tickets per person) $23.00 per person
Community persons $32.50 per person

Seating for each Madrigal Feast will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. and concluding around 9:00 p.m. after the concert following each meal. All guests to the feast are expected to remain for the concert.

Where you sit at the Madrigal is entirely dependent upon when your paid reservation is received. Get a group of friends to sign up to sit together so that you may all have an unforgettable time at the Fifteenth Annual Madrigal Feast at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.