Hwang Minwoong

Hwang Minwoong

Bai Xian Alumna, 2020 cohort
Peking University


Eric credits his Summer Program experience with expanding his outlook on his potential role as an advocate for East Asian values in the fields of technology and AI. Watch his video to hear more about his reflections on the Summer Program, and his advice for future BX Scholars! 

Ambassador Kenichi Okada Joins BXAI’s Advisory Council

We are pleased to welcome the newest member of the BXAI Advisory Council, Mr. Kenichi Okada, to the BXAI family. Mr. Okada has served as Consul-General of Japan in Hong Kong since September 2021, and brings with him a wealth of experience in international diplomacy, having previously served as Consul-General of Japan in Chicago and Shanghai, and worked at the Embassies of Japan in China, the U.S., and the Republic of Korea. We look forward to partnering with him in our shared mission to raise up future leaders and promote peace and regional collaboration in Asia through the AFLSP.

TIME Magazine’s TIME100 Leadership Series - Mr. Tadashi Yanai

Mr. Tadashi Yanai, founder of Uniqlo and member of BXAI’s Advisory Council, was recently featured in TIME Magazine’s TIME100 Leadership Series, which spotlights the world’s most influential leaders of the year. The article engages Mr. Yanai in an in-depth conversation about his counter-cultural leadership style, his journey to success, and his bold vision and hopes for Japan’s economy and future as a global leader.

Learn more about his inspiring story here.

He Mengshi

HE Mengshi

Bai Xian Alumna, 2015 cohort
The University of Tokyo


“Before participating in the 2016 Summer Program at Waseda, I could never imagine that I may start my own company right after graduating,” recalled Bai Xian Alumna from the 2015 cohort, He Mengshi, during our recent meetup with her in Hong Kong. Watch her video to learn more about how the AFLSP ignited her entrepreneurial drive, her experience participating in the Alumni Initiative Award, and the role intercultural awareness plays in her daily life as a foreigner living in Japan.



Bai Xian Alumna, 2017 cohort
Zhejiang University


Artyom (Arty) had his first taste of studying and living abroad during his undergraduate years, when he participated in an exchange program to the US.  His experience led him to believe that cultural immersion provides valuable opportunities to learn and grow, and prompted him to move to Mainland China soon after his university graduation.  There, he taught English for nearly five years before pursuing his master’s degree at Zhejiang University with support from the AFLSP.

An entrepreneur, leader, and founder of multiple organizations, Arty, who has remained in China since completing his studies in 2019, credits the AFLSP for shaping much of his personal and professional journey.  “The skills and takeaways I acquired from the AFLSP have been invaluable to me.  I learned the importance of building relationships, being culturally aware, and expressing myself clearly and effectively – all of which have proved to be critical in the process of launching and growing my companies, especially as a foreigner in China,” he says, referring to his founding of an online education platform that bridges communities and individuals; and his newly launched Web 3.0 platform, which aims to create an immersive XR community by inviting users to build their own ecosystems and interact with one another.

As a Bai Xian Alumnus, Arty remains actively engaged within the Bai Xian community.  In addition to staying in touch with other BX Alumni through social media, he has also served as a mentor under the new Bai Xian Peer Mentoring Program, as well as a moderator for alumni sharing sessions.  “Bai Xian is a family, not a scholarship.  Being a BX Scholar is an identity, not a title,” says Arty.  “By connecting with like-minded individuals, sharing experiences, and fostering and maintaining friendships, we can empower one another as future leaders and truly make a positive impact in Asia and the world.”

Risa Sone


Bai Xian Alumna, 2018 cohort
Peking University


Having worked abroad in India for nearly three years, Risa Sone, Bai Xian Alumna from the 2018 cohort, shares with us on how her perspectives have changed, the value of intercultural awareness, and her plans for the future.

BXAI Summer Program 2023 Draws to a Close in Tokyo

(Hong Kong, August 28, 2023) The Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI) Summer Program (SP) 2023 took place in Tokyo in partnership with Waseda University from August 4 to 18.  It was the first SP to be hosted in person since 2019.  A key component of the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program, the annual SP is held every August and gathers current Bai Xian (BX) Scholars on one university campus for a fun and enriching experience designed to broaden perspectives, foster community, and extend learning beyond the classroom.  Due to travel restrictions and health concerns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SP had been held virtually over the past three years.


This summer, 68 BX Scholars and Alumni from BXAI’s Partner Universities across East Asia gathered together to explore the theme “Transformation of Globalization,” examining how globalization has shifted and evolved over the past few years against a backdrop of an ever-changing global landscape.  Through a series of panel discussions, personal development workshops, excursions, and community-building activities, participants had valuable opportunities to hear from leaders and experts from various fields, dive into important topics, form new friendships, and experience the rich culture and heritage of Japan.


On July 21, a pre-program orientation session was held online to offer participants a preview of the upcoming SP and a chance to begin building connections with one another ahead of their arrival in Tokyo.  The program officially kicked off on August 4 with an opening session that featured welcome remarks by Prof. Aiji Tanaka, President of Waseda University; Prof. Katsuichi Uchida, President of BXAI; and Ms. Ronna Chao, CEO of BXAI; who introduced this year’s theme and encouraged scholars to stay open-minded and curious throughout the two-week program.  The first day also included a panel discussion on East Asia, with guest speakers delving into a variety of issues impacting East Asia, such as societal aging and finding balance between a “we” and “me” society.  This was followed by a unique team building activity in the form of a chanbara battle that tested participants’ teamwork skills, resilience, and determination while facilitating the forming of new friendships.


Participants then spent three days in Nikko, a scenic city located north of Tokyo, where they enjoyed a taste of Japan’s history, culture, and natural beauty through visits to iconic sites such as the Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Falls, Edo Wonderland, and the bamboo forest at Wakayama Farm.

After returning to Tokyo, participants began the academic portion of the SP with a series of lectures and seminars that explored topics in relation to the theme of “Transformation of Globalization.”  Led by Waseda University professors and speakers from leading universities, the sessions covered areas such as global value chains, sustainable development, and the impact of AI and digital technology.  The academic sessions were interspersed with various personal development workshops that focused on self-awareness, public speaking, leadership, and self-branding, all of which aimed to equip scholars with important skills for their current academic life and future careers.  The end of the first week concluded with a “Dialogue with Entrepreneurs” session and BXAI’s first-ever SP alumni evening, during which participants connected with members of the Tokyo alumni chapter over dinner and had a chance to hear BX Alumni share about their respective projects and work experiences.


The second week began with “Travel with Me,” a cultural activity where scholars were divided into teams and assigned a district within Tokyo to visit together.  As they tackled challenges, shared experiences, and created a travel video together, student teams took full advantage of this time to explore the city, bond, and make lasting memories with each other.  A visit to the Honjo Life Safety Learning Center capped off the SP’s lineup of excursions, with scholars learning about disaster preparedness and its important role in the life of residents in Japan.

Towards the end of the SP, participants prepared for and delivered their final presentations – the culmination of their SP learning and experiences – before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Reflecting on the theme, “Transformation of Globalization: Envisioning the Future of East Asia,” nine groups of participants examined topics such as the implications of digital technologies and AI on society and life, the importance of cross-cultural understanding and inclusivity, and regional dynamics and collaboration. The winning teams, Groups B and F, presented on “Deconstructing Asian Racial Stereotypes: Unveiling Biases and Cultivating Cross-Cultural Understanding in AI Models” and “Tackling Global Health Issues – Direction of Adenoid Facies by AI” respectively.


The final two days of the SP included signature events such as the fireside chat, keynote lecture, closing ceremony, and gala dinner. As usual, the fireside chat featured members of BXAI’s leadership: Mr. Ronald Chao, Honorary Chairman of BXAI; Ms. Laura Cozijnsen, member of BXAI’s Communication and Development Committee, and Mr. Tanaka Tatsuo, Chairman of BXAI (Japan); who shared about their personal experiences and views on building connections, talent mobility, post-COVID communication, and regional and cross-generational cooperation. The keynote lecture on the last day was given by returning speaker, Mr. Jason Lai, who led an engaging, experiential session on leadership with support from a live orchestra. Participants had an opportunity to consider leadership from a fresh perspective, with a few being invited to try their hand at conducting an orchestra to experiencing the power of authentic leadership and teamwork first-hand. The closing ceremony took place in the afternoon, with Mr. James Kondo, Chairman of the International House of Japan, delivering an inspiring keynote speech that highlighted the importance of trust when collaborating with individuals from different sectors. An award ceremony for the Best Presentation Awards and SP certificates followed, as well as the handover ceremony, where Mr. Gemma Masahiko, Vice President for International Affairs at Waseda University, passed the BXAI calligraphy book to Prof. Zhang Ansheng, Vice President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, to symbolize the passing of the baton to next year’s SP host.


The SP 2023 officially drew to a close with a memorable gala dinner, where scholars, alumni, BX friends, and staff gathered together to celebrate the successful completion of the eighth BXAI Summer Program, as well as the new friendships, experiences, and memories formed over the past two weeks. The evening also featured multiple captivating performances by talented scholars. In her closing remarks, Ms. Ronna Chao congratulated participants on their engagement, teamwork, and enthusiasm, while inviting them to reflect on their takeaways from the SP. “What have you learned about yourself, your community, and the world beyond? How have you been challenged? How have your perspectives changed? How can you apply all that new-found knowledge to your school, work, and personal life?” she said. “As you move on from here and consider your place in a world that has shifted and evolved dramatically, I urge you to hold fast to the values you all share as BX Scholars and Alumni. Stay motivated, and continue to grow and equip yourselves to make a difference in a global community that is desperate for unity and a restoration of kindness, compassion, and respect. We eagerly look forward to seeing the positive impact you will make as future leaders in Asia and beyond!”

BXAIJ New Year's Party 2023

In January, Bai Xian Asia Institute (Japan) Inc.’s annual New Year’s party made a triumphant return with over a hundred Bai Xian Scholars, Alumni, and friends gathering in Tokyo to welcome 2023 together.  After a three-year hiatus, members and friends of the BX community cherished the opportunity to celebrate and connect with one another while looking ahead towards a post-pandemic era with hope and anticipation.

Thank you, BXAIJ President, Mr. Tanaka; BXAIJ Vice President, Mr. Horikoshi; and our CEO, Ms. Ronna Chao; for your words of wisdom, support, and encouragement, and special thanks goes to BXAIJ for making this event possible.  We wish everyone a fruitful and fulfilling new year!


Misato Nagakawa 

Misato’s study abroad experiences through the AFLSP fueled her passion for peacebuilding and equipped her well for a future dedicated to promoting peace and dialogue between East Asian nations.

With a mission of “creating a society where East Asia’s next generation will not regard its fellow nations and people as ‘geographically close but psychologically far’,” Misato has always been a peacebuilder at heart. Her lifelong passion for promoting reconciliation and mutual understanding within East Asia naturally led her to the AFLSP, which supported her master’s degree studies through the CAMPUS Asia Program at the University of Tokyo – a double degree program that offered her an opportunity to study abroad at both Seoul National University and Peking University.

 “In addition to providing me with the chance to live abroad and expand my perspectives, the AFLSP served as an amazing springboard to pursue my mission of cultivating peace and harmony amongst the people of East Asia,” says Misato. Reflecting back on some of her study abroad highlights, Misato recalls being the only foreign intern at the Korea National Commission for UNESCO: “It was a valuable experience for me because being a minority helped me see and experience things from the other side, giving me a whole new perspective,” she says. During her time in China, an opportunity to visit comfort woman opened her eyes to the importance of peacebuilding and the impact the next generation can make. “The daughter of a comfort woman expressed her desire to pass the peace to the next generation, just like a mother passes love to her own child,” Misato says. “It was so simple, but powerful, and was a life-changing moment for me because I realized that peace can start from simple things, and that I just need to keep pushing for what I believe in. I am so grateful to the Bai Xian community for empowering me to follow my passion and create a path for myself.”

Today, Misato is a senior associate at GLOBIS University and a part-time lecturer at Musashi University, where she hopes to inspire the younger generation to champion peace and effect change. She is also a director at Wake Up Japan, a non-profit organization that promotes social justice through educational programs, activism, and content sharing. In 2020, she launched the Peace Ambassador Project in East Asia under Wake Up Japan, organizing monthly dialogue sessions and field trips to bring up grassroots peace ambassadors within East Asia. As a Bai Xian Alumna, Misato remains engaged with the Bai Xian community and was, along with her alumni teammates, one of the recent winners of the Bai Xian Project Award for their proposal to publish a book comprising articles on East Asian topics written by young professionals, with the aim of promoting mutual understanding across cultures, professions, and perspectives. “Thanks to the AFLSP and my work experience, I have learned that differences in opinion need not lead to conflict, but can be harnessed to power social change for a more peaceful society. Through education and exchange, I hope to reach people of all backgrounds and stimulate constructive dialogues that transcend differences.”


Lalita Phatthanachaisuksiri

Bai Xian Scholar from Thailand, 2020 Cohort
Candidate for master’s degree in environmental management
Kyoto University

“What struck me the most was how eager students from the BX community and my graduate school were to help and support each other during this extended virtual study period amidst the global pandemic. We shared information and news related to our classes, and whenever someone had a question, a fellow student would always be there to help. I especially enjoyed our AFLSP monthly seminars, where Kyoto University students would take part in discussions and exchange thoughts, knowledge, and stories – these gatherings broadened my perspective and opened my eyes to the viewpoints of others who may be from different backgrounds.”