The Bai Xian Peer Mentoring 2022 is Now Open for Application!

Calling all BX Scholars and fresh grads!  The all-new Bai Xian Peer Mentoring Program 2022 is now open for application!  Sign up to be a mentee for a valuable opportunity to discuss academic/career goals, broaden your perspectives, and cultivate personal growth.  A big thank you to our alumni for their eagerness to give back to the BX community by serving as peer mentors!

Application deadline extended to Dec 10, 2021

Sign up here!

For more details, visit the Bai Xian Peer Mentoring Program page.


Invited In: Film Screening and Dialogue with Director Yuyu Kitamura

The pandemic has undoubtedly created a sense of isolation for many, and it has become increasingly important for us to reexamine the concept of human connection in the 21st century and pay attention to mental health. We invite you to join us at our upcoming screening of Invited In, a short film about a teenager struggling with loneliness during the pandemic and the damaging effects of social media. Ms. Yuyu Kitamura, the film’s writer, director, and leading actress, will also be there to share about her journey of making this movie and the message she hopes to deliver.

 

Event Details:

 

Date: November 19, 2021 (Friday)

Time: 18:30 – 19:30 (HKT) / 19:30 – 20:30 (JST/KST)

Participants: Bai Xian Community

Meet our Speaker:

Yuyu Kitamura is a Japanese actress, poet and film maker who graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Raised in the international city of Hong Kong, she values the individuality and commonalities we all share as we look to explore human connection. Her experiences as an actress, working on production sets behind the camera, and in the office with development, Yuyu surrounds herself in creative environments that fuel her passion and creativity in the arts. When she is not acting or writing, you can find her cooking for people and begging them to eat it, sweating at a work out class (who doesn’t love endorphins) or hopping around the city with her film camera. 

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[Blog] Summer Program 2021 Session Recaps: Wisdom from BX Friends

During the 2021 Summer Program, scholars and alumni had the privilege of hearing from many BX friends, not only at our annual fireside chat, but also through a new series of more intimate “Coffee & Chat” sessions, where they were able to chat with some of our BX friends and learn from their personal insights and experiences.  Find out more about the key ideas shared at each session through Chan Wai’s vibrant graphic recordings below.

Fireside Chat

Moderated by BX Alumna, Eunice Kim, and featuring Honorary Chairman of BXAI, Mr. Ronald Chao; Chairman and CEO of Cornes Holdings (Overseas) Limited, Mr. Shinichiro Watari; and Head of the Philanthropy Center of J.P. Morgan in Asia, Ms. Jean Sung; this year’s fireside chat sparked meaningful discussion on our perceptions of Asian identity and today’s global challenges.

 

Coffee & Chat with BX Friends

Mr. Yutaka Aso and Ms. Laura Cozijnsen led a “Coffee & Chat” session on “Navigating Career & Life”, where they shared about their own respective journeys and answered many of our participants’ questions about passion, work, and experience.

At her “Coffee & Chat” session titled “Building Back Better”, Ms. Jean Sung encouraged scholars and alumni to take action on issues they care about to build a brighter future.


[Blog] Summer Program 2021 Session Recaps: Forging a Career Path

The 2021 Summer Program also featured career-focused sessions where Bai Xian Alumni and young entrepreneurs were invited to speak about their personal career journeys, aspirations, and experiences with SP participants.  Learn more about what was shared at each session through graphic recorder Chan Wai’s visual summaries below.

Panel Discussion: Dialogue with Social Entrepreneurs

Scholars and alumni enjoyed hearing from young social entrepreneurs Jiacai Lau, Fion Leung, and Quan Quan Nguyen (along with moderator and Bai Xian Alumnus, Artyom Tsaturyan), who explored how businesses can balance achieving profits with creating social value.  Our speakers also shared about their own career journeys and their insights on future business trends.

Career Panel: Dialogue with BX Alumni

The career panel included eight alumni speakers who shared about their career aspirations and experiences during today’s uncertain times.  The session also included breakout rooms that allowed both speakers and participants to dive deeper into more specific topics.

Group A: Misato Nagakawa and Gao Tianqi led an engaging dialogue and discussion on academia and education.  Tianqi shared about his experiences in industrial manufacturing and academia, while Misato spoke about navigating her career from IT consulting to education.   

Group B: Jimmy Gao and Pan Ning shared about working in Japan from a foreigner’s perspective.  Both spoke about their personal experiences in Japan from job hunting to the unique work culture, and also offered helpful tips to scholars interested in working abroad there.

Group C: Fumiaki Sano and Hideo Natsume spoke about their experiences in the realm of start-ups, venture capital, and entrepreneurship, specifically in China and Japan.  As both are currently working in venture capital, they also examined current VC trends as well as the challenges and opportunities of working in China as foreigners.

Group D: Joushua Cho and Risa Sone led a breakout session where they reflected on their unique career experiences as well as their thoughts on work culture, soft skills vs. hard skills, and mutual understanding in the workplace.


[Blog] Summer Program 2021 Session Recaps: Panels & Workshops

Our 2021 Summer Program included a series of panels and workshops designed to encourage in-depth exploration of important topics and foster critical soft skills for academic and professional success.  Enjoy the highlights from each session as beautifully captured by Chan Wai’s graphic recordings.

The Nature of Life is Change

If there is one thing we have learned during these difficult and uncertain times, it is that change is inevitable in life.  How, then, should we navigate and adapt to change?  Consider some of Jason Lai’s top tips from his Summer Program session.

 

Public Speaking Workshop

Our much-loved public speaking guru, Ms. Angela Cheung, returned this summer with helpful tips for SP participants on how to boost their communication skills and “be the best version” of themselves.

 

Webinar: Transformation of the Asian Landscape in the Post-COVID Era

How has the pandemic affected Asia economically, politically, and socially?  Guest speakers Ms. Bing Song, Vice President of the Berggruen Institute; Prof. Min Gyo Koo from Seoul National University; and Prof. Akihiko Tanaka, President of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies; shared their respective insights on our current landscape and how we should prepare for upcoming challenges in a post-COVID world.

 

Leadership Workshop

What does it take to be an effective leader?  Seasoned trainer and executive coach, Gary Lo, spoke to scholars and alumni about what he believes to be effective leadership, and encouraged them to equip themselves to become influential leaders that embrace curiosity, empathy, courage, and gratefulness.


Prof. Takanori Kitamura Receives the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from the Government of Japan

Congratulations to our Board Governor, Prof. Takanori Kitamura, who was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from the Government of Japan on August 4, 2021.

This order is conferred on individuals who have made outstanding achievements in international relations and promotion of Japanese culture, and recognizes Prof. Kitamura’s contributions to cultural exchange and collaboration between Japan and Hong Kong through his posts as Former Ambassador of Japan to Greece, Former Consul General of Japan to Hong Kong, and Adjunct Professor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


BXAI’s First Virtual Summer Program Draws to a Close

 

(Hong Kong, August 20, 2021)  Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI), an education organization that aims to build bridges across cultures by providing scholarships to students in Asia to study abroad at top East Asian universities, concluded its Summer Program (SP) 2021 on August 15, 2021.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s SP was held virtually from August 6 to 15, and saw the participation of 133 Bai Xian Scholars and Alumni from the 2019 and 2020 cohorts.  Although slightly adapted to accommodate an online approach, the SP remained an immersive experience designed to broaden perspectives, build community, and extend learning beyond the classroom.  Over the course of 10 days, participants delved into the theme of “Adaptation and Wellness” as they examined important post-COVID topics, participated in soft skills workshops, and enjoyed virtual cross-cultural experiences, all via a real-time, interactive online platform.  Special activities were also introduced to boost engagement, including a virtual board game that invited participants to complete daily tasks and earn points for a chance to win special prizes.

 

Prior to the commencement of the SP 2021, BXAI hosted two online pre-SP sessions to facilitate connections and interactions between SP participants.  An orientation was held on July 10, while an engaging team building session was held on July 31.  The SP officially launched on August 6 with an opening session that featured welcome remarks by BXAI CEO, Ms. Ronna Chao, who encouraged students to make the most of their time during the Summer Program by actively participating in all activities, interacting with speakers and guests, and making new friends.  President of BXAI, Prof. Uchida, followed with an introduction to this year’s Summer Program theme, “Adaptation and Wellness”, and spoke about the importance of contributing to the common good.  The morning concluded with an inspiring session titled “The Nature of Life is Change” led by returning keynote speaker and international orchestral conductor, Mr. Jason Lai.  Students then proceeded to take part in a variety of fun team building activities over the course of the afternoon.

 

The weekend kicked off with a topical webinar, “Transformation of the Asian Landscape in the Post-COVID Era”, with three guest speakers exploring changes to the Asian landscape that have, or may come about, as a result of the global pandemic, and how to focus on the future and prepare for upcoming challenges.  A series of experts-led personal development sessions followed, including a public speaking workshop, a self-awareness workshop, and a leadership workshop, each of which allowed students to harness both personal strengths and group dynamics to learn together and learn from each other.  The sessions were separated by casual lunchtime meetups named “Coffee & Chat with BX Friends”, where students had the valuable opportunity to hear from and interact with BX friends and learn from their personal insights and experiences.

 

 

The next three days were dedicated to art and wellness.  Students had an opportunity to slow down, recharge, and stimulate their creativity by participating in an origami, calligraphy, or abstract painting workshop.  Interactive “BX Podcasts” were also hosted by the BX team during lunchtimes, with students logging in to hear and share about travel stories, favorite food and music, and cultural traditions.

 

The final stretch of the SP 2021 included more panel discussions and webinars led by guest speakers, BX friends, and BX Alumni, covering interesting topics such as social entrepreneurship, higher education, and career journeys and aspirations.  In keeping with Summer Program tradition, a fireside chat with members of BXAI’s leadership was held on the second to last day of the SP, featuring Mr. Ronald Chao, Honorary Chairman of BXAI; Mr. Shinichiro Watari, Board and Executive Committee member of BXAI, and Chairman and CEO of Cornes Holdings (Overseas) Limited; and Ms. Jean Sung, Board and Executive Committee member of BXAI and Head of the Philanthropy Center, Asia at J.P. Morgan Private Bank.  Moderated by BX Alumna, Kim Eun Seo, the session was an engaging and meaningful one, with thoughtful discussion about Asian identity, global challenges, and what this all means for Asia’s future leaders.

 

On the last day of the SP, participants presented their takeaways from their 10-day learning journey in the form of group presentations.  Addressing the assigned theme, “Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic: idea presentation on solutions toward East Asian issues”, students put their collaborative and public speaking skills to work and proposed a wide range of innovative ideas aimed at building a brighter post-COVID future within East Asia.  The SP formally concluded with a closing ceremony that afternoon, where Keynote speaker, Mr. Aaron Stadlin-Robbie (founder of mental health platform, Talking Mental), shared about how he utilized his personal journey through mental health issues to raise mental health awareness, and encouraged scholars to likewise support issues they care about.  The keynote speech was followed by an uplifting guitar performance by BX Scholar, Tiara Feliza Junor, and award ceremonies for best presentation awards, SP certificates, and the social media campaign award.  BXAI CEO, Ms. Ronna Chao, closed the session with encouraging words for participating scholars and alumni.  “We have been living in very unusual times, but I strongly believe that how we think, and how we choose to think can influence our outcomes,” she said.  “In line with this year’s Summer Program theme, if each of us can channel positivity, adapt to the changing environment, and maintain our wellness, then not only can we motivate and propel ourselves in the desired direction, we can also serve as a reservoir of energy for those around us.  As future Asian leaders, you have been equipped to become agents of change and to promote peace, respect, and understanding between peoples and nations.”