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An update on past news

Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Tracking former
East-West Center

Question: What ever happened to former East-West Center presidents Victor Hao Li and Michael Oksenberg?

Answer: Both former presidents resigned for other pursuits.

Li works for the law firm of Watanabe Ing & Kawashima, where he helps U.S. companies set up operations in China. He was East-West president from 1981 through 1990.

Li and former Gov. George Ariyoshi make up the Asia Pacific Consulting Group of the law firm.

After serving as president from 1992 to 1995, Oksenberg returned to academic life, and serves as a senior fellow with the Asia Pacific Research Center and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

The current East-West Center president is Charles E. Morrison.

Li says he has brought the Children's Television Network to China, where it has produced 130 episodes of "Sesame Street." He has also helped General Reinsurance, the largest U.S. reinsurance company, establish a company there.

He is working on building a school in Shanghai and working with a New York-based charity that provides cleft-lip and palate surgery for needy children to set up a program in China.

At Stanford, Oksenberg teaches courses in evolution of the Chinese political system, environmental politics in Asia and Chinese foreign policy. He also researches and writes on Chinese domestic politics, Sino-American relations and Chinese foreign policy.

Oksenberg says he is active with several national committees that are involved with China, and is writing a book on local government in China. Oksenberg lives near Palo Alto, Calif., with his wife, close to their two children.

"My wife and I have extremely fond memories of Honolulu," Oksenberg said. "We stay in contact with many friends in Honolulu."

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