In 2011, Professor Hand was named a National Committee on US-China Relations Public Intellectuals Program (PIP) Fellow for a two-year term.
The PIP program provides China scholars with an opportunity to engage across disciplines and discuss US-China relations and correlated issues with leading policymakers in both the US and China. The goals of the program are to promote cross-disciplinary research and collaboration, facilitate the production of scholarly research that is responsive to the needs and interests of policymakers, and encourage scholars to interact with the public at large in order to broaden and deepen their understanding of current dynamics in Greater China.
“The opportunity to interact with senior Chinese government, business and community leaders was invaluable,” says Professor Hand. “The meetings provided me with a wealth of new perspectives that will enrich my classroom teaching and research.
“For example, I teach a UC Hastings seminar called China and International Legal Order,” he continues. “At a meeting in Beijing, I sat next to one of China's first United Nations diplomats, who explained China's early UN Security Council voting stance of non-participation in a new and interesting way. That has been a topic of discussion in my seminar for several years, and now I have new insights to bring to my students.”
The delegation spent ten days in Mainland China and Hong Kong, from June 15 to June 25. During the trip, twelve PIP scholars and National Committee representatives held exchanges with a wide range of government and business leaders, diplomats, civic activists, journalists, scholars, lawyers, and entrepreneurs, including:
- Mme. He Liliang, former senior Chinese diplomat and head of the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of International Organizations, and wife of former Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua
- Mr. Xie Feng, Director of the North American and Oceania Division of the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Madame Xu Lin, Director General of the Hanban and Chief Executive of China’s Confucius Institute Headquarters
- Mr. Cui Desheng, Secretary-General of Liaoning Province Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference
- Mme. Pan Shuang, Vice-Mayor of the City of Dandong, Liaoning Province (major city on the border with North Korea)
- Mr. Wang Shuli, Vice Secretary of the Liaoning Province Committee of Communist Youth League of China
- Mr. Tung Chee Hwa, former Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
- Mme. Christine Loh, founder of Civic Exchange (an NGO in Hong Kong) and now Undersecretary for the Environment for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
- Mme. Anson Chan, Former Chief Secretary for Administration, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and founder of a new NGO that is pushing for universal suffrage in Hong Kong
- Mme. Anna Wu, former Hong Kong Legislative Council Member and management consultant currently overseeing implementation of new antitrust provisions in the Hong Kong SAR
- Mr. Bao Pu, founder of New Century Press in Hong Kong (which published books banned in mainland China)
- Senior U.S. diplomats at the US Embassy in Beijing, the US Consulate in Shenyang, and the US Consulate in Hong Kong
- Senior U.S. diplomats at the British Embassy in Beijing.
- Dr. Peng Yuan, Director of American Studies at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations
- Senior scholars at the Liaoning Province Academy of Social Sciences
- Mr. Kaiser Kuo, Director of Communication at Baidu (the largest Chinese search engine) and founder of the Chinese heavy metal band Tang Dynasty
- American journalists in China, including Hannah Beech (Time Magazine), Philip Pan (NYT), Barbara Demick (LA Times), and Mary Kay Magstad (NPR)
- Mr. Wang Shuo and editors of Caixin, one of China’s more progressive national periodicals
- Mr. Zhou Zhixing, President of the Consensus Media Group in Beijing
- Mr. Tian Yuan, Chairman of the China Enterprises Association
- Mr. Tong Lihua, director of one of China’s most successful legal aid organizations
- Mr. Richard Vuylsteke, head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and senior American business leaders based in Hong Kong