Upcoming Events

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Black Identity in the Context of Chinese History

Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:30 PM EDT - 9 PM EDT

What is China’s exposure to Black people and how is race handled in China today? What are popular misconceptions and how did they originate?

Black Identity in the Context of Chinese History explored how China’s culture and history relate to Black identity and the broader understanding of race. Panelists also provided insight into how being in China can shape views of one’s own Black identity.

The event featured Kori Cooper, J.D. Candidate at Columbia Law School; Amani Core, China Intern at Albridght Stonebridge Group; and Aisha Udochi, Doctoral Candidate at Howard University. It was moderated by Dr. Keisha Brown, Assistant Professor at Tennessee State University.

This was the second session in a three-part series titled The Black American Identity in China. It was hosted by NABEA, Black China Caucus, and supported by Spill Stories.

Reading and Q&A with Karen Hill Anton

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 8 PM EDT - 9 PM EDT

This conversation with author Karen Hill Anton celebrated the publication of her latest book, The View from Breast Pocket Mountain. The event featured an introduction to the book, Karen reading a book excerpt, and a Q&A session.

The View From Breast Pocket Mountain is a unique and previously untold story, a treasure trove of experiences crossing borders and cultures, creating a life, and finding contentment in a far-off country. To those who’ve ever wondered what their lives would be if they’d taken that road without a map, this is the book you need to read. The book gives us a glimpse of a life not designed or even imagined. The book won the Book Readers Appreciation Group (B.R.A.G.) Medallion. To find out more visit:

Studying Abroad in Asia

Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:30 PM EDT - 8 PM EDT

Aimed at current undergraduate and graduate students, Studying Abroad in Asia provided a view into the wide ranging possibilities of studying abroad in Asia. Attendees heard humorous anecdotes about panelists’ experiences living in a variety of countries in Asia and got first-hand insight into the many internship and career opportunities available for those interested in traveling to Asia.

The event featured Lesley Ells, Assistant Director of Admissions at Lesley University; Cheyanne Harris, Civil Engineer at Brown and Caldwell; and Alexis Snyder, MA Asian Studies Graduate Student at the Elliott School of International Affairs at GWU. The event was moderated by Maraina Montgomery, Assistant Director for Study Abroad at Howard University.

ASEAN in an Era of Great Power Competition

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8 PM EDT - 9 PM EDT

What has been the effect of recent U.S. domestic politics on the U.S.-ASEAN relationship? Where will the relationship go from here given U.S.-China relations?

ASEAN in an Era of Great Power Competition explored the current and future state of ASEAN nations and their relationships with the U.S. during a time of shifting power dynamics.

The event featured Marc Mealy, Senior Vice President for Policy at the US-ASEAN Business Council, and is moderated by Dr. Michael Green, Director of Asian Studies and Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

This event was hosted in collaboration with the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

Thriving While Black in China

Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7 PM EDT - 8 PM EDT

How does Chinese society society define racial identity? How do you engage with people that do not understand the history of African-Americans, or see yourself in Chinese society?

Thriving While Black in China explored themes of living in modern-day Chinese society as a Black American. It not only provides insight into how several African-Americans found themselves working and living in China but also examples how history has shaped Chinese society’s response to African-Americans in present day.

The event featured Tone Twisted, artist and creative; Shirley Martey Hargis, Deputy Program Manager, China Technology Transfer & Emerging Technologies/ Senior Advisor, China at Oxford Diplomatic Society; and N. Rashad Joes, U.S. Foreign Service Officer

This was the first session in a three-part series titled The Black American Identity in China. It was hosted by NABEA, Black China Caucus, and supported by Spill Stories.

Careers in Government: Navigating the World of Political Appointments

Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7 PM EDT - 8 PM EDT

Given the increased interest in careers in government on the political appointment career path during government transition periods, NABEA hosted an event on how the political appointment process works. The event helped attendees better understand political appointment careers and the political appointment process through three experts who have experience participating in the process and have served at senior levels of government.

The event featured Mona Sutphen, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff; Randall Schriver, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs; and Dewardric McNeal, former Special Assistant to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and China Country Director.

America and the Indo-Pacific: Perspectives from the Field

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 8 PM EDT - 9 PM EDT

As Asia continues to move to the forefront of economic, political, and cultural influence in the global landscape, it is increasingly important to ensure underrepresented voices, particularly Black voices, are heard and at the table in U.S.-Asia discourse. Only when historically marginalized voices are included in the conversation can it be said the face of U.S. engagement with Asia is as diverse as the U.S. itself. America and the Indo-Pacific: Perspectives from the Field was a conversation with Ambassador Harry Thomas, one of the United States’ highest-ranking, Black diplomats to the Indo-Pacific, on U.S. relations with the Indo-Pacific–specifically South and Southeast Asia–and his diplomatic career in the region.

Member Events

Hurdles to Solidarity Between Black & Asian Racial Advocacy Movements

Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7 PM EDT - 8 PM EDT

In response to an influx of mainstream attention brought to anti-Asian hate crimes and violence,  Hurdles to Solidarity Between Black & Asian Racial Advocacy Movements was an interactive discussion led by NABEA leadership member Tabatha Anderson on what continues to wedge Black and Asian Americans apart on issues related to racial justice.

Taiwan in Hindsight: How History Shapes Policy Today

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7 PM EDT - 8 PM EST

In Taiwan in Hindsight: How History Shapes Policy Today, host and NABEA member Shahn Savino led attendees through the important aspects of Taiwanese history, setting the state for a discussion during which members learned from each other about the ways today’s policies on the island have been shaped by past events. This was the second event in the NABEA Conversations series.

Engaging with Local Governments in Asia

Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 8 PM EDT - 9 PM EDT

The international relations field often focuses on relationships between national governments. However, local government engagement is also a vital tool in foreign policy formulation and implementation. Engaging with Local Governments in Asia was a conversation with Reta Jo Lewis, senior fellow and director of congressional affairs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. During the conversation, Ms. Lewis discussed the importance of subnational government engagement, the differences between diplomacy work with national and subnational level governments, and how geopolitical developments in Asia are shaping trends in U.S. subnational government relations in the region.

Working in Japan: How to Start and What to Expect

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7 PM EDT - 8 PM EST

Many of NABEA’s members are interested in working in Japan or have experience working in the country. During Working in Japan: How to Start and What to Expect, host and NABEA member, Stephen Chance, shared insightful information and led an informative discussion about Japanese working culture, Japanese language requirements for work, and different pathways to take advantage of to work in a variety of fields in Japan. This was the first event in a new internal series called NABEA Conversations, which take the form of topical discussions and conversations led by members of the NABEA community.

Co-Sponsored Events

Beyond the Wall: Expanding International Education for Underserved Youth

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7 PM EDT - 8 PM EST

NABEA co-sponsored EngageAsia’s discussion of the film Beyond the Wall, an independent documentary about four DC Public School (DCPS) high school students who were selected for a six-week Chinese language and culture program in Beijing during the summer of 2009. The documentary makes a powerful statement about the value and impact of global exposure and study abroad, particularly for students in underserved schools and communities.