Checking in again from Beijing, China. To read previous posts, please click here. The past couple weeks have been pretty busy here as a Summer Associate at Sheppard Mullin. We have a lot of interesting clients and legal matters both in China and America. I have been researching quite a lot on entertainment matters (particularly China’s rapidly growing film industry) and have been lucky to meet executives in the film industry here. I will have a blog post to share on that shortly.
I had the chance to meet up with some of the students from the Peking University summer program and tour the United States Embassy here in Beijing. It is the second largest US Embassy in the world and has an amazing art collection (even a Jeff Koons). We were able to speak with a Foreign Service Officer and get information on public sector work. Thanks to Professor Lehr-Lehnardt for arranging the visit.
Another exciting event was a speech by David Shambaugh on the future of China. He has a new book out and the discussion was both timely and engaging. I also got the opportunity to attend a lunch networking event at the American Chamber of Commerce China’s office with my fellow Summer Associates. The guest speaker was Randal Phillips, former Chief CIA and director of National Intelligence. His insight on Chinese politics and the corporate environment here was exceptional. Lastly, I had the privilege of attending another AmCham lunch event with White House IP Enforcement Coordinator, Danny Marti. Intellectual Property is a pressing issue everywhere, particularly in China. Business executives from American companies were in attendance and the discussion was largely a briefing of what’s to come and addressing the challenges of enforcing IP in China.
In other news, our office had the great privilege of visiting the Changping Practical Skills Training Center for Rural Women outside of Beijing to donate a ping pong table. It was an absolute pleasure touring the school and learning about its history. The school provides female students from poor, rural areas an opportunity to learn a vocational skill, giving them a life changing shot at meaningful employment. We had a chance to meet with some students and take a few photos. It is an outstanding program that is wholly funded by donations from around the world (even Mike Tyson recently contributed). It is a program that I plan to stay involved with in some capacity and must thank Jiamu Sun in our office for putting the event together.
That’s about all for now. I have a few weeks left in Beijing and hope to make the most of each day. Please check back for more.