“People-to-People” –James Heller, Huang Haifeng, Jinyin Street Part 2 “人与人交流” ——何乐进、黄海峰、金银街 第二篇章
Zijing Liu 刘子菁
Edited by Beata Desselle
Dr. Huang Haifeng: The Vision of “People-to-People”
Dr. Huang Haifeng is a 1991-1992 alumni of the HNC and received his Ph.D. from Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany. He is a Board Member of the PRME Steering Committee for the United Nations Global Compact and is an expert in transition economics, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, green leadership, and business ethics. On June 17, 2022, Dr. Huang Haifeng and his prior HNC roommate, Consul General James Heller, co-served as keynote speakers at the HNC’s graduation ceremony. The next day, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the HNC, Dr. Huang Haifeng chaired the sub-forum “Higher Education Exchange and Cooperation Between the US and China” as the convener, and Consul General James Heller also participated in the forum.
Dr. Huang Haifeng recalled, “In 1991, I was fortunate enough to be admitted to the HNC and shared a room with James. Our friendship can be divided into four stages. We started out as ‘partners,’ as James displayed how friendly, humble, and patient he was. Sometimes, I would come home late at night and make noise, but he still tolerated me and never got angry. I taught him Chinese and he taught me English. He was a good teacher and helped me revise English papers, and he was also very talented with computers. Thanks to him, I quickly adapted to the intense pace of learning at the HNC. We were immersed in the excitement and academic rigor and multiculturalism. Then we entered the second stage: ‘friends.’ We had different cultural backgrounds and views, and it was inevitable that there were collisions in communication. Through cross-cultural communication, we began to understand each other better. For example, I gained a deeper understanding of American culture, religion, and politics, and we became good friends. The third stage is ‘comrades.’ With in-depth exchanges, we trusted each other and further discussed social, economic, political, global, and other academic issues. Later, I went to Germany to continue my Ph.D. and lectured in the United States, and he constantly encouraged me like a brother and friend, and I also got to know his wife and children. As long as it is beneficial to the development of the HNC, we will continue to cooperate amicably. The fourth stage is ‘family members.’ I lost all my luggage on my first trip to New York, but fortunately, I contacted the switchboard of the Washington Center, connected with James and other alumni of the HNC, and successfully overcame the situation. During several months in the United States, I connected with many past students of the HNC through alumni relations. The HNC is an interconnected ‘family’ for me.”
Dr. Huang Haifeng believes that his lifelong cross-cultural journey began in the small dormitory of the HNC. Since then, he has traveled to more than 90 countries, published more than a dozen monographs, presided over many international conferences, founded international organizations, and pioneered new research fields. His HNC experience laid the foundation for these accomplishments. He is full of optimism about the future, believing that dialogue, communication, and people-to-people understanding can change the world. Influenced by the HNC, Dr. Huang Haifeng pioneered the teaching and research of “China Studies” in China. He invited young people from all over the world to “come in”: come to China, experience China, and deeply understand China’s culture, economic transformation, ecological environment, and financial management through practice and immersion to grow into messengers of peace, culture and civilization. Dr. Huang Haifeng’s goal is to “cultivate a group of cultural ambassadors, create a generation of business leaders, and select a group of green angels.”
Dr. Huang Haifeng has been engaged in teaching, research and international cooperation for 30 years, and is currently promoting the ‘Sustainable Development Concept of Education’ to universities around the world through the PRME Steering Committee of United Nations Global Compact. Dr. Huang Haifeng firmly believes that the HNC is a strong example of unity and cooperation between global higher education and believes that the more mutual respect and gratitude there is, the brighter the prospects for global higher education exchanges. Achieving sustainable development is a shared challenge for all mankind, and cooperation amongst international higher education could comprehensively strengthen international efforts to combat climate change, increase biodiversity, fight international crime, and eradicate poverty. Only through cooperation and academic cultural exchanges can we cultivate cross-border, cross-cultural, cross-professional, and cross-language talents and relationships to jointly solve global problems. Only through mutual exchange and cooperation can future young leaders overcome misunderstandings and increase mutual trust.
Looking forward to the future, Dr. Huang Haifeng believes that we can learn from the six principles of “Purpose, Values, Method, Research, Partnership and Dialogue” in the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education to cultivate the skills and connections needed for sustainable development. The hope for our future lies in young people following the Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the United Nations to cultivate more inclusive, just, kind, and empathetic attitudes allowing for vitality to be injected into global exchanges and cooperation.
Dr. Huang Haifeng presented Consul General James Heller with his book Business Ethics: A Global Perspective. Li Yang, a student of HNC, also contributed to the writing of this book. Li Yang met Dr. Huang Haifeng at Peking University and edited books and organized international conferences with him. In 2022, Dr. Huang Haifeng recommended Li Yang to study at the HNC, hoping that Li Yang would pave the way for further career development. Li Yang believes that people-to-people communication is very important and that any pair of strangers who communicate well will become friends. Such exchanges continue to expand at the HNC. Chinese and foreign students have changed from strangers to friends, and then to members of one “big family”— the HNC community. Studying, Parties, and trips become incubators for cross-cultural connections. Li Yang said: “I believe that people-to-people communication will bridge ideological differences, just like the Chinese saying ‘the small ball of ping-pong can rotate the globe’.”
Dr. Huang Haifeng and Consul General James Heller’s return to the HNC sparked even more connections among current students. During the exchange, some students interested in environmental policy research learned that Dr. Huang Haifeng was organizing an international forum, the 2nd Annual Conference of the China Academic Committee on Responsible Management Education and the China Forum on Responsible Management Education and Sustainable Development, with topics such as responsible management education, responsible leadership, sustainable development, and business management education reform. With the support of Director Cong Cong and Professor Huang Haifeng, these students volunteered to participate in the forum, injecting vitality into the forum. Nathan Rose and Cheng Feiyu are going to chair the “Youth Forum” and moderate the seminar. Chris Hankin will give a speech as a youth representative, and the rest of the students of the HNC will participate in the discussion and exchanges. The participation of students from the HNC in this international forum will enrich their academic experience and give full play to the advantages this academic exchange has provided them. More importantly, they will deepen their “people-to-people” communication and promote the interconnectedness of the world.
黄海峰教授与何乐进总领事重返中美中心，他们的友谊和重逢激荡起更多的交流与联结。在大家的交流中，中美中心一些有志于环境政策研究的同学们得知黄海峰教授正在组织一个国际论坛——责任管理教育中国学术委员会第二届年会暨中国责任管理教育与可持续发展论坛，主题包括责任管理教育、责任领导力、可持续发展与商业管理教育变革等。在中美中心从丛主任和黄海峰教授的支持下，这些同学自告奋勇、报名出席，为论坛注入中美中心的活力。任宏斌（Nathan Rose）和程飞羽作为主持人分别主持大会的“青年论坛”和平行研讨会，郝海东（Chris Hankin）作为青年代表参加演讲，其余几位中美中心同学参与讨论、提问和交流。中美中心同学参加这一国际论坛，将丰富自己的学术经历，并发挥各自优势为学术交流增彩。更重要的是，他们将加深“人与人交流“，促进世界的相互联结。