“Time Magazine Asian Hero”
Date: 25th May, 2012
Time: 7.30 – 8.30 pm
Reception: Soft drinks and Chinese tea will be served before and after the presentation and the food, butler-pass after the presentation
Venue: Szechuan Court, Fairmont Hotel, Level 3, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560
(Please RSVP with payment by cheque by 23rd May to Harvard Club of Singapore, 482A East Coast Road, Singapore 429051)
Exploration and Conservation in Remote China
Explorer Wong How Man will share his epic discoveries and subsequent conservation projects based on almost forty years of exploring in some of the most remote regions of China. Wong’s cultural work spans archaeological research on the Hanging Coffins of the extinct Bo people, restoration of Tibetan monasteries, and conservation of the last traditional village houses of the Li people of Hainan Island. Wong’s nature projects include conservation of the Tibetan Antelope, Black-necked Crane, Golden Monkey, Wild Yak, Asiatic Beavers and other species. His organization recently appeared on the front page of the New York Wall Street Journal for its work with Tibetan Mastiffs and has presented Aung San Suu Kyi with a Burmese cat, a rare breed it is reintroducing to Burma. Through breathtaking illustrations, Wong will broaden our understanding of China’s cultural and natural heritage and show us what equitable conservation can look like.
Wong How Man’s Bio
Wong How Man, honored by Time Magazine as one of their 25 Asian Heroes, has been hailed “the most accomplished living explorer of China”. After beginning his journalistic career in 1974 in China and later working as a frontline National Geographic writer/photographer, Wong founded the China Exploration & Research Society in 1986 which now has several centers and museums in China. He is credited with the discovery of the Yangtze, Mekong, Yellow River and Salween sources. His innovative approach to conserving nature and culture has earned him many accolades, including being profiled in several documentaries on Discovery Channel and being featured on CNN eleven times. Authoring over a dozen books, Dr. Wong is a recipient of the HBS nonprofit management scholarship and is a much sought after speaker on corporate and YPO circuits. The internship program his organization runs brings together many young adults from Ivy League schools and children of some of the most successful corporate leaders of the world.