BRIC and YPFP Present: High Speed Empire: China's Dream and Southeast Asia's Future

China is on an infrastructure building spree, not only within its own borders but in 60 countries around the world. The roads, ports and railways that make up its "One Belt, One Road" initiative have the ability to transform the flow of goods and people on a global scale. But how is it affecting the people and places on the end of these plans?

Journalist Will Doig explores this question in his book High Speed Empire by focusing on one of China's most ambitious plans: a Pan-Asian Railway stretching from Kunming to Sing
apore. He travels to Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore to see how this yet-to-be-constructed railway is already transforming Southeast Asia by bringing new people, investment, opportunities and challenges. 

Join Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and BRIC Language Systems as we host Will for a discussion of his book at Alley-FiDiA brief introduction to BRIC by its CEO and Founder Ryan McMunn and to YPFP by Deputy Programming Director Jerry Doran will begin the discussion. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Wine and snacks will be served at a reception following the talk.

Please RSVP below by close of business on Monday, July 23.

Will Doig

Will Doig is a journalist covering urban development. He has been an editor at the Open Society Foundations, Next City, and The Daily Beast. He created and wrote Salon's weekly "Dream City" column, and was a recurring guest on NPR's "Talk of the Nation." His book, High-Speed Empire: Chinese Expansion and the Future of Southeast Asia, was published by Columbia Global Reports in May 2018.

Ryan McMunn

Ryan McMunn, CEO of BRIC Language Systems

Ryan​ McMunn, ​the CEO and Founder of BRIC,​ ​began his career at​ ​Tricam Industries as ​the ​President of China Operations, where he was instrumental in​ ​growing it into one of the largest manufacturers of ladders in the U.S. Ryan currently​ ​remains as the CEO of Tricam and is involved in expanding the company into new​ ​international markets. An advocate for bridging the cultural divide between China and​ ​the U.S., Ryan travels the world speaking to young business graduates preparing to​ ​enter today’s workforce. In 2012, he established the Ryan McMunn International​ ​Business Scholarship to give undergraduates an opportunity to learn about diverse​ ​​cultures and business practices.


BRIC is an online language learning program that ​is revolutionizing how languages are taught through web-based programs with an interactive, peer-to-peer method proven to effectively harness teachers and students from anywhere in the world. These virtual, face-to-face sessions utilize real-time video and audio playback tools, which allow instructors to proficiently assess key language-learning modules such as pitch and enunciation. ​


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Event Promotion Partner: Young China Watchers

Young China Watchers (YCW) is a dynamic group of China-focused young professionals. Through regular roundtables and talks with senior figures in the China academic, policy and business communities, it provides a chance for engaged individuals to interact and discuss the most pressing issues emerging from China today. Through our growing global network, we seek to foster the next generation of China thought-leaders.

YCW runs an open membership policy, keen to attract all China-engaged, knowledgeable and policy-interested individuals.  Our purpose is to nurture a new community of people focused on and alert to China’s growing importance in international affairs.

July 24, 2018 at 6:30pm - 9pm
Alley FiDi
140 West St
New York, NY 10007
United States
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Divyam Nandrajog Frances Hisgen Kevin Yan Amir Dehghan Andrew McCall Oliver Hobbs Daena Funahashi Andrew Johnson Craig Strauss Evan Staff Stephanie Heise Chenni Xu Andy Bodrog Samantha Gebauer artemisia ng Sue Hucko Anthony Mak Mia Hong Amal Nait Hammou Robin Tyrangiel Heiko Stoiber Jake McRobie Chris McCarthy Michele Morand Yoojin Park Colin Wolfgang Nick Brown Paul Mourino Daniel Makonnen Martin Rivlin Summer Peet Melissa Trimble Cheyenne Ligon Mai Lynn Miller Nguyen Camille McDuffie Maria Winters DiMarco Andy Laub Nelson Pereira Gerard Doran Patrick Cheng

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