EAWLC Zoom Dialogue on Future Jobs and Education: the Trends and How to Get Prepared

Our final public event in 2020 will be a dialogue about future!


The dialogue between a professional human resource development strategist and an engineer  father of three, that will bring along their vision for tomorrow’s job market, how jobs would be created, who would be the most valued workers, the trends in education, and how we can prepare ourselves and/or our kids today for success tomorrow!

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EAWLC Personal Communications Training for Members – Practical, Helpful, and Useable

The East and West Learning Club is offering this personal communication skills training to its members as promised.  Please check Membership page to see how to become a member, and you are welcome to participate if your membership application is accepted before  the workshop begins


All members will receive an email invitation to register for the online workshop via Zoom.


Time: Saturday November 21, 2020 at 8:00 – 9:30 P.M. Eastern Time


Cost: Free, and for members only

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EAWLC Zoom Learning for Curious People: The Fitness Remedy

Shaoxuan Zhou (Joe), a professional architect and urban designer, came to our club in July of this year, giving a wonderful lecture on the appreciation of architectural designs.  Other than an architect, ‘Coach Joe’ is also a known nickname among his friends: they often go to Joe for fitness advice, some finding it life-changing.  It all started from a casual enrollment in a community gym in Beijing in 2005.  At the time Joe had been bothered by stomach ulcer and insomnia for years.  He even stopped his indie architecture design practice, spending most of the time on all kinds of sports in a hope to get his health back on the track, but had progressed very little.  To his great surprise, Joe saw remarkable improvement in all of his symptoms within one month after he started the workout, and felt like overhauled after three months.  Ever since then, Joe’s  fascination with fitness training has driven him to educate himself on kinesiology, and become an personal trainer for himself, families and friends, in addition to a happy, healthy and successful architect again.  Exercises, if done in a right way, is bound to bring life-changing benefits to your health, according to Joe, as he has witnessed himself!

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EAWLC Zoom Learning for curious People: Let’s Talk about Money

Ivy Tan is a successful financial advisor.  Her excellent number sense came
to light when she worked at OTIS China as its CFO’s secretary, then an
English Literature major just graduated from university.  She decided to
sharpen that talent so she went to the United Kingdom, and obtained her
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Finance from Oxford
Brookes University.  She became a capital manager, in charge of a cash flow
of 36 billion volume in RMB (around 4.5 billion in USD) for a Chinese
company. In 2012, Ivy immigrated to Canada with her family, and started a
new career.  She founded Phoenix Finance, a Toronto-based life insurance and
investment agency.  She is a MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table) member, and
her company has been  one of the top  agents of Canada Life since 2017
nationwide.  Ivy loves reading in her spare time, and has  a passion for
doing research in the fields of finance and economics.
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EAWLC Poetry Series: Decoding ‘Second Farewell to Cambridge’

Near the River Cam in Cambridge, King’s College set up a memorial garden for
Xu Zhimo, a pioneer of modern Chinese poetry who studied at King’s College in 1921-22.  At the entrance to the garden, stands a white granite stone carved with the beginning and last lines of Xu’s most famous poem ‘Second Farewell to Cambridge’.  Xu wrote the poem in 1928 after re-visiting the university.  Three years later he died in an airplane crash at the age of 35.  Xu was one of the prominent intellectuals who pushed forward the New Culture Movement in China around 1920’s.  He wrote and promoted free verse poems and essays in vernacular Chinese, and was the first to introduce poetry works of western romantics to China.  His marriages and love affairs with three renowned women controversially illustrates his life time goal of pursuing love, freedom and beauty.  Under all this glamour, Xu is a learned scholar deeply influenced by both eastern and western cultures.  Before he went to study at the University of Cambridge, he learned Laws at Peking University, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Clark University, Massachusetts, majoring in Political and Social Sciences with a minor in History, and did graduate studies in Economics and Politics at Columbia University.  In 1925, Xu travelled to Moscow to observe the newly
established Soviet Union.  He left with vivid accounts of his observations
and insightful reflections, many of his forecasts only to be Proven later by
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EAWLC Poetry Series: The Introduction and Appreciation of Shih-Ching, the Classic of Poetry

About the Lecturer

George Liang loves literature, history, and philosophy.  He reads and travels a lot, and enjoys writing traditional Chinese poems.  He has given series of lectures on the Shih-Ching in his spare time.  His profession is in the financial sector. A CPA and CGA since 2006, George has worked as an investment representative at RBC, a senior financial analyst  at CIBC, the CFO at Bombay/Bowring, and currently a financial advisor at Edward Jones.

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EAWLC Poetry Series: the Development and Appreciation of Modern Chinese Poetry

A poet, journalist, editor, and comparative religion scholar, Chime gave a
lecture on Tibetan culture at our club last year.  He was born in Ledu,
Qinghai, a Tibetan area in China.  His parents both came from the local
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EAWLC Zoom Dialogue on Technology Generalists — What, Why & How

This week we are going to have an interesting dialogue on Silicon Valley
tycoons,  and how to become or raise a technology generalist.  An engineer
and an educator , also Two thoughtful and caring fathers, will lead the
conversation. Everyone is welcome to join them, and discuss over questions
like below:

*       What is a technology generalist?  What characteristics do we usually
see in
such a person?
*       Are those characteristics innate?  Can they be cultivated?
*       What can we learn from Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates?
*       Why could these tech generalists establish themselves in their
twenties , while most entrepreneurs launched their first startups in their
middle age[1]?
*       What could be missed in our family and school education to foster
technology generalists?
*       What can we do to make up the missing part, and help ourselves
and/or our kids become a generalist?

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EAWLC Zoom Learning for Curious People: Into the Animation World

Dawei Sun came to Canada in the year of 2000, with a computer science background.  He got involved in the field of animation design when working as a software engineer, and found himself fascinated with it.  He went to a 3year program at Seneca College, and obtained a diploma in Animation. Since then he has been working in the Animation/VFX and Game industry for over 12 years,playing different roles, such as rigging artist, character effect artist and technical director.  He is currently a senior technical director who helps build pipelines for animation and visual effects productions at Tangent Animation, a Canadian studio that created the Netflix movie “Next Gen”.  Other movies he did include “Nut Job: and “Nut Job 2” by Toonbox Entertainment, and “A Christmas Carol” by Walt Disney Pictures.  He is also a mentor for juniors who are new to the industry and the pipeline in various studios.  Dawei likes playing basketball in his spare time.  He and his wife live in Milton, with their two kids.  He enjoys accompanying them, and playing chess or Go with the 12-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy.
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