As human rights emerge as a central concern around the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges examines China in transition today.
When Beijing first sought to host the Olympics, China was still recovering from the upheavals of Maoist rule and adapting to a market revolution. How are China’s leaders managing the Olympic process and the internal and external pressures for reform the Games are creating?
China's Great Leap illuminates China's recent history through voices of leading China experts, and points to key areas for future reform. Join the book's editor, Minky Worden, and contributing writers Scott Greathead and Emily Parker for an evening of discussion, moderated by Jamie Metzl, Executive Vice President of the Asia Society- Asia Society
R. Scott Greathead
Scott Greathead is a corporate lawyer and well-known human rights advocate who founded WMI to provide information, strategic advice, and risk prevention strategies to corporations.
Greathead is a co-founder and member of the board of directors of Human Rights First, previously the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. Greathead has visited more than a dozen countries on human rights fact-finding missions for Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, the International League for Human Rights, and other organizations.
His writings on human rights and corporate social responsibility have appeared in publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is an officer or director of several public interest organizations, including the American Conservation Association, the New York League of Conservation Voters, and Human Rights in China, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Greathead also serves on the advisory committee of the Business and Economic Relations Group of Amnesty International USA. From 1984 to 1990, Greathead served as the first assistant attorney general of New York State. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of Virginia School of Law.
Jamie Metzl is executive vice president of the Asia Society. He is responsible for overseeing the institution's strategic directions and overall program activities globally.
An expert on Southeast Asian history and politics, Dr. Metzl has extensive government experience, including service in the White House, the Department of State, and the U.S. Senate. In 2004, he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri's Fifth Congressional District in Kansas City.
Dr. Metzl's government appointments have included deputy staff director and senior counselor of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, senior coordinator for International Public Information, senior advisor to the under-secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the Department of State, and director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs on the National Security Council.
At the White House, he coordinated U.S. government international public information campaigns for Iraq, Kosovo, and other crises. A Khmer speaker, he was a human rights officer for the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) from 1991 to 1993, where he helped establish a nation-wide human rights investigation and monitoring unit for Cambodia.
Dr. Metzl has appeared widely on national media, including on Meet the Press and the Today show. The author of a book on human rights in Southeast Asia, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and many other publications.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a founder and co-chair of the board of the Partnership for a Secure America, a former White House Fellow, and a former Aspen Institute Crown Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian history from Oxford University, a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.
Dr. Metzl has completed four ironman triathlons and 20 marathons. His novel, The Depths of the Sea, was published by St. Martin's Press in May 2004.
Emily Parker joined the Asian Wall Street Journal in 2003 as an editorial page writer and became an assistant editorial features editor at the Wall Street Journal in 2006.
She graduated with honors from Brown University with a double major in international relations and comparative literature. She has a Master's in East Asian Studies from Harvard and has worked in both China and Japan.
As Media Director of Human Rights Watch, Minky Worden works with the world's journalists to help them cover crises, wars, human rights abuses and political developments in more than 70 countries worldwide.
Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1998, Ms. Worden lived and worked in Hong Kong as an adviser to democratic party chairman Martin Lee and worked at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. as a speechwriter for the U.S. attorney general and in the executive office for US attorneys.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Ms. Worden speaks Cantonese and German and is an elected member of the Overseas Press Club's board of governors. She is the editor of China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges (Seven Stories, May 2008) and the co-editor of Torture (New Press, 2005).
Media Director of Human Rights Watch, Minky Worden discusses the implications of the estimated 30,000 journalists that have not been cleared to stream live coverage of the Beijing Olympics and have yet to receive cleared Visas to enter the country from the Chinese government.