Two of Asia Society’s very own Asia 21 Young Leaders, Beijing-based and New York-educated Visual Artist Danwen Xing, and Scarlett Li, Founder and CEO of Zebra Media, were panel discussants at the 6th Annual Global Symposium entitled Women Changing China, an event conducted by the Barnard College of Columbia University held in Shanghai’s Portman Ritz Carlton last March 19. The event brought together prominent female members of business, finance, academia, media, and art world of China.
Prominent participants included Yuan Li, the managing editor of the Chinese online edition of The Wall Street Journal, Tracey Trench, head of creative development at Oriental DreamWork, and Wu Qing, activist and English-language professor of Beijing Foreign Studies University, and Song Bing, managing director at Goldman Sachs in Beijing, among others.
The Chinese women leaders discussed issues faced by women in China. They also shared their experiences and perspectives in the realm of what success means to the modern urban Chinese woman, its formula, and dilemmas. During the forum, Scarlett mentioned that “Everyday I help my female staff, if they have a maternity issue, they have a marriage issue, I help them, and I help them go through those difficult times, and I think it’s important, that we should support ourselves as women, if we don’t support ourselves and respect ourselves, we won’t win other people’s respect.”
In the closing remarks of President Debora Spar of Barnard, she talked about the lack of realistic representation of women in the media. “I think it is really important for all of us to notice that we are used to seeing less-than-perfect-men…we tend only to see women who are perfect, or pretty darn good.”
As the Founder and CEO of the country’s largest multi-media platform promoting music content on TV, concerts, internet and mobile networks, Scarlett is one of China’s leading executive. She studied Information Technology and Business Management in Australia before completing her EMBA from Tsinghua University in Beijing. She is a member of the 2005 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.
Xi’an-born world-renowned Visual Artist Danwen Xing obtained her BFA at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1992, afterwards she earned her MFA in 2001 at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her works are exhibited and displayed throughout the world, such as in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, George Pompidou Center, Groninger Museum, and Singapore Art Museum.