november, 2021

27nov4:00 pm【SAT·NOV·27】米氏论坛 #thefutureof ... [us]


Event Details


Saturday, November 27th, 4pm

#thefutureof… us?


Birds do it, bees do it, but we human beings seem to be doing it differently! The last twenty years have witnessed a transformation in attitudes towards identity, intimacy, relationships and families. Our final #thefutureof conversation this year focuses the spotlight on… us.

In China and across the world we human beings seem to be changing the ways we express our own identities, relate to others, bear children. Young people embrace more fluid identities than ever before. Families weigh the increasing costs of having children. Women are empowered more than ever to lead their lives independently. The development of science and technology has contributed a lot to new possibilities for family structures, dating patterns, intimate relationships and gender identities, and our societies, cultures and values are at the same time embracing and resisting change.

Our distinguished panel of experts explores these timely issues and invites you to contribute to the conversation over classy cocktails and canapés in the fabulous surroundings of M Glam. Together we will explore key issues that are shaping the world of relationships and families today. 

What is the future of current trends to embrace diverse gender identities? Are these long-lasting generational shifts, and how are Chinese and other societies responding to them? 

How are women becoming more empowered to embrace their own identity and how is this changing relationships and human intimacy?

How is the world of dating and marriage being changed by technology and social forces, and what does this mean for China’s demographics?

Our host for the afternoon is Jonathan Woetzel, senior partner at McKinsey and a director of McKinsey Global Institute. His expertise on the trends that are changing societies and economies in Asia and beyond is sought after by governments and the private sector worldwide. He will open our conversation reflecting on how these major social trends intersect with issues of sex, gender and orientation. Jonathan will then introduce our three speakers for the afternoon. 

Eden Chiang is co-founder of The Oh Collective, and will discuss trends in women’s intimacy and wellness. 

Yu Wang is a Professor of Sociology at Duke Kunshan University and an expert on the evolution of China’s marriage market.

Ji-Young Lee is a well known figure in Shanghai’s LGBTQ community and will speak to the challenges and possibilities in embracing diverse gender identities in contemporary China.

We invite you to join us in the comfortable surroundings of the Bund’s classiest cocktail bar, listen to our fascinating speakers, and contribute your own ideas and experience to this important conversation.


TALK & Themed Cocktails & Canapés

– 300rmb per person

* Limited early bird @270rmb per person

TALK & Themed Cocktails & Canapés

and DINNER with the speakers & organizers

– 650rmb per person

* Limited early bird @620rmb per person



* Tickets are not refundable, but are transferable


Based in China since 1985, Dr. Jonathan Woetzel has been instrumental in building McKinsey’s China office. In addition to his work helping Chinese and other Asian businesses prepare for global growth, Jonathan is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm. He also leads McKinsey’s Cities Special Initiative and is responsible for convening McKinsey’s work with city, regional, and national authorities in more than 40 geographies around the world.

Yu Wang is an Assistant Professor of Social Science at Duke Kunshan University. She received her BS and MS in Sociology from Renmin University and her MS and PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2017). Her research focuses on the role of intermarriage and individual achievement as pathways to social mobility in China during a period of rapid economic, social, and demographic change, intergenerational mobility in China, and sexuality and reproductive behavior in the US. She currently studies the interaction between demographic changes and assortative mating in contemporary China. Her articles have appeared in journals, such as Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, American Journal of Public Health, and Contraception.

Eden Chiang is co-founder of The Oh Collective, a female-founded intimate wellness brand that aims to inspire all women to be confident and happy with their intimate selves by recognizing their physical needs and their own definition of “pleasure.” You don’t need to be ashamed or shy to explore your body, and what can bring you pleasure and even long-term health. The Oh Collective provides sisters with safe and reliable products, a trusted community and content that offers 100% good vibes only!
Ji-Young Lee is a high school history teacher, a PhD candidate in queer history, an advocate for the queer community and mental health, and will evaluate gender identities through the lens of pre-colonial cultures outside of the West.


#thefutureof is a project founded by Shanghai community leaders in partnership with Duke Kunshan University. Our aim is to deepen our collective insight into trends that are defining our future ways of life. Engaging technology, industry, arts and culture the project collaborators are curating a series of monthly conversations in Shanghai facilitated by topical experts and inspirational leaders.

The future truly lies in our hands. We invite you to join us in the comfortable surroundings of our lovely Glam to join in our discussions, exchange ideas, and build the future that we seek together.

Michelle Garnaut AO – Founder of M on the Bund & M Glam, Shanghai International Literary Festival (SILF), Mentor Walks (Beijing & Shanghai), M Talks China, M Literary Residency, Crystal Chamber Music.
James Miller – Co-director of the Humanities Research Center, Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Strategy, and Professor at Duke Kunshan University (DKU).
O Koo – Investor and Entrepreneur. O has invested, co-founded and sold multiple tech startups, published a white paper for the UNFCCC CDM for emission reduction on lighting technologies, and more recently launched a Chinese wine brand, Harmene Wines, in China. O started his career with Merrill Lynch, and held management roles in GE and Dow Chemical.
Kimberly Wong – Entrepreneur and community builder. She believes in creating positive systemic change through building both businesses and communities. She has also started her own fashion line and serves as the Chairperson of Democrats Abroad China and co-founder of Asian Americans Together.
Pei Yen – Entrepreneur, Start-Up Mentor, President of Shanghai Duke Alumni Association. Pei believes education is the extraordinary work of human development and the soul of all other industries. He is passionate about mentorship and supporting others through angel investment.


(Saturday) 4:00 pm