An Asianist’s Career in the U.S. Foreign Service
Off-the-Record Luncheon Presentation by Stephen Young, Consul General of the United States of America in Hong Kong
Registration at 12:15pm
Growing up in Taiwan in the 1960s and as a student of the Chinese language, history and culture in the 1970s, Ambassador Stephen Young developed a keen interest in Asia from an early age. Ambassador Young joined the U.S. Department of State in 1980 and has since played a leading role in nurturing U.S. relations with countries and economies in East, Central and South Asia through key diplomatic assignments, including his current posting as U.S. Consul General for Hong Kong & Macau. In his remarks, Ambassador Young, a seasoned American diplomat with 33 years of experience, will share his views and experiences in what many consider to be the world’s most dynamic geographic region.
Ambassador Stephen M. Young assumed his responsibilities as Consul General of the United States of America in Hong Kong in 2010. Most recently, he was a member of the faculty at National Defense University's Industrial College of the Armed Forces, located at Fort McNair in Washington D.C. His most recent overseas assignment was as Director of the American Institute in Taiwan. Ambassador Young was U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic from 2003 to 2005. He also served in Beijing and Moscow. Within the State Department, he was Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs; Director of the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh Affairs; and Director of the Office of Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs. Ambassador Young speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He graduated from Wesleyan University, and received his MA and Ph.D from the University of Chicago.