Yu Pun-hoi

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Yu Pun-hoi (Chinese: 于品海)
Born 1958 (age 59–60)
Hong Kong
Occupation businessman
Yu Pun-hoi
Traditional Chinese 于品海
Simplified Chinese 于品海

Yu Pun-hoi (Chinese: 于品海sl=Yue1 Ban2 Hoi2, b. 1958, Hong Kong) and commonly known as P H Yu, is an entrepreneur in the information technology, cinema, culture and media industries in China. He is the Chairman of the Board and largest shareholder of Hon Kong-listed Nan Hai Corporation Limited (0680.HK) and Sino-i Technology Limited (0250.HK).[1] Yu is also the founder and chairman of the Tsinghua University Center for US-China Relations (CUSCR),[2] and the Peking University Chinese Culture Research Center.[3]

Educational Background[edit]

Yu spent his teenage years in Japan and worked to pay for his education. In 1976, he planned to attend UC-San Diego to pursue studies in journalism and media but did not earn enough money for tuition. He eventually made his way to Canada and studied political economics at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2008, he began to pursue a Ph.D. in Marxism at Peking University.[4]

IT business[edit]

In 1999, Yu established CE Dongli Technology Co., Ltd., an application service provider of technology solutions for more than 250,000 small and medium enterprises in China.[5] Yu acquired Xinnet in 2003.[6] As of 2009, Xinnet was the largest registrar of spam domains worldwide.[7]

Culture and media[edit]

After returning to Hong Kong from undergraduate studies in Canada, he competed with Rupert Murdoch in a bid to buy the Hong Kong newspaper MingPao in 1991 and lost. However, after Murdoch's deal fell through, Yu eventually took over the helm of this influential newspaper as chairman at the age of 33.[8]

Yu began to expand his media institution rapidly. He led Ming Pao into North America with a western and eastern Canada edition of the Ming Pao Daily News (Canada). In 1993, Yu launched the Xian Dai Daily newspaper in China, and then acquired Yazhou Zhoukan, a weekly news magazine, from Time Warner. In 1992, he launched the Wuhan Cable TV station in China, which utilized a copper fiber network system that was the most advanced cable TV transmission network in China at the time. While Wuhan Cable broke ground as the first foreign-owned media in China, it also became the last media entity under a foreign ownership.[9]

In the early 1990s, Yu set up the first ISP service in Hong Kong, HKNet.[10]

In 1994, Yu founded the first 24-hour global Chinese language news network, Chinese Television Network (CTN), which included the Chong-Tian News channel and Dadi Entertainment channel. On February 19, 1997, Yu personally led the network's worldwide exclusive report on the death of China's leader Deng Xiaoping. CTN broke the news live on February 20, 1997 at 1;18 am Beijing Time, which was confirmed by the Xinhua news agency more than an hour later at 2:30am.[11]

After three years, CTN generated a loss of 100 million dollars for Yu. He eventually sold the network to a member of the Koo family in Taiwan in 1997.[12] CTN was later renamed as Chung T'ien Television (CTi TV).

Even though his investments in television led to huge losses, his investments in digital cinema theaters and movie production have been successful in China. His company, Dadi Media, focuses on Chinese cultural, historical, and artistic film productions, including Confucius, Electric Shadows, Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanjing, and Echoes of the Rainbow, which won the Hong Kong Oscars and a Crystal Bear for the Best Film in the Berlin International Film Festival 2010.

The award winning biopic based on the ancient Chinese philosopher, Confucius, opened in 2010 with a record breaking 2,500 copies, virtually every theatre in China. It faced an uphill battle in the box office against the 3D Hollywood epic Avatar, but promoted a new wave of cross-cultural dialogue as this illustrious philosopher’s life story and teachings swept through box offices worldwide.[13]

In 2006, Yu began to invest in digital cinema theaters from the first to third tier cities throughout China. As of February 2011, Dadi Media has 88 digital cinemas in operations (359 screens), with expansion plans of 12 cinemas (62 screens) set to open, and 20 cinemas ( 98 screens) under construction. In 2010, Dadi recorded a box office growth of 172%.[14]

In 2009, Yu acquired the US-based Duowei News website (dwnews.com). The Economist reported, in February 2012, Yu's view that, though Duowei was "a very small business", its business of reporting Chinese politics would only get bigger.[15]

Academic activities[edit]

In 2008, Yu founded the Tsinghua University Center for US-China Relations, which he chairs. He has participated in many international roundtable conferences and Track II dialogues, including National Committee on American Foreign Policy Conference on the prospects for Taiwan Strait Relations[16]Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies China Forum;[17] and the recent annual China-U.S. Senior Officials Training session at the Tsinghua University, where he led a discussion on the role of media and ideology in US-China relations, with US officials from the Department of State, Defense, Homeland Security and the Navy.[18]

In 2010, at Peking University, Yu founded the Chinese Culture Research Center, whose mission is to promote contemporary Chinese cultural innovation and construct a modern Sinology.[19]

Published articles[edit]

  • American Foreign Policy Interests: Ten Challenges for China's New Leader[20]
  • American Foreign Policy Interests: What Kind of Leader Will Xi Jinping Be?[21]
  • China Forum Quarterly: We Need a New Understanding of World Politics[22]
  • China Forum Quarterly: Changes in Northeast Asia and South Sea Situations and the International Position of China—A New Perspective on Sino-US Strategic Balance[23]
  • China Forum Quarterly: An Essay on the 90th Anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party—The Basic Four Elements of the Rise of the CPC[24]
  • China Forum Quarterly: An Unjust War—Libya,[25]
  • China Forum Quarterly: Hu Shi and His Liberalism[26]
  • China Forum Quarterly: An Alternative View To Political Reform[27]
  • 《中国经济》: 2006年中国经济的丰收年[28]
  • 《中国经济》: 认识市场规律 建立高效政府[29]
  • 《中国经济》:次贷危机[30]
  • 环球时报: 格林斯潘:从高手到巫师[31]
  • 《中国科技纵横•知识》: 知识与开放[32]
  • 《中国科技纵横•知识》:寻找现代乌托邦[33]
  • 《中国科技纵横•知识》: 知识和资本[34]
  • 《中国科技纵横•知识》: 知识和生命[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nanhai Corporation website, http://en.nanhaicorp.com/content02.html
  2. ^ Center for US China Relations, Tsinghua University website, http://www.chinausa.org.cn/committee/?c=9
  3. ^ The Establishment of the Peking University Chinese Culture Research Center , Guangming Daily, April 6, 2012, http://www.chinanews.com/edu/edu-xyztc/news/2010/04-06/2209868.shtml
  4. ^ Playing a Culture Rubik’s Cube, Caixun, http://economy.caixun.com/content/20110228/CX0203ro-all.html Archived July 16, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ CE Dongli Technology Company website, http://en.sino-i.com/indust_it.html
  6. ^ P.H. Yu: Effecting Change for the Future of China, New Caijing Magazine, June 2005, http://www.qikan.com.cn/Article/xicj/xicj200506/xicj20050626.html
  7. ^ "'Spam-friendly' domain registrars named and shamed". The Register. 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  8. ^ Nancy Merrill: Minds of Millionaires, Interview with Yu Pun Hoi, http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjkxMjU2MjY0.html
  9. ^ Playing a Culture Rubik’s Cube, Caixun, http://economy.caixun.com/content/20110228/CX0203ro-all.html
  10. ^ Playing a Culture Rubik’s Cube, Caixun, http://economy.caixun.com/content/20110228/CX0203ro-all.html
  11. ^ CTN’s P.H. Yu Got the Global Exclusive, Business Today, 014 edition, http://www.businesstoday.com.tw/v1/content.aspx?a=W20050622596
  12. ^ P.H. Yu: His Magic on Acquisitions, Business Today, 501 edition, http://www.businesstoday.com.tw/v1/content.aspx?a=W20060700186
  13. ^ "Confucius" faces uphill battle against "Avatar" in China, Xinhua News, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-01/28/c_13155080.htm
  14. ^ Nanhai Corporation 2011 Annual Report, http://en.nanhaicorp.com/downloadRepository/e85c71cd-6f12-46c4-b0db-5e36e009ff6e.pdf
  15. ^ "Reporting Chinese Politics", The Economist, Feb 11, 2012, http://www.economist.com/node/21547307
  16. ^ 当前中美关系与台湾问题"国际研讨会综述,CUSCR, http://www.chinausa.org.cn/news/news.php?i=eFZDTSRhVFI4NEpUY3R3TGtk
  17. ^ SAIS China Forum: Ancient Chinese Thought Modern Chinese Power, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO9GNBDdXpc&feature=youtu.be
  18. ^ US officials learn about China from training, People Daily, May 9, 2012, http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/203691/7811589.html
  19. ^ The Establishment of the Peking University Chinese Culture Research Center , Guangming Daily, April 6, 2012, http://www.chinanews.com/edu/edu-xyztc/news/2010/04-06/2209868.shtml
  20. ^ P.H. Yu,"Ten Challenges for China's New Leader", American Foreign Policy Interests:The Journal of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Volume 35, Number 2, 2013, pp. 75–81.
  21. ^ P.H. Yu,"What Kind of Leader will Xi Jinping Be?", American Foreign Policy Interests:The Journal of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Volume 34, Number 6, 2012, pp. 295–301.
  22. ^ P.H. Yu, We Need a New Understanding of World Politics, China Forum Quarterly, Summer 2012
  23. ^ P.H. Yu, Changes in Northeast Asia and South Sea Situations and the International Position of China—A New Perspective on Sino-US Strategic Balance, China Forum Quarterly, Winter 2011
  24. ^ P.H. Yu, An Essay on the 90th Anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party—The Basic Four Elements of the Rise of the CPC, China Forum Quarterly, Fall 2011
  25. ^ P.H. Yu, An Unjust War—Libya, China Forum Quarterly, Summer 2011
  26. ^ P.H. Yu, Hu Shi and His Liberalism, China Forum Quarterly, Spring 2011
  27. ^ P.H. Yu, An Alternative View To Political Reform, China Forum Quarterly, Winter 2010
  28. ^ 于品海, 2006年中国经济的丰收年,《中国经济 06/07》, http://www.shihua.com.cn/0607jingji.htm
  29. ^ 于品海, 认识市场规律 建立高效政府,《中国经济 07/08》, http://service.caixun.com/activity/content/59F6A0039743A713E040A8C06404759E.html
  30. ^ 于品海,次贷危机,《中国经济 08/09》, http://service.caixun.com/activity/0809BOOK/
  31. ^ 于品海,从高手到巫师, Global Times, October 23, p. B12
  32. ^ 于品海,知识与开放,《中国科技纵横•知识》2002/8 p.35-36
  33. ^ 于品海,寻找现代乌托邦,《中国科技纵横•知识》2002/9 p.173-174
  34. ^ 于品海,知识和资本,《中国科技纵横•知识》2002/10 p.173-174
  35. ^ 于品海,知识和生命,《中国科技纵横•知识》2002/11 p.149-151

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