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Randolph-Macon College welcomes Japanese dignitary

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12:38 pm


H-P reporter

Randolph-Macon College hosted its 30th annual J. Earl Moreland Lecture Series on Asia Monday, April 17 in an ongoing mission to broaden students’ understanding of different Asian cultures. This year’s keynote speaker, Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. Atsuyuki Oike, presented the importance of United States and Japan partnerships in East Asia.

Oike, who has served with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 33 years and was Minister in charge of the WTO at The Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva, touched on the historical relations between China, Japan and North and South Korea.

According to Oike, there is some international thought that North Korea has built up its nuclear missile reserves not to be a threat to surrounding countries, but to sustain its regime.  Oike also said that strong relations between East Asian nations can reduce the threat of North Korea attacking or entering the Pacific Ocean.

“A US and Japan alliance or partnership can bring can bring freedom, democracy and a free market,” Oike said, stressing that international relations stretch beyond military protection.

The J. Earl Moreland Lecture Series on Asia was founded through donations by Dr. Lik Kiu Ding (’49) to honor his friend and former R-MC president.

Ding left his home in Malaysia to attend a school in New Jersey on a scholarship, but was unsure if the scholarship would continue. Moreland heard Ding’s story and traveled to New Jersey to meet and recruit,the young man.

Ding went on to be an incredibly successful student at R-MC, joining several organizations like the Franklin Literary Society, the Glee club, the Walter Hines Page Club, and Omnicron Delta Kappa. After graduating from R-MC, Ding was one of 75 students worldwide to be accepted into the Johns Hopkins Medical program. He received his M.D. from the program in 1954.

In his opening remarks R-MC President Robert Lindgren said that Ding went on to become a humanitarian and physician, and remained loyal to his alma mater.

“Always in everything he did he worked tirelessly and focused on helping others,” Lindgren said.

According to President Robert Lindgren’s remarks during the opening of the lecture, Ding and Moreland were close friends even after Ding’s graduation.

Moreland served the college during the