Flying Tigers: U.S. and China

MATT KIRSCHNER reflects on Chinese-American relations from a historical and personal perspective. Liu Zhengde was seven years old when Japanese soldiers invaded his home in Wuhan, China in 1938. Leaving their belongings behind, Zhengde and his family fled Wuhan for Chongqing—the provisional wartime capital of China. Zhengde’s father worked to support his three children, wife, sister, brother, sister-in-law, mother, and aunt. Together they lived in … Continue reading Flying Tigers: U.S. and China

Yes, China Has Philanthropy and It’s Growing

MATT KIRSCHNER discusses the history and development of philanthropy in China. Philanthropy is not new to China. Fan Li (范蠡) served as an advisor to King Gou Jian (勾践) of the state of Yue during China’s Spring and Autumn period (771 – 476 BC). Generations of Chinese remember Fan Li for his work streamlining administration in the state of Yue, building a formidable army, and … Continue reading Yes, China Has Philanthropy and It’s Growing

120th Anniversary of Yale-China: Mao Zedong and Yale-China

AURELIA DOCHNAL explores Mao Zedong’s relationship with Yale-China in the 1900s. In his 1903 search for a base in China, one of Yale-China’s founders, Lawrence Thurston, heard from a local missionary that “Hunan people would be as influential as any people in the Empire.” Beyond influencing the eventual decision for Yale-China to settle in Changsha, the crowded but ambitious capital of Hunan, this observation seems … Continue reading 120th Anniversary of Yale-China: Mao Zedong and Yale-China

120th Anniversary of Yale-China: Pioneering Equal Partnership in Medicine

AURELIA DOCHNAL chronicles medical partnerships pioneered by the Yale-China Association, as part of a feature series on the organization. Two figures in the history of the Yale-China Association, Dr. Edward Hume M.D. and Dr. Yan Fuqing M.D., exemplify the organization’s long-time spirit of equal Chinese-American partnership. These two medical doctors, both Yale-educated, worked together to establish a modern medical practice in Changsha, the first of … Continue reading 120th Anniversary of Yale-China: Pioneering Equal Partnership in Medicine

120th Anniversary of Yale-China: The Beginnings

AURELIA DOCHNAL chronicles the beginnings of the Yale-China Association, as part of a feature series on the organization. Twelve decades ago, on February 10th, 1901, in the building now known as the Yale Visitor Center, a group of young Yale alumni founded what is today the Yale-China Association. Originally the Yale Mission  (soon changed to “Yale-in-China”), the founders and their supporters, which included then-University President … Continue reading 120th Anniversary of Yale-China: The Beginnings