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American Philanthropy in China: Retrospective and Prospective

Celebrating 100 Years of Philanthropy in China
John D. Rockefeller Sr. and John D. Rockefeller Jr. (1925). (Courtesy Rockefeller Archive Center)

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Co-hosted by Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and China Medical Board, an independent American foundation for advancing health in China and Asia, this special event will provide an opportunity to reflect on a century of Rockefeller and American philanthropy in China, while also looking ahead toward the emergence of a new Chinese philanthropy.

What is the legacy of American philanthropy and cultural engagement in China? What will be the forces shaping philanthropy, both local and international, in this new era where China is increasingly prosperous and influential worldwide?

Speakers will include:

Jonathan Spence: Sterling Professor Emeritus of History, Yale University, and author of over a dozen books on China, including the iconic To Change China: Western Advisers in China (1969)

Mary Brown Bullock: Executive Vice-Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University and Chair, China Medical Board

Lincoln C. Chen: China Medical Board President

Melissa Berman: President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.

Yimei Chen: Executive Director of China Development Brief

Tony Saich: Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School


4:00-6:00 pm:  Discussion

6:00-7:00 pm:  Reception and book launch of Philanthropy for Health in China, a CMB centennial edition volume, edited by Jennifer Ryan, Tony Saich, and Lincoln Chen.

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Can't make it to this program? The discussion will also be a free live webcast at AsiaSociety.org/Live from 4:00 to 6:00 pm New York time. Viewers are encouraged to submit questions to [email protected] or to tweet their questions to #AskAsia.


Event Details

Thu 5 Jun 2014
4:00pm - 7:00pm

725 Park Avenue (at East 70 Street), New York, NY

Free admission. Advance registration required.