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Announcing the 2020 Arts Fellowships

July 1, 2019

Call for applications from Hong Kong artists and arts managers for residency at Yale University in 2020, celebrating 5th anniversary year

New Haven, Conn. – Yale-China is pleased to announce its 5th year of hosting Hong Kong artists for its six-month residencies at Yale University, to be celebrated in 2020 with fellowships for both artists and arts managers.
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Artists bring a whole new dimension to understanding and experiencing the world. Through Yale-China’s Artist Fellowship and the Arts Activators Fellowship, Yale-China invites Hong Kong artists and arts managers of any discipline to spend six months at Yale, based at the Yale School of Drama – a conservatory for artists from many disciplines. Successful applicants will study and work with faculty and students at the Yale schools of art, music, drama, and architecture to better understand American culture and New Haven education through opportunities that engage the community in the arts. Yale-China aims to strengthen the creative voice between Chinese and Americans through collaboration and dialogue with future leaders in the arts from both cultures.

The Yale-China Artist Fellowship brings emerging artists from Hong Kong to Yale and New Haven where they spend six months collaborating with American artists and communities, interacting with Yale students and faculty and sparking their craft and careers. Selected Fellows will have the unique opportunity to experience the diverse cultural community of Yale and New Haven both professionally and personally. Yale-China is supported by the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale for the 2020 Fellowship program.

The Yale-China Arts Activators Fellowship is an opportunity for Hong Kong’s emerging leaders from the arts and culture sector to encounter the cultural richness and in-depth knowledge of Yale and New Haven. Arts Activators will have the opportunity to develop professional projects, skills, and personal passions through targeted collaborations with Yale faculty, local New Haven residents, and artists from across the country. The 2020 Arts Activators are supported by the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, New York (HKETO-NY).

The objectives of both fellowship programs include:
  1. Developing professional skills and networks
  2. Learning from an immersive service-oriented experience
  3. Personal growth through a social reflective curriculum with peer fellows

The 2020 Artist Fellows will focus on developing their artistic process through a robust residency centered around community engagement and inclusion. The 2020 HKETO-NY Arts Activators will focus on developing their professional network and projects.

  • Proficiency in English
  • Current Hong Kong resident and eligible for a United States visa
  • Able to spend six months in New Haven between January and June 2020
  • Available for an in-person, 30-minute interview in Hong Kong
  • Demonstrated professional career in the arts

The ideal candidate:
  • Can articulate the value of cross-cultural fluency
  • Is sensitive to cultural differences
  • Can adapt to foreign or unexpected situations
  • Is able to reflect with maturity on personal and professional experiences with others
  • Is 3-5 years into career (preferred)

Program Timeline
July-August 2019: Apply September 2019: Interview October 2019: Finalists announced January 2020: Arrive in New Haven March 2020: Spring Break travel June 2020: International Festival of Arts & Ideas; depart United States by July 7

The deadline to apply to these fellowships is Friday, September 6, 2019. Applications will be available at on July 31. Materials required include the online application form (available July 31), a one-page resume, two letters of recommendation (sent directly to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), and three artistic samples (limited to 2 MB per file). General Yale-China questions may be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Program-specific questions may be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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About the Yale-China Association
The Yale-China Association (雅礼协会) inspires people to learn and serve together. Founded in 1901 by graduates of Yale University, it fosters long-term relationships that improve education, health, and cultural understanding in China and the United States. Please visit our website (, follow us on twitter (@YaleChina) or visit us on Facebook.

About the International Festival of Arts & Ideas
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas brings together the world’s performing artists and thought leaders each June in New Haven, Connecticut. Dynamic programs feature some of the most influential dance, music, and theatre artists of our time.

About the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale (CEAS)
CEAS is Yale’s interdisciplinary hub for the study of all aspects of East Asia and its constituent peoples, cultures, and societies. For more than fifty years, its mission has been to support scholarship of the highest level across the humanities and social sciences, and to facilitate deeper understanding of the region at Yale and beyond.

About the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York ("The Office")
Representing the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, the Office (香港駐紐約經濟貿易辦事處) aims to promote and strengthen the business and cultural links between Hong Kong and the 31 eastern states of the USA. Visit our website (, follow us on Facebook (Hong Kong Meets America) and Instagram (@HongKongMeetsAmerica).

About the Yale School of Drama
Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre train and advance leaders to raise the standard of global professional practice in every theatrical discipline, pursuing excellence in art to promote wonder, empathy, and understanding in the world.

Why I give to Yale-China

  (Photo) Gloria and Tao Tai Hsia at their home in Washington, with a photo of Bachelor Harry Rudin in 1921.

Why Give Now?
Bringing American and Chinese people together is Yale-China’s Mission. Every day we demonstrate that the negative headlines, pessimism and xenophobia of our times are not the full story. Our fellowships, programs and Sino-American collaborations are an exuberant counter-story that inspires Chinese and Americans people to serve, discover, learn from each other, forge new friendships, solve health challenges and overturn stereotypes. Help us keep this positive story going…! — David Youtz, President, Yale-China Association
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Why I Give
Yale-China has been a part of my annual donation program for over 30 years. Why? I know of no other place where my contribution makes such a meaningful difference to the organization, where the cause–improving understanding between Chinese and American people–is increasingly vital, and where my gift allows me to give back to an organization which profoundly shaped the course of my life. The world is a better place because Yale-China is in it. In my small way, I help keep the cause alive.
Douglas Ferguson, Former Yale-China Fellow and Vice Chair of the Board.

Inspired to Give
My gift is in honor of Professor Harry Rudin, someone who meant so much to me! Because I know that Yale-in-China meant so much to him. Professor Rudin was a very broad minded, kind person. He really wanted to do good work and to help the Chinese. And the fact that he took me in as his secretary–I cannot thank him enough for his kindness. I just want people to know. And I miss him so much!
Gloria Hsia, friend of Harry Rudin and Library of Congress senior staff

We are grateful to Gloria Hsia, who surprised us in fall 2018 with a major gift to Yale-China. Her donation was made to honor Professor Harry Rudin, her former employer when he chaired the Yale History Department and served as Chairman of the Board of the Yale-in-China Association (he’d been a Yale-China Fellow at Yali, too). Gloria expressed her gratitude to Rudin for giving her a job when she arrived in New Haven in the early 1950s with her husband, Tao Tai, who was getting his degree at Yale Law School. That began a life-long friendship. Gloria also played a key role in introducing Rudin to Ch’ien Mu, the founder of New Asia College in Hong Kong, which became one of Yale-China’s most important historical partners.

Thank you, Gloria!

To donate visit Yale-China's donation page

Yale-China Program Info Session Dates for Yale-Fellowship Round #2

  Come learn about the life-changing Yale-China Fellowship. Info sessions are scheduled for the following dates and times: more >
Fri, Feb 1 | 12-1PM | Silliman College; Dining Hall Annex Room
Fri, Feb 22 | 12-1PM | Timothy Dwight College, Common Room

APPLY BY 9/15: Calling Hong Kong Arts Managers

  The Yale-China Association is pleased to announce a new leadership program bringing two HKETO-NY Arts Activators to Yale University during the 2019 spring semester (January-June 2019).

Supported by a partnership with the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in New York, the Yale-China Arts Activators Fellowship seeks to develop the professional skills and experiences of two emerging leaders from Hong Kong’s arts and culture sector through a customized experience at Yale University and with industry professionals in New Haven. The Fellowship aims to stimulate Hong Kong’s emerging leaders through global partnerships between Hong Kong and U.S. arts collaborators. more >
The Fellowship has two objectives:
  1. Develop the professional skills and experiences of emerging leaders in artistic programming, presenting, producing, and curating
  2. Develop a network of global collaborators in the arts and cultural sector that will activate and empower Hong Kong’s own local talent and arts institutions

Applications for the 2019 HKETO-NY Arts Activators positions are now welcome from candidates in the upward trajectory phase in their careers, with a primary focus on emerging professionals (3-5 years of experience preferred). Ideal candidates have demonstrated experiences in a producing, directing, curating, or presenting capacity and intend to continue their career in Hong Kong upon completion of the Fellowship.

One of Yale-China’s strategic objectives is to work with leaders in Hong Kong to develop programs and exchanges that will be effective and lasting. Through this program, HKETO-NY Arts Activators will return to Hong Kong with enhanced leadership skills, having accomplished the following:
  1. Will have built a network at Yale University’s professional arts schools and local community
  2. Will have collaborated with Yale-China Arts Fellows and other artists at Yale and in New Haven
  3. Will have produced a presentation about their experience and ideas for global partnerships to bring to Hong Kong

The ideal candidate has:
  • The background, interest, and demonstrated emerging leadership capacity in the arts industry, such as experiences in artistic direction, presenting, producing, curating, marketing, etc.
  • Familiarity with the arts districts and projects in Hong Kong and mainland China
  • Ability to articulate importance of bridging cultures
  • Flexibility to adapt in foreign or unexpected situations
  • Interest in collaboration

The deadline to apply to this pilot program is Saturday, September 15, 2018. Applications are available for download at General questions may be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Program questions may be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Applications and a one-page resume should be submitted to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by September 15.

APPLY BY JUNE 15: 2019 Arts Fellowship

The Yale-China Association is pleased to announce a call for applications for a six-month arts fellowship from January to June 2019 in New Haven, Connecticut.

Yale-China invites Hong Kong artists of any discipline to apply for this fellowship, which includes a funded six-month residency in New Haven, Connecticut. Learn more about eligibility and the application process at

Info Session to be held on June 6 in Sheung Wan.
The deadline to apply is Friday, June 15, 2018.

Got questions? Visit the Virtual Information Session before applying.

The 2019 Arts Fellowship is supported by the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Yale School of Drama, and Yale-China Association.

Second Application Round for the Yale-China Fellowship

  Yale-China is holding a second application round for one of the oldest and most prestigious fellowships on the Yale campus: the Yale-China Fellowship. Scores of Yale graduates are deeply grateful for the experience and call their two years of service, learning, and professional development "a life-changing experience." Yale-China seeks mature, flexible, good-humored and curious candidates who would benefit from the professional and personal development that is central to the Yale-China Fellowship experience. No Chinese language experience required; the program provides intensive Chinese language study over the first summer in China. The application deadline is coming up fast on March 8th.

"Beyond the Smog: Grassroots Conservation in China’s Hengduan Mountains" Fireside Chat

  "Beyond the Smog: Grassroots Conservation in China’s Hengduan Mountains"

Come to the Yale-China Association on February 2nd from 4-5:30pm and be part of a discussion with Kyle Obermann.

Kyle Obermann is a Mandarin and English speaking environmental photographer based in China. His work connects China’s rapidly growing adventure sports industry and environmental movement by focusing on the role of people in nature and arguing that meaningful exploration needs to be conservation-focused. Kyle is currently spending a year inside western China’s Hengduan Mountains to document grassroots conservation communities protecting China’s last pieces of precious backcountry. His project is sponsored by The North Face and WildChina Travel, and his writing and photography have been published with Conservation International, Sixthtone, Sidetracked Magazine, Pengpai News, and more.

Dr. Andrew Junker Appointed as Yale-China's Next Hong Kong Director

  Yale-China Association is delighted to announce the hiring of Dr. Andrew Junker to be the organization's next Hong Kong Director, effective January, 2018. Andrew brings to the position strengths in both the academic and NGO program worlds, as well as strong ties to Yale, and extensive experience living and working in China, Hong Kong and other parts of Asia. Andrew previously worked for Yale-China in the New Haven office, serving as Director of Teaching Programs and Exchanges (2000-2005), so he arrives already familiar with our mission and partnerships.

Andrew received his PhD in sociology from Yale University, MA in religious studies from Indiana University, and BA in East Asian studies from Wesleyan University. Currently a member of the Sociology and Criminology faculty of Valparaiso University, Indiana, he was previously a postdoctoral fellow and Collegiate Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago's Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. Andrew's academic focus is on religion, politics, and transnational sociology, with a regional focus on China and Chinese diaspora. His articles have appeared in Mobilization and Sociology of Religion, and he has a book forthcoming with Cambridge University Press that is based on his dissertation (which received the 2014 Marvin B. Sussman Best Dissertation Award from the department of sociology at Yale). Andrew's previous professional background included work for the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (1994-1995, Thailand) and the American Friends Service Committee (1993-1994, Cambridge, MA), and research as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow (1991-1992), for which he studied woodblock printmaking in Kyoto, Kathmandu, and the Himachal Pradesh in India.

We look forward to engaging Andrew's many talents and prodigious energy for Yale-China's programs in the field and expansion of our relationships in Hong Kong and our presence at New Asia College and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Andy will take over the running of our Hong Kong Office from Leslie Stone, who took up that position in 2012. Leslie continues with Yale-China in New Haven as the Director of Education Programs. We look forward to introducing Andrew to everyone in the trans-Pacific Yale-China community!

Yale-China Association Fall 2017 Postcard

  Check out the Yale-China Association's Fall 2017 Postcard here.

In Memoriam: Maude Pettus

  Dear Friends,

I’m writing to let you know that our friend and legendary alumna, Maude Pettus, passed away on Saturday, April 22, at age 103. Maude’s daughter, Ann Mattina, wanted us to know that Maude was not ill and that she seemed to be ready (and would not want us to be sad). She celebrated her 103rd birthday five days earlier in April, after which she suggested to Ann that it was her time.

From the moment Maude and her husband, Dr. Winston Pettus, first traveled to war-torn Changsha and Yuanling to join Xiangya, they have been an inspiration to people all around them. Maude served as head nurse at Xiangya Hospital from 1940 to 1945, while Win was chief surgeon until his untimely death near the end of the war. Maude has been an indominable force within the Yale-China community ever since. In 2014 she celebrated her 100th birthday by returning to China with a Yale-China delegation, where she participated in anniversary celebrations in Changsha and visited the Great Wall. One year later, she returned to China as a guest of the Chinese government to join the national commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing, where she met President Xi Jinping, was interviewed by scores of Chinese and international journalists, and was in the front row for the parade on Chang An Avenue. Maude also wrote her memoir, Maudie and Win, Ten Good Years (Tate Publishing, 2015).

Below is Maude's obituary, and the family wanted you to know that there will be a memorial service on Saturday, June 17th at 11:00 at Noroton Presbyterian Church, 2011 Post Road, Darien, CT.

Maudie: we will miss you so much!

David Youtz
Executive Director
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Maude Pettus
April 17, 1914 – April 22, 2017

Maude Miller Pettus went home to be with the Lord at her home in Stamford, CT on April 22, 2017 at the age of 103. She was a very special woman, marked by God, who had a deep well of wisdom, a great sense of intuition, and lived a full, joyful life.

Maude was born in Springs, PA on April 7, 1914, and received her nursing degree from Capital City School of Nursing in Washington, DC in 1936. During her training, she met a Yale medical school student, William Winston Pettus, whom she married on June 23, 1937. After graduation, Maudie worked in the Neurological Surgery Department at New York Presbyterian Hospital while Win did his residency there. In 1940 they began serving as a surgical team in Changsha, China at a hospital founded by Yale University. Shortly after the birth of their two daughters, Ann and Sally, Win was tragically killed in a plane crash on November 18, 1945, in China. Following the death of her husband, Maude received her PHN degree at UCLA in 1948. She had a second career as a school nurse at the Beverly Hills Unified School District until her retirement in 1984. Maude moved to Stamford, CT in 1986, where she worked in home healthcare to the elderly. As the daughter of a Mennonite minister, her faith was always very important to her. Maude belonged to the Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, CT, where she was a member of the Tuesday Morning Bible Study, the Prime Timers Senior Fellowship and the Flower Team.

She will be remembered especially for her contagious joy, her deep faith, her caring spirit, and her persevering resiliency as she faced the many trying circumstances of her life. Toward the end of her life, Maudie returned to China to celebrate her 100th birthday with friends at Yale-China in 2014, and again in 2015 as a guest of the Chinese Government.

Maude was predeceased by her parents Rev. Ed and Annie Miller, her brothers and sisters Edith (Miller) Lautenschlager, Clark Miller, Curtis Miller, Elva (Miller) Phillips, and Daniel Miller, her loving husband, William Winston Pettus, and her daughter Sally Pettus. She is survived by her daughter Ann (Pettus) Mattina of Stamford, CT, grandchildren Laura Mattina Gordon, James Mattina, Philip Mattina, and Christopher Mattina; great grandchildren Christine Clark, Brittany Clark, Brookelynn Nielson, Breanne Nielson, Rachel Johnson, Jacob Gordon, Justin James Mattina, Taylor Ann Mattina, Hope Natalie Mattina, Reed Winston Mattina and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Noroton Presbyterian Church, 2011 Post Road in Darien, CT on Saturday, June 17th, at 11:00 a.m. Contributions in memory of Maudie Pettus may be made to the Noroton Presbyterian Church, 2011 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820.

Photos of Maude Pettus

[Photo captions from top to bottom] Maude enjoying her 100th birthday celebration in Changsha, China, 2015
Maude with fellow nurses during her 100th birthday visit in Beijing
Winston and Maude Pettus
Maude and Winston (lower rungs) on the steamer that brought them to China, 1940
[left] Maude with two volunteers at the International Red Cross station in Guiyang, where she also worked
[right] Maude aboard a Red Cross truck traveling a circuitous route from Hong Kong to Changsha to avoid battle zones
Yale-China Board Resolution

APPLY BY 12/1: Yale-China Fellowship

Read more about this program.

Jump to the Yale-China Fellowship Website.

Application Deadline:
December 1, 2017
Yale-China is now accepting applications to the 2018-2020 cohort of the Yale-China Fellowship.

A remarkable, immersive Fellowship in China that will be the two most life-changing, career-enhancing, service-oriented years of your life. Join a 109-year tradition! Gaining cross-cultural fluency and leadership skills, Fellows are immersed in their Chinese communities. Ongoing professional support from Yale-China staff, formal Chinese language study, and post-fellowship career mentoring by members of the deeply committed Yale-China community are special features of this exceptional opportunity.

In Memoriam: BJ Elder

  The Yale-China community mourns the passing of one of its legends, Betty Jean Elder, on March 14, at the age of 84. B.J., as she was fondly known, spent much of her childhood in the Yale-in-China compounds in Changsha and Yuanling and said that Hunanhua was her first language. In her beautiful book, The Oriole's Song: An American Girlhood in Wartime China (Eastbridge, 2003) she memorialized those years and the experiences during and after WWII of her father, Dwight Ruth, the last Yale-in-China representative remaining in Changsha when the Korean War broke out in 1951. Betty Jean was a living embodiment of Yale-China's long-time mission to build friendship and understanding between Chinese and American people, despite the great upheavals of the century. We celebrate her contributions to that mission and will miss her presence in our trans-Pacific family.
David Youtz
Executive Director
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March 12, 1933 – March 14, 2017

Betty Jean (“BJ”) the only child of Dwight and Winifred Wintler Rugh, was born in Changsha, China. Her parents worked with the Yale-in-China Association which helped support a hospital, and Ya-li, a boys’ middle School in Changsha. BJ spent most of her first sixteen years in China, with interludes in the US on home leave. She spent her last two China years at the Shanghai American School.

In the US, BJ graduated from Los Gatos High School in California, and Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing in Ohio. In 1957 she married fellow Oberlinian, David Elder, and worked for the Cleveland Visiting Nurses Association before she and her husband went to Japan with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) to manage International Youth Work Camp program. This was followed by five years in Hong Kong, again with the AFSC, where she and Dave adopted their two daughters, Jennifer and Renee.

Returning to the US, the family lived in Philadelphia, PA where BJ became the school nurse at Germantown Friends School and the family joined the Germantown Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) The family spent part of 1973 in Hong Kong (again with the AFSC), a stay that culminated in a rarely granted one week trip with the family to her “home town” of Changsha in January, 1974, a time when the “Cultural Revolution” still dominated daily life in China This was the first contact in twenty five years between Yale in the US and the Ya-li community in China and it eventually led to the restoration of ties between the two communities. Subsequently BJ was able to return to China five more times, with the last visit in 2007.

After returning from Hong Kong in 1974, BJ enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania program for Nurse Practitioners. On graduation she worked with a newly formed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) in Center City, Philadelphia. Many of her clients were from the nearby gay community which was just beginning to experience what was later identified as HIV/AIDS. Afterwards, BJ became the director of nursing at UU House, a nursing facility in Germantown.

On retiring from UU House BJ began to develop her interest in writing. She enrolled in writing courses, and her short pieces on her growing up years in China eventually evolved into her lovingly written memoir “The Oriole’s Song: An American girlhood in wartime China,” which was published in 2003.

BJ and Dave moved to Kendal at Longwood in 2010 where she continued to enjoy writing short pieces and also some poetry which was printed in the Kendal residents’ literary publication, “As You Like It.”

Predeceased in 2012 by son-in-law Roland Bischoff, BJ is remembered with love by her husband, Dave, daughters Jennifer and Renee and her husband, Dan Ingberman, and grandsons Nicholas and Christopher Bischoff, and Alexander (“AJ”) and Teddy Ingberman.

Photos of BJ Elder

[top] BJ’s parents, Dwight and Winifred Rugh, worked with the Yale-in-China program from 1930 to 1951, with most of the time spent in China. From 1941 to 1944 the Rugh family lived in the small town of Yuenling, in Hunan Province, a time and place that BJ wrote about at length in her memoir, “The Oriole’s Song.” Their cook was Tou Shi-fu, and his oldest daughter, Yuan-mei became one of BJ's two really close friends. BJ wrote about Yuan-mei and Xi-Xi at some length in her book. When they were about to leave Yuenling, Winifred Rugh made dresses for the three girls, using the same material for all three, as "sister" dresses to record their very close friendship. (Yuan-mei is in the middle).

[center] B.J. Rugh with friends on the Yale-in-China campus soccer field, Changsha, 1937.

[bottom] BJ with her parents Dwight and Winifred Rugh

APPLY BY 2/16/2018: Guizishan Fellowship

Read more about this program.

Application Deadline:
February 16, 2018
Yale-China is now accepting applications to the 2018-2019 Yale-China CCNU Guizishan Fellowship.

Guizishan Fellows carry out an individualized program of inquiry in any field or area of interest; Fellows also teach a half-time course load at CCNU, with assigned classes to be determined by the backgrounds of the selected Fellows and needs at CCNU.

Attend China Sister Cities New Year Reception!

诚邀莅临中国姊妹城市新年晚宴! Yale-China has helped to launch a new Changsha—New Haven Sister Cities relationship.

To celebrate this new partnership and the Lunar New Year, we are hosting a special China Sister Cities New Year Reception on Saturday, February 4, 5:30—7:00 pm at the President’s Room in Woolsey Hall on the Yale campus. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp will be in attendance as we officially kick off the City’s new Sister Cities designation with Changsha, China. This is followed by a Gala Performance of extraordinary Chinese music and dance – just across the Hall! Come join the festivities to network, meet our speakers, and learn more about the opportunities for expanded exchange and commerce between New Haven and Changsha!

Learn more...
Click here to purchase Reception Tickets

o $25 Attend the Reception
o $40 Attend the Reception and the ACCSY Gala Performance
o $60 Attend (2 persons) the Reception and the ACCSY Gala Performance

Donate to Yale-China Today!

  Dear Friend,

Yale-China’s work just became much more important.

All of us have endured a year of rising xenophobia, distrust across ethnic and political lines, attacks on stability and on long-time partnerships, and a long list of U.S.–China tensions.

The antidote to these trends is what Yale-China accomplishes every day. We may be a small organization in a large world, but our impact is infectiously positive and transformational for thousands of Chinese and Americans, many of whom go on to become influential leaders across many fields in both countries. We are a strong community that has survived tough times and changed minds and taught respectful understanding for 115 years.

Last month, what Yale-China accomplishes was on display when Yali High School and Xiangya Hospital – both of which we co-founded in 1906 – celebrated their 110th birthdays! Alumni and professionals from across the decades returned to Changsha and expressed how “Yali Spirit” and the professional training we provided – as well as lasting relationships with beloved Yale friends and teachers – had changed their lives. This fall, Yale-China and the City of New Haven are forging a new “Sister City” relationship with Changsha to bring more people together and benefit both cities. These practical contributions and our people-to-people engagement provide stabilizing ballast in the often-tangled relationship between China and the United States – maybe the most important relationship of this century.

Yale-China needs your support. Can you make a gift to our Annual Appeal? (Click here) Cast your vote for respect, learning, positivism and service across borders to heal the wounds of our fragile world.

With thanks and warm wishes from New Haven and all of our partner cities,


David Youtz
Executive Director

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Announcing our 2016-2018 Teaching Fellows

  Yale-China Teaching Fellows are posted to partner sites in mainland China and Hong Kong, where they spend two years teaching, learning, and serving as members of the local community.

For more information on the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship, visit

The Yale-China Association is pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals as Yale-China Teaching Fellows of the 2016-2018 term.

Ben Healy ES '16
Andres Valdivieso, PC '16
Mollie Korewa, BK '16
Jessica Hahne, YSPH '16, SM '15
Kevin Su, MC '16
Sebastian Monzon, PC '15
Symba Nuruddin, MC '16
Yunyi Chen, ES '16

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2016-2018 Yale-China Teaching Fellows

BEN HEALY, ES '16 (History), Xiuning Middle School
Ben Healy is heading to Xiuning Middle School with the Yale-China program from Lexington, Kentucky. At Yale he majored in History and spent much of his free time playing double bass in the Yale Symphony Orchestra and in numerous other undergraduate music groups. A proud member of Ezra Stiles College, Ben served as a Freshman Counselor, a Master’s Aide, and a fierce competitor on the Intramural fields. He has a strong interest in teaching, and the summer after his junior year he designed and taught a class on Ornithology to a group of New Haven seventh graders with the Ulysses S. Grant Program, an academic enrichment program for New Haven Public School students. Ben loves reading, hiking, and cheering on the University of Kentucky basketball team and Arsenal Football Club. Ben is thrilled to start learning Mandarin and teaching English. He is especially excited to get to know his students and to explore the community surrounding Xiuning County.

ANDRES VALDIVIESO, PC '16 (Environmental Studies), Xiuning Middle School
Andrés is a nature enthusiast that joins the Yale China Xiuning family with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, Wildlife Conservation focus. His love for animals and desire to learn more about the conservation field propelled him to study wildlife management in Tanzania, rehabilitate juvenile howler monkeys and white-faced capuchins in western Panama, and intern as part of the science team in the Galapagos National Park. When not outdoors, thinking about trees or doing genetics research on the hybridization of Galapagos Giant Tortoises, he can be found singing as part of the Yale Glee Club (an undergraduate mixed choir) and Living Water (Yale’s Christian a cappella group). He is ecstatic about immersing himself in Chinese culture and cannot wait to share his appreciation for the flora and fauna with which we cohabit. After the fellowship, Andrés plans to pursue conservation education to continue cultivating these passions further.

MOLLIE KOREWA, BK '16 (Ethnicity, Race & Migration), Yali Middle School
Mollie joins the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a B.A. in Ethnicity, Race & Migration. As an undergraduate, she was an Education Studies Scholar and tutored through PALS Tutoring and Mentoring and the Yale Refugee Project. She taught for and co-directed Yale’s Ulysses S. Grant Summer Program, where she got to make friends with New Haven students and teach them about immigration, conservation, Arabic and Impressionist art.

She loves to travel and has studied abroad in China, Spain, and Morocco. She has enjoyed studying Mandarin since middle school and fell in love with China when she spent a summer in Harbin on a Light Fellowship. She has also gotten to know the world through music on a radio show, in which she butchers the names of artists from across the globe. She is thrilled to join Yale-China and cannot wait to meet her students and get to know Changsha.

JESSICA HAHNE, YSPH '16, SM '15 (Masters in Public Health, Social and Behavioral Science), Yali Middle School
Hailing originally from the suburbs of Los Angeles, Jessica Hahne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Yale. She sets forth on the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship after spending a fifth year at Yale earning a Master’s Degree in Public Health and volunteering part-time with Yale Students for Christ. As part of her public health training this past summer, she participated in Yale-China’s Community Service Exchange as an Intern in Mental Healthcare. She is excited to be returning both to China and to the realm of English literature as a teaching fellow, and looks forward to pushing new intellectual and imaginative frontiers with her students at Yali Middle School.

As a former Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Scientific Magazine and the author of a senior undergraduate thesis on how the germ theory of disease shaped early-1900s American Literature, Jessica is eager for opportunities to continue integrating her proclivity for the written word and her passion for public health. While in Changsha, she hopes to find opportunities to learn more about Chinese medicine and bioethics, in anticipation of a possible career in academic nursing.

KEVIN SU, MC '16 (Anthropology), Lingnan (University) College
Growing up as a first-generation American in New York City, Kevin Su has had ample opportunities to learn not just in the classroom but also from the communities and cultures around him, and he is now excited to share his love of cross-cultural learning as a Fellow at Sun Yat-Sen University. At Yale, he studied Anthropology alongside a pre-medical concentration, particularly interested in the ways that communities create, organize, and sustain beliefs, traditions, and institutions surrounding health and medicine. He has taught sexual health to New Haven high school students with the Yale Community Health Educators for two years and has found education a fulfilling way to actively encourage a culture of knowledge and responsibility among American youth. His past two summer experiences have also helped him refine and foster his particular interests in medicine and anthropology: in the summer of his sophomore year, he interned at APICHA Community Health Center in New York City, which delivers care to the LGBT and Asian American populations in Manhattan's Lower East Side. There, he saw first-hand the importance of culturally- and structurally-sensitive care in medicine, as well as the need for educational resources among vulnerable populations such as immigrants and young people. In the summer of his junior year, he had the privilege to study Traditional Chinese Medicine in Kunming, China for six weeks, and the experience solidified his interest in better understanding Chinese health beliefs and institutions, both in their native manifestations and also as translated in immigrant communities abroad. Outside of his academic interests, Kevin also served on the executive board of WYBC Yale Radio for two years and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of and passion for American culture, especially music, with his students. Kevin is grateful for the opportunity to return to China for a longer period of time as a teacher and foster deeper mutual understanding in and out of the classroom at Sun Yat-Sen University.

SEBASTIAN MONZON, PC '15 (Political Science), Lingnan (University) College
Sebastian, a native Chicagoan, is honored to join the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship at Sun Yat-sen University. At Yale, Sebastian studied political science and served as the co-coordinator of the Dwight Hall Urban Fellows Program, where he led a cohort of student fellows who were assigned two-year work placements across various nonprofits and New Haven government. As a junior, Sebastian co-founded a wearable health technology company, and in the year following his graduation he worked diligently to make it thrive. He wore many hats, but focused on business development and fundraising. Sebastian found a well-timed opportunity to leave the company in the care of the other co-founders, two people he could not respect more, to pursue his longtime goal of living and working abroad.

Sebastian is most looking forward to finding new and enriching perspectives and experiences while living in China. He cannot wait to spend substantial time and effort understanding Chinese culture, politics, governance, and business. Sebastian is also a language enthusiast, due in part to having grown up in a Spanish-English bilingual household, and he is eager to hone his Mandarin skills and make many embarrassing mistakes along the way.

SYMBA NURUDDIN, MC '16 (Art History), Chinese University of Hong Kong
As a creative third culture kid raised in over six different countries, Symba Nuruddin cannot wait to continue making cross-cultural connections as aCUHK Yale-China Teaching Fellow. She is especially eager to return to Hong Kong after having fallen in love with the city while living there during her freshman and sophomore years of high school. As an undergraduate art history major with a demonstrated passion for education, Symba is already thinking of ways to incorporate the many incredible visual arts resources that Hong Kong has to offer into her lessons. At Yale, she explored her dual interests through a variety of extracurricular activities. During the school year and over summer vacation, she worked and taught at a number of arts institutions, including the Creative Arts Workshop, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Frick Collection. During her senior year, in addition to interning at the Yale University Press and the Yale University Art Gallery, she also tutored ESL with Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven and the beta online tutoring website TalkIvy. Although she enjoyed teaching English domestically, she studied mandarin at Yale and looks forwards to improving her own language skills in China after graduation. She cannot wait to meet her students so that they can begin to learn and grow together!

YUNYI CHEN, ES '16 (History), Chinese University of Hong Kong
Yunyi Chen is a senior from Yale College, expecting graduation in May, 2016. She was born and raised in Changsha, Hunan Province, P.R. China. She went to Yali Middle School before going to the United States for her college education in 2012. As a history major, she has studied a wide range of topics in world history, including classical history of Greece and Rome, British Enlightenment history of the 19th century, early American republican history, the American Civil War and Reconstruction, Eastern Europe in the 20th century, the Cold War, Colonial African history and modern Chinese history. Her interests include film, music, art and literature. Having been admitted as a teaching fellow for a two-year term at the Chinese University at Hong Kong, she is excited to learn the craft of teaching through experience and engage with the students in a meaningful and rewarding way. An admirer of Qian Mu, the founder of New Asia College where she will be teaching at CUHK, she is ready to steep herself in the culture and history of the school and community. She hopes to connect her future students with a variety of resources for their intellectual enrichment.

Yale-China Review Fall/Winter 2015

  Dear Friends and Members of the Yale-China Community,

Hard to believe that December has arrived already! And with the end of the fall, our new Yale-China Review is here. Also this month the Yale campus is full of music and year-end studying, our fellows in China and Hong Kong will soon be sharing American holidays with their students and communities. Our Chinese teaching fellows in New Haven and Louisville will be experiencing American Christmas with their host families, and the medical and nursing fellows in New Haven will take a break from classes and projects to travel.

We hope you enjoy reading the electronic version of the Yale-China Review here—a mailed copy is also on its way to you soon. And if your year-end giving includes Yale-China, we are very grateful for your gift.

With warm holiday wishes!

David Youtz
Executive Director
Yale-China Association

Yale-China in Review Spring 2015

  Dear Friends of Yale-China,

I arrived just a few weeks ago as the new executive director of the Yale-China Association, and I’m delighted to send you warm greetings from New Haven. As some of you know, I am both new and not, having served as the Association’s Hong Kong Director for the first half of the ‘90s. It is wonderful to be back in this community. And I am especially struck by how much has changed and how much is vibrant and new about Yale-China’s work with its partners in China, Hong Kong and the United States.

I urge you to take a new look at Yale-China. Two great ways to do this are to visit our Web site ( and to read through the latest Yale-China Review. I hope you received this new issue that we sent to you a few weeks ago in the mail, or take a moment to look through the attached electronic version click here This .Review was designed to help catch you up on the Association’s initiatives in 2015 in health, education and the arts. From our new experimental site in Wuhan, to the first Arts Fellows who delighted everyone in New Haven and Louisville, to the hundreds of thousands of patients and health professionals touched by our health programs, Yale-China is working to ensure that we keep pace with the astounding velocity of change in Greater China (not to mention quite a lot that is new at Yale…). Like me, Yale-China is both new and not.

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I hope that what you learn moves you to make a contribution. There is a Donate button on the Web site, and an envelope tucked discretely into the mailed copy of the Review. Because Yale-China – while based on the Yale campus – raises all of its own funding each year to accomplish its mission. Which means we depend on you.

There has never been a more important time for the good will that happens naturally when we bring people together. In today’s climate of negative U.S.-China headlines and rising distrust between our governments, Yale-China’s work demonstrates daily that Chinese and American people transform each other’s lives joyously and deeply. Our programs result in changed minds and clear benefits in classrooms, hospitals, and performance halls in both countries. All of this transform thousands of people who go on to make a difference.

Enjoy the final weeks of Summer, and I hope to hear from you and get you more involved this year in the Yale-China community.

With thanks and warm wishes,

David Youtz

Executive Director

Arts Fellows Take Projects to Louisville, Kentucky

  After the Yale-China Arts Fellows took the spotlight in New Haven at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, they packed their bags for a two-week residency in Louisville, Kentucky. Check out what they've been up to by visiting the following links:

Yale-China-Louisville Exchange Week 1
Yale-China-Louisville Exchange Week 2-3
YouTube: Hong Kong Artist Engages Youth at Louisville's Neighborhood House
Smoketown Arts Festival in The Courier-Journal
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“Yale-China’s launch of its inaugural Arts Fellowship has been an exciting program to develop because of the shared art-making and shared learning that is instigated by the presence of two Hong Kong artists in the New Haven community, home of Yale University. I am so pleased to see that an introductory visit to Louisville for the Humana Festival of New American Plays has opened new doors not only for our collaborative and curious HKETO-NY Arts Fellows, but also for the ready and welcoming community of Louisville. The steadily growing audience for these two artists encourages our belief that creative exchanges for person-to-person relationship building is key to developing a more understanding global society,” said Annie Lin, Senior Program Officer, Arts, Yale-China Association.

“IDEAS is honored to be part of the the Yale-China Arts Fellowship program in its inaugural year with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York. Our organizations share similar aims of inspiring people to learn and serve together—through the arts,” said Theo Edmonds, co-founder of IDEAS. “Parry Ling and Yang Hao will work along-side local residents, visual artists, filmmakers, YouthBuild students, emerging African-American spoken word artists and musicians, Asia Institute – Crane House, the Ballet, businesses like SeedCapitalKY and even professional gardeners from Versailles, France, West African artists and an Israeli curator – all in celebration of the 150 year anniversary of the Smoketown community. We are bound together by a common concern for each other and a belief in the democratizing power of the arts as an empowering force in our world.”

“At Asia Institute Crane House we believe the exchange of culture and ideas this residency brings to our community is vitally important in growing our region’s global fluency. By bringing artists from China, through the Yale-China Arts Residency, to work directly with our community this summer, powerful person to person connections will be made that will bring the world to Louisville and Louisville to the world. It is exciting to work in partnership with IDEAS to make this happen in our city,” said Bryan Warren, Executive Director, Asia Institute – Crane House.

In addition to their investigative residency with IDEAS, artists Ling and Hao will be participating in the Smoketown Arts Festival on July 11, 2015. The Festival is part of the Creative Innovation Zone in Smoketown supported by ArtPlace America. It will feature the premier of Lavel White’s film “More Than Bricks and Mortar: Smoketown, A New Beginning,” community arts activities with Steam Exchange, and a special performance of The West End Poetry Opera by Roots & Wings.

Yale-China Appoints David Youtz as Executive Director

  Please read the following letter sent out to the Yale-China Association Community from Martha Finn Brooks, Chair of the Yale-China Association Board of Trustees. The letter reads:

Dear Members and Friends:

I am delighted to announce that David Youtz will become Executive Director of the Yale-China Association on June 1, 2015. Our unique assets, developed over a 114 year history and close affiliation with Yale University merit a strong and creative leader with a deep understanding of China. David’s decades of leadership experience in both the non- profit and business sectors equip him well to address the opportunities and challenges ahead for the Yale-China Association. David is currently Senior Consultant at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, where he led development of a strategic plan and the launch of a new U.S.-China energy initiative. Many of us have watched the development of his career with particular interest because he served as the Association’s Hong Kong Director for five years in the 1990’s. It is a pleasure to welcome him back. I would like to thank the members of the Search Committee. In addition to myself as Chair, it included the following trustees: Ping Liang, Douglas Ferguson, Katherine Sandweiss, Deborah Davis, and Joan Channick. Robert Rohrbaugh and Christian Murck participated in the final round of interviews. David was the unanimous choice of the Search Committee, which was in turn unanimously approved by a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees.

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We deeply appreciate the service of Christian Murck as Interim Executive Director. He will continue to serve as a trustee. Finally, Yale-China’s strength as an Association—a deep network of trustees, staff, partners, contributors and friends—was fully displayed in this search. Our thanks go to everyone who helped us with suggestions, recommendations and thoughts about Yale-China’s future.

Please join the Board of Trustees and Staff in welcoming David Youtz!


Matha Finn Brooks

David Youtz is a non-profit executive with more than 25 years experience in American and Asian non-profit organizations. He was recently selected to be the Executive Director of the Yale-China Association, based in New Haven, having previously served for five years as the Association’s Hong Kong Director in the 1990s. Previous leadership positions included serving for four years as the CEO of the Hong Kong-based children’s services NGO, Mother’s Choice, and six years at Morgan Stanley as Head of the Asia Desk. He has also served in senior roles at Asia Society, World Monuments Fund and the EastWest Institute, and was president for seven years of the nationwide adoption advocacy organization Families with Children from China. From 2013 to 15, he was a consultant to the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (of which he is also a member), where he led strategic planning and the launch of a new U.S.-China energy initiative. David has a B.A. in art history from Oberlin College and taught in Shanxi Province from 1982-85 as an Oberlin Shansi Fellow. He received an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is married to Mary Child, a book editor, and has four daughters.

Announcement of 2015-2017 Teaching Fellows

  Yale-China Teaching Fellows are posted to partner sites in mainland China and Hong Kong, where they spend two years teaching, learning, and serving as members of the local community.

For more information on the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship, visit

The Yale-China Association is pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals as Yale-China Teaching Fellows for the 2015-2017 term.   more >
2015-2017 Yale-China Teaching Fellows

LIA DUN, CC '15 (East Asian Studies), CUHK
An East Asian Studies major, Lia is thrilled to join the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship. Through the Richard U. Light Fellowship, she spent a summer and an academic year studying Mandarin in Beijing, an experience that fed her interest in China. Lia has also interned at education-related NGOs, including Teach for China and the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and is excited to get more practical teaching experience. At Yale, her involvement with the Asian American Cultural Center and the Asian American Studies Taskforce made her aware of how important it is to provide students with an education that represents the diversity within our society and to do this in a way that is genuine rather than tokenizing. She hopes to bring this perspective to her teaching at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

HORACIO HERRERA-FAJER, TD '15 (Political Science), Yali Middle School
Horacio is an adventurer; he has spent two semesters abroad exploring the world, and cannot be more excited that for his next chapter, he will be joining the incredible tradition of the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship. Before joining the Yale community, Horacio was raised in a small town in Mexico, where on a daily basis he crossed an international border to go to school. It was this experience that made him love and respect education above all other forms of impact, which is what brings him into our organization. With very little experience with the Chinese culture, but great enthusiasm for the work that can be done, Horacio will be part of the cohort at Yali Middle School in Changsha, China.

As an undergraduate, Horacio did not spend most of his time on campus. In fact, he recruited many of his closest friends to backpack the world with him. Some followed his experiences in Europe, while others went side by side in his exploration of the Southern Hemisphere. Horacio says that these experiences have forged him into the person he is today, and he cannot wait to show his future students the benefits they can receive by going beyond their horizons.

CASSIDY LAPP, MC '15 (History of Science, History of Medicine), Lingnan (University) College
Cassidy is joining the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a B.A. in History of Science and Medicine (HSHM) and a special interest in global health. As an HSHM major, Cassidy focused on maternal health and wrote her senior essay on cesarean sections in America. She is a global health fellow, and while studying abroad her senior year in Rabat, Morocco, she fell in love with the relationships between religion, culture, tradition, and birth. Throughout her years at Yale she served as the maternal and child health board member for the Yale Public Health Coalition, a tutor for New Haven Reads, a puberty teacher for Community Health Educators, and a swim instructor for Yale-New Haven Swim. She is incredibly excited for life at Sun Yat-sen University and all-you-can-eat dumplings.

AUSTIN LONG, CC '15 (Chemistry and Political Science), CUHK
Austin hails from Pinole, California, a small suburb of the San Francisco Bay Area. As an Energy Scholar and as a double major in Chemistry and Political Science, Austin looks forward to applying his studies and experiences at Yale at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. While at Yale, Austin found some of his most rewarding experiences within the Asian American community, first serving as co-Chair of the Political Action and Education Committee of the Asian American Students Alliance. He then rebuilt and directed the Asian American Studies Task Force as Chair, counseled freshmen as a Peer Liaison with the Asian American Cultural Center at Yale, and performed with Jook Songs, Yale's oldest spoken word group. In addition, Austin spent two years as a Public School Intern with New Haven Academy, and a year as a Birthday Party Educator hosting parties and talking about dinosaurs with birthday boys and girls at the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Previously, Austin had spent his summers in Beijing as a recipient of the Richard U. Light Fellowship for intensive language study of Mandarin, in Hong Kong as a Yale-China Nonprofit Intern with the Society for Community Organization as an English teacher and community center staffer, and in New Haven as an Energy Intern with the Yale Climate and Energy Institute and the City of New Haven Engineering Department. Austin is excited to have this opportunity to teach at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and to continue to explore his interests in social justice, public service, and education.

DOMINIC LOUNDS, TD '15 (Art), Lingnan (University) College
As a student of Art with a love of performance, and a re-discovered interest in education, Dominic is ready to explore the intersections of creativity and scholarship as a Fellow at Sun Yat-sen University. While a Timothy Dwight College resident, she chaired her residential college's Seminar Committee, leading semesterly discussions, interviews, and selections of excellent College Seminars, and gaining valuable insight to Yale's diverse curriculum. A member of the first cohort of Scholars in Yale's revamped Education Studies program, Dominic has supplemented previous high school experience in teaching with more in-depth comprehension of the history of education policy and practice, and education reform. Dominic eagerly anticipates her return to teaching in China, this time with a different role in a college classroom. An avid learner of languages and cultures (she has studied French, Spanish, and Japanese with varying degrees of success), she is also pumped to start an entirely new language experience with Mandarin, in a culturally and historically rich country known for its educational excellence.

ALLISON MILLER, PC '15 (Linguistics), Xiuning Middle School
Ally is thrilled to be part of the Yale-China team and is looking forward to living and working abroad in China for the next two years. Hailing from rural Pennsylvania, she has jumped at every opportunity to travel internationally and is excited to immerse herself in the Chinese culture. During her time at Yale, she worked with Learning Enterprises, continuing their mission of cross-cultural exchange by teaching conversational English classes and leading the volunteer team in Mauritius and eventually serving as the Executive Director of Programming for the organization. She also worked as a classroom assistant at Wexler-Grant Community School in New Haven and was a member and business manager of the all-female a cappella group Something Extra.

Ally joins Yale-China with a degree in Linguistics, specializing in sociolinguistics. Her particular interests in language acquisition, language planning, and language pedagogy have inspired her to teach with Yale-China after graduation to continue exploring the language education field in a non-traditional manner. She is excited to gain hands-on experience as an ESL teacher, acquire Mandarin language skills, and become part of the community in Xiuning.

TAYLOR NICOLAS, BR '15 (Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies), Xiuning Middle School
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Taylor Nicolas joins the Yale-China family with a B.A. in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Within her major, she focused on the intersection of gender, race, and law in the United States. At Yale, Taylor played club water polo, was a Branford Master's Aide, volunteered with No Closed Doors, and was a student counselor with Walden Peer Counseling. In the fall of her junior year Taylor studied abroad in Paris where she pursued French fluency and ate too many croissants. Though she has no former experience in China or studying Mandarin, Taylor is overjoyed to be immersing herself in both, and to be joining the Xiuning community as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow. After her time in Xiuning, Taylor anticipates pursuing her J.D.

THOMAS VEITCH, PC '15 (Psychology), Yali Middle School
Thomas, a native of the Boston area, is thrilled and honored to join the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship. He comes to the program with a B.S. in Psychology, having focused especially on how this discipline can improve the design of laws and the practice of education. As an undergraduate, he enjoyed playing French horn in the Yale Symphony Orchestra and serving on the board of the Yale College Democrats. He has pursued a passion for teaching through volunteering as an ESL tutor, studying education policy, and serving as a teacher for and co-director of the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, which runs a summer program for New Haven youth. In his free time, he loves museums, performances, running, and word games. Having never lived abroad but always been curious about China, he cannot wait to explore Changsha and get to know the city and its people. Above all, he is ecstatic about meeting his students at Yali.

Xiuzhong Student Accepted as Yale Young Global Scholar

To view the Xiuning TV interview (in Chinese), click here.

To read Xiuning Middle School's press release (in Chinese), click here.

Learn more about the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship.
Hu Yunying, a student of Yale-China Teaching Fellows at Xiuning Middle School in Anhui Province, has been accepted into the summer 2015 Yale Young Global Scholars program with a full scholarship. The local TV station interviewed Ms. Hu and her teachers, including Yale-China Teaching Fellows Jamey Silveira and Julius Mitchell.

Lunarfest 2015: New Haven Welcomes Year of Ram

Press coverage of Lunarfest 2015:

"Happy New Year" from Daily Nutmeg, February 17, 2015.

"PHOTOS: Lunarfest 2015 in New Haven" from New Haven Register, February 22, 2015.

"Lions Shake It For Lunar New Year" from New Haven Independent, February 22, 2015.
The New Haven community celebrated the start of the Year of the Ram on Saturday, February 21 with a full day of festivities thanks to Lunarfest 2015, jointly organized by the Yale-China Association, the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, and the New Haven Museum.

The day started with the fourth annual lion dance parade on Whitney Avenue, featuring the Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute and performances by ECA's Repertory Dance Company, Yale Wushu, Connecticut Yankee Chorus, and Southern Connecticut Chinese School.

The afternoon was filled with cultural activities at the New Haven Museum, Luce Hall, and the Yale-China Association office, including Chinese lessons; arts and crafts; workshops in music, dance, Chinese painting, and martial arts; dumpling and tea samplings; and presentations by Yale-China's inaugural HKETO-NY Arts Fellows.

Yale-China wishes a year of happiness and prosperity to friends in and around New Haven, with thanks for making Lunarfest 2015 such a success.

Yale-China Announces Interim Executive Director

  Please read the following letter sent out to the Yale-China Association Community from Martha Finn Brooks, Chair of the Yale-China Association Board of Trustees. The letter reads:

Dear Friend of Yale-China,

It is a great pleasure to write with the news that Christian Murck 孟克文 has been appointed Interim Executive Director of the Yale-China Association effective January 1, 2015 succeeding Nancy Yao Maasbach. The Yale-China board could not be more delighted that Chris has agreed to lead Yale-China during our search for the permanent executive director we hope to appoint by July 1, 2015.

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Chris has dedicated his career to building U.S.-China relations from various sectors. Most recently, Chris served as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in the People's Republic of China (AmCham China). From 2001 to March 2010, Chris was with APCO Worldwide, first as Managing Director, China, and then as Chief Executive Officer, Asia. Before joining APCO, he was the Managing Director and Senior Country Officer of The Chase Manhattan Bank in Beijing for five years. From 1991 to 1996, he lived in Taipei, where he managed Chase and its predecessor institutions’ branch. He graduated from Yale in 1965 and received a doctorate in East Asian Studies from Princeton University.

Chris is no stranger to Yale-China. He began his association in 1965 as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Chris also served as chair of the Yale-China Association board from 1986 to 1989 and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees. We are delighted to have identified an Interim Executive Director who is not only a leader in U.S.-China relations, but someone who knows and cares deeply about Yale-China. With the full support of our Trustees and the professional team, Chris is certain to ensure we carry forward all of our current work with our usual care and diligence as well as continue to develop our ideas for the future with our partners.

Chris will be based in New Haven and looks forward to meeting with partners, program participants, and community members. Please join me in welcoming Chris to his new position. With best wishes for a beautiful holiday season and 2015.

Martha F. Brooks
Chair, Yale-China Association

Yale-China Announces the Departure of Nancy Yao Maasbach

  Please read the following letter sent out to the Yale-China Association Community from Martha Finn Brooks, Chair of the Yale-China Association Board of Trustees. The letter reads;

Dear Yale-China Friends,

I write to inform you that after five and a half years with the Yale-China Association, Nancy Yao Maasbach will step down as executive director on December 31, 2014. Nancy has accepted an offer to serve as president of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in New York City. It was during her time at Yale-China that she deepened her passion for arts, culture, and personal histories—the opportunity at MOCA will allow Nancy to work on all three, and we congratulate her.

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Dear Yale-China Friends,

I write to inform you that after five and a half years with the Yale-China Association, Nancy Yao Maasbach will step down as executive director on December 31, 2014. Nancy has accepted an offer to serve as president of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in New York City. It was during her time at Yale-China that she deepened her passion for arts, culture, and personal histories—the opportunity at MOCA will allow Nancy to work on all three, and we congratulate her.

During Nancy’s tenure, she has worked closely with our Board to refresh our vision and strategy, developed and led a strong staff, and strengthened our finances. As a result, Yale-China programs in health, education, community service, and the arts are flourishing. Her creativity and drive to innovate have been matched by careful stewardship and commitment to our values. Our partnerships in mainland China, Hong Kong, and the U.S. have been celebrated and deepened. We have broadened our community, especially in New Haven and Hong Kong, and intensified the reciprocity of all our work. We are grateful for her committed leadership.

To honor Nancy’s accomplishments at Yale-China, we have started a fund for a gift to Yale-China to be presented at the Cheongsam Ball at the New Haven Lawn Club on February 13, 2015. At her request, all gifts in her honor will be used for the James R. Lilley Memorial Fund for Yale-China, an endowment fund created in the memory of the late Ambassador James R. Lilley that supports our education work at Xiuning Middle School in rural Anhui. If you wish to join me and others in participating, please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). It would be even better if you could join us in New Haven when we present it on February 13!

A Search Committee of the Board of Trustees has been formed. If you or someone you know may be interested in the Executive Director position, please send confidential inquiries or suggestions to Jonathan Green, director of finance and operations, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Yale-China has deep roots in the global U.S.-China community—our Association is a valuable and unique resource. Thank you for being part of this rich community.

Warm regards,

Martha Finn Brooks
Chair, Board of Trustees

Yale-China Announces New HKETO-NY Arts Fellows

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New Haven, Conn. – The Yale-China Association is pleased to announce that YANG Hao and Parry LING Chin Tang have been selected as Yale-China’s 2014-2016 HKETO-NY Arts Fellows. Mr. Yang and Mr. Ling will spend six months in residence in New Haven learning from practicing artists and professors at Yale and in the greater New Haven area, while developing a project of their own. After their residency period, they will return to Hong Kong to develop their projects for a 12-month period. In June 2016, Mr. Yang and Mr. Ling will present their projects at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven.

“I am pleased that my office, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York, is partnering with the Yale-China Association on the first fellowship program and bringing over two young, promising artists from Hong Kong. They will be able to develop new insights and enrich their artistry through comprehensive and tailor-made residency and visit programs. With Hong Kong’s emerging status as an arts and cultural hub, coupled with the development of our major integrated arts and cultural district – the West Kowloon Cultural District, I hope that this partnership will bear fruit and foster stronger ties between Hong Kong and Connecticut and the rest of the United States in the years to come,” said Steve Barclay, director of the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, New York (HKETO-NY). more >
About the Artists
Parry Ling is a relational artist based in Hong Kong. As a graduate of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Baptist University, Parry has received awards and exhibited multiple works, including video installations, performance art, and other visual art in a variety of locales in Hong Kong. In addition to lecturing in the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University, Parry has exhibited in 1a space gallery, A-lift gallery, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hui Gallery at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Baptist University. Parry has explored topics such as social identity, politics, and the environment.

Yang Hao is a contemporary dancer based in Hong Kong. Yang Hao grew up in Chongqing and studied in Beijing until he moved to Hong Kong to study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2007. In addition to teaching dance in Hong Kong, Yang Hao has toured with the Chinese Opera and Dance Drama Theater, China Song and Dance Troupe from Guangzhou, Guangdong Modern Dance Company, and the City Contemporary Dance Company. Most recently, Yang Hao has choreographed several pieces, including Autorun (2011), Rush (2013), Cube at the Seoul International Dance Festival, Outspoken (2014) at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and Nothing… but something (2014) with Alice Rensy.

Xiangya and Maude Pettus Celebrate 100th Birthdays

  On October 18, 2014, a delegation of representatives attended the centennial anniversary celebrations for Xiangya School of Medicine, one of the institutions in Changsha, Hunan Province that Yale-China helped establish in the early twentieth century. Of all the Yale-China guests, though, the guest of honor was Maude Pettus, head nurse at Xiangya Hospital in the 1940s, who made the transpacific journey at the age of 100. Her visit and her 100th birthday celebration, arranged by Xiangya, exemplify the depth and longevity of the ties that hold together the Yale-China community. The local press covered the events enthusiastically; some Chinese articles are reproduced and linked below. more >
Changsha Wan Bao, October 20, 2014, Page A2 (article below and photo above)

本报讯(记者 唐江澎 通讯员 武海亮)“我为我深爱不疑的丈夫感到骄傲!在他曾工作并为其献出生命的地方度过100岁生日,这是庆祝我生日的最好方式!”昨日,对美国人玛迪来说,注定不同寻常。这位湘雅医院曾经的“洋护士长”,在刚参加完湘雅医学院的百岁庆典后,又和湘雅人共庆自己的百岁生日。



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APPLY NOW: Yale-China Arts Fellowship

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Application Deadline:
October 20, 2014

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Yale-China is now accepting applications for the 2014-2016 Yale-China Arts Fellowship.

The Yale-China Arts Fellowship is a specially crafted 18-month experience for emerging professional Chinese artists. Fellows spend six months in residence in New Haven learning from practicing artists and professors at Yale and in the greater New Haven area, while developing a project of their own. Through this arts fellowship, Yale-China aims to strengthen the creative voice in the U.S.-China relationship through the collaboration and dialogue of future leaders in the arts in both cultures.

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Meet Yale-China's Summer 2014 Service Interns

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Yale-China is pleased to announce the appointment of the 13 students who will serve as interns this summer at nonprofit organizations in Hong Kong and New Haven.

Seven students from Yale College will work at organizations in Hong Kong for seven weeks, culminating in an eighth week group service project, for which they will be joined by students from Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan Province,

Three students from Yale College and three students from New Asia College at The Chinese University of Hong Kong will work at organizations in New Haven for four weeks, and at organizations in related fields in Hong Kong for four weeks.

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Yale-China to host first conference on women's issues in China

From Secret Language to Modern Voices: The Changing Role of Women in Modern China
Yale-China Conference
Monday, April 14, 2014
Tickets: free
Registration required. Click here to register.
Keynote Performance featuring Elizabeth Hainen (harp) performing Tan Dun's "Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women"
Panel discussions will cover a variety of topics including healthcare, society, and women in leadership.
For more information, visit the registration website.

Announcement of 2014-2016 Teaching Fellows

  The Yale-China Association is pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals as Yale-China Teaching Fellows for the 2014-2016 term.

Yale-China Teaching Fellows are posted to partner sites in mainland China and Hong Kong, where they spend two years teaching, learning, and serving as members of the local community.

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2014-2016 Yale-China Teaching Fellows

CORY COMBS, TD ‘14 (Physics & Philosophy), Yali Middle School
Cory is thrilled to join Yale-China without prior experience in China but with a love for education and new perspectives. At Yale he served as a Freshman Counselor, Master’s aide, peer tutor, and has worked in Manuscripts & Archives and University Properties. He has also had the opportunity to work with a range of New Haven middle and high school students through tutoring and social outreach coaching programs. A major in physics and philosophy, his primary academic focuses have been his scientific research in the Yale Exoplanet Laboratory and his philosophical studies regarding laws of nature. Underlying his research is a keen interest in public engagement with professional science: his senior project in physics was predicated on work by Planet Hunters Citizen Science Project volunteers. He is excited for the opportunity to gain new cross-cultural perspectives and insights during his time in China, and cannot wait to begin his studies of Mandarin, and Chinese literature and history. Most importantly, he cannot wait to meet everyone at Yali Middle School.

MEGAN JENKINS, SY ‘14 (Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry), Xiuning Middle School
Megan, a proud Wyomingite, joins the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a degree in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry along with a strong interest in music. In addition to her laboratory work researching the biochemical mechanisms regulating GABA signaling in the model organism C. elegans, Megan has spent the past four years playing violin with the Yale Symphony Orchestra (YSO) and was elected president of the organization her junior year. With the YSO, she has had the opportunity to be a part of many exciting musical collaborations including performing in Carnegie Hall with the Yale Glee Club, recording the complete Hindemith piano concertos with Turkish pianist Idil Biret, and most recently traveling to Brazil for a concert tour. While at Yale, Megan developed a love of languages studying French and decided to start Chinese during her senior year. She is excited to continue developing her language skills and to meet the Xiuning community.

KERRI LU, PC ‘14 (English), CUHK
As a Chinese-born Canadian (and pseudo-American via Yale,) Kerri is interested in cross-cultural exchange and public service, and is excited to pursue the combination of both at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. While at Yale, she majored in English and was involved in local community service through the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project (YHHAP) and the Yale President's Public Service Fellowship. Kerri is grateful for her two summers in China, where she gained an understanding of Chinese culture and society through working at the Forbidden City Palace Museum (Gu Gong) and Baidu, Inc. These contrasting experiences in both public and private sectors allowed her to gain an understanding of the complex dynamic between China's push for future growth and its rich historical inheritance, which motivates her to continue exploring East Asia. As an undergraduate, Kerri was a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs, worked as a Senior Interviewer at the Admissions Office, and wrote for the Yale News at the Office of Public Affairs and Communications. Kerri is very excited for this opportunity to discover Hong Kong culture and expand her pursuit of public service through teaching.

MAGGIE NEIL, ES ‘14 (Humanities), Lingnan College
Maggie joins the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a B.A. in Humanities, with an emphasis on visual art. Before arriving at Yale, she had attended schools in roughly a dozen different cities, and had studied in both the French and American education systems. It is principally this background that fostered an interest in living abroad, as well as international education. While at Yale, Maggie explored her interests in visual art and mental health. In addition to working at the Yale University Art Gallery and spending a summer working at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, she wrote, edited, and became Editor-in-Chief of Dimensions, Yale’s undergraduate journal of art and art history. She also worked with Walden Peer Counseling, and spent a summer volunteering at a refugee clinic in Palermo, Sicily. Following her time at Sun Yat-sen University, Maggie hopes to pursue further degrees in art history or clinical psychology.

BRENDAN ROSS, BK ‘13 (History and East Asian Studies), Yali Middle School
Brendan is excited to join the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship family. After spending his childhood in rural Missouri and St. Louis, he came to Yale looking to learn more about faraway places and majored in History and East Asian Studies. While an undergrad, he had the opportunity to work as a farm manager for the Yale Sustainable Food Project, guide incoming freshman through the woods as a FOOT leader, and intern with the Green Education Center in Lijiang, China through Yale-China’s own summer service program. Following graduation, he continued studying Chinese in Beijing through the generosity of the Richard U. Light Fellowship. Brendan is passionate about the future of sustainable agriculture and green economies, particularly in China, and he hopes to explore those intersections in a future career. He loves reading, hiking, live music, and maps of all kinds (including maps of the new Changsha subway). Brendan is thrilled by the opportunity to move to China’s heartland and learn and teach in the classroom at Yali.

DANIEL SISGOREO, BK ‘14 (English), Lingnan College
Daniel Sisgoreo joins the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a B.A. in English and with a special interest in China, human rights, and international law. As an English major, Daniel focused on postcolonial literature, and he wrote his senior essay on the race politics of South African fiction during the apartheid years. Thanks to the generosity of the Richard U. Light fellowship, Daniel studied Chinese at Harvard Beijing Academy in summer 2012, and he has taken several Chinese language courses and courses about Chinese politics and society at Yale. In addition to his interests in China, Daniel served as an editor for the Yale Daily News, and has interned and worked for several journalism outlets, including China Hands, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Yale Alumni Magazine. Daniel spent his senior year as a freshman counselor in Berkeley College, and he hopes to take on similar mentorship roles with students in China. Over the course of the teaching fellowship, Daniel aims to learn more about Chinese culture and society, practice his language skills, and immerse himself in a totally new and foreign community. Afterwards, Daniel is considering applying to law school.

After three years of studying English literature and writing at Yale, Arielle is thrilled to teach students embarking on that same academic path at CUHK. One of her most meaningful extracurricular activities in college has been tutoring students learning English as a second language. Teaching and tutoring can present precious opportunities for cultural exchange and Arielle is excited to learn from her students. After studying romance languages for most of her academic career, she cannot wait to begin learning Cantonese this summer and perhaps Mandarin the summer after. Arielle also enjoys writing creative nonfiction on the side and made it a point to write for a number of magazines while at Yale. She especially loves immersive journalism—one time she entered a beauty pageant to write a story about pageant subculture in Connecticut. Coming from an all-girls' high school, Arielle is passionate about girls' education and hopes to serve as a mentor for younger girls at some point in her life.

KATIE STEWART, JE ‘14 (English), Xiuning Middle School
Katie Stewart comes to the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a degree in English and varied college experiences. She has captained the club soccer team, stepped with the step team, led backpacking orientation trips for freshmen, edited a literary journal, worked as a research assistant, and participated fervently in intramural sports. Above all, Katie enjoys mentoring and teaching, and, to that end, she has served as a freshman counselor in her residential college and tutored students of all ages in math, reading, and creative writing. The summer after her sophomore year, she designed and taught her own curriculum as a teacher for Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, an academic enrichment program for middle-school students from New Haven. She is thrilled at the opportunity to pursue a new language, experience a new culture, immerse herself in a new community, and, most of all, continue teaching.

Yale-China Welcomes First-Ever Chinese Teaching Fellows

  A New Era for the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship; Please Welcome Our Yale-China Chinese Teaching Fellows

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After over a century of Yale-China Fellows serving in Chinese classrooms, the Yale-China Association announces it is placing teachers from China into public school classrooms in the United States. This new initiative, the Yale-China Chinese Teaching Fellowship, selects talented alumni of prestigious and selective universities in China to teach Mandarin and culture to students in public schools in the United States. Two Yale-China Teaching Fellows, Ms. DENG Haihui and Ms. LONG Chuan, began teaching this school year at two New Haven public high schools: Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School and Metropolitan Business Academy.

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The establishment of the Yale-China Chinese Teaching Fellowship furthers the Yale-China Association’s belief in the value of two-way cultural exchanges and the building of long-term, direct personal relationships. Since 1909, Yale-China has selected highly qualified Yale graduates to undertake two-year assignments as Teaching Fellows in mainland China and Hong Kong. Teaching Fellows connect with their Chinese communities to achieve a depth of understanding typically inaccessible to outsiders. The Yale-China Chinese Teaching Fellowship brings this proven model to the United States to benefit local communities.

Yale-China Chinese Teaching Fellows will similarly be immersed in their communities in the United States. In the classroom, they elevate Chinese language and cultural understanding and experience a different education system. Additionally, they implement extracurricular projects to give local students more opportunities to broaden and deepen their knowledge and appreciation of China and Chinese culture. They also bring a different perspective and set of experiences to bear when joining their colleagues in America in educating students. Our Fellows build personal, enduring ties across cultures, make a substantial impact in their host communities and bring this new outlook back to their home communities in China. We look forward to introducing you to our new Fellows.

100,000 Strong Student Ambassadors

  Meet Yale-China’s 100k Strong 2013-2014 Student Ambassadors

The Yale-China Association is pleased to introduce its Yale-China 100,000 Strong Student Ambassadors for 2013-2014, part of our 100,000 Strong Signature Partnership. This year, ten Student Ambassadors will actively promote discussion about the United States and China in their communities. Eight are current high school students in New Haven, Connecticut. Half attend the Metropolitan Business Academy, while the other half study at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School. Two currently serve as Yale-China Teaching Fellows at Yali Middle School in Hunan Province, China. Yale-China Student Ambassadors incorporate different perspectives, ranging from high school students in their home communities to recent graduates living and working in China. Their varying experiences reflect a breadth of possibilities for building bridges across physical and cultural divides. These young leaders will not only raise important issues in U.S.-China relations locally, but will benefit from exposure to prominent figures in the field through this program. We look forward to sharing their experiences with our community.

Yale-China Selected as Inaugural 100,000 Strong Signature Partner

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The Yale-China Association is delighted to announce that it has been designated a 100,000 Strong Foundation signature partner for 2013-2014. The 100,000 Strong Foundation seeks to diversify and increase the number of Americans studying Chinese or in China. Yale-China’s outstanding work in building one-on-one ties between Chinese and Americans makes it a natural fit to advance this mission. Its long experience and proven capabilities make the Yale-China Association an excellent partner to engage with the 100,000 Strong Foundation to answer President Barack Obama’s call to develop American understanding of China. It is one of only eight institutions selected to be part of this pioneering group.

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Nancy Yao Maasbach, our Executive Director, will join John F. Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, and other dignitaries this fall in Washington D.C. to officially launch this initiative. As part of this selective program, Yale-China has designated ten high school and university students as 100,000 Strong Student Ambassadors. We look forward to introducing them to our community.

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Kick-off Celebration: 60 Years of Partnership with New Asia College

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Yale-China kicked off the celebrations in honor of 60 years of partnership with New Asia College on June 2 and 3, 2013. Festivities included a historical exhibit in Exchange Square, a benefit gala, and a performance by the Yale Glee Club that included the premiere of a song, commissioned by Yale-China, dedicated to New Asia College.

Yale Glee Club Visits Xiuning County Schools

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Xiuning Middle School Website
May 28, 2013 (Chinese)

Haiyang Number Two Middle School Website
May 29, 2013 (Chinese)
One of Yale-China's most recent Arts initiatives brought the Yale Glee Club to two schools in Anhui Province. Xiuning Middle School is the newest site in the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship portfolio, and both schools were partners in the 2011 Xiuning Service and Cultural Exchange Program. Glee Club members performed for the students and taught them to sing a few Yale songs.

Announcement of 2013-2015 Teaching Fellows

  The Yale-China Association is pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals as Yale-China Teaching Fellows for the 2013-2015 term.

Yale-China Teaching Fellows are posted to partner sites in mainland China in Hong Kong, where they spend two years teaching, learning, and serving as members of the local community.

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2013-2015 Yale-China Teaching Fellows

JOHN COPP, JE ‘13 (English), CUHK
China and English, in combination, attracted John to Yale-China. His love of English language and literature lead at Yale to his working on the literary Yale Undergraduate Magazine, interning at the Yale University Press, and majoring in English. The opportunity for new lingual and cultural experiences led him to a semester in Beijing under the auspices of the Peking University–Yale University Joint Undergraduate Program. There he developed a great interest in China and the Chinese language, while continuing to explore English—through discussions with non-native speakers, and then by teaching at the High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University. This teaching experience—and a previous summer's experience at the Louisville Science Center—were highly rewarding to John. Thus he is very excited to be teaching, English, in China, at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

REBECCA JAYE, JE ‘11 (American Studies), Lingnan College
Rebecca joins the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a degree in American Studies and a focus on creative non-fiction writing. Through the lens of ethnography, Rebecca studied the social and economic inequities that influence the way race, culture, and public policy are formed both in the United States and internationally. Rebecca was previously the recipient of the Richard U. Light Fellowship, which enabled her to study Korean language in Seoul for two summers. Her summers in Korea allowed her to develop an appreciation for cross-cultural education. Subsequently, she spent a semester abroad in London studying British history and art, as well as serving as an intern for the Israeli Ministry of Justice’s Department for the Battle Against Human Trafficking. On campus, Rebecca was a tutor for New Haven Reads and led workshops for the Women’s Art Collective, which helped students use art as therapy. Rebecca is excited to engage in cross-cultural learning and deepen her knowledge of Chinese history and culture. Following her time in China, she hopes to pursue studies in divinity and law.

DRISANA MISRA, TC ‘13 (Literature), CUHK
Drisana has cultivated a deep interest in art and culture through the Literature major at Yale, where she focused primarily in Japanese literature and film. During her sophomore year, she spent a semester in London studying British literature, art, and political history with the Yale-in-London programme. Relishing every moment of this experience, she then continued living abroad the following two summers through the generosity of the Light Fellowship, studying modern Japanese in Tokyo and classical Japanese in Kyoto. Drisana pursues her interests in travel writing, photography, and foreignness through her commitment to the Jetset Times, a daily online travel publication. She became interested in teaching after spending her senior year working closely with high school students who were learning English as a Second Language at Ivy Labs Education in New Haven, Connecticut. These experiences inspired her to become a Yale-China Teaching Fellow. She is excited to join the Yale-China family and share her love of literature and culture with the students at CUHK. In Hong Kong, she hopes to acquire Chinese language skills, travel all over Asia, cultivate knowledge of Chinese culture, and expand her analytical framework. Following this fellowship, Drisana plans to continue her studies in Comparative Literature.

JULIUS MITCHELL, BR ‘13 (Political Science and Ethnicity, Race & Migration), Xiuzhong
Julius Mitchell is excited to join the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a degree in Political Science and Ethnicity, Race & Migration. Born and raised in Chicago, he has a strong interest in ethnography, travel, and international education. His experiences in China began after completing a language program at East China Normal University in high school. At Yale, Julius was awarded the Light Fellowship to study in Beijing at Associated Colleges in China. He is a freshman counselor in Branford College and has spearheaded numerous projects for Yale Admissions like Bulldog Days and the Multicultural Open House. He is the former business manager and choreographer of Shades (Yale’s youngest a cappella group). He looks forward to immersing himself in the Xiuning community and strengthening his language proficiency.

HANA OMIYA, JE ‘13 (Fine Art), Yali
Hana joins Yale-China with a passion for people and a degree in the Fine Arts. Her love for drawing and learning about East Asia has led her to study language, art, and architecture in China, Korea, and Japan. Back home, she designs floral arrangements and interior paintings for Mari's Japanese Cuisine. On campus, she is dedicated to mentoring Yalies through cultural education. She has served as a co-moderator of the Chinese Adopted Siblings Program for Youth and of the Taiwanese American Society, as well as a peer liaison for the Asian American Cultural Center. She enjoys working closely with students as a tutor at Yale's Center for Language Study, and is interested in pursuing art and language education as a career. Hana is excited to meet her class at Yali and fill her sketchbook with delicious recipes of Changsha.

CHINH PHAM, TC ‘13 (Psychology), Yali
Chinh Pham joins the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a degree in Psychology and a special interest in developmental psychology. During his time at Yale, Chinh has been active in a wide array of activities, serving as a Freshman Counselor, a coordinator of an adopted siblings program, a co-president of the Yale Lion Dance Troupe, a board member of the Yale Entrepreneurial Society, and a representative of the college council. He has travelled to England, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and his home country, Vietnam, multiple times and is excited to actively learn about China during his time in Changsha. In his free time, Chinh likes to read, cook, and engage in competitive sports. Following his time in Changsha, he hopes to apply the skills he will have acquired and pursue a career in education policy.

CAMERON ROTBLAT, JE ‘13 (Global Affairs and History), Lingnan College
Cameron joins the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a degree in History and Global Affairs and with strong interests in international development and international law. While at Yale, Cameron served as leader of the Yale Roosevelt Institute International Development Center (a student think-tank), senior editor of the Yale Review of International Studies, managing editor of the Yale Undergraduate Law Review, and a political science research assistant. He also volunteered as a MATHCOUNTS tutor for New Haven middle school students. During summers and college breaks he enjoyed studying and conducting research abroad in Haiti, Ghana, France, Switzerland, Senegal, and China. Cameron is incredibly excited to spend two years living and teaching at Sun Yat-sen University in Zhuhai. After the Fellowship he plans to study at Yale Law School.

JAMES SILVEIRA, JE ‘13 (Cognitive Science), Xiuzhong
Jamey joins the Teaching Fellowship after having exhausted nearly every other program the Yale-China Association has to offer. His work in the Cognitive Science major focused primarily on cross-cultural and cross-linguistic differences in cognition, especially between East Asians and Westerners. Jamey had the opportunity to further pursue his interest in East Asia through the Richard U. Light Fellowship, spending two summers in Beijing studying Chinese. He maintained his connection to the Light Fellowship throughout his Yale career, serving as the secretary and president of Light’s Student Advisory Committee. Jamey joined the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity after walking on to the varsity lacrosse team and was elected president of the organization during his junior year. After deciding to leave the team, he managed to stay active playing for the Yale rugby club. Jamey is thrilled to begin teaching in Xiuning and hopes to continue expanding his understanding of Chinese culture and society.

Ambassador Gary Locke visits Yali Middle School

"Marketing" the United States, Gary Locke Makes Eight Stops In A Row

U.S. Ambassador to China visits Changsha for half a day: saves the most time for students, uses the shortest amount of time for four meetings.

(Article in Chinese only)

Ambassador Gary Locke visits Yali Middle School

China Should Learn from American Students' Critical Thinking Skills: Gary Locke Speaks at Yali Middle School

The ambassador on Chinese and American education: To be able to foster scientific and technological creativity, it matters not how much you remember, but how you think.

(Article in Chinese only)

Chinese Arts Festival in New Haven

Day Of The Silk Fan Dance

“Let’s try that again from the ice cream scoop,” instructed Siyue Chen. ... After half an hour of stretching, sweeping, and waving, the class performed a version of the silk fan dance, a Chinese folk dance celebrating the approach of spring. Heralding spring could not have come sooner, since the Chinese Arts Festival, originally planned for Feb. 9, had to reschedule for this Saturday and Sunday due to blizzard Nemo. ...

Chinese Arts Festival in New Haven

WTNH-- On Saturday, New Haven will be celebrating the Chinese New Year, downtown at the Chinese New Year Festival for the Year of the Snake.

Nancy Yao Maasbach, the Executive Director of the Yale-Chinese Association, talked about some activities people can expect at the Chinese New Year Festival.

The festival starts at 10 AM Saturday morning, on Whitney Avenue, between Grove and Trumbull Streets.

Chinese Arts Festival in New Haven

YaleNews, 1/24/2013
By Dorie Baker
Chinese Arts Festival in New Haven rings in Year of the Snake

Foothills Exhibit Now on Display

Yale Daily News, 11/14/2012
By Isabella D'agosto
‘Foothills’ depicts rural China

Lion Dance Parade 2012

New Haven Independent, 2/2/2012
By Thomas MacMillan
New Year’s Dance Brightens City’s “Chinatown”

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