More than Three Hundred Participate in Los Angeles Mentoring Session

May 2008  By Jane Leung Larson

The 17th Annual Conference of the Committee of 100 ended with its signature mentoring program, “Bridge to a Bright Future.” Over 300 young Chinese Americans participated in roundtable discussions on career and life choices with leading figures in academia, consulting, finance, entertainment, law, public service, and science and technology, most of them Committee members. Joining the 36 members who volunteered to serve as mentors were conference speakers Michelle Kwan, Public Diplomacy Envoy, and Karen Tse, who heads International Bridges to Justice, a non-profit organization, as well as representatives of the three mentoring program sponsor companies, Chubb Personal Insurance, HSBC, and Southern California Edison.


Congressman David Wu, C-100 member Alice Young, and mentees.

“With our unique mentoring program, we would like to contribute further to our society by ensuring a healthy pipeline of future leaders,” said John L. Fugh, Chairman of the Committee of 100.   Opening speakers for the session were Albert Yu, former Senior Vice President of Intel and an originator of the C-100 Mentoring Program; Steve Chen, Co-Founder, YouTube; Wan Ling Martello, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Strategy, Wal-Mart International; and Congressman David Wu (D-OR). 


Member Ben Wu and mentees.

Mentees had the chance to attend Saturday’s conference session, which was geared to the interests of young people with a conversation between television journalist Lisa Ling and figure skater Michelle Kwan, and a panel on creativity moderated by writer Adeline Yen Mah with YouTube’s Chen, piano prodigy Marc Yu, and MacArthur Fellow Julie Su.

The Committee hosts an innovative website for mentees, with personal stories of Committee members, and mentee social networking.  Go to

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Committee Awards 28 Chinese Graduate Students its Coveted Leadership Scholarship

May 2008 | By Jane Leung Larson and Maggie Liu


Seventy graduate students nominated by 14 of China’s top universities competed for 28 C-100 Leadership Scholarships given for outstanding academic achievement, demonstration of leadership, and community involvement.  The 3rd Awards Ceremony was held at Tsinghua University on April 8.  Attending the ceremony were members Wu-Fu Chen, Kai-Fu Lee, David Liu, Carter Tseng, Charles P. Wang and Ya-Qin Zhang, who each spoke on how they became successful.

Two new universities have joined the twelve original schools chosen by the Committee as most likely to graduate China’s next generation of leaders, with whom C-100 seeks to establish a relationship —the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu and University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei. 

Greater China members Lee, H.K. Chang, Paul Chu, and Carter Tseng sat on the committee that selected this year’s scholarship winners.

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American and Chinese Decision-makers Welcome Results of C100 Hope and Fear Survey

May 2008 | By Yong Lu
Over the past half year, C-100 has taken Hope and Fear: American and Chinese Attitudes Toward Each Other on the road in China and the U.S.  This unique survey, which was conducted by Zogby International and Horizon Research, revealed that both American and Chinese populations have tremendous hopes about what is becoming the most important bilateral relationship in the world, while at the same time harboring significant fears about the consequences for their countries.   Read the full report at

In Beijing, Research Co-Chair Cheng Li (Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution) briefed China’s state leaders on the initial findings during the C-100 China delegation meetings in November. 

On December 10, the survey was officially released at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with a follow-up event on the same day at the Brookings Institution.  View the press conference on YouTube at

In Los Angeles on Feburary 6, Research Co-Chair Frank H. Wu (Dean of Wayne State University Law School) presented the survey at an event co-sponsored by the Asia Society Southern California, Pacific Council on International Policy, and Asian Pacific American Legal Center.

On March 6 in San Francisco, Wu spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California. More than 100 Bay Area political, community, and business leaders attended the program, including C-100 members Kenneth Fong, Doreen Woo Ho, Bob Lee, Larry Low, Jenny Ming, Leslie T. Schilling, and Dennis Wu, and the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco, Gao Zhansheng. C-100 Chairman Gen. John L. Fugh delivered welcoming remarks, and Anna Mok, Partner of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, moderated the discussion. The full program was broadcast on the Club’s national radio network and can be heard at

Another presentation will come up this June, co-sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

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2009 Annual Conference to Celebrate Committee’s 20th Anniversary

May 2008 | By Jane Leung Larson

As it does every four years, the Committee will return next year to Washington, D.C. for its Annual Conference, April 30 to May 2.  2009 marks not only the Committee’s 20th anniversary, but the inauguration of a new Administration and Congress. 

The Committee of 100 was conceived in 1989 by famed architect I.M. Pei to fill the need for an organization of influential Chinese Americans who could speak with a unified voice to decision-makers at the highest levels in both the U.S. and China.  By the end of 1990, C-100 Founders Pei, Yo-Yo Ma, Shirley Young, Oscar Tang, Henry Tang, and Chien-Shiung Wu had recruited nearly 100 American citizens of Chinese descent who had reached the pinnacle of their fields, spanning the arts, business, academia, public service, science and technology.  Uniting them was the desire to expand the participation of Chinese Americans in all aspects of American life and to foster better U.S.-China relations.  Today, Committee members number 152.

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Spring 2008 | Newsletter

Spring 2008
C100 Delegation Calls On Chinese Leaders In Beijing

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Hope and Fear: American and Chinese

Uschina“Integrating U.S., Chinese Views

Can Build Bridges”
By Frank H. Wu
Detroit Free Press
December 13, 2007

This week, a nonprofit group called the Committee of 100 released an unprecedented mirror survey of American attitudes toward China and Chinese attitudes toward America. Founded by prominent Chinese Americans such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma and architect I.M. Pei, C-100 promotes good relations between China and America, along with participation of Chinese Americans in public life.

This new study reveals a paradox of hope and fear. On the one hand, both sides see common interests in trade relations. Americans are more likely to blame their own government, rather than China, for the U.S. trade deficit with China, which hit $232 billion in 2006.

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Winter 2008 | Newsletter

Winter 2008
New C100 Parallel Survey Of Americans And Chinese Shows Mutual Perceptions Are Characterized By Both Hope & Fear

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Recent Awards to C100 Members

H.K. Chang, who recently retired as President and University Professor of City University of Hong Kong, received the Medal of Excellence in Engineering Education from the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) in New Delhi at its General Assembly on November 15. This award is presented biennially by WFEO, a federation of national engineering organizations from 90 countries representing 8 million engineers that operates under UNESCO to address social issues from peace to sustainable development. Chang was honored for his contributions to engineering education and to building the engineering programs at the six universities where he taught from 1975 to 2007. Chang received two honorary professorships in China, from Tsinghua University on December 7, and from Xi’an Jiaotong University.

Hollywood film star Joan Chen has been winning award after award for her performance in the highly-praised 2007 Australian film, The Home Song Stories, directed by Tony Ayres. Chen plays a single mother and nightclub singer who leaves Shanghai to marry a sailor in Australia and finds herself once again adrift. In Australia, Chen won three “best actress” awards, from the Australian Film Institute, Inside Film and Critics Circle. In Taiwan, she won the Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress, considered the equivalent of Asia’s Oscars. And, the film was Australia’s official entry into the Foreign Film category of the 2008 Academy Awards. In March, The Home Song Stories was shown at the San Francisco Film Festival.

U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (UCIS) Director Emilio T. González presented C-100 Chairman John L. Fugh with the “Outstanding American by Choice” certificate on January 15 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C. This initiative recognizes naturalized American citizens who have “demonstrated their commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans” by their “civic participation, professional achievement and responsible citizenship.” Fugh was born in Beijing and came to the U.S. at age 15 with his family. The first Chinese American General in the U.S. Army, Fugh graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and George Washington University Law School. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1993, as The Judge Advocate General with the rank of Major General. In this position, Fugh managed the Army’s worldwide legal organization. In addition to chairing the Committee of 100, Fugh is also a director and member of the executive committee of the Atlantic Council.

Lawrence Tu
, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Dell, Inc., was honored by the Asian American Bar Association of New York, on February 7 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Before joining Dell in 2004, Tu was Executive Vice President and General Counsel at NBC Universal. Earlier in his career, Tu spent time in Asia as managing partner of the Hong Kong office of the law firm O’Melveny & Myers and as General Counsel Asia-Pacific for Goldman Sachs. Prior to entering the private sector, Tu was an attorney for the U.S. State Department and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He is a member of the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and is one of the top Asian Americans in the legal profession.

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C100 Delegation Calls on Chinese Leaders in Beijing

Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), was among the Chinese leaders who met privately with Committee members last November, when the Committee held its Greater China conference in Beijing. Covered extensively in the Chinese media, the C-100 delegation included Chairman John L. Fugh, H.K. Chang, Pehong Chen, Leroy Chiao, Henry Lee, Kai-Fu Lee, Cheng Li, Howard Li, Xiaobo Lu, Jenny Ming, Henry Tang, Executive Director Alice Mong, and Public Affairs Director An Ping. The NPC Chairman welcomed suggestions from the Committee delegation, saying that the members understood both cultures. At each meeting, Committee members gave a preview of “Hope and Fear,” the C-100 mirror survey released in December.

Wu told the delegation that the Communist Party had set itself two important tasks after the 17th Party Congress in October: social justice and balancing economic development. “For the moment, when people refer to China’s development, they say that Chinese cities are on a equal levels with European cities; but the development level of Chinese villages is similar to that of African villages.”

The Committee also met with NPC Vice Chairman Sheng Huaren and had a roundtable discussion with Lu Congmin, Vice Chairman of the NPC Foreign Affairs Committee and other NPC members. Liu Qi, Chairman of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, thanked C-100 for supporting Beijing’s bid to host the 2008 Olympiad. Other leaders visited were Liu Yandong, Vice Chairman, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, who gave a briefing on the 17th Party Congress; Cai Wu, Director of the State Council Information Office; and Wang Chao, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Commerce. Wang said that of the 50,000 American companies that have invested in China, over half have turned a profit. He said that China took product safety seriously and had formed a special task to deal with it.
–Thanks to An Ping for her assistance with this article.

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Fall 2007 | Newsletter

Fall 2007
Bridge to Change II 桥连中美 展望未来 (二)

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Summer 2007 | Newsletter

Summer 2007
The Committee of 100 in New York City

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Spring 2007 | Newsletter

Bridge to Change:
16th Annual Committee of 100 Conference
April 19-21, 2007 – New York City

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Winter 2007 | Newsletter


To Be Feted at 16th Annual Conference
In New York City

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Fall 2006 | Newsletter

Fall 2006
Highlights HIV/AIDS
Awareness with Dr. David Ho

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Summer 2006 | Newsletter


Annual Conference in
Builds Bridges of Understanding

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Spring 2006 | Newsletter

Spring 2006
San Francisco Conference
To Bridge U.S. and China

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Winter 2006 | Newsletter

Winter 2006
Chinese American Astronaut,
New York Times Columnist
Among Honorees
At Committee’s 15th Annual Conference


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Fall 2005 | Newsletter

Fall 2005
and China: A View from the Bridge
2006 Annual Conference Preview

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Summer 2005 | Newsletter

C100 Study Paints Detailed
Picture of
American Attitudes Toward China

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Spring 2005 | Newsletter


14th Annual Conference and Gala Dinner

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Winter 2005 | Newsletter


C-100 Greater China Conference
Bridging the Pacific

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Fall 2004 | Newsletter


Americans and the 2004 Election

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Summer 2004 | Newsletter


2004 Conference Highlights
David Ho on AIDS in China, Corporate Boards Panel


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Spring 2004 | Newsletter


Chinese Americans at the Forefront of American
David Ho, Gary Locke, and Jerry Yang
(2004 Honorees at C-100 Annual Conference)


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Fall 2003 | Newsletter


Ho in Beijing: "SARS as a Golden Opportunity" for Chinese Science

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