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Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative (GCPI): Tsinghua Forum

9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

The two largest global economies, the United States and China, make up 36% of the world’s economy, and have the highest number of billionaires in the world. The Hurun Research Institute in 2016 estimated that there are now more billionaires in China than in the US, a phenomenal development given that China’s wealthy class has arisen almost entirely over the past three decades. And as their economies grow, so does the practice of charitable giving among Chinese and Chinese American philanthropists. Nevertheless, their shared ethnicity aside, there are both similarities as well as differences in terms of the motivation, interest, areas of giving and impact between Chinese philanthropists in the two countries.

In today’s increasingly globalized world, philanthropy has no borders. It is in this backdrop that the Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative (GCPI): Tsinghua Forum is held to promote the global Chinese philanthropic spirit and corporate social responsibility, as well as highlight the contributions of Chinese philanthropists to world prosperity. Philanthropists, scholars, experts and foundation representatives from both sides of the Pacific Ocean will get together on the Tsinghua University campus to share ideas, best practices, and research findings on philanthropy.


Welcome Remarks
Bin Yang, Vice President & Provost, Tsinghua University; President of Tsinghua University Education Foundation
Gene D. Block, Chancellor & Distinguished Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
Tianxing Tan, Vice Minister of the United Front Work Department of CPC Central Committee

Chaired by: Denggao Long, Director & Professor, Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies, Tsinghua University &
Min Zhou, Director & Professor, UCLA Asia Pacific Center, Walter & Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations and Communications

Report Briefing
Stewart Kwoh, President & Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Los Angeles

Chaired by: Brian T. Hervey, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Alumni Relations, University of California, Irvine

High-Level Dialogue I: Philanthropy, Innovation, Research and Education
Ronnie C. Chan, Chairman, Hang Lung Properties
Anla Cheng, Founder & CEO, SupChina
John Long, Founder & CEO, Highridge Partners
Dezhi Lu, Chairman, Hongkang Life Insurance; Chairman, Huamin Charity Foundation
Sue Van, President & CEO, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Tao Zhao, Chairman, Shandong Buchang Pharmaceuticals; Vice President, China
Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs Association

Moderated by: Christopher Marquis, Samuel C. Johnson Professor, Cornell University

High-Level Dialogue II: Chinese and Overseas Chinese Philanthropy
Bo Lu, Co-Founder and Founding Director of World Future Foundation, Singapore
David Q. Pan, Executive Dean, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University
Jaff Shen, Secretary-General, Beijing Leping Public Welfare Foundation
Linda Wong, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Yihai Group

Moderated by: Huiyao Wang, President, Center for China and Globalization

High-Level Dialogue III: Emerging Philanthropy Landscape
Adley Chan, Assistant Professor, the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California
Patrick Liang, Executive Director, Cyrus Tang Foundation
Ben Niu, Chairman, Lao Niu Brother & Sister Foundation
Virginia Tan, Co-founder and President, Lean In China
Catherine Zhang, Vice President, Rockcheck Group; Director, Rockcheck Puji Foundation

Moderated by: Vivian Long, Director of Programs, Long Family Foundation

Deans’ Panel: Philanthropy Research and Higher Education
Haoming Huang, Vice President & Professor, China Global Philanthropy Institute
Ping Li, Director & Professor, Institute of Marxist Philosophy and Chinese Modernization at Sun Yat-sen University
Bill Maurer, Dean & Professor, School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine
John Sonego, Associate Dean for External Affairs, USC Price School of Public Policy

Moderated by: Min Zhou, Director & Professor, UCLA Asia Pacific Center, Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations and Communications

Academic Panel I: Diverse Patterns of Global Chinese Philanthropy
• “Traditional Patterns of Philanthropy in Public Work in China”
Denggao Long, Director & Professor, Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies, Tsinghua University
Jinghua Xing, Deputy Director, Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies, Tsinghua University

• “The Contribution of Overseas Chinese to Philanthropy in China since the Economic Reform”
Xiuming Zhang, Deputy Director, China Institute for Chinese Overseas Studies; Editor-in-Chief of Overseas Chinese History Studies

• “The Donations of the Extremely Wealthy in China”
Chien-Chung Huang, Director & Professor, Huamin Research Center, Rutgers University
Congcong Zhang, Ph.D. candidate, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University

• “Institutional Logics, Imprinting and Corporate Social Responsibilities: A Tale of Private and Public Charities”
Tianli Feng, Associate Professor & Executive Director, Center for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Moderated by: Chunwang Zhang, Director, China Institute for Chinese Overseas Studies; Vice President, Overseas Chinese History Society of China

Academic Panel II: Philanthropy Research in Comparative Perspective
• “Why Giving: A Comparative Study of the Motivation of Donations by the Wealthy”
Xijin Jia, Associate Professor & Vice Dean, Institute for Philanthropy, Tsinghua University

• “The Driving Forces of Philanthropy among Chinese Immigrants: The Case of Shunde, China”
Jiangang Zhu, Professor of Sociology, Nan Kai University
Yanchun Jing, Dean, Guangzhou Institute for Philanthropy

• “Environmental Philanthropy and Public Participation: Comparison on Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore”
Wenjuan Zheng, Ph.D. candidate, CUNY Graduate Center
Zhenxiang Chen, Ph.D. candidate, UCLA
Paul M. Ong, Research Professor, School of Public Affairs, UCLA

• “Rockefeller Foundation’s Agricultural Philanthropy in Rural China”
Ruisheng Zhang, Ph.D. candidate, Purdue University

• “The Internet and Philanthropic Donations among Middle-Class Chinese: Evidence from CGSS2012”
Yuting Shi, Ph.D. Candidate, Sun Yat-sen University

Chaired by: Tuan Yang, Research Professor, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Deputy Secretary-General, China Lingshan Charity Public Welfare Promotion Association

Closing & Acknowledgments
Denggao Long, Director & Professor, Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies, Tsinghua University

In the Media:

This event has been covered by over 20 global print, online and TV media outlets in over 30 different reports, including by: People's Daily, Xinhua News, CCTV, Sing Tao Daily, Ta Kung Pao, Phoenix News and Tencent News. To view this coverage please click here.

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