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International Symposium on Global Chinese Philanthropy


International Symposium on Global Chinese Philanthropy

Image: Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative launch event in Los Angeles, September 6, 2017


Friday, March 19, 2021 - Saturday, March 20, 2021

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This symposium is offered online via Zoom. Times listed are US Pacific Daylight Time. Start times for each session are also listed in several other time zones.

Note: The Opening Session (4:00–5:30 pm) will also be streamed live on YouTube. The video will be posted on this event page shortly after the beginning of the symposium.

Global Chinese philanthropists are making significant contributions to local and global communities, with positive effects on promoting economic development, alleviating poverty, widening access to higher education, advancing innovations in health research and science, and supporting the arts and culture. 

This symposium seeks to disseminate empirical knowledge for advancing public awareness and understanding of philanthropic giving by people of Chinese descent in the U.S. and around the world. It features a keynote presentation on the enduring contributions of Chinese Americans to U.S. society by Committee of 100 President Zhengyu Huang, an interview with distinguished Chinese American philanthropist Shirley Wang, a launch of a China Nonprofit Review special issue on “Promoting Research on Global Chinese Philanthropy,” and four panels of scholarly presentations by researchers from the U.S., Asia, Europe and Africa, as well as a roundtable discussion on future research on global Chinese philanthropy. 

The symposium will examine the role that global Chinese philanthropy plays in the Chinese homeland, the greater Chinese diaspora, and countries of Chinese migrant resettlement around the world, with a particular focus on times of crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Through interdisciplinary scholarship, speakers will explore:

  • issues pertaining to areas of philanthropic giving, e.g., the environment and sustainable development, education, health, youth development, poverty alleviation;
  • comparative philanthropy in China and Chinese diasporas;
  • diasporic Chinese entrepreneurship and philanthropy;
  • family wealth and social responsibility;
  • civil society and NGOs; and
  • the importance of research design, data collection methods, and digital archives. 

The March 2021 symposium is part of a five-year research program — Phase III of the Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative (GCPI) — and is made possible by the generous funding support of the Long Family Foundation and the institutional support of Global Chinese Philanthropy Research Collaborative (GCPRC) partners. Additional support is provided by Mr. Xiangli Chen through the UCLA Asia Pacific Center China and Beyond Forum.

Program
(Download the complete program in PDF format)

Host: Asia Pacific Center (APC), UCLA International Institute

Co-organizer: Long US-China Institute, UC Irvine

Co-sponsors: Huamin Research Center, Rutgers University
China and Beyond Forum
Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies (CCES), Tsinghua University, China
Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies, Jinan University, China
Sociology Department, Zhejiang University, China 
Contemporary China Research Cluster, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong 
Chinese Heritage Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 
Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre for Social and Policy Studies, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia

Friday, March 19 (4:00 to 7:15 pm PDT)
7:00 pm EDT/11:00 pm UK
Saturday, March 20, 12:00 am Europe, Cameroon/7:00 am China, Malaysia, Singapore/10:00 am Australia

4:00–5:30 pm Opening Session Chair: Emily Baum, Director of the Long US-China Institute, Associate Professor of History, UC Irvine

Welcome Remarks
C. Cindy Fan, Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement, Professor of Geography & Asian American Studies, UCLA
 
Launch of the China Nonprofit Review special issue on “Promoting Research on Global Chinese Philanthropy”
Min Zhou, APC Director, Professor of Sociology & Asian American Studies, Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations and Communications, UCLA 

Keynote Presentation on Extraordinary Contributions of Chinese Americans to American Society
Zhengyu Huang, President of the Committee of 100 

Interview with Chinese American Philanthropist Shirley Wang by Min Zhou
Q&A

5:45–7:15 pm Panel I: Philanthropy in the Time of a Global Pandemic
Chair: Eric Fong, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Contemporary China Research Cluster, the University of Hong Kong

"Philanthropy and innovation of overseas Chinese businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic"
Lucy Jinghua Xing, Tsinghua University, China

"Chinese philanthropy in the era of COVID-19: Cross-cultural trust, capacity, and collective sharing"
Chien-Chung Huang, Shannon Cheung, and Emily Huang, Rutgers University

"Chinese philanthropic response to COVID-19 crisis in the Malaysian context"
Kenneth Lee Tze Wui, Yee Mun Chin, Eng May Chuen, Jenn Yuan Lee, and Yeong Nan Phua, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia 

"Produce and donate protective equipment: Chinese firms’ in-kind philanthropy in the age of COVID-19"
Yang Liu and Christopher Marquis, Cornell University

Saturday, March 20 (9:30 am to 12:40 pm PDT)
12:30 pm EDT/4:30 pm UK/5:30 pm Europe, Cameroon
Sunday, March 21, 12:30 am China, Malaysia, Singapore/3:30 am Australia

9:30–11:30 am Panel II: Social Responsibilities, Voluntarism, and NGOs
Chair: Gustavo Oliveira, Assistant Professor of Global & International Studies, UC Irvine

"The social responsibilities and philanthropy initiatives of Chinese entrepreneurs in France under the COVID-19 pandemic"
Simeng Wang, CNRS, and Xiabing Chen, Sorbonne University, France

"Self-organisation and volunteering among the Chinese Diaspora in Manchester during COVID-19"
Katja Levy, University of Manchester, UK

"Philanthropy in China’s cultural sector: Individual passions and innovation models"
Nick Pozek, Columbia University Law

"People-to-people exchanges: Conceptualizing Chinese youth programming in Kenya as a form of global Chinese philanthropy"
Melissa Lefkowitz, New York University

"NGOs in China’s foreign policy: Processes, strategies and objectives behind the 'Going Global' of Chinese NGOs"
Anja Ketels, University of Munster, Germany

"Corporate Philanthropy in the Age of COVID-19: An Analysis Based on the Case of Huawei Technologies' Support to Fight against the Coronavirus in Cameroon"
Auxence Augustin Koa and Alvin Angoni Ateba, University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon

11:40 am–12:40 pm Special Session: Data collection and methodologies in the field of global Chinese philanthropy
Chair:
Christopher Marquis, Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell University

Virtual ethnography and digital archives of global Chinese philanthropy
Li Zhang and Gustavo Oliveira, UC Irvine

Interviewing with philanthropists 
Min Zhou, UCLA

BREAK

Afternoon Session (4:00 to 7:30 pm PDT)
7:00 pm EDT/11:00 pm UK
Sunday, March 21, 12:00 am Europe, Cameroon/7:00 am China, Malaysia, Singapore/10:00 am Australia

4:00 pm–5:30 pm Panel III: Culture, Internationalization, and Sustainable Development
Chair: Yee Mun Chin, Director, Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre for Social and Policy Studies, UTAR

"Chinese Diaspora in philanthropic adaptation: Flexible identities, multiple loyalties, motivations of the
heart and head"
Marina Tan Harper, UC Davis

"The state of philanthropy in Singapore: From clan based to state facilitated endeavors"
Hang Wu Tang, Singapore Management University 

"Philanthropy and sustainable development: Evidence from Zheng Weining Charity Foundation and CANYOU trinity development model"
Chien-Chung Huang, Naixin Ouyang, and Yafan Chen, Rutgers University

"Does an entrepreneur’s high identity-perceiving promote corporate philanthropy?"
Tianli (Tilly) Feng, University of Electronic Science & Technology, China 

"Exploratory embedded internationalization: Examining the autonomy of Chinese NGOs in their global endeavors"
Ying Wang, Leiden University, The Netherlands

5:45–7:15 pm Panel IV: Roundtable Discussion: Future Research on Global Chinese Philanthropy (75 minutes)
Chair/Moderator: Marina Tan Harper, Senior Director for International Development, UC Davis

Panelists:

Min Zhou, UCLA Emily Baum, UCI Eric Fong, The University of Hong Kong Fan Dai, Jinan University Cheun Hoe Yow, Chinese Heritage Centre, NTU Chien-Chung Huang, Rutgers University Denggao Long, Tsinghua University Yee Mun Chin, UTAR Qing Miao, Zhejiang University

Open Discussion

7:157:30 pm Closing Session

Emily Baum, Director of the Long US-China Institute, UC Irvine
Min Zhou, Director of Asia Pacific Center, UCLA




Download file: GCPI-Symposium-Program-ds-icm.pdf

Sponsor(s): Asia Pacific Center, Huamin Research Center, Rutgers University; Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies (CCES), Tsinghua University, China; Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies, Jinan University, China; Sociology Department, Zhejiang University, China; Contemporary China Research Cluster, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong; Chinese Heritage Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre for Social and Policy Studies, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia