The Committee of 100’s 21st Annual Gala and Conference held at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California on April 19-20 showcased the C-100 U.S.-China Public Perceptions Opinion Survey 2012 and this year’s program achievements. C-100 Chairman Dominic Ng highlighted the Committee’s three main program areas—Education, Diplomacy, and Leadership Development—themes underscored by the gala honorees and testimonial speakers.
Conference hosts: At podium, Stewart Kwoh; from left, Executive Director Angie Tang, Ming Hsieh, Michelle Kwan, Walter Wang and William Wang.
The conference co-chairs—Ming Hsieh, Michelle Kwan, Stewart Kwoh, Walter Wang, and William Wang—hosted an impressive gala with 577 attendees, including 67 sponsors and 70 C-100 members.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa warmly welcomed everyone and credited C-100 for expanding the teaching of Chinese language in Los Angeles schools. The gala keynote speaker, Michael Milken, Chairman of the Milken Institute, emphasized education, health care, and immigration as keys to increasing human capital. Milken stressed the need for the U.S. to re-focus on education as the key to a better economy and a better life and noted that the partnership between China and the U.S. will determine the future of our planet.
The Committee honored Charles Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, for his philanthropic work, and two educational institutions for their leadership in advancing U.S.-China relations: the University of California at Los Angeles, represented by Chancellor Gene Block, and the University of Southern California, represented by President C.L. Max Nikias.
This year’s gala also featured testimonials by former C-100 program participants who spoke about the impact of C-100’s three core programs:
- Diplomacy: Congresswoman Judy Chu commended C-100’s support for the passage of U.S. Senate Resolution 201, which expressed regret over the Chinese Exclusion laws.
- Leadership Development: Cyndie Chang, partner at Duane Morris LLP, emphasized the impact of the C-100 leadership mentoring program on her professional development.
- Education: Yolie Flores, Chief Executive Officer of Communities for Teaching Excellence, described how her participation in C-100’s Leadership Delegation to China inspired her efforts in educational advocacy to offer Mandarin in Los Angeles public schools.