By Mark McDonald
International Herald Tribune
June 27, 2012
Editor: Jane Leung Larson
Committee of 100 Chairman Dominic Ng, Charlie Woo, and Ming Hsu met with Martin Gold, pro bono Counsel of the 1882 Project, in Los Angeles on July 23. C-100 co-sponsored the 1882 Project to build support for the recent Congressional resolutions expressing regret for the Chinese Exclusion laws (1882 to 1943). As a former Senate staffer, Gold was especially important in crafting an effective legislative strategy to get the resolutions through Congress. Hsu said: “If one Senator had objected, this would have been impossible to pass.”
The Committee of 100 was a partner organization for “Moving the Needle,” hosted by Corporate Board Member at the New York Stock Exchange on July 18-19. “Moving the Needle” advanced the mission to build greater diversity on corporate boards by bringing together over 250 corporate board candidates and firms to this high-level networking event. C-100 members Wilson Chu, Bob Gee, Doreen Woo Ho, Clarence Kwan, Bob Lee, Dennis Wu, and Alice Young, as well as C-100 Executive Director Angie Tang, participated in the event. C-100 has collaborated with the Corporate Board Member to increase Asian American representation on corporate boards as part of the Committee’s Leadership Development Initiative.
C-100 U.S.-China Perceptions Survey co-chairs Charlie Woo, Frank H. Wu, and Jeremy Wu participated in a live “Global Conversation on US-China Relations” with Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia Journalism School, on May 23. The webcast is an in-depth review of the survey methodology and findings.
Talk show host Tavis Smiley interviewed Charlie Woo, co-founder and CEO of Megatoys, on May 11. Smiley traveled to China twice with the Committee and was particularly interested in the survey finding that individuals who had visited the other country had more favorable views than those who had never been there. Woo said, “Interaction between the two peoples creates a better relationship. For those [Americans] who have visited China, their impression is pretty overwhelmingly more favorable, and for Chinese who come here, most have favorable opinions.”
Committee of 100 leaders had private meetings with several prominent Chinese leaders in the past few months to discuss the findings and recommendations of the recent U.S.-China Perceptions Survey and other topics of mutual interest.
Dominic Ng presents 2012 survey findings to Chinese Culture Minister Cai Wu.
In Beijing on May 16, C-100 Chairman Dominic Ng and Executive Director Angie Tang met with Chinese Minister of Culture Cai Wu. He was particularly interested in collaboration with C-100 on cultural exchanges between the U.S. and China.
C-100 members Carter Tseng, Charlie Sie, and Jeremy Wu represented the Committee at the Tien Chang-Lin Symposium in Wuhan on June 28.
The Tien Chang-Lin Symposium commemorates the late Chang-lin Tien, a founding member of the Committee of 100 and the seventh Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. Tien was the first Asian American to head a major university in the United States. In 2010, the city of Wuhan, Tien’s birthplace, established an annual symposium in recognition of his accomplishments as a scientist and educator. Over one hundred people participated in this year’s symposium. Sie spoke about innovation, and Tseng gave a presentation on human capital. Wu read a letter of greetings from C-100 Chairman Dominic Ng and presented findings from the 2012 C-100 U.S.-China Public Perceptions Opinion Survey.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP announced in May that Paul Lin, formerly with Jones Day, has joined the firm as a partner in the Los Angeles office. He will be focusing on mergers and acquisitions and cross-border transactions for a broad range of technology and consumer electronics companies, from multinationals to Chinese state-owned enterprises in California and the Asia-Pacific.
Chi Wang, President and Chair of the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, narrates his story as an immigrant in A Compelling Journey from Peking to Washington: Building a New Life in America (Hamilton Books, 2011). The son of a prominent Nationalist official, Wang left China in 1949 to attend college in the U.S. He became a professor of Chinese history and U.S.-China relations at Georgetown University and developed its Chinese studies program.