GCPI Panel

Registration: https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GVTb3N1sRP6Yd5WjH-zLng 

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.

Please visit the event page to view the complete schedule with presenters and paper titles.


4:00–5:30 p.m.    
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” (Vol. 11, No. 2, 2019)
    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

5:45–7:15 p.m.  
Panel I:
Philanthropy in the Time of a Global Pandemic



9:30–11:15 a.m.     
Panel II:
Social Responsibilities, Voluntarism, and NGOs

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  
Special Session:
Data Collection and Methodologies in the Field of Global Chinese Philanthropy

4:00–5:30 p.m. 
Panel III:
Culture, Internationalization, and Sustainable Development

5:45–7:15 p.m.       
Panel IV:
Roundtable Discussion: Future Research on Global Chinese Philanthropy

Event organizers: 
UCI Long US-China Institute and UCLA 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


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