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YALE-CHINA REVIEW spring/summer 2016

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ExChanging the World

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Where Are They Now?

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October Insider’s Trip to China page 20

“My fellowship experience taught me how to engage with the world in a different way, and the power of engaging with a community… The sense of hope and optimism I found among my students changed my own outlook and gave me a sense of possibility.”

Maggie Neil, Lingnan (University) College, 2014-2016

From the Executive Director

We explore many kinds of exchange across cultures in this issue and how Yale-China’s programs are at work in 2016. For decades we have been creating purposeful, deep exchanges that increasingly go in both directions across the Pacific. This is a constantly evolving experiment, as we adapt in the context of China’s astonishing pace of change. Yale-China has to be nimble and responsive as we focus simultaneously on bringing insights and professional skills to the individual, and special value to the institutions with which we partner, from Louisville to Hong Kong to rural Anhui. This is how we change the world, with a spirit that has not dimmed after 115 years. What is different about Yale-China’s exchanges that makes them especially effective and well-adapted to the China and the United States of 2016? The best answers come from our participants. So meet Barkley Dai, the most recent Yali Middle School senior to be admitted to Yale. Meet participants in our undergraduate exchanges, and the interdisciplinary team of women from Central South University so excited to return to Changsha to implement the health training they have learned in New Haven. Meet the newly selected Chinese and American Fellows, and find out (in “Where Are They Now?”) where these experiences have taken our former Fellows and how they are contributing to the world now. Thank you for being a member of the inspiring, growing, Yale-China community. With warm wishes from New Haven and all of our partner sites, David Youtz Executive Director

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Christian F. Murck, Chair Ping Liang, Treasurer Ann B. Williams, Secretary

Lina Ayenew Joan Channick Deborah S. Davis Alonzo Emery Douglas M. Ferguson, Vice-Chair Brian Gu Sally A. Harpole Mary Hu

Joanne Iennaco Ping Liang, Vice-Chair Jonathan Lowet Peter Man Stephen Roach Richard Skolnik Peter M. Stein John Tang


David Youtz, Executive Director

Michelle Averitt, Creative Coordinator Jonathan Green, Director of Finance and Operations Betty Ho, Senior Administrative Assistant, China Office Annie Lin, Senior Program Officer, Arts Hana Omiya, Program Fellow Mike Packevicz, Director of Health Zijie Peng, Manager, Greater China and Senior Program Officer, Education Leslie Stone, Director for Hong Kong and Director of Education Haiying Wang, Operations Associate Lucy Yang, Senior Program Officer, Health

Qinan Tang Ming Thompson Anita Qingli Wang Gary Zhou Xizhou Zhou HONORARY TRUSTEE Edith N. MacMullen

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Cover Story: ExChanging the World

David Youtz writes on Yale-China’s model of deeper exchanges through investing in people and the power of working together to solve shared challenges.

6 Current Voices Hear from two participants of Yale-China’s undergraduate programs.

YALE-CHINA REVIEW spring/summer 2016

cover story

ExChanging the World page 4

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Where Are They Now?

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October Insider’s Trip to China page 20

MISSION The Yale-China Association (雅礼协会) inspires people to learn and serve together. Founded in 1901 by graduates of Yale University, we foster long-term relationships that improve education, health, and cultural understanding in China and the United States.

8 Community Xiuning celebrates two milestones and Yali sends its newest Yalie to New Haven.

10 Health Central South University’s newest interdisciplinary team spends three weeks working with arts and science faculty from Yale University.

12 Arts Fellows create and touch lives across New Haven and San Francisco.

How to reach us: 442 Temple Street Box 208223 New Haven, CT 06520 Phone: 203-432-0884 e-mail:

14 Education Where are Yale-China Teaching Fellows now? Find out in a new infographic and meet our newest Fellows.

16 History Edward Hume reports in the 1918 Annual Report of The Yale Mission.

Copyright 2016 Yale-China Association. This issue designed by Michelle Averitt and edited by Anne Phelan.

17 Yale-China News Ambassador Max Baucus visits Yali, and Louisville Fellows conclude program on a high note.

18 Yali Society Notes Alumni share news, and Yale-China prompts an opportunity to invite new friends to the table.


2016 YUNA Exchange participants look out on Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong in March Photograph by Annie Lin

ExChanging the World By David Youtz

This issue of the Yale-China Review is devoted to the ideals of international exchange. There has been a sea change in the sheer numbers of people traveling outside of their comfort zones and encountering other cultures—but increased tourism alone does not go deep enough to break down misperceptions and build a better world. Yale-China works at the deep end of this spectrum of encounters, nurturing professional and long-term relationships and institutional ties, unwinding stereotypes, and creating transformative experiences and insights. The essay below and the pages that follow explore what makes Yale-China’s approach effective and new. Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. – Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad (1869)

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. – Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993)

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Mark Twain and Maya Angelou, writing 125 years apart, framed international travel as a weapon against prejudice and misperception and an engine for understanding and brotherhood/sisterhood across cultures. This is a vision of international engagement that the Yale-China community has embraced and enthusiastically practiced since its founding in 1901. The continuity of Yale-China’s progressive, person-to-person mission to improve trans-Pacific understanding is even more remarkable against the backdrop of vast changes in China and in the United States (and, for that matter, at Yale) over the past 115 years. Travel abroad, of course, is not the same as living in another country on an educational or professional exchange, which creates deep, intercultural experiences and changed perceptions. Unlike tourism and study abroad, which are often viewed by society and governments as “nice-to-dos” that don’t exactly resolve world problems, deeper exchanges are designed to make real and enduring contributions. The kind of exchanges that Yale-China fosters are designed to solve problems, train people in new techniques, change mindsets, catalyze awareness, and influence

people and leaders. This is where Yale-China has made significant, transformative contributions—the founding of Xiangya, Yali and of New Asia College, HIV/AIDS training in the 1990s, and developing a residency training model for medical students, for example. These are collaborations that do, in fact, improve and remake the world.

Millions of hours of learning and teaching have occurred through these programs, sharing across cultures, erasing misperceptions, launching professional careers, deepening understanding, and leaving lasting new impressions.

Our planet in 2016 seems increasingly to be a mess of violent distrust and xenophobia, where Yale-China was one of the early stereotyping and dark presumppioneers of trans-Pacific exchange. tions about people from other And from our beginnings we have countries undermine technologibeen a community of people— cal, economic, and social progress. On the other hand, President From our beginnings we have been Xi Jinping spent time as an exchange student a community of people—Chinese in Iowa, and President and American—inspired to share Barack Obama spent formative years living light and truth and sometimes to in Indonesia — experimake audacious things happen. ences that we hope add depth to their leadership. Chinese and American—inspired to Yale-China and hundreds of other share light and truth and sometimes people-to-people efforts counter to make audacious things happen. the darker trends by investing in The combined energy and devotion people and in the power of working of people from Yale and our together to solve shared challenges. partners in China and Hong Kong As Ambassador James Lilley (Yale have generated extraordinary good 1951) stated a decade ago: “It will and built exceptional schools reassures me to know that when and hospitals and improved diplomatic relations…(are) fraught, public health. Exchanges going organizations like Yale-China are both directions between the two out there building relationships on countries have furthered tens of the ground, person-to-person.” thousands of productive careers.

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Yale-China’s summer Community Service Exchange Internships (CSE) pair an American and a Chinese student to do community service work as a team. Participants gain two cultural perspectives as they alternatively serve as host and visitor, working together at nonprofit organizations in New Haven and in China or Hong Kong for one month each.

Current Voices

To Ask the Unasked Questions By Vivienne Zhang, Yale ’15, Lingnan CSE 2015

The coolest part of the CSE experience was going to eat at more than 30 restaurants in Guangzhou, armed with an air quality meter to check the indoor air pollution level. I came up with the project one day when I went to lunch at a poorly ventilated restaurant near my office and almost choked on the cooking smoke. I realized that many people in China were well aware of outdoor pollution, thanks to the acclaimed documentary “Under the Dome” and e d uca t io n e f f or t s I loved the experience because by nonprofits like I was able to utilize my background Green Point, where I as an environmental studies major in interned. But there is collaboration with experts at my nonprofit much less awareness to solve a local problem. of indoor pollution. My director gave me the autonomy to run the project and offered support on recording and publishing my findings. I loved the experience because I was able to utilize my background as an environmental studies major in collaboration with experts at my nonprofit to solve a local problem. I want to continue doing that as I accrue more technical knowledge in the United States, and broaden my networks in China. Of course, I also enjoyed amazing Cantonese cuisine along the way :) What could get better?

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YUNA “Biscuit” Mahir Rahman, Yale ’17 (center) in Kowloon with new Hong Kong friends during the exchange program held over Yale’s spring break. Photo by Lynn Wong, 2016 YUNA Biscuit from New Asia College.

Yale-China’s Undergraduate Exchange programs bring Chinese students to Yale and Yale students to Hong Kong or China, fostering academic dialogue, cultural exploration, and lasting friendships. YUNA (Yale University-New Asia) partners with New Asia College at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. L(U)CY engages undergraduates from Lingnan (University) College at Guangdong’s Sun Yat-sen University and from Yale. By Raymond Yang, New Asia College, CUHK YUNA 2014-2015 and CSE 2015

Dani, my Yale Partner in this program, asked, “How do you learn Cantonese’s pronunciation (when teachers are not using the romanization system for Cantonese to teach)?” Well, I had never thought about that, but I tried to answer. “We simply followed the teachers’ pronunciation of the characters.” “I don’t understand. It’s so hard to learn,” replied Dani. Over the years, like many other Hong Kongers, I have no answer for this kind of teaching. Even when we learn English, most of the Hong Kongers just memorize the pronunciation from teachers or a dictionary instead of learning the phonetic symbols.

Dani and I, together with Jiaqi, Jessica, Caridee, and Chantelle, have discussed many other issues that made me think a lot. The more I think, the more I realize how little I understand Hong Kong—and regarding Cantonese, the native language of most Hong Kongers. I guess if Southeast Asian kids in Hong Kong, who are often neglected, could learn Cantonese with the romanization system at the very beginning of the education curriculum, they might find it easier and have more interest in it. They would also be able to interact with local kids, which would further reinforce their motivation. In my view, the reason is not just that the minorities are neglected, but also

the majority’s experience (that we take the original Chinese teaching model for granted) prevents us from understanding the minorities—it is a double-edged sword. It makes us confident and arrogant. Had I not joined this program and been asked these unasked questions, I would probably have referred to my own experience all the time. Exchange provides the platform for sword testing—the same experience can’t apply everywhere every time, so why not test our experience through exchanging? Through exchange we can understand more of ourselves and others, and, in the words of Jane Goodall, “Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, shall we be saved.”

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Three Xiuning Middle School students are selected to come to Yale this Summer to study as “Yale Young Global Scholars”

休宁中学三位同学荣获 “耶鲁全球年轻学者”计划全额奖学金 给我一捧水,我会在波谷 浪尖上舞蹈;给我一扇 窗,我会冲向蓝天自由地 翱翔。 近日,休宁中学高二年级 的涂豫飞、贺济元、汪雪 三位同学收到来自美国耶 鲁大学的电子邮件,他们 成功通过了耶鲁大学全球 事务办公室的审核,并获 得“耶鲁全球年轻学者” 计划提供的全额奖学金。 今年暑假,三位同学将踏 上美国的土地,参加耶鲁大学组织的“耶鲁全球年 轻学者”计划夏令营活动。 “‘耶鲁全球年轻学者'计划”每年从全球110多个 国家的高中生中选拔出600名学生(绝大部分为自费 生,极少数农村中学优秀生可获全额奖学金)分别 参加全球政策、法律、经济,科学与创新以及全球

Xiuning 10th Anniversary

A day-long celebration on May 21 marked ten years of partnership between Yale-China and Xiuning Middle School. Trustee Anita Wang, former Fellows Alex Milvae and Jamey Silveira, and staff members David Youtz and Leslie Stone traveled to Xiuning to join the festivities. The day kicked off with heartfelt speeches in the school’s history museum, an event that highlighted U.S.-China educational engagement from an historical perspective. A tree planting ceremony signified the roots that are taking hold—with 20 Fellows having served and learned at Xiuzhong—and the hope for an equally bright future. The day ended with a spirited performance of The Wizard of Oz, this year’s Fellow-led high school musical. Yale-China is grateful to Xiuning Middle School for this remarkable partnership and looks forward to our continued cooperation. Community 8

政治三个部分的活动,聆 听耶鲁大学教授、学者的 讲座,和其他国家的优秀 高中生一起交流、探讨。 在我国,通过该项目申请 的,一般都是大城市的国 际班学生。去年,休宁中 学胡韵颖同学成功受邀; 今年,该校的涂豫飞、贺 济元、汪雪三位同学又成 功入选! 休宁中学与雅礼协会文化 交流合作已逾十年,四位 美籍外教长年在我校生活执教,给学生英语成绩的 提高、口表能力的提升以及对外国文化的了解提供 了有力的支撑和保障。这三位同学以自身的努力和 勤奋,抓住这一平台和机遇,赢得了远赴美国考察 学习的机会,这不仅是三位同学的荣耀,休宁中学 的荣耀,也是该校和雅礼协会多年英语教学合作的 结晶。(通讯员:李旭光)

Yali–Yale Connection

Senior of Yali Middle School Accepted to Yale Interview by Hana Omiya, Yali Teaching Fellow ’13-‘15

This year, Yale-China’s longest educational partner, Yali Middle School, celebrates its first student accepted into Yale University in the last four years. Fondly known by his English teachers as Barkley Dai (戴高樂), he joins the Yale Class of 2020. At the admitted student event, Bulldog Days, Barkley made his first stop on the east coast of the United States to the little red house of the Yale-China Association: Q: First of all, congratulations on all of your achievements. What are you excited or worried about coming to Yale University this fall? Barkley: For me the most exciting part is…when I was at Yali with all my foreign teachers from Yale-China Association, I can feel their passion, their social responsibility, and Yale spirit they brought to the classroom. As a student interested in environmental science and engineering, I also want

to explore how I can be a part of the social responsibility for the important issues in my community, such as the environment. I can’t wait to work with the people at Yale. My biggest worry is that Yale is a very diverse community. I worry that communication will be challenging when it becomes culturally involved. Q: What first brought you to the United States? How has U.S.-China exchange played a part in your life? Barkley: I first studied in the United States as a high school student, attending summer sessions at the University of California, Berkeley, and later at the University of Colorado, Boulder at the Summer Science Program for astrophysics. At the universities, I met friends from different cultures, and we chatted about our concerns for the environment, economy, and politics as if it was a normal part of life. I realized that in China, although the population is larger, there is not as much conversation surrounding these topics among residents because

we often believe these topics concern the government’s responsibility, not ours. Based on my U.S.-China exchange experience, the feeling of individual responsibility toward the environment and other community issues continues to resonate with me.  

Q: What object do you wish to bring from Changsha (your home) to share with the people of New Haven (your home this fall)? Barkley: This is a challenging question. Can it be an idea? My high school, Yali, was a very unique place. It incorporated Chinese and western culture; brought Teaching Fellows from Yale; cherished foreign elements of education; and enriched our social life with a diversity of students and faculty. This is what I value most: this concept of Changsha’s culture mixed with the history of Yale—you can’t find it anywhere else. Q: Thank you so much, Barkley.

…when I was at Yali with all my foreign teachers from Yale-China Association, I can feel their passion, their social responsibility, and Yale spirit they brought to the classroom. Community 9

Observing an interprofessional clinical training program at the Yale School of Nursing are Central South University faculty members Guo Jia (nursing) and Daisy Wang Miao (music), with Philip Martinez (Yale).

Translating the Art and Science of Clinical Observation By Mike Packevicz

What can a nineteenth-century oil painting teach nurses about patient care? How can musical notes lead to more accurate medical diagnoses? “Looking is Not Seeing and Listening is Not Hearing” is a creative teaching methodology, pioneered by Dr. Irwin Braverman of the Yale School of Medicine. This exciting intervention uses instruction in visual art and music to improve the diagnostic abilities of medical, nursing, and physician assistant trainees. There are now nearly 70 institutions in the United States—including Yale—using this intervention in their training curriculum, however in China, it is known only through the conference put on by Yale-China in Changsha in June of 2014. Yale-China Association arranged for three innovative Yale educators—Linda Honan of the Yale School of Nursing, Tom Duffy of the Yale School of Music, and Linda Friedlaender of the Yale Center for British Art—to introduce this new approach to clinical observation to faculty at the Xiangya School of Medicine, Xiangya School of Nursing, and other departments of Central South University (see YCR, Spring 2014). Chinese participants responded enthusiastically to that 2014 workshop, and a year later, CSU was ready to draw up more ambitious plans: to arrange for four of their faculty members to receive intensive training in visual-auscultatory training intervention (VATI) on the Yale campus. The goal was to work alongside the Yale team of Honan, Duffy, and Friedlander to translate the VATI intervention—both linguistically and culturally—for use at Xiangya. The four-member CSU team arrived in New Haven in early May. It may be the first time that a Xiangya cardiologist (Xia Ke) partnered with a lecturer from the School of Music (Wang Miao), or faculty from the School of Nursing (Guo Jia) and School of Art and Architecture (Chen Yanying) jointly developed curricular materials, but the team enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to work across academic disciplines. Health 10

First, the team was trained by our Yale team of Duffy, Honan, and Friedlaender in delivering the actual intervention. Observations of simulation training challenged the team to consider how to train students’ and residents’ clinical critical thinking, and not just their ability to do medical procedures. Moreover, School of Medicine faculty leaders Janet Hafler, Michael Green, and Nancy Angoff met with the Changsha team to discuss not only the place of the intervention in the curriculum, but broader curricular reform as well. And finally, the experience gave the CSU team a first-hand look at interprofessional education, or education designed to bring together medical, nursing, and physician assistant students to learn and work together. In short, our VATI

team from Changsha was exposed to multiple approaches to medical and nursing education. Now that they have returned to China, the team is looking first to implement the visual portion of the training in the medical and nursing curriculum this fall; they had already begun lesson plans and outlines before they left New Haven! Furthermore, Professor Duffy and Lecturer Wang have likewise commenced the process of bringing the musical side of the intervention to Changsha. As Professor Duffy noted enthusiastically, “We ended up as true collaborators—each team teaching and learning. Our attempts to address cultural differences in learning resulted in tremendous improvements in the training program.” There is yet work to

be done, but as music Lecturer Wang opined, “This training experience will be a ‘pearl’ in my academic career, and I believe all of us together will make the method become a ‘pearl’ in the medical and nursing education in Central South University.” And perhaps, in the Yale-China/Xiangya pioneering spirit, even beyond CSU?

“After my experience at Yale, I decided to change the way I teach my class...” Professor Xia Ke, VATI Exchange Spring 2016

Yale University Bands Director Thomas C. Duffy conducts an open rehearsal in Woolsey Hall, as visiting faculty from Central South University (at far right) consider ways to incorporate music into diagnostic training.

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New Culture, New Art Hong Kong Artists Find New Horizons to Transcend

Yale-China’s second cohort of HKETO-NY Arts Fellows have spent the 2016 spring semester at Yale researching and experimenting, while working toward a special presentation at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven. Arts Fellows Phoebe Hui and Ying Cai have shared their processes with students at the Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven Ballet, and through public events such as Lunarfest.

[near right] Phoebe Hui and Cai Ying perform at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, demonstrating one of their collaborations exploring the materiality of sound making through conductive ink, graphite, sound, and dance. [far right, top] The 21st International Festival of Arts & Ideas hosts a talk featuring Phoebe and Ying’s work, moderated by T.L. Cowan, a visiting lecturer at Yale. [far right, bottom] Phoebe Hui guest lectures at New Haven’s Educational Center for the Arts over the course of five workshops. The visual arts students learned about sound art through circuit building. The students built identical circuits, but sculpted the functional circuitry into their own style with their own interpretation of sound. Through Phoebe’s workshops, the students learned about balancing concept, form, aesthetics, and functionality as a whole.

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Roughly 17% (45 of 263) past and present Fellows surveyed currently engage in China-related work or study. Fourteen of them are in academia, seven serve in education, and two are pursuing higher education in a China-related field. *Data based on surveys of 263 Yale-China Association Teaching Fellow alumni from 1946 to 2015.

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**Data from the Yale Office of Career Strategy’s First Destination Survey for Classes of ‘13, ‘14, and ‘15 conducted within the first six months after graduation.

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Yunyi Chen ES ‘16

Yali Middle School

Symba Nuruddin MC ‘16

Sebastian Monzon PC ‘15

Kevin Su ES ‘16

Hana Omyia, JE ‘13

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Mollie Korewa BK ‘16

Jessica Hahne SM ‘15, YSP ‘16

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A CENTURY AGO Excerpt from the The Yale Mission Twelfth Annual Report 1918: “...Hunan has been the chief battleground during the year-long struggle and the population has suffered at every turn. ...The very chaos of the year has opened new doors. Dominated by the thought that Yali was to be used for something more than the educating and healing of individuals, and that the outward disorder had brought us large opportunity for helping China to find herself and for helping the outside world to appreciate China, each occasion of military disturbance proved an unusual incentive to keep classroom and other routine work going steadily. Each time the citizens showed alarm it became possible to share in civic plans for the restoring of order. Such service has undoubtedly proved a stabilizing force. At the commencement exercises in June, a Chinese professor expressed thanks to Yali on behalf of the people of Hunan for keeping school work going without a break during a winter when government institutions had been obliged to close down.” “...With the gentry, with the political leaders and with the constructive educators of the province, time and mutual knowledge have brought about a steadily closer friendship. It has been our privilege to serve them by teaching aid in some of their institutions, by sharing in their summer institutes, and in the joint management of our medical department...” ~ Edward H. Hume, Chairman, August 6, 1918

“More than the educating and healing of individuals...” Please support Yale-China's continuing work (a century later)as a pioneer of purposeful exchanges between American and Chinese people.

American Ambassador Visits Yali

U.S. Ambassador Max Baucus visited Yali Middle School on March 4 to deliver a speech to students about the impact of studying abroad in today’s rapidly globalizing world.

Pilot Year Completed, Chinese Teaching Fellows Program to Continue in Louisville

May Yee Khoo and Ivy Chan experienced NASCAR and class yearbooks. Ivy was interviewed during TV coverage of Mohammed Ali’s funeral in Louisville.

“To my American students, you are active, responsive, and ask good questions. But you can learn from my Hong Kong students—they always pay attention and listen carefully first. And to my Hong Kong students, you are all wonderful listeners, but it’s time for you to learn from my American students—to ask good questions!” Ivy Chan, Kammerer Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

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David AUERBACH (Yali 2004-06) lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya. He runs an organization called Sanergy, which provides quality sanitation in urban slums, and then converts the waste into organic fertilizer. His greatest moment in Kenya was being on safari and meeting a Chinese tourist who proclaimed, “We saw elephants having sex!” The tourist had been a student at Yali Middle School and had been taught by none other than Danny Magida. Greg DISTELHORST (Yali 2003-05). “I have continued to engage with Chinese politics and business through my career in research. One of my coauthors is even a graduate of Yali Middle School’s nemesis: Changsha Number 1 Middle School! After spending the past academic year in England, this summer I am joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management.” Mariko HIROSE (Yali 2004-05) “I’m living in Brooklyn and working as a lawyer at the New York Civil Liberties Union. I spend every morning in Prospect Park with our foster pit bull pup, Blue.” Heidi HOHMANN (Yali 1986-88) made her first visit back to China since her Yale-China fellowship in the 1980s—to a much-changed Changsha! “The whole trip was awesome both professionally and personally, if a whirlwind, and being at Yali was a high point. I met Hu Yuming, who was the head of the English Department years ago, and she arranged a trip to the Yali campus, where I briefly met some of the upper administration and then got a tour of the

Yali Society Notes

school and their museum. I also met two of the current fellows/ELIs. The city of Changsha was completely unrecognizable, except perhaps for the Wuyi Lu Bridge. I also spent a day with former students, ending with a wonderful dinner with nine of the first Yali Class (Class 317)...who are all 42 years old (!!!) It was amazing to hear about their families, kids and jobs, who’s still in China, who’s living/working abroad… End result? I’m now on WeChat so we can exchange photos, etc. Drisana MISRA (New Asia College, 2013-15) would like to announce her engagement to Liam Ahern, Australian madman. They are both currently studying literature at Yale GSAS and plan to get married next year. Julius MITCHELL (Xiuning, 2013-15). Julius is finishing up his stint as paralegal for the Global Investigations team at General Electric this summer and soon thereafter will move to Cambridge to start his 1L year at Harvard Law School. Hana OMIYA (Yali 2013-15). “I am delighted to complete my first year as a Program Fellow in the New Haven office of YaleChina. What a world to learn, straddling the excitement of being a recent program participant, and pouring over every logistical step of what makes orientations and programs actually happen. How does Yale-China do it? I still occupy the kitchen lots and recently inherited a chef’s knife and CSA subscription. Fondly missing holiday potlucks in Changsha, celebrated always with a hodgepodge of the west and the east.” Eileen REGAN (Medical English Fellow, Xiangya Medical School, 2010-12). “I’ve been living in Philadelphia for the past three years inching towards a PhD in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania while working per diem as a nurse. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in

Yali Society: A Chance to Reconnect

by Ming Thompson, Trustee, Teaching Fellow 2004-06, Yali Middle School Yali Society, Yale-China’s first alumni association, has now been operating for three years. Generous volunteers lead chapters in New York, New Haven, Hong Kong, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Chicago, the Twin Cities, and Singapore. Our ranks have grown to include alumni of all Yale-China programs, including Chia Fellows, YUNA and L(U)CY participants, and past Law Fellows.

Please reach out and get involved. Drop me a line at ming.thompson@gmail. com if you’d like to join or start a local chapter. This is a great opportunity to connect with old friends, offer mentorship to a new generation, and continue to be part of cultural exchange between China and the United States. We’re already gathering for dim sum in Hong Kong, fireside chats in San Francisco, and hot pot in New York, and we’d love to see you there.

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December of 2014, and have been working on a neuroscience unit since then as an RN. I am still playing lots of Ultimate Frisbee, and occasionally join in on a formal Mandarin chat at the graduate student center or strike up an informal chat with one of my Chinese neighbors, usually with a nainai and her baobao. Of note, I recently had a friend tell me her great-grandfather was Edward Hume! What a world!” Mark SHELDON, former Hong Kong Office Director and New Haven Office staffer, continues to work and teach at The Chinese University of Hong Kong— at least for the spring term each year. He directs and supervises research seminars at CUHK for final-year local and international students—seminars utilizing cross-cultural team research for a capstone project. He also lectures for the Asia Pacific Institute of Business (APIB), the outreach arm of CUHK’s Faculty of Business. During summer he enjoys long road trips around the United States to see friends and former students—north, south, east, and west— especially enjoying visits with Yali Society groups. In the fall each year, he is based at his beloved alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington where he assists with internationalization and international student recruitment endeavors. He hopes to continue this “bicontinental life” for as long as possible. Mark can always be reached at: sharksheldon@ Seiji SHIRANE (Zhongshan 2004-06). “I’m currently an Assistant Professor of East Asian History at City College of New York. This past year I was a Social Science Research Council Fellow in Tokyo working on my book manuscript, titled Empire’s Southern Gateway: Colonial Taiwan in Japan’s Imperial Expansion into South China and Southeast Asia, 1895-1945. On a personal note, I had delicious Sichuan food in London, with my former Guangzhou colleague and friend, Andrew Smeall, after giving a talk at Cambridge University last November.”


We are delighted to welcome Mark Sheldon as Yale-China’s Roving Ambassador. Mark has long been a devoted booster of our work and networker extraordinaire and will help us continue to build and engage our alumni community.

Regional Coordinators

Boston........................Veronica Zhang and Carol Yu Chicago......................Caroline Grossman DC..............................Hugh Sullivan Hong Kong.................Andrew Fennell New Haven................Brendan Woo New York....................Jeremy Kutner and Rachel Wasser San Francisco.............John Tang Singapore...................Adam Click Twin Cities..................Jan Kleinman

Richard SKOLNIK (New Asia College 1972-74) and Sophia Skolnik have recently moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to enjoy the simpler and sunnier life and be nearer to their children and grandchildren. Richard has retired from teaching global health at Yale, which he has done for the last five years. From Albuquerque, Richard will do some guest teaching, keep up his textbook, and engage in several other writing projects. In addition, the Skolniks plan to become authorities in New Mexico tourism and host lots of friends during the balloon festival every year.”

Ming THOMPSON (Yali, 2004-06). “After six years in the Bay Area, I’m moving back to New Haven with my husband Dan, baby Henry, and our dog Bear. We’ll be opening an east coast office of my design firm, Atelier Cho Thompson, and Dan will be starting as a professor in the Political Science Department at Yale, teaching Chinese politics. I recently hosted an event for architecture alumni on the Yale Day of Service; we offered free design services to nonprofits, and Yale-China was one of our clients! We’re looking forward to connecting with friends back east.” Sam ZALUTSKY (Hunan Medical University, 1992-93). Sam recently wrote and directed his second feature film, a thriller called Seaside, in his home state of Oregon. You can follow his progress on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @seasidemovie or see his other film and photography at www. He lives in New York City with his husband, Ed Boland.

You can say China brought them together since Ed taught in China in 1989-90 through Princeton in Asia and their first date in 1999 consisted primarily of sharing the wacky, weird, and wonderful stories of their experiences in China. New movie, Seaside, is here: OCTOBER IASP REUNION Students from all over the world who participated in the International Asian Studies Program (IASP–a Yale-China initiative) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1985-86 will be holding their 30th anniversary reunion in Hong Kong, October 27-30. IASP alums from that year will be meeting at CUHK and at other locations in Hong Kong. Should you wish to attend or have more information about the alums and the reunion, please contact Ms. Edie Millar (IASP ‘85-86) at: Share your own update at!

Innovative 115th Birthday Fundraiser

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Yale-China piloted a new fundraiser this spring with its “Night of 100 Dinners” —an idea that turns a traditional gala on its head. Instead of bringing many supporters together in one ballroom (hard to do when your supporters are dispersed all over the world!), we have been holding as many smaller, intimate dinners as we can, all linked by a common sense of purpose and community. Local hosts have volunteered to bring together friends and alumni to celebrate Yale-China’s 115th birthday. Dinners have been held so far in Boston, Washington, San Francisco, Minneapolis, several in New York, several in New Haven, and several still to come (Singapore, Hong Kong, and more…). Deepest thanks to all of you who have attended and donated, and especially to our generous hosts! All of you have made this successful pilot year possible! See you all next year!

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Rejoice with our long-time partners…revel with the new! This 10-day China trip to central and southern China will open special doors and showcase health, education, and arts programs in our historic partner cities Changsha and Hong Kong, as well as dynamic Shanghai.

Registration begins July 20 ~ Register by August 31


SHANGHAI . October 15 Shanghai International Arts Festival Performance October 16 Free time and arts program October 17 Travel Day by air to Changsha

CHANGSHA October 18 Xiangya Hospital 110th Anniversary October 19 Free time and Changsha History Day October 20 Back to School! Fellows Day October 21 Be Active! Changsha Community Day October 22 Yali Middle School 110th Anniversary October 23 Travel Day by high-speed rail to Hong Kong

HONG KONG October 24 Free time, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Spring Deer Reunion Dinner - Itinerary subject to change


Spring Deer: A Convivial and Sacred Place By Mark L. Sheldon Yale-China Association Hong Kong Office Director (1982-1991, 2003-2006)

Up a gritty, narrow staircase, up an old, barely four-person elevator, one enters into a long, almost alleyway-like room, filled with tables. Patrons are laughing and shouting, enjoying the great food, especially the duck! Yes, Beijing Duck. To many, this is the best duck on offer in all of Hong Kong. In an old building on Mody Road in the old section of Tsim Sha Tsui, this is the Spring Deer Restaurant.

Some New Asia College old-timers say that the early College leaders, yes, Ch’ien Mu and Tang Junyi and others, were already patrons of the never-changing realms of Spring Deer in the 1950s. Surely, early in the Yale-China connection with New Asia, there were Yale-China trustees, staff, and “bachelors” who wrapped a delicious, meaty, and crispy piece of duck, dabbled the plum sauce, added the spring onion, and wrapped the culinary delight in those halls. The place was well-known to me in the early 1980s, already a favorite of field staff directors like Tim Light, the Hayfords, and Terry Lautz. Trustees would visit and all the Yale-China alums and loyalists would be called to enjoy. Staff and visitors all had favorite dishes, be it the duck, the jiaozi and shuijiao, or the hot, caramelized bananas or apples dunked in ice-cube laden water. During my time as field staff director, Spring Deer was often called upon for hosting visiting trustees, Yale doctors of the Medical Committee heading for Hunan Medical College, and all sorts of program participants and alums. Many an orientation week dinner, farewell banquet, and hosting for visiting Executive Directors or Trustees were held there. It was and still is a fun and noisy place, with great food for a big crowd at an affordable price. Long may it live! The celebrations of Yale-China and New Asia friendship and collaboration entered an entirely new phase when Dr. Richard Lee became a long-time, loyal Trustee and very active member of the Medical Committee. Dr. Lee would contact Dr. Peter Man, then the New Asia College

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Secretary (now a Yale-China trustee),and the Yale-China staff of the day, always asking to pull together all the current Yale-China program participants, all former teaching fellows, trustees, and friends working in Hong Kong, have them together, often at his personal expense, for a huge Spring Deer banquet. These sessions took on many meanings— far beyond just fun, friendship, and fabulous food. They were the locus for career networking, for colleagues in Hong Kong and especially at New Asia, the site of many an internship placement offer, and often advice about career and graduate school options following the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship. Dr. Lee and Dr. Man were always superbly gracious with their hospitality and even more gracious and strategic with their mentorship. When I returned to Hong Kong in the early 2000s, this habit of meeting together at Spring Deer took on a greater and wider meaning. It became the YaleChina–New Asia College Friendship Fest and Feast, gathering a wide range of YaleChina and New Asia friends every four to six months. In recent years, the success of the YaleChina–New Asia Exchange Program (YUNA) was strongly reflected in the attendance at the Spring Deer dinners. Many former and current New Asia

students, participants in YUNA, attended to see their dear friend and mentor, Dr. Man, their own YUNA cohorts, and all the Yale-China teachers and alums working and living in Hong Kong. We started out years back with one table, then two regularly, but now easily three or four tables, full of Bulldogs and “Old Biscuits” (the name affectionately given to all YUNA program alums from New Asia College). This relationship of friendship and collaboration is a treasure. Dr. Lee was planning to come to Hong Kong in 2013 for the celebration of the 60th anniversary between New Asia and Yale-China. Sadly, Dr. Lee died after suffering a massive heart attack at home just before his trip to Hong Kong. The Spring Deer dinner went ahead, honoring Dick’s many contribution to Yale, Yale-China, medical education all over the world, and especially to the convivial and sacred space that is Spring Deer. We shall always remember Dr. Lee and his many contributions to this special tradition in Yale-China’s long Hong Kong history. We have continued this Spring Deer tradition in 2014 and 2015 and will make every effort to continue to gather and share in the Spring Deer friendship feast and fest. Where “Yalies” and “Old Biscuits” are together, therein lies the tradition of friendship and collaboration between New Asia and Yale-China.

Retired New Asia College Secretary and current Yale-China Trustee Peter Man speaking with old and new YUNA “Biscuits”

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“I realized that I was living in an entirely different China, and living in a community where it is hard not to find yourself being woven into the local fabric. …At Yali, I am just like any other new teacher: we eat the same cafeteria food, walk the same school track”.

Brendan Ross, Yali Middle School, 2014-2015

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