Ben Chang is the Deputy Vice President for Communications and University Spokesperson for Princeton University. He has been a member of Meridian’s Rising Leaders Council since 2016. For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month, we’re excited to bring you his perspective on home, history and heritage. For me, AAPI month begins in West Virginia. West Virginia: Perhaps a surprising locale for a story about AAPI month, but this one begins there because my mom grew up in Clarksburg, WV. My grandparents left China — and their daughters — to come to the United States to study medicine...Continue
Hongxia Liu is a former Associate Vice Chancellor at NYU Shanghai and a former Meridian trustee. For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month, we’re excited to bring you her perspective on home, history and heritage. What does AAPI Month mean to you? For me, AAPI Month means to take time to reflect on the history and achievements of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) across our Nation, and also to ruminate on our shared challenges and opportunities in furthering the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Given the heightened injustices against the AAPI...Continue
This past October, 24 Chinese medical professionals participated in a U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Healthcare Training Program. They attended a week of training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Unlike most Chinese who returned to their hometowns or traveled around China to celebrate the 1949 founding of the People’s Republic of China, these 24 Chinese visitors spent this “Golden Week” in the classroom at UPMC for training sessions on hospital administrative finance, information technology, handling the media and U.S. insurance. In addition, they had the opportunity to tour several top facilities such as the Children’s Hospital of...Continue
“Be confident about being a leader”. This is how Sunny, a Chinese high school student visiting the U.S. through a visitor program, described her biggest learning from the leadership training implemented by Meridian International Center in February 2015. Such a comment tells me that this young woman is already a leader and I won’t be surprised to see her becoming a global leader in the next decade and a great pride for her country and parents. In fact, as facilitator of this training, Sunny, Harry and other students were a tremendous inspiration for me. Training high school...Continue
The Afghan Diplomats’ Training Program is an important example of the U.S.-China cooperation and represents a shared interest in the development and stabilization of Afghanistan. Newly appointed diplomats from the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs are welcomed on a two-part training program, spending two weeks each in the United States and the People’s Republic of China. In its fourth year, the program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Meridian International Center, in partnership with the Public Diplomacy Council, implements the U.S. portion of the program in Washington, DC and a long weekend in New York City.