In addition to the report, Committee of 100 has been conducting From Foundations to Frontiers guest lectures across the U.S and China. This virtual presentation will provoke curiosity and offer a new perspective on Chinese American contributions while identifying, quantifying, and showcasing the contributions of the Chinese American community through data and storytelling. To learn more about the program and request a From Foundations to Frontiers guest lecture at your organization, please contact C100@committee100.org.
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Organizations participated and testimonies:
“From Foundations to Frontiers is an important research project as it not only helps to educate the general public about the contributions of the Chinese immigrants to the fabric of this country’s economy throughout American history, but it also helps to remind people that the reason that America can be so strong and powerful is due to the contributions of our diverse immigrants. For this country to continue to thrive, we must stand in solidarity, respect, and value each other, regardless of their native origin.” — Mei Hung, Executive Director, Chinese Culture Connection, Inc.
“The From Foundations to Frontiers webinar developed for our association members and friends was fantastic. For many of us in the audience, it was the first time we had heard a systematic, organized presentation of the contributions of Chinese Americans to American society across so many different sectors. As such, many of us were greatly energized and emboldened by this fuller understanding of the key role our community has played in building up our country.” — Doug Hsu, Council Member and Past President, Indiana Association of Chinese Americans
“The Montgomery County Progressive Asian American Network (MoCoPAAN) appreciated the Committee of 100 presentation of the “From Foundations to Frontiers” report as a basis to showcase the solidarity work between the AAPI community and people of color communities dating back to black abolitionist Fredrick Douglass. We drew audience members who ranged from immigrants to community leaders and county government representatives, meeting our goal to improve public understanding of AAPIs and our history.” — Aryani Ong, Founder and Co-Director, Montgomery County Progressive Asian American Network
“The conversation hosted by Committee of 100 was very informative and educational. Over the past nearly 200 years, Chinese Americans have grown in America, marking around 1.5% of the total population in the U.S. (2018). Many of the contributions have been under reported and this research by Committee of 100 is a great way to tell those stories. New York Chinese School hopes to continue serving the community and its people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or background. In addition, we believe that education is for everyone. ” – Jennifer Wang, Principal, New York Chinese School
“The Chinese Cultural Center at San Diego State University worked with APAPA (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs) and the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum for our virtual presentation of “From Foundations to Frontiers” from Committee of 100. The session was well attended and generated significant and impactful discussions. We look forward to future opportunities to work with Committee 100 to advance our shared vision and mission of contributing to building the fabric of our collective community and history.” — Dr. Lilly Cheng, Director, Chinese Cultural Center at San Diego State University
“After watching the program by Committee of 100 showcasing the activities and the significant contributions of Chinese Americans to our society, I was deeply moved by the importance of sharing widely the multifaceted accomplishments of Americans of Chinese heritage, including their role in arts and culture. Speaking as a curator of Chinese art, I applaud Committee of 100 for drawing attention to the connections between China and America, but most of all for sharing the invaluable contributions made by Chinese Americans historically and ongoing today that shape America’s values and success.” — Jan Stuart, Melvin R. Seiden Curator of Chinese Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art
“The UCLA Asia Pacific Center (APC) promotes greater knowledge and understanding of Asia and the Pacific region on campus and in the community through innovative research, teaching, public programs, and local and international collaborations. Our center’s scholarly activities and public events reach audiences in the United States and beyond, including East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia, as well as Europe and Oceania. We co-hosted a virtual public forum with the Committee of 100 featuring their landmark study “From Foundations to Frontiers” in January 2021. The impact of the Committee of 100 study is deep and far-reaching. It reiterates the significance of the enduring contribution of Chinese Americans to all aspects of American life while providing a timely reminder of the urgency and relevance of our center’s work to challenge ongoing anti-Chinese and anti-Asian violence and discrimination through education and research.” — Min Zhou, Director of Asia Pacific Center, University of California, Los Angeles