2018 Annual Conference in Silicon Valley

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The Committee of 100 Annual Conference 2018 took place at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara in Silicon Valley on May 5-6 and featured many prominent U.S.-China experts including Ambassador Max S. Baucus, former U.S. Ambassador to China (2014-17); Ambassador Gary Locke, former U.S. Ambassador to China (2011-14); Ambassador Chas Freeman, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense; Jin Liqun, Inaugural President and Chair of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; Dr. Fei-Fei Li, Chief Scientist at Google Cloud AI/ML and Director of Stanford University’s AI Lab; Michelle Lee, Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Congressman Ro Khanna, 17th District of California, sixty distinguished Committee of 100 members and many other dignitaries.

Dignitaries present at the conference included Ambassador Luo Linquan, Chinese Consul General in San Francisco; Congressman Mike Honda, former Representative for California’s 17th District; Consul General Darryl Lau, Singapore Consulate General in San Francisco; California State Assemblymember Kansen Chu, 25th Assembly District; California State Assemblymember Vince Fong, 34th Assembly District, among others.

This year C100 was proud to present the “2018 Leadership Award for Advancing U.S.-China Relations” to three outstanding honorees: Mr. Chen Tianqiao, Founder of Shanda Group and the Tianqiao & Chrissy Chen Institute, and C100 members Mr. Ken Xie, Founder, Chair, and CEO of Fortinet, and Ambassador Linda Tsao Yang, Chair Emerita of the Asian Corporation Governance Association. Chen and Xie were recognized individually for their Lifetime Achievement as Tech Entrepreneurs. Ambassador Yang was recognized as the Honorary Conference Co-Chair and for her lifetime achievement in Diplomatic Service, having been appointed by President Clinton as the U.S. Executive Director and Ambassador to the Board of the Asian Development Bank. The Leadership Award for Advancing U.S.-China Relations is granted to individuals who have demonstrated service, leadership and dedication to strengthening the U.S.-China relationship.

The Committee of 100 also honored Dr. David M. Lampton with the “Lifetime Achievement Award for Advancing U.S.-China Relations” in recognition of his lifelong leadership in promoting constructive relations between the U.S. and China. Dr. Lampton is Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies at the prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and has been a member of C100’s Advisory Council since 2007. C100 Governor and Co-Founder Henry Tang and C100 President Frank H. Wu presented Dr. Lampton with the award. Dr. Lampton stated, “I want to commend C100 for all you’ve done and I would just say you are more important than ever. We are entering…terra-incognita in U.S.-China relations and I think we all have to work very hard to make this the productive kind of relationship it should be.”

C100 Conference Co-Chair Ken Fong presented Chen Tianqiao’s award. Chen addressed his old and new friends in his acceptance speech and stated, “I am so honored to be here tonight and very humbled to accept this award from C100. I have a lot of respect [for] this prestigious group of people and [am] impressed by the mission. Thank you very much.”

Dr. Yang Bin, Vice President and Provost of Tsinghua University, flew from Beijing to attend the C100 Conference and personally present C100 Conference Co-Chair and Tsinghua alumnus Ken Xie with the leadership award. Dr. Yang acknowledged “one of our distinguished alumni, Mr. Ken Xie, who is a true pride of Tsinghua University…I am here to say thanks to you from Tsinghua because you inspired many dreams of Tsinghua-ers, American, Chinese, and beyond.”

C100 President Frank H. Wu and C100 member Calvin Tsao presented Ambassador Yang with the leadership award. Tsao, who is Ambassador Yang’s nephew, delivered remarks on behalf of the family. As a distinguished architect and C100 member, Tsao shared personal reminiscences and thanked his Aunt Linda and her late husband for encouraging him in his dream to pursue architecture.

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The full-day summit took place earlier in the day and included more than 20 distinguished speakers, three panel discussions and two fireside chats that addressed a variety of topics: U.S.-China Trade and Economic Outlook, Belt and Road Initiative, Tech Entrepreneurism in Silicon Valley and China, Artificial Intelligence and Chinese Americans in Public Service. This year’s summit featured Ambassador Chas FreemanMr. Jin Liqun, and Ambassador Gary Locke as keynote speakers.

Conference keynote speakers all addressed the pressing issues and tensions surrounding free trade and emphatically reinforced the importance of avoiding major trade conflicts. Ambassador Freeman opened by highlighting, “The United States and China are each too globalized and dynamic to contain, too big and influential to ignore, and too successful and entangled with each other to divorce without bankrupting ourselves and all associated with us.” Jin Liqun advocated for cooperation stating, “I hope [for future generations] the United States and China will remain friendly and cooperative.” Lastly, Locke noted, “[It’s] imperative that the two countries continue to work together and engage constructively.”

Following Ambassador Locke’s luncheon keynote speech, C100 member Buck Gee held a fireside chat with fellow member Michelle Lee where she discussed her journey to public service. The summit concluded with an engaging fireside chat on artificial intelligence between Dr. Fei-Fei Li, Chief Scientist at Google Cloud AI/ML, and C100 member Jerry Yang, Co-Founder of Yahoo!

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The C100 Town Hall on May 6 featured discussions on Chinese American leadership and addressed important issues concerning the Chinese American community nationwide. C100 members Chi-Foon ChanTony ChanWalter Wang, and Janet Yang shared their personal “Chinese American Journeys”. “Chinese American Journeys” is a series of TED-style presentations that showcase the inspiring stories of extraordinary Chinese Americans and how they have become leaders in their respective fields. C100 members from diverse walks of life share stories of their passions and inspirations, their journeys to success, and the lessons they learned along the way. Past “Chinese American Journey” presentations can be accessed on C100’s YouTube channel, Committee100. Following the “Chinese American Journeys” was a discussion on “Women’s Leadership: A Conversation with Jenny Ming and Anna Mok.” The Town Hall concluded with a panel of C100 members moderated by C100 member Lanhee Chen. C100 members strongly encouraged the next generation of Chinese Americans to remain informed and involved in topics that affect our communities. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing ethnic and racial group in the U.S. and have an important role to play in shaping the future of this diverse country.

Prior to the C100 Town Hall, Sherry Chen, an award-winning federal hydrologist who was wrongfully prosecuted as a Chinese spy, shared her personal story of being racially profiled and unjustly terminated from her job by the Department of Commerce. Chen was recently vindicated in an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) where the judge ruled that Chen had been a “victim of gross injustice” and ordered her to be restored to her job and to receive back pay and benefits, but the Department of Commerce has yet to comply and has signaled its intention to appeal the MSPB decision.


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New York Times bestselling author, a doctor, and Founder & President of the Falling Leaves Foundation

Albert Chao

Renowned expert in international business and petrochemical industry

Alice Young

Lawyer and Business Advisor

Andrea Wong

International president, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Andrew J.C. Cherng

Entrepreneur and philanthropist

Anla Cheng

Founder & CEO, SupChina

Anna Chennault

1925 - 2018

Anna Mok

Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP; President & Co-Founder, Ascend; Co-Founder, Ascend Pinnacle

Anne Chow

Communications industry leader

Anthony Sun

Industry leader, information technology

Benjamin Wu

President & CEO of Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

Brian A. Sun

Distinguished trial lawyer

Buck Gee

Expert in tech industry and corporate executive leadership

Calvin Tsao

Prominent Contemporary Architect

Carter Tseng

World-class leader in Information and Communication

Charles P. Wang

President, Chinese American Cultural & Art Association

Charlie Woo

International Entrepreneur

Cheng Li

Established author and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Cher Wang

Global technology entrepreneur

Chi-Foon Chan

Technology visionary and strategist

Chien Chung (Didi) Pei

Prominent architect

Chi Wang

President, U.S. China Policy Foundation

Clarence Kwan

Financial advisor and management specialist

Cyrus Tang

1930 - 2018

Dali Yang

Professor, University of Chicago

Daniel Chao

Corporate and Non-Profit Executive

David C. Chang

Distinguished academic and leader in civic engagement

David D. Ho

Innovative AIDs research scientist

David K. Y. Tang

Accomplished lawyer and partner of a global law firm

David Chu

Venture Entrepreneur and founder of Nautica

Dazong Wang

Business management expert

Debra Wong Yang

Accomplished Lawyer and Partner of a global law firm

Dennis Wu

Professional CPA expert

Dominic Ng

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of East West Bank

Don Liu

Accomplished Professor of Ophthalmology

Douglas Hsu

Chairman & CEO of Far Eastern Group

Tan Dun

World-renowned artist, composer, and conductor

Edmond Pi

Professor Emeritus at USC

Frank H. Wu

Distinguished Academic

Gareth Chang

Distinguished aerospace and digital technology executive

Gary Locke

The first Chinese-American ambassador to China

Ge Li

Entrepeneur, Scientist, and leader in Tech R&D industry

Gordon H. Chang

Critically acclaimed author and historian

Guoqing Chen

Philanthropic leader and Co-founder HNA airlines

H. Roger Wang

Real-Estate Entrepreneur

Handel Lee

Senior Partner at Asia's largest law firm

Hao Jiang Tian

Internationally-renowned opera singer

Harry Gee, Jr.

Accomplished attorney and humanitarian

Henry S. Tang

Managing Partner of Carnegie Towers Strategic Investment Advisory

Henry Yang

Chancellor, UC Santa Barbara

Herman Y. Li

Chairman of the C & L Restaurant Group

Howard Li

International business leader / Greater China Regional Chair

I.M. Pei


J. Michael Chu

Accomplished investment specialist

Jackson Tai

Prominent Investment banker and leader in finance industry

James M. Li

Accomplished business leader in the finance industry

Janet Yang

Prominent Hollywood producer

Jay Xu

Director and Pioneer, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Jeffrey Li

Founder and CEO of GL Capital Group

Jenny J. Ming

Retail Entrepreneur and CEO

Jeremy Wu

Accomplished public service executive

Jerry Yang

Co-Founder Yahoo!

Joan Chen

Internationally accredited actress and director

John S. Chen

Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry

John Chiang

Innovative politician and State Treasurer, California

John Sie

Founder of Starz Entertainment Group

Julie Fong

Grammy award winning producer

Kenneth Fong

Venture capitalist and entrepreneur

Ken Xie

Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Fortinet

Lanhee Chen

Policy expert, Stanford University

Lawrence B. Low

Chief Legal Officer, Orrick

Leroy Chiao

Trailblazer and former NASA astronaut

Leslie Wong

President, San Francisco State University

Lily Lee Chen

First ever Chinese-American female mayor in the U.S.

Linda Tsao Yang

Former U.S. Ambassador and first woman Executive Director appointed

Li Lu

Founder, Himalaya Capital, humanitarian, and economic advisor

Lulu C. Wang

Money management specialist

Matthew F.C. Miau

Pioneer in Taiwan's high tech industry

Maya Lin

Internationally acclaimed artist

Mei-Mei Tuan

Expert in finance and human capital services

Mei-Wei Cheng

International tech buisness leader

Michael C. Lin

Accomplished biomedical scientist

Michael Fung

Leading management expert

Micheline Chau

Successful Hollywood business executive

Ming Chen Hsu


Ming Hsieh

President and Founder Fulgent Therapeutics / LA Regional Chair

Ming Tsai

Chinese-American restauranteur

Morgan Chu

Distinguished intellectual property and trial lawyer

Morris Chang

Father of Taiwan's semiconductor industry

Nancy Yuan

Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office

Nelson Dong

Leading expert in domestic and international technology and intellectual property

Norman Liu

Highly regarded business executive

Oscar Tang

Expert on Chinese Culture and Art, noted philanthropist

Paul C. Lin

Cross-border corporate transaction specialist

Paul C. W. Chu

Accomplished scientist and professor

Pehong Chen

Pioneering e-business leader

Peter Liu

Pioneer and venture capitalist

Peter Young

President & Managing Director at Young & Partners

Philip Ma

Biotechnology Executive and Entrepreneur

Richard T. Cheng

Renowned professor of computer science

Richard Y. Lee

Chairman and CEO of Amsino Medical Group

Robert W. Gee

Political consultant and advisor / Washington D.C. Regional Chair

Robert Lee

Chairman of the Board, Blue Shield of California

Ronnie Chan

Eminent leader in philanthropy

Shao Kuang Ting

Contemporary Artist

Shirley Young

President of U.S.-China Cultural Institute

Shu Li

PhD, published author, and ChairmanJ&J Investments

Stanley Wang

Founder, President and CEO of Pantronix Corporation

Steve Chen

Internet entrepreneur and co-founder of YouTube

Stewart Kwoh

Nationally recognized civil rights leader

Ta-Lin Hsu

Pioneer, Asian venture capital and private equity

Teddy Zee

Hollywood Producer

Ted Wang

Global equities trading and investing veteran

Timothy W. Tong

President of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Tony Chan

Prominent executive in education and distinguished mathematician

Walter Wang

Accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist

Wan Ling Martello

Executive VP and Head of Asia, Oceania & Africa Zone at Nestle

Wei Sun Christianson

International business leader

Weili Dai

Pioneer in the semi-conductor industry

William Wang

Founder, VIZIO

Wilson Chu

Leader in M&A practice

X. Rick Niu

New York Regional Chair

Ya-Qin Zhang

Former President, Baidu

Yo-Yo Ma

World Famous cellist and philanthropist

Yuan Yuan Tan

Internationally-renowned ballerina

Yue-Sai Kan

Emmy-Winning TV Producer and Host


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