Dear Friends,

The 100,000 Strong Foundation was thrilled to be part of the first-ever WorldStrides US-China Student Summit in Beijing last weekend, an event that brought together nearly 400 American and Chinese students to learn about each other’s language and culture and form lasting friendships. The Summit truly represented what 100K Strong is all about:  the future of the US-China relationship rests with our young people. The more American youth understand Chinese culture, politics and history, the better prepared they will be to work with their Chinese peers to confront our world’s greatest challenges.

World Strides

Photo courtesy of WorldStrides

Events like the Summit help build the relationships of tomorrow today.

Organized by WorldStrides, the students met at Peking University and Tsinghua University Affiliated High School to learn about each other’s countries, the importance of the US-China relationship and the role they can play as global leaders. Students also met with top Chinese and US government officials, academic administrators, professors, and cultural leaders, including: The Honorable Max Baucus, US Ambassador to China; Li Yansong, Vice President of Peking University; Travis Tanner, ‎Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the 100K Strong Foundation; Dr. Jia Qingguo, Dean of Peking University School of International Studies; Dr. Shao Wei, Secretary General of CEAIE; and Jessica Beinecke, host of Crazy Fresh Chinese.

Click here to read an op-ed I co-wrote with Jim Hall, President and CEO of WorldStrides, published today in the Huffington Post. The piece demonstrates the important role students can play in the future US-China relationship.  Additional news highlights from the weekend include:

  • Wall Street Journal: OMG: In China, This Language Teacher Has Swag
    Jessica Beinecke gets this reaction a lot: She’s walking down the street in a Chinese city, and she’ll be recognized by one of her 400,000 Weibo followers or even one of the 40 million who have watched her videos.
  • Sino-US: A talk with delegation of 100,000 Strong Foundation in Beijing
    In yet another effort to promote the educational exchange between the US and China, Travis Tanner, Senior Vice President and COO of the 100,000 Strong Foundation is visiting China together with two of the Foundation’s partners…
  • China Daily USA: 100,000 Strong program to continue beyond 2014
    The 100,000 Strong initiative, originally launched to increase the number of US students studying in China to 100,000 over a four-year period from 2010 to 2014, will continue beyond 2014 and become a long-term program…

Congratulations to Worldstrides for putting on a successful – and important – event.   We are already looking forward to next year’s Student Summit!

Thanks for your support,

Carola McGiffert
President & CEO