Dear Friends,

It’s a proud day for the 100,000 Strong Foundation! Foreign Policy (FP) Magazine highlighted the Foundation’s landmark achievement of reaching 100,000 students studying abroad in China over the past four years in its inaugural Pacific Power Index (PPI)—a list that celebrates the individuals and organizations driving the evolution of the US-China relationship.

That’s not all though. Jessica Beinecke, 100K Strong Partner and Founder and Host of Crazy Fresh Chinese and OMG! 美语, was one of three Americans recognized for her influence in the Media and Internet category. Hailed as an “Internet-age language deejay,” Jessica helps grow the 100K Strong grassroots movement by making Mandarin language learning fun and accessible through catchy video blogs. “I am honored to be recognized alongside this incredible group of people,” said Jessica.  “It is great to see Foreign Policy Magazine highlighting the admirable efforts of organizations like Crazy Fresh Chinese and the 100,000 Strong Foundation to encourage Chinese language learning among American students. Mutual understanding is based on mutual goals and communication. That is what 100K Strong is all about and why I’m thrilled to be associated with the Foundation.”

Jessica Beinecke

In addition to Jessica, two of the Foundation’s other key partners were acknowledged for their contributions to the field of US-China educational exchange. Stephen Schwarzman, 100K Strong Advisory Council Member and Chairman and CEO of the Blackstone Group, was cited for his visionary Schwarzman Scholars Program, a prestigious Master’s program that will connect students from all corners of the globe at Beijing’s Tsinghua University. With the goal of preparing the world’s future leaders to identify creative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues, Mr. Schwarzman has personally donated over $100 million to this effort. PPI also recognized Andrea Pasinetti, founder of Teach for China (TFC), a leading NGO that works with young American and Chinese fellows to address educational inequity in China. TFC is one of the Foundation’s earliest Signature Partners.

Foreign Policy says it best: “[These individuals] illuminate the vast architecture that links the two countries [US and China], a largely invisible series of bridges spanning the realms of business, government, finance, military, media and academia.” Recognition in the FP Pacific Power Index is a testament to the breadth of the Foundation’s outreach. Congratulations and thank you to Jessica, Steve, and Andrea for sharing and supporting our mission!


Carola McGiffert
President & CEO