The Yale Club of Beijing (YCB) was founded in 1995 and is a volunteer organization that aims to serve the Yale-affiliated and greater community in Beijing. The Club’s constitution and by-laws were first developed and approved by the Board in May 2010. The current constitution and by-laws were amended in June 2012 and further amended in January 2014. YCB hosts a broad array of events, including:
a) Speaker Series – Our speaker events are casual gatherings of Yale alumni, other club members, and friends of the club. We invite different industry leaders and seasoned professionals to share their personal and work experiences. Over the years, we have been fortunate to host speakers from the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, China Film Academy, China National Ballet, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, CNN, Peking University, Yale China Law Program, NGO Entrepreneurs Like the Wharton-Tibet Initiative, Contemporary Artists like those Associated with XYZ Gallery of 798 Art District that have helped us raise money for books and scholarships, and many distinguished authors including Sidney Rittenberg, Antoine van Agtmael, Nobel Laureate Michael Spence, Freda Murck, Jasper Becker, Jaime FlorCruz, our own Jack Perkowski; CEOs from Microsoft and Google, Gary Cicero and Ana Herrara and PRC Ambassador to USA HON. Zhou Wenzhong.
b) Master’s Teas – On occasion, the Yale Club of Beijing will host an off-the-record dinner party and invite high-profile speakers to join the conversation. Past speakers have included Gao Xiqing, the head of the China Investment Corporation, and Yu Minhong, head of New Oriental. We intentionally limit the number of dinner guests to 25 and give preference to Yale Club members to ensure a more intimate discussion.
c) Yale Days of Service – The tradition of service is rooted in Yale’s past, but perhaps it is more relevant today than ever. Every spring, we host a “Yale Day of Service”, where Yalies around the world come together for a day of giving back and typcially 100-200 Yalies volunteer across Beijing, doing work like teaching English to migrant workers or painting the walls of orphanages. Afterwards, members join together for our celebratory Spring BBQ. In addition to this worldwide Day of Service, the Yale Club of Beijing has expanded its philanthropic efforts into a “Days of Service” program featuring monthly events with close Yale-affiliated run charities, such as Project Kickstart and the Yale Book Drive, and other migrant schools and volunteer sites with whom the Club has developed a close relationship throughout the years. Project Kickstart, founded by Yale Club members Jennie and George Ling, provides a scholarship for rural Chinese students and the opportunity to pursue higher education by paying for their first year of tuition and expenses at a Beijing university. The Yale Book Drive, overseen by Dr. Gwen Zehner, makes several trips a year to impoverished parts of China to donate book libraries.
d) Ivy League Alumni Network – About once a month, YCB gathers with the other Ivy League Alumni Clubs in Beijing to catch up with old faces and make new connections with other Ivy alums located in Beijing. Previous events have included mixers, happy hours, charity drives, and holiday parties throughout the year.
e) Cooperation with New Haven – YCB cooperates closely with New Haven. Members help oversee the Bulldogs in Beijing program, which pairs Yale students with internships in China, and also helps Yale Admissions conduct interviews for prospective students. During their visits to Beijing, the Club hosts Yale singing groups like the Whiffenpoofs and Whim n’ Rhythm, and hosts events for Yale professors and administrators during their stays here.
If you’d like to learn more, have any suggestions for future events, or would like to get more involved with the Yale Club of Beijing, please reach out to us.