Gala 2014
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Each year, China Institute presents the Blue Cloud Award to individuals or organizations whose leadership has inspired others and who have made significant contributions to cultural exchange between the US and China.

This year we honored five outstanding individuals with the annual Blue Cloud Award: I. M. Pei, Founder of I. M. Pei & Associates, and Chien Chung Pei, Chairman of China Institute and Co-Founder of Pei Partnership Architects; Feng Lun, Chairman of Vantone Holdings; Michelle Kwan, Senior Advisor and Public Diplomacy Envoy, U.S. Department of State, two-time Olympic figure skating medalist, Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, and Board of Special Olympics International; and Shen Wei, a director, choreographer of the 2008 Beijing Olympic ceremony and Founder and Artistic Director of Shen Wei Dance Arts.

The evening began at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by dinner, an Awards Ceremony and dancing. Over $1 million was raised in support of China Institute programming.

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* Shen Wei directing at Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Italy.
Photo Credit: Francesco Squeglia

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Cipriani 42nd Street
New York, NY
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Virginia A. Kamsky

Zhang Xin

Chen Feng, Blue Cloud honoree

David Henry Hwang, Blue Cloud honoree
photo credit: Lia Chang

Wu Tong, Musician of the Year honoree

On Friday, May 11, 2012 China Institute celebrated its annual Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Each year, China Institute presents the Blue Cloud award to individuals whose achievements have reached great heights, and who have inspired others by promoting the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture, history, language and contemporary issues.

This year we honored two extraordinary individuals: Chen Feng, Chairman of HNA Group, and, David Henry Hwang, playwright and librettist. Internationally acclaimed musician, Wu Tong, China Institute’s Musician of the Year honoree, added a special note to the evening by singing and playing the traditional sheng instrument.

The evening included a cocktail reception, dinner, the Blue Cloud award ceremony and dancing. With over 300 people in attendance, the Gala raised over 1.2 million in support of our Gallery and exhibition related Arts & Culture programs.

A special thank you to our honorees and supporters for making the evening a great success.

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Each year, China Institute presents the Blue Cloud Award to individuals or organizations whose leadership has inspired others and who have made significant contributions to cultural exchange between the US and China.

This year we honored three worthy recipients with the Blue Cloud Award: Jay M. Goffman, China Institute Trustee and the Global Head of Corporate Restructuring at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP; the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, founded by the world renowned pianist Lang Lang; and James B. Rogers, investment expert, co-founder of the Quantum Fund and author currently living in Singapore.

The evening included a cocktail reception, dinner, the Blue Cloud Awards ceremony and performances by Lang Lang International Music Foundation Scholars Anna Larsen, Charlie Liu and Derek Wang.

A special thank you to our honorees and supporters for making the evening a great success.

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GALA INFORMATION
Tel: 212.744.8181, ext. 139
Fax: 212.628.4159
E-mail: lmcdonald@chinainstitute.org.

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