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Friday, May 29, 2015 – 6:30PM
Gala Co-Chairs:
Anla Cheng
Michelle Hayashi Koo
Theodore T. Wang
Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway
Shirley & Walter Wang

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Please join us for the Blue Cloud Gala!This annual black-tie dinner honors Blue Cloud Award leaders in business and culture and celebrates the mission and programs of China Institute. Our evening at Gotham Hall with master of ceremonies Betty Liu and David Henry Hwang, features a cocktail reception and festive dinner, Blue Cloud Awards Ceremony, auction, and a performance by celebrated Metropolitan Opera Singer, Hao Jiang Tian and his iSING! Festival singers. Guests will also enjoy a preview of our planned move to Lower Manhattan.

Founded in 1926, China Institute is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit that relies on support from individuals, foundations, corporations and others. Gala proceeds support China Institute programs in education, arts and business. For information on Gala sponsorships and tickets, please contact: Tracey Huang at 212-744-8181, ext. 105 or

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Blue Cloud Gala Co-chairs
Anla Cheng   Michelle Hayashi Koo    Theodore T. Wang

Blue Cloud Benefit Committee
Carrie Chiang    Mary Wadsworth Darby    Sue Herera    Karen Hsu   Ann Hu
Caroline Howard Hyman     Susan Kessler     Rosemary Sagar   Sophia Sheng
Ansso Wang     Clara Xing     Sue Xu Zhang

Gala Committee
Anla Cheng & Mark Kingdon     Carrie Chiang     Miranda Wong Tang

Guoqing Chen & Ming Liu    Lise and Michael Evans
Michelle Hayashi Koo     Ted & Clara Wang

Gayle Ong & James Chin    Irene & Alexander Chu     US Rilin
Diane H. Schafer     Sophia & Abel Sheng

Carolyn Hsu Balcer & René Balcer    Fiona & Stanley Druckenmiller    Jay & Susan Goffman
NorthStar Realty Finance Corp.     Chien Chung Pei & Beatrice Pei      Julie & Michael Waldorf

Guests Emcees
Betty Liu-Bloomberg Television      David Henry Hwang-noted playwright & screenwriter

Special Guest Performance by Celebrated Opera Singer

Hao Jiang Tian & his iSing! Festival Singers

Live Auction
with Henry Howard-Sneyd, Vice Chairman, Sotheby’s North America
The Hon. Jon M. Huntsman

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., chairman of the Atlantic Council Board of Directors, began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has served each of the four U.S. presidents since then in critical roles around the world, including Ambassador to Singapore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Trade Ambassador, and most recently, U.S. Ambassador to China. In all three Senate confirmations, he received unanimous votes. He was twice elected governor of Utah, and the state was named Best Managed state in America under his administration. In recognition of his service, he was elected Chairman of the Western Governors Association, serving 19 states throughout the region.

Governor Huntsman currently serves on the boards of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. He has served as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as a distinguished lecturer at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Fluent in Mandarin, Governor Huntsman has been a strong advocate of Chinese language studies; as Governor of Utah, he supported an increase of workforce in Chinese language education that supported approximately 100 secondary schools offering Mandarin Chinese classes; at that time, the highest percentage of any state in the nation. Huntsman is the father of seven children, including two adopted daughters from China and India. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has eight honorary doctoral degrees.

Dr. Leroy Chiao

Leroy Chiao is a former NASA astronaut and International Space Station commander. He holds academic appointments at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, and he is Special Advisor for Human Spaceflight to the Space Foundation.

Dr. Chiao has worked extensively in government and commercial space programs, and he has held leadership positions in commercial ventures and at NASA.Dr. Chiao left NASA in December 2005 following a 15-year career with the agency. A veteran of four space missions, he most recently served as Commander and NASA Science Officer of Expedition 10 aboard the International Space Station. He has logged over 229 days in space, over 36 hours of which were spent in Extra-Vehicular Activity (spacewalks). From June to September 2009, he served as a member of the White House appointed Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, and he currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council.

A native English speaker, Dr. Chiao also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He has flown space missions and worked closely with Russian, Japanese and European astronauts and their affiliated space agencies. As a Space Station Commander and Space Shuttle Mission Specialist, he was also a certified Co-Pilot of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. In September 2006, Dr. Chiao became the first American to visit the Astronaut Research and Training Center of China. There, he met the first two national Chinese astronauts, Yang Liwei and Fei Junlong. Dr. Chiao is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Committee of 100. Dr. Chiao also serves in various capacities to further space education in the U.S. and China.

He joined China Speakers Agency in 2015, the international speakers bureau with a China focus, to share his professional knowledge and unique insights with a broader range of audiences. Dr. Chiao earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS and Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Shirley & Walter Wang

Shirley and Walter Wang’s entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors are rooted in a family tradition of business excellence.

Shirley Wang founded Plastpro Inc. in 1994 and also serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Since 1994, Plastpro, headquartered in Los Angeles, has been a leading U.S. manufacturer of fiberglass entry doors, offering exceptional service and reliability. Plastpro’s customer-focused philosophy resulted in the highest-quality products on the market. The Plastpro product line is offered nationally through The Home Depot, Stock Building Supply and other national wholesale distributors.

Walter Wang is President and CEO of JM Eagle Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic pipe. Headquartered in Los Angeles, his company employs more than 1,600 people in 23 plants throughout the United States and Mexico. Mr. Wang started his career at Formosa Plastics in Taiwan as a factory machinery operator, and within two years was promoted to internal corporate consulting project leader. In 1990, Mr. Wang was transferred to J-M Manufacturing Co. Inc. (JM) as a sales coordinator charged with improving J-M sales and reversing the erosion of its competitive stance in the building products industry. Under his leadership, J-M re-engineered the sales process, identified new markets and developed an Internet-based B-to-B management system. After serving in a variety of capacities, he earned the title of President in October 2000. Through significant capital investments and without adding head count, J-M grew annual sales from US$200 million in 1990 to over US$1 billion in 2005. In November 2005, Mr. Wang acquired 100 percent of J-M from Formosa Plastics, creating a fully independent, stand-alone company. Less than two years later, J-M acquired PW Eagle, the second largest PVC pipe maker in North America, to form JM Eagle, subsequently reaching combined annual sales of more than $1.6 billion.

The Wangs are supporters of the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum, which opened in October 2008. The museum seeks to educate the public on some of the nation’s worst problems: illegal drugs and trafficking.The Wangs have also been dedicated supporters of projects to address pressing social and healthcare problems in China, including seed-stage and ongoing support for the China AIDS Initiative, an awareness and prevention program. Through this organization, they have funded public service announcements which have reached 300 million people to help stop the spread of AIDS in China. Other charitable foundations that the Wangs support are Doctors Without Borders and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.

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Images from China Institute Gala 2010

Photo credits: Ray Tamarra

Images from China Institute Gala 2009

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    Images from China Institute Gala 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cipriani 42nd Street

New York, NY


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.


Tel: 212.744.8181, ext. 139
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Gala 2014

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.

2014 Press Coverage – YUE Magazine

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