From L to R: Anla Cheng; James B. Heimowitz; Zhang Huan; Sophia Sheng; Pin Ni; Yue-Sai Kan; and Chien Chung Pei


November 25, 2019

The Mandarin Oriental, New York

Highlights from the event included a cocktail reception, a live auction with Mr. C.K. Swett, remarks by Huang Ping, Chinese Consul General in New York, interactive digital drip art installations by Fou Gallery artist Liu Chang, and a raffle. Arthur Chi’en, WNYW Fox 5 contributor and Emmy winning journalist, served as master of ceremonies. Download the post-event press release (PDF).

Celebrating Blue Cloud Award Honorees

ZHANG HUAN, Visual and Performance Artist

PIN NI, President of Wanxiang America Corporation

SOPHIA SHENG, China Institute Trustee and Art Patron

Presenting a special Lifetime Achievement Award to

EZRA VOGEL, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University

Photos from the 35th annual Blue Cloud Gala

2019 Blue Cloud Gala

Full Gala Recording

China Institute’s Gala Video

About the Blue Cloud Gala:

The Great Poets of Antiquity in China praised those who inspired and achieved great heights as “soaring amid blue clouds”. In 1984, China Institute’s then-President Wan-go Weng created an award, “Qingyun” or “Blue Cloud”, the traditional Chinese symbol of high virtue and status, to be given to individuals whose exceptional achievements contribute significantly to U.S.-China friendship and understanding. Ever since, China Institute bestows its Blue Cloud Award to notable figures who share our mission and values.

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