Renwen Society of China Institute presented a special program on Saturday, September 17, honoring Dr. James Si-Cheng Chao with Renwen’s first Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy.

About Renwen Society

Since its founding in 1926, China Institute has been a “home away from home” for Chinese intellectuals living abroad. Distinguished May Fourth scholar Hu Shih, a one-time student of John Dewey’s at Columbia University, regularly lectured at China Institute. Writers and other cultural figures traveling to this country from China often stopped in New York to lecture at China Institute, sometimes in English but also in Chinese. This tradition was maintained for many years through the Institute’s summer program at Lake George.

In 2001, this tradition was revived in the form of a Saturday Lecture Series, which offers lectures in Chinese (sometimes bilingually) by prominent writers, actors, art collectors, and other experts in their fields. The lectures have attracted a wide range of audiences of native speakers and others fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Lectures are either in Chinese or with Chinese interpretation, covering all aspects of Chinese culture including poetry, literature, art, theater, history, language, archaeology, cinema, opera and religion.

In April 2003, the Renwen Society was established at China Institute as a new tier of the Institute’s membership program, co-chaired by Ho Yong and Ben Wang. Now integrated into the broader individual membership category, the Renwen Society offers weekend lecture series and other Chinese-language events. Today, Renwen Society continues to serve three important functions in New York’s rapidly expanding Chinese émigré community: it keeps immigrants in touch with their home country; it provides an open forum for speakers to discuss their ideas with compatriots; and it offers opportunities to both the Chinese immigrant community and students interested in China to hear the latest scholarly views on the culture, from classical to modern. Renwen programs are regularly covered in the Chinese press.

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Renwen Society Membership

Renwen Society is a membership group for people who wish to support our mission, and attend the Saturday afternoon lecture series, delivered in Mandarin Chinese, and other special Chinese language events.

All benefits are for one-year and for one adult; membership is 100% tax-deductible.

For information about membership, please contact the Membership Office at 212-744-8181, x158, or email [email protected].

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Individual $75 – 1 card

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