Yue-Sai Kan will be presented with the Ban Ki-Moon Award For Women's Empowerment by the former UN Secretary General on October 13, 2017

On Friday, October 13, at the Asia Initiatives Gala, Ban Ki-Moon will present an award, named after him, to Yue-Sai Kan, along with two inspirational women Gloria Steinem and Eva Haller . They will celebrate the power of women together!

Yue-Sai Kan receives Ban Ki-Moon Award for her active involvement in chartiable work throughout her life. She has founded her own foundation, the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which builds schools, libraries, and awards scholarships to underprivileged students. In 2002, she was named as UNICEF’s first and only Global Chinese “Say Yes for Children” Ambassador.

The mission of Asia Initiatives is to leverage the power of social capital to promote healthcare, education and sustainable development, striving to bring positive change in the quality of life of people in under served communities. With a particular focus on women and their families, our initiatives utilize transformative methodologies and technologies to empower people to realize their full potential.

Asia Initiatives has helped 2,500 women receive health checkups and 1,300 girls to stay in school; Established over 200 microcredit banks to support small businesse; Supported 40 village knowledge centers for underserved communities, offering access to education and information resources.

The annul gala event is quickly reaching capacity so the time to RSVP is NOW!!

  • Stimulating conversation with Ban Ki-moon, Gloria Steinem, Eva Haller and Yue-Sai Kan
  • Fun games - 'Who wants to be a SoCConaire'
  • Cocktails and fine dining
  • Bollywood dancing after-party




Yue-Sai Kan Chairs China Fashion Gala 2017

On May 7th, Yue-Sai Kan chaired the China Fashion Gala 2017 (2nd China Fashion Night), co-presented by CBCF and China Institute. Over 300 guests from around the world came to support this event and raised nearly $350,000. The Gala was widely reported by prominent media outlets such as New York Times, WWD, I-D magazine, World Journal, etc. Over 200 million media impressions were generated.

The China Fashion Gala is a platform to showcase creativity inspired by China: to raise funds to support talented emerging designers; and to recognize individuals whose outstanding contributions have helped position Chinese design and aesthetics at the forefront of fashion on a global scale. 

Gala proceeds will be used to fund the China Beauty Charity Fund Scholarship at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and benefit China Institute's new Fashion Initiative, and its other public events including conversations with leading designers and workshops.  

Here're the links to some of the media reports:



Recent Press


Yue-Sai Kan Featured in WWD


China Institute trustees Yue-Sai Kan, the Emmy-winning television host and producer, and Mei He, a recipient of the Eisenhower Foundation International Leadership Award, helped out as emcees. Stuffed panda bears were placed in the bamboo decor, thanks to the evening’s sponsor, Hainan Airlines, which was also celebrating the launch of its Panda Express routes to Chengdu and Chongqing.



Yue-Sai Kan wins Ban Ki-moon award for women


Yue-Sai Kan, a famous Chinese-American entrepreneur and Emmy-winning television producer, received a special woman's award presented by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on Friday. Yue-Sai Kan won the Ban Ki-moon Social Enterpreneurship Award along with two other women. Gloria Steinem won the Ban Ki-moon Women's Empowerment Award, while Eva Haller won the Ban Ki-moon Mentorship Award.



Yue-Sai Kan hosted the China Simplified Book Series launching party


"The most fun and delightful way to discover more about the Chinese history and language!" Yue-Sai Kan, who is the author Stewart Lee Beck's friend,hosted the book launching party for him and said," This is the history book for people that didn't know they love history. The authors both entertain and inform with each turn of the page, to leave us with a lighthearted appreciation for the supreme depth of Chinese civilization.



Yue-Sai Kan Featured in New York Magazine

The March 6, 2017, Issue of New York Magazine

“Children love pandas!” declared Representative Carolyn Maloney with the giddy conviction of a politician getting behind something incontrovertible.



Yue-Sai Kan Co-chairs China Institute 90th Anniversary Gala


Under the leadership of Yue-Sai Kan, China Institute celebrated its 90th anniversary in New York City on September 27th, 2016, with over 350 guests attending the event and around 1 million USD collected.



Yue-Sai Kan Mentioned in An OBSERVER Article about Haute Couture Designer Guo Pei


Yue-Sai Kan moderated a conversation with famous Chinese haute couture designer Guo Pei at the Waterfall Mansion and Gallery in New York on September 26.



Yue-Sai Kan Featured In "Full Frame" On CCTV-America


The Emmy-winning TV host offered what she believed is the key to conducting compelling interviews.



Yue-Sai Kan Attends Versaille Foundation Annual Black Tie Benefit Dinner


On Thursday, April 21, the Versailles Foundation Inc. hosted its annual black tie benefit dinner of "The One Hundred" Patrons in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Braganza, the Royal House of Portugal at the Lotos Club.



Yue-Sai Kan Featured In People Asia Magazine



Yue-Sai Kan Interviewed by Appeal Magazine

Yue-Sai Kan was interviewed by Appeal, the Oetker Collection Magazine, for its Fall-Winter 2015 edition. She discusses with Appeal her insider perspective on China's rapidly changing culture and her global view of East-West Exchanges, as a fascinating window into our global contemporary times.


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