Chinese in America: From Finance, Filmmaking to Philanthropy

Date: 01 Dec 2020
Location: Online

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What’s the common denominator to succeeding in finance, philanthropy, and working in Hollywood?

Burning the midnight oil. For the 10th year, China sent the most students to the U.S. to study. This migration continues apace, even as a 2020 Pew survey shows that nearly 2/3 of Americans now view China negatively. What are the human faces and stories behind Chinese students who have studied in America? We hear from Peng Zhao, CEO of Citadel Securities, about his life as a graduate student at UC Berkeley; his meteoric rise to become CEO of Citadel Securities at age 34; his philanthropic work in the U.S. and on U.S.-China relations; and on why it carried such personal meaning to him to ensure that the documentary Finding Yingying would get made.

We also hear from Jiayan “Jenny” Shi, Finding Yingying’s director, producer, and cinematographer. The documentary tells the story of 26-year-old Yingying Zhang, the daughter of a factory driver in China, who moved to Illinois to study. Within weeks of her arrival, Yingying disappears from campus. She is never found alive again. Join us for a webinar on December 1st, Tuesday, from 12-1pm Eastern as Peng and Jenny discuss their personal experiences as Chinese students in America; how they came to make Finding Yingying; the importance of telling and humanizing stories like Yingying’s in the current geopolitical moment; and the many contributions that Chinese populations continue to make to this American life.

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