Cultivating lasting interest in China's social, political and economic development by encouraging volunteerism, social innovation, research and educational exchange with China

Social Innovation

Social development in China is one important area of focus for the OYCF members. In 2016, OYCF established an annual social innovation award to encourage volunteerism and social entrepreneurship, and to promote civil society exchange between the U.S. and China.


OYCF is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 OYCF Social Innovation Contest at the OYCF annual meeting :

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Annual Meeting

The 2019 OYCF Annual Meeting successfully concluded on July 7, 2019. Interspersed with public talks by three distinguished experts on women in China, three startup “social organizations” from China presented their work to the OYCFers in attendance. These organizations are chosen from a competitive pool of applicants.  They have distinguished themselves for their work to promote women’s power and gender equality in China. The annual meeting culminated in the presentation of social innovation awards to the three organizations and fellowship awards to the graduate students.

Please see the OYCF Bulletin about related news coverage. 

You may view the agenda on the Annual Meeting page here.  

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OYCF's research program aims to address critical policy issues in China and to encourage fieldwork research in the country.

In 2018, OYCF announces a new fellowship program to support graduate students in field research in China.  The first four recipients were announced at the 2018 OYCF Annual Meeting.  2019 recipients of the fieldwork fellowship was just announced in April 2019.

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OYCF-Chow Fieldwork Fellowship

OYCF is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2019 OYCF-Chow Fieldwork Fellowship:

Jiun-Da Lin, Ph.D. student in Political Science, University of Maryland.

Topic: The Adoption of Global Green Bond Standards in China

Shang Liu, Ph.D. student in Sociology, University of Southern California.

Topic: Snapshotting China in Everyday Work: How Meanings and Boundaries of the State are Constructed within Different NGOs in China

Spencer Stewart, Ph.D. student in History, University of Chicago.

Topic: Cotton Science and Rural Reform in War Time China, 1937-45

Yingyi Wang, Ph.D. student in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, University of Washington.

Topic: Working in Gender Equality and LGBT Rights NGOs

Fangsheng Zhu, Ph.D. student in Sociology, Harvard University.

Topic: Citizenship and Mobility Strategies in Post-Socialist China

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Anyone who is above 18 and who has lived in both China and overseas for one year or more is eligible for membership in the OYCF. Endorsement or reference from a current member is generally required.

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