The beginning of OYCF was very simple. It grew out of the desire by a new generation of Chinese students in the U.S. around the turn of the 21st century "to exchange views on social, economic, political and cultural issues concerning China and to develop common aspirations through regular discussions.” (Preamble to OYCF bylaw)
The first OYCF meeting took place in Concord, New Hampshire in 1999. It established several principles that the OYCFers still embrace today, including "volunteerism," "grounded idealism" and "self-education." Since then, OYCF has crossed many milestones and evolved into an organization that prides itself on its openness, inclusiveness, and its ability to bridge the academic, professional, business and non-profit organizations. Its activities have enriched the lives of OYCF members, and they have helped to improve the exchange between China and the outside world.
Over the years, OYCF's main activities have focused in the following areas: