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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2020 OYCF-Chow Fieldwork Fellows

Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF) is pleased to award the 2020 OYCF-Chow Fieldwork Fellowship for Field Research in China to the following four recipients:

Yuan Gao is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at Georgetown University. Her research project focuses on the history of cotton in Xinjiang during the Qing Empire. 

Chuncheng Liu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. His research project aims to examine the design and implementation of the Chinese social credit system with multiple methods. 

Tiantian Liu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. His research project explores the uneven social impact of the Chinese state’s ambitious project of agricultural modernization. 

Jiangjiang Wu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research project studies the role of emerging elite retirement homes in producing shifting notions and practices of aging in urban 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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