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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.

Current Activities

Over the years, OYCF's main activities have focused in the following areas:

1. Annual meeting to discuss important social, economic and political developments in China and the U.S.-China relations

2. Teaching Programs: Short-term teaching trips by the overseas scholars and professionals China  

3. Social Innovation: Social Innovation Award to encourage social entrepreneurship and public interest activism in China

4. Field Research: Fellowship to support graduate students conducting fieldwork in China

5. Publications: Online journal titled Perspectivesin English and Chinese, from 1999 to 2014 and other publications 

6. Allied organizations: Support volunteer work and China-themed activities by allied organizations, including independent student groups, since 2009

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OYCF is a non-profit organization based in the United States.

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