“Let China join the world community. Let the world understand China.”
This is the ubiquitous slogan on billboards all over China during
the 1990’s when she was pushing for progress under the Reform &
Open Door Policy. The slogan articulates a vital part of PESi’s vision
and mission in our work with China from the beginning.
In the early to mid-nineties when information in the West was less
accessible to China’s science and technology community, PESi sponsored
conferences and seminars that brought North American professionals and
academics to meet their Chinese counterparts in mutually beneficial
As early as 1990-92, we introduced network technology to China’s IT
professionals. In collaboration with a number of Chinese professional
societies, PESi organized nationwide conferences on medicine, nuclear
power plant safety, food technology, business ethics, and other fields.
As China advances in science, technology and market economy, there
is also the need for development in the humanities. Working with the
academic sector in recent years, PESi has directed more resources to
support research, translation and publication in the fields of
literature, social and religious studies.
Over the years, PESi has facilitated library and equipment donations
to Chinese institutions. We have also brought many visiting professors
to China. Quite a few among them have received honorary faculty
appointments from Chinese universities. We have also provided funding
for sabbatical studies in the U.S. for Chinese academics. It is
encouraging to see fruitful exchange and collaboration when academics
from East and West meet.
In this era of globalization, cultural influences from the West have
impacted the Chinese people significantly, especially the younger
generation. It is our desire that they will appreciate how both the
accomplishments and mistakes of the West could serve as useful
references for China in her quest for modernization.