Remembering Jonathan Spence

Saturday, January 15, 2022

This event is co-hosted by Yale Club of Beijing, Yale International Alliance, and Yale Center Beijing.

Time and Location

Saturday, January 15, 2022
2:00-2:30 pm
Discussion and Q&A
2:30-4:00 pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees

Please clickHERE to register.

Ticket: RMB 80 for Yale alumni; RMB 100 for regular admission.

Walk-ins will not be accepted.

Note: Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.


The language of the event will be Chinese.

The Event

Jonathan Spence '65 PhD, Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University, whose scholarship shaped the field of China studies for half a century, passed away on December 25, 2021, at the age of 85.

Professor Spence was one of the most popular professors ever to teach at Yale. During an academic career spanning more than 40 years, he not only cultivated several generations of talented students of Chinese history, but also inspired thousands of Yale alumni who benefited from his courses in their future lives and careers.

In memory of Professor Spence, the Yale Club of Beijing, Yale International Alliance, and Yale Center Beijing have invited several of his former students to share their stories with Yale alumni and friends.

The Speakers

Christopher Barden ’89

Christopher Barden is the founder of the Beijing-based dog rescue organization Little Adoption Shop. To date, they have rescued more than 2000 dogs, and currently are sheltering approximately 750 dogs in two shelters.

Wei Che ’95 MA

Wei Che joined Danfoss in 2010 as Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications for the China region. Wei Che was a former diplomat, and a Partner with Kreab for over 10 years before joining Danfoss. Mr. Che holds an MA in International Relations from Yale University and a BA from the Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Huan Gao '03 MA

Huan is Director at Wells Fargo Bank Beijing Branch, covering major relationships of Chinese financial institutions for business development. She joined the bank in Philadelphia and has held various positions in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing, including Chief Representative of its Beijing Rep Office. She has a BA degree in English from Fudan University, an MA degree in International Relations from Yale, and completed the Finance and Accounting Program at the Wharton School. She also writes book reviews and essays related to history and travel.

Ting Wang '05 JD

Ting Wang is a counsel at Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, responsible for the sovereign-backed project financing and investments. He graduated from Harvard University (AB in Government and AM in Regional Studies-East Asia) and Yale Law School (’05 JD). He clerked for federal judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and is admitted to the Bars of New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. He has practiced law for US law firms Cleary Gottlieb and Paul Hastings in Washington, D.C., Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai.

Hongyu Huang '07 PhD

Huang Hongyu ’07 PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures, served as a research assistant to Professor Jonathan Spence when he drafted a book on the Ming historian, essayist, and connoisseur Zhang Dai. After teaching at West Point and Swarthmore College for six years, Huang moved back to her home country, serving as an associate professor, Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Head of the Foreign Languages and Literatures program at Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen). Her research interests include translation studies and comparative literature, English translation of Chinese classics, and cross-cultural communication. She is the recipient of the Philosophy and Social Science Outstanding Achievement Awards at both the municipal and provincial levels in China. She also won the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service issued by the American government.

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