In 2013, we launched the Yali Society, an alumni association serving former Yale-China Teaching Fellows and students. After a pilot year, we are happy to now expand membership in the Yali Society to include alumni of other Yale-China programs.
The goals of the Yali Society are simple: strengthen the Yale-China community, connect current and past program participants, and support Yale-China's work. Activities include informal gatherings, organized outings, and mentorship opportunities.
About the Yali Society
Yali Society is organized into regional chapters led by volunteer alumni. The nine cities where we have organized chapters are listed below. Former program participants and students of Fellows who live in one of these geographic areas are encouraged to reach out to their regional coordinator; there will also be general opportunities for mentoring, program support, and career networking over the course of the year.
The work of the Yali Society is already being done in classrooms and coffee shops around the world, and we are now simply giving it a name. We're already planning potluck dinners and museum tours in cities around the globe, and we hope you can join us to meet and reconnect with your fellow Yale-China alumni.
The work of the Yali Society is currently being coordinated by Ming Thompson, an Old Biscuit from 2002, a Teaching Fellow at Yali Middle School in 2004-2006, and current Trustee of the Yale-China Association.
The following volunteers coordinate the activities of the Yali Society's regional chapters. Feel free to reach out to them if you are in the area.
About the Logo
The Yali Society logo was created by former Fellow and Yale-China Trustee Ming Thompson. It incorporates the depiction of Hsiang-ya (Xiangya) Hospital – one of Yale-China's earliest endeavors in both health and education – from the Yale-in-China logo, which was in use before the organization changed its name to Yale-China Association in 1975. This component emphasizes the longevity of the Yale-China tradition and reminds us of the Changsha roots of our work.
The Chinese calligraphy in the logo was executed by Cheng Hao (程浩), a student at Xiuning Middle School in Anhui Province. Xiuning Middle School was the newest site in the Yale-China fellowship portfolio at the time the Yali Society logo was created, and the youth of both the calligrapher and this institutional relationship symbolizes the vision that the work of the Yali Society will carry on into the future even while drawing on the past.
The use of both English and Chinese in the logo represents the two-way exchange of teachers and students – whether American or Chinese – that continues long after these individuals have completed their direct involvement with the Yale-China program.
The name "Yali" is drawn from the Chinese name of Yale-China, Yali Xiehui (雅礼协会), and is derived from the transliteration of "Yale" that was in use at the time of Yale-China's founding in 1901.
For more information on the history of the Yale-China Association, click here.