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About the James R. Lilley Memorial Gift Fund for Yale-China:

  • To become a Friend of the Lilley Fund at one of three sponsorship levels, download a pledge form.
  • Questions may be directed to Leslie Stone at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (+1) 203-432-3866.

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About the Lilley Fund

The Yale-China Association is honored to have been selected as the recipient of gifts in honor of the late Ambassador James R. Lilley.

Ambassador Lilley (Yale ‘51) was a devoted Yale graduate and public servant. Career highlights include service as U.S. Ambassador to China (1989-1991) and South Korea (1986-1989). In remarks he made in June 2008, he said it gave him great comfort to know that when the U.S.-China relationship was fraught with tension, the Yale-China Association was on the ground, bringing Chinese and Americans together.

Founded in 1901, Yale-China builds U.S.-China relations on a grassroots level through programs in the arts, education, health, and public service. Since 1909, Yale-China has been sending some of Yale’s most promising graduates to teach English in China for two-year appointments as a part of our Education Program. Yale-China’s Teaching Fellowship site at Xiuning Middle School in southern Anhui province continues this rich tradition and is the focus of the James R. Lilley Memorial Gift Fund for Yale-China.

The video below presents a brief introduction to the James R. Lilley Memorial Gift Fund for Yale-China.


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