About the Region
New Haven is the second largest city in the state of Connecticut, and home to Yale University - notable for its food, culture, and people from around the world. New Haven has seen tremendous transformation since its colonial days in the 1700s, and is still managing a great socioeconomic disparity and other effects of the post-war industrial decline. The City often serves as a meeting ground for political and social demonstrations and brings in thousands of greater New Haven residents for its music, theater, museums, dining, shopping, and many other cultural attractions. New Haven is reported to be one of the top four most walkable cities in the U.S. with an estimated 14% of its residents as pedestrian commuters. Yale University attracts a daily influx of leaders and researchers from around the world, and is home to over 12,000 students, over 4,000 faculty, and nearly 10,000 employees.
About Yale-China’s Work in New Haven
New Haven is home to Yale-China’s founding mission and vision in 1901. Today, Yale-China is led by an association of alumni, faculty, officers, trustees, staff, participants, and partners who share the conviction that service and good will are critical to a better future with Chinese and Americans. Yale-China’s work in New Haven is marked by its close partnerships with several schools and departments at Yale University, and more recently expanded into the city through its education and arts fellowships and community program called Lunarfest. New Haven today is also recognized as a Sister City to Changsha in Hunan Province - a relationship that was shepherded by the hundreds of Yale-China students, faculty, nurses, doctors, and alumni traveling between the two cities for over a century.
As a Connecticut-registered non-profit organization, Yale-China recently began programming for the local public, deepening its impact in the region beyond the University and reducing an information gap during a strained time in U.S.-China relations.
Yale-China’s reach to the thousands of students, teachers, and residents of New Haven could not be accomplished without the dedicated leaders, experts, and other volunteers who also call New Haven home.