The Tsing Hua Alumni Association of Northern California (THAA-NC) was established in 1982 by late Mr. Chia Lin Yuan (`36 ECON). It is a non-profit organization with no ties to any political or religious causes. The goal of the THAA-NC is set to bridge between the Alma Mater and its alumni. As for the areas of focus, they consist of:
1.Promoting communications between Tsinghua alumni, building the alumni community,
2.Collaborating efforts with the Beijing and Hsinchu campus administrations, bridging the distance between the Alma Mater and the alumni, and
3.Hosting various events catering to the alumni in the Bay Area, including but not limited to the annual reunion (around the last Sunday of April, to celebrate the school`s anniversary) and various seminars, providing a career development platform for local alumni.
The membership of THAA-NC is open to all Tsinghua graduates, faculty, staff, their spouse and children. Since 1982, THAA-NC has steadily grown to reach over 1800 alumni members. For the Open Policy China implemented in 1978, it is noteworthy that a growing number of Tsinghua graduates of Beijing elected to come to the United States for advanced studies, and settling in the Bay Area. In fact, Ms. Yaohua Zhang (`61 MECH ENG Beijing) became the first post 1949 era Beijing alumna to hold presidency of THAA-NC. From then on, the practice has been established for Beijing and Hsinchu Tsinghua fellows to rotate leadership of presidency every other year.
On a different note, it is an interesting observation that THAA-NC is seemingly a microcosm of the Asian market and its future. There is little doubt that a great number of Tsinghua fellows have played a key role in the research, development, and incubation of high-tech industry in both mainland China and Taiwan. On the other hand, many Tsinghua graduates have chosen to relocate back to mainland China or Taiwan or pursue other endeavors in Asia. Combined with the committed support from both Beijing and Hsinchu Tsinghua campus administrations and an increasingly-growing Alumni network, we look forward to an even brighter future for the THAA-NC.
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