30th anniversary of the Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation
CCTV was on hand to witness the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation. The gala got underway at Shanghai Maritime University, and some attendees got a sense of déjà vu as they found themselves on the same stage where they had received a Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation scholarship, in some cases decades ago. The Foundation was established in 1984 by Dr. and Mrs. James S.C. Chao. Since then, Foundation beneficiaries have gone on to establish themselves in the maritime industry. CCTV interviewed past scholarship recipients, who noted that the awards were more about honor and prestige than financial support, providing incentive to be a good steward in the maritime field.
The Chao family spent time on the Shanghai Jiaotong University campus in China’s Minhang district, during their week of festivities marking the 30th anniversary of the Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation. University students, teachers and officials were present for the unveiling of a sculpture of the late Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao, a long-time supporter of the University. Her daughters, Elaine Chao and Angela Chao, inspired an audience of 500 people with speeches focused on the message of moving through cultural differences to solidify the bonds between Eastern and Western societies, and in particular, Chinese and American societies. The visit to Jiaotong University followed a gala celebration at Shanghai Maritime University in Pudong, which brought together past recipients of Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation scholarships.
The Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation recently celebrated its 30th year anniversary with an enormous reunion of its alumni scholars, as covered by Shanghai’s television channel ICS. The Foundation was established by Angela Chao’s parents and named after her mother, Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao. Dr. and Mrs. Chao were pioneers in the shipping industry and the establishment of this Foundation was equally revolutionary. They held strong beliefs on the value of education and its necessity for achievement in life. Recognizing that the superior education they received in China equipped them to face all subsequent challenges in their lives, Dr. and Mrs. Chao set up the Foundation to provide scholarships and access to education to the generations that would follow.