I.M. Pei was a founder of Committee of 100 and one of the most esteemed architectural visionaries of our times. The I.M. Pei Award honors his legacy, paying homage to the principles and values on which Mr. Pei’s work were anchored – the commitment to infuse his work with profound humanity, and always with respect and consideration for the people and history of the space in which he worked. The founding of Committee of 100 emerged over thirty years ago from a conversation between Mr. Pei and Dr. Kissinger, with the idea of organizing an influential group of Chinese Americans to address issues of international concern between the United States and China. Following the Tiananmen Square events in 1989, with a sense of urgency to build bridges between China and the United States, Mr. Pei teamed with Yo-Yo Ma, Henry S. Tang, Oscar Tang, the late Shirley Young, and the late Chien-Shiung Wu to recruit distinguished Chinese Americans from across the arts, business, academia, public service, and the sciences to serve on the Committee of 100. As the first recipient of the I.M. Pei Award, Dr. Kissinger is an embodiment of Committee of 100’s missions to building international bridges of dialogue and understanding. Committee of 100 is pleased to present (virtually) Dr. Kissinger with the inaugural I.M. Pei Award and we thank him for his commitment to create a better world for all.
The Committee of 100 Trailblazer Award is given to the group or individual who showcases dedication and a commitment to excellence in the face of adversity, using their platform for advocacy, causes, and issues. An Olympic Gold Medalist, six-time U.S. Champion and three-time World Champion, Nathan Chen embodies all that is great with the United States – opportunity, perseverance, and a commitment to achieving goals. As someone who has showcased dedication and a commitment to excellence in the face of adversity and uses his platform to advocate for a cause or issue, Committee of 100 will present Nathan Chen with the Trailblazer Award on the evening of May 5, in Washington D.C. at our Gala.
In a time of unprecedented hate and xenophobia directed towards individuals of Chinese and Asian descent, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) stood tall, side by side with its academic leaders, who faced scrutiny and, in some cases, persecution for some of the most unjust and unproven reasons. The Institute publicly supported and backed its leaders, treating them with dignity, honor, and compassion and became a beacon of hope for researchers and a model of leadership for academic institutions. The award will be accepted on behalf of MIT by Professor Richard Lester, Associate Provost for International Activities, on the evening of May 5, in Washington D.C. at our Gala.
In a time of unprecedented hate and xenophobia directed towards individuals of Chinese and Asian descent, Stop AAPI Hate stood tall, pulling data and information to help drive action and end the violence. In that effort, Stop AAPI Hate became a beacon of hope and a model of leadership for not only the AAPI community but for other minority groups as well. The Committee of 100 Distinguished Service Award is given to the group or individual who demonstrates through action, thought and deed a fundamental commitment towards helping to end anti- Asian hate and spreading compassion, kindness and understanding. The award will be accepted on behalf of Stop AAPI Hate by Vincent Pan, on the evening of May 5, in Washington D.C. at our annual Conference & Gala.
As the world takes shape around this new Covid-era we are all living in, Zoom stood out as a model of productivity, creativity and ingenuity. Founder Eric S. Yuan helped unite the world in a time of crisis, helping to keep business moving, and bring families, friends and love ones together. Committee of 100 is honored to present Eric S. Yuan with the Distinguished Service Award for Advancing Human Connectivity. The award is given to the group or individual who utilizes ingenuity, creativity and futuristic thinking to help bridge the gaps between people.