FY Chang Exhibit Opens at China Customs Museum in Beijing

October 29, 2018

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In late October, the FY Chang and Modern China Customs exhibit opened at the China Customs Museum in Beijing. The exhibit, sponsored by the museum and co-organized by the FY Chang Foundation, commemorates the 90th anniversary of FY Chang as Director General of the Chinese Customs Service. 

Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, Chang’s daughter and the FY Chang Foundation’s founder, shared remarks at the special opening ceremony that was held at the museum on Friday, October 26.

“The essence of my father's life was to help China modernize, to reclaim its rightful place on the world stage and to stand up among the great nations as an equal.” Ambassador Bloch said. 

“He used his Harvard legal education and expertise to do just that,” She added. 

“Today, with this exhibit, I hope the Chinese of this generation will know my father, that he dedicated his life to reform China’s customs service and regain her tariff autonomy.”

The opening ceremony was attended by FY Chang’s family members; Fan Kun, director of the China Customs Museum; and representatives from Peking University, Tsinghua University, the National Museum of China and other institutions. 

The exhibit displays pictures, text, clothing and other objects to highlight FY Chang’s life and legacy as a reformer of the Chinese Customs Service. The exhibit is scheduled to last two weeks.

The opening of the exhibit wasn’t the only ceremony highlighting FY Chang’s legacy--the 19th Annual FY Chang Lecture was also held. The FY Chang Lecture is a joint program of Peking, Tsinghua and Harvard University Law Schools honoring Chang.

 

The program brings together Chinese and American legal scholars and jurists to share knowledge and, in doing so advance respect for the rule of law. 

This year’s event was hosted by Tsinghua University Law School and featured professor Wang Chenguang (pictured, left), a Chinese legal scholar at the university. He teaches and researches in the fields of legal theory, comparative law, health law and legislative and judicial systems.

FY Chang was the first Boxer Indemnity Scholarship student to graduate from Harvard in 1914. He was also in the first cohort of Chinese students to attend Harvard Law School, graduating in 1917. 

Upon returning to China, Chang joined the Foreign Ministry, took on a number of diplomatic positions, and became President of Jiaotong University in Beijing in 1923.

Chang would later become the Director General of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service. During his tenure, he played a central role in returning customs authority from foreign domination to Chinese control, as well as regaining China's tariff autonomy. Chang emigrated to America after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, and his family followed in 1951.

 
 

 

                                                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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十月下旬,张福运基金会和中国海关博物馆合作,共同举办了“张福运与中国当代海关展览”,纪念张福运先生任中国关务署署长九十周年。张福运的女儿、张福运基金会创始人张之香大使出席了10月26日在北京举行的揭幕仪式,并在仪式上发表讲话。

“我父亲的一生都在致力于帮助中国实现现代化,在世界的舞台上重新获得合法地位,并在世界大国中得到平等待遇。”张大使这样说道。

“他利用在哈佛大学学到的法学教育和专业知识来做到这一点,”张大使补充道。

“今天在这个展览上,我希望中国的新一代能够知道并了解我父亲。他为中国海关改革以及关税自主化奉献了自己的一生。”

张福运先生的家人、中国海关博物馆馆长樊堃、以及来自北京大学、清华大学、中国国家博物馆以及其他机构的代表们参加了开幕仪式。

展览用图片、文字、和生前使用的物品,全方面的展示了张福运先生作为中国海关改革者的一生。展览计划展出两周时间。

展览的开幕并不是唯一一个展现张福运先生一生的地方,第十九届张福运讲座也在北京举行。张福运讲座是由北京大学法学院、清华大学法学院、以及哈佛大学法学院共同举办的活动,以纪念张福运先生。

讲座把来自中国与美国的法律学者和法理专家们汇集到一起,互相分享知识与经验,并在此过程中,提高对法治的尊重。

今年的讲座由清华大学法学院主办,邀请了中国法律学者王晨光教授。王教授在清华大学法学院教授法学理论、比较法、健康法以及司法系统。

张福运先生是第一位获得庚子赔款奖学金从哈佛大学毕业的学生。他同时还是第一批于1917年哈佛大学法学院毕业的中国学生之一。

毕业之后回到中国,张福运先生进入了外交部工作,担任外交职务并在1923年成为北京交通大学的校长。

张福运先生之后又成为中国关务署署长。在他任职期间,他在将海关权力从外国统治转向中国控制,以及重新获得中国的关税自主权方面发挥了核心作用。 1949年中华人民共和国成立后,张福运先生移民到美国,他的家人随后于1951年移居美国。