The F.Y. Chang Foundation, established in 1988, grew from the F.Y. Chang Fund for the Study of Chinese Law, endowed by Stuart and Julia Chang Bloch at Harvard Law School. The foundation was established in memory of Chang Fuyun, also known as F.Y. Chang, the first Chinese to graduate from Harvard Law School.
For more than two decades the F.Y. Chang Foundation has sought to honor its namesake by supporting education exchange related to Chinese law. To date it has helped more than 60 Chinese earn Harvard Law degrees, and today those scholars are among China's most influential judges, attorneys, professors and legal experts.
In 1988, five years after Chang's death, his daughter Julia Chang Bloch and her husband, Stuart Marshall Bloch, created the F.Y. Chang Foundation. The foundation is the parent organization of the US-China Education Trust, which is led by Julia Chang Bloch as President.
F.Y. Chang's personal story is inspiring. Chang was 21 and a Boxer Indemnity Scholarship graduate of Tsinghua University in Beijing when he arrived at Harvard. He earned his A.B. (Bachelor of Arts) degree, cum laude, in 1914, and three years later was the first Chinese graduate of Harvard Law School.
Upon returning to China, Chang joined the Foreign Ministry, taking on a number of diplomatic positions, and becoming President of Jiaotung University in Beijing in 1923. Later, as Director General of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, he played a central role in returning customs authority from foreign domination to Chinese control, as well as regaining China's tariff autonomy, and he earned a reputation as a man of high integrity at a time when China struggled with issues of corruption and civil unrest. He also represented China during negotiations leading to the founding of the United Nations in 1945.
As one of republican China's most respected government officials, Chang emigrated to America after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, and his family followed in 1951. He spent the next three decades in San Francisco. His collection of Chinese art and calligraphy was renowned and he retained a deep knowledge and appreciation of traditional Chinese culture. In the catalogue of an exhibition of this collection at Harvard's Arthur Sackler Museum, Edgar Peters Bowron writes of F.Y. Chang in the foreword:
"...he formed his collection as an expression of the old Chinese ideal of the scholar-official as a person of cultivation and learning... Quite apart from its aesthetic value, the Chang collection is a remarkable document of China's struggle to adapt its ancient culture and system of government to the values of an age of world wars and superpowers."
For more than 15 years, the F.Y. Chang Lecture, presented annually in memory of F.Y. Chang, has been a highlight of the F.Y. Chang Foundation's activities. The Lecture invites prominent scholars from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the US to share their expertise in advancing the rule of law in China. Peking University Law School, and later, Tsinghua University Law School have joined Harvard Law School in co-sponsoring the Lecture.
For more information on the F.Y. Chang Foundation and its activities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to be eligible for the FY Chang Scholars program, applicants must first be admitted into HLS. Scholarship winners will then be notified by Harvard. Please direct scholarship inquires to Harvard Law School.