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Kids Change the World: Stories for Global Health Diplomacy

Aman­da Yao (Chi­nese 2019), Ben­jamin Gert­sen (Chi­nese 2008, 2009), and Christo­pher Yao (Chi­nese 2015), with their glob­al health diplo­ma­cy orga­ni­za­tion, Kids Change the World, have worked in recent years to raise funds to pro­vide cor­rec­tive surg­eries for chil­dren born with cleft lip and/​or palate. To fur­ther their work, they applied for a 2020 Alum­ni Devel­op­ment Fund grant to devel­op their Sto­ries for Glob­al Health Diplo­ma­cy project, a book series aimed at strength­en­ing mutu­al under­stand­ing between Chi­nese and Amer­i­can youth. Their ADF grant fund­ed the pub­li­ca­tion of the first book in their series, writ­ten in both Man­darin and Eng­lish, and dis­trib­uted to stu­dents at their part­ner schools. 

We received out­stand­ing feed­back that the book not only increased [stu­dents’] under­stand­ing of med­i­cine, but also how med­i­cine and sci­ence are uni­ver­sal lan­guages that bring peo­ple togeth­er, just as lan­guages do. This first book has laid the foun­da­tion, as intend­ed, for sub­se­quent books in a series join­ing med­i­cine and cul­tur­al diplo­ma­cy together.”

Amanda Yao
Chinese 2019

Benjamin Gertsen
Chinese 2008
Chinese 2009

Christopher Yao
Chinese 2015

Posted Date

April 12, 2021