Chinese American Heroine: Julia Chang Bloch

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Name in English: Julia Chang Bloch
Name in Chinese: 张之香 [張之香]
Name in Pinyin: Zhāng Zhīxiāng
Gender: Female
Birth Year: 1942
Birth Place: Chefoo, China

Profession (s): Diplomat, Ambassador

BA, Communications and Public Policy, 1964, University of California Berkley; MA, Government and East Asia Regional Studies, 1967, Harvard University

Award(s): In 1979, Julia Chang Bloch received the Hubert Humphrey Award for International Service. In 1987, the Organization of Chinese American Women, gave Chang Bloch the Woman of the Year Award. In the same year, the Peace Corps gave Chang Bloch the Leader for Peace Award. In 1987, she was also awarded the Humanitarian Service Award from the Agency for International Development. In 1989, she received the Distinguished Public Service award of the National Association of Professional Asian American Pacific American Women. In 1996, she received the Brotherhood and Sisterhood Award of the National Conference for Christians and Jews.

Contributions: In 1964, Julia Chang Bloch began her work in international affairs as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia. In 1976, Chang Bloch was appointed chief minority counsel for the Senate Select committee on Nutrition and Human Needs. From 1977-1980, she served as Deputy Director of the Office of African Affairs of the International Communication Agency. From 1981 to 1988, Julia Chang Bloch was appointed by the president of the United States to serve at the U.S. Agency for International Development as Assistant Administrator for Food and Peace and as Assistant Administrator for Asia and Near East. In 1989, Chang Bloch was appointed by President George H.W. Bush, as the first Asian American U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal. In 1993, she became the Group Executive Vice President at Bank of America. From 1996 to 1998, Bloch served as president and CEO of the United States-Japan Foundation, a private grant-making institution.

Julia Chang Bloch is currently the Ambassador-in-Residence at the University of Maryland-College Park Institute for Global Chinese Affairs. She is also the Starr Senior Fellow for U.S.-China Relations at Peking University in Beijing and Fudan University in Shanghai. Julia Chang Bloch is the president of the U.S.-China Education Trust, a non-profit organization seeking to further American Studies in China.

Ms. Bloch also serves on several corporate and non-profit boards, including: American Academy of Diplomacy, the Atlantic Council, National Committee on US-China Relations, Women’s Foreign Policy Group and the Fund for Peace.

Philanthropy: Julia Chang Bloch and her husband are sponsors of the Zenith Community Arts Foundation, which raises money for community projects in the Washington DC area.  They are also members of the Ibis Society of the University of Miami, established for those that have contributed at least $250,000 to the university.  The “Julia Chang Bloch Scholarship” has also been established at Northeastern University.

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