January 22, 2008

Keeping Up With Cornell in Shanghai

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SHANGHAI, China — Thinking of moving to China after graduation and wondering if you’ll be in good company? Many Cornell alumni living in Shanghai have come to­gether to create an active Cor­nell Club. (One also exists in Beijing.) The Club in Shanghai does not have a building like the more populous club in New York, so they meet about once a month in different restaurants around the city. According to Samuel Chen M. Eng ’02, one of the organizers, the Cornell Club of Shanghai has about 170 members, approximately half of whom actively participate in events.
The members represent a wide variety of Cornell graduates from different schools and years. Some of the members are originally from China; others have moved there from the U.S. or Europe since their graduation from Cornell. Even the small group we met encompassed a wide range of professions: architecture, law, education, business and (the American) Foreign Service.