CSCI China Committee member Nancy Tom was one of fifteen women honored by the White House as an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) “Champion of Change” on May 6, 2013. Nancy has volunteered as a member of the China Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International since the sister cities agreement was signed between Chicago and Shanghai & Shenyang, China in 1985. She has tirelessly worked to strengthen ties between Chicago and Shanghai & Shenyang—and by extension the United States and China—through arts and cultural programming, business exchanges, education initiatives and humanitarian efforts.
Her valuable work in this capacity has reached thousands of people of diverse backgrounds literally on both sides of the world. She is a crusader for social justice, exemplified by her work on Immigration Reform and the Chinese Exclusion Act. As an arts advocate, she has worked with non-profit organizations, colleges & universities and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. She served as Executive Director of the documentary Jungle, following a Chicago hip-hop dancer as he traveled to China as dance director for a group of hip-hop dancers to represent China at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The film showed to great acclaim in Chicago and other U.S. cities.
For more information on the Champions of Change program, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.