In the News
Founder Carson Tavenner was interviewed about his past; read here his passion for pursuing the US-China relationship and how it has led to a new way of thinking about the relationships between Americans and Chinese.
What We Believe
The Subnational Level is the National Solution
We hope your visit will inspire you to new thinking about the U.S.-China relationship, the most important international relationship shaping the outcome of the 21st century. International issues dominate the national news, yet every day subnational leaders accomplish great goals between our two nations. The relationship is both complex and complicated. Old problems are changing. New actors question the old solutions. Unexpected and creative sources produce solutions for new problems. Though the future is uncertain, at The Tai Initiative we believe an opportunity currently exists for citizens of both countries to play an active role in shaping a positive outcome for the sake of humanity. Enjoy your exploration around the website and join us.
Director of Research Ben Leffel in Hangzhou
This past October, Mr. Leffel was invited to chair the International Conference on Public Libraries Development at the Hangzhou Public Library by the Director of the Hangzhou Library. The Tai Initiative was proud to be represented at this event due to Ben’s research on Chinese cities’ internationalization and US-China sister cities, specifically as informed by the association with the Indianapolis-Hangzhou sister city relationship.
泰论坛 (tailuntan): The Tai Initiative Forum
Latest 泰论坛 was on 7/1/2015 – View it here
Hundreds of subnational leaders in the U.S.-China relationship need to be heard! Listen through this series generating dialogue on our two civilizations. What does it mean to be American? What does it mean to be Chinese? How do the activities of The Tai Initiative and others contribute to the longer dialogue defining our relationship? Explore these questions with us in each session, to contribute your thoughts and experience.
If you would like to participate in one of these public live discussions, please let us know!
The Chinese American Forum (CAF) is a non-profit quarterly cultural and educational magazine serving an open dialogue to promote mutual understanding between Chinese/Asian Americans and the general public and to urge Chinese/Asian Americans to join the American mainstream. Founded nearly thirty years ago, the magazine has published hundreds of informative and often personal articles touching all manner of issues connected to Chinese-American history and identity; the challenges of Chinese immigration; the many facets of the U.S.-China relationship, and more.
The Tai Initiative enjoys all its conversations with the leaders of the Chinese American Forum. Collectively, they have served the nation better than any institution we have yet met in struggling through a definition of balanced encouragement needed between Chinese and American perspectives. We are pleased to be entering a new era of cooperation and coordination with this long-experienced group of leaders and writers.
This article published Oct 2014 teaches about connecting across generations, nations, and culture. It is a good example from which we can learn more genuinely about the Chinese worldview of relationship.
Do you share our vision?
The Tai Initiative vision is to see Chinese and American policymakers and leaders cooperating in the delivery of practical solutions to elevate human dignity and reduce hunger, disease, and insecurity for the international community. If this is your vision, too, let us keep in touch with you.