Tang Chair in China Policy Studies
The RAND Corporation received a $3 million gift from the Cyrus and Michael Tang Foundation to establish the Tang Chair in China Policy Studies at RAND.
The chair was recruited in 2019 and the innagural chair was awarded to senior policy researcher Jennifer Bouey. In this role, she is undertaking research on the critical factors that will influence China's future, particularly in education and health care.
In this role, the chairholder will initiate and manage a research agenda on China's policies for sustainable growth; build partnerships with research institutes in China to organize symposia, exchange programs, and joint research projects; and mentor China studies scholars at RAND.
A previous gift to RAND from the Cyrus Chung Ying Tang Foundation helped to create the Tang Institute for U.S.–China Relations, which works to improve policy discussions that shape relations between the United States and China, and between China and its neighbors.
The Tang Institute, which will house the new chair, is part of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy and has supported the RAND Chinese-language website, the development of new research initiatives, and joint projects with leading research institutions in China. Cyrus Tang served on the advisory board of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy from 1999 to 2002, after which time Michael Tang joined the board. Michael is currently an active member.
Michael Tang is vice chairman of Tang Industries, an international manufacturing and distribution company based in Las Vegas. Cyrus Tang was the CEO and chairman of Tang Industries until he passed away on June 23, 2018.