Staff

Cliff Zhonggang Li
Executive Director

Cliff Zhonggang Li is a recognized expert on trends in the e-Publishing and e-Regulation field by the National Association of the Secretary of State Administrative Code and Register section. Government regulation-making platforms he designed as the lead architect are currently relied upon by over a thousand government agencies in several states, as well as by tens of millions of citizens. He is CEO of eLaws.us, one of the most comprehensive web-based platforms containing laws, regulations, court cases, and local ordinances. He was also CEO of FlyChina Infotech and Pacific Rim Trading and Investment Corp. He was a member of the Florida Advisory Council on Small and Minority Business Development from 2007-2011 (confirmed by FL Governor’s office), an Electronic Media Committee Advisor for the American Business Media, and a founding member of Florida Business Watch. He has been an active advocate in the Chinese American communities for many years. He graduated from Tsinghua University in 1988, and Florida Atlantic University in 1992 before working for IBM Boca Raton.

Larry Hajime Shinagawa, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Strategy, Operation, and Research

Dr. Larry Hajime Shinagawa was recently the Executive Director of New World Research Institute, a non-profit think tank focusing on research on new immigrants to the United States. He was also the former Director and tenured faculty member of the Asian Americans Studies Program for the past six years at the University of Maryland at College Park. For the past 30 years, he has been involved in the fields of sociology, American Studies, multicultural education, ethnic studies, and Asian Americans Studies. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, he was the Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity and Associate Professor of the Sociology Department of Ithaca College. As the Center Director, he was responsible for the development of academic programs in African New World Studies, Asian Americans Studies, Latino Studies, Native American Studies, and Comparative American and Ethnic Studies at Ithaca College. His research areas are in the social demography of racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., intermarriage, multiracial identity, and Asian Americans culture and community. His public policy studies and research for national civil rights and Asian Americans advocacy organizations has led to improvements in health care, redistricting, census counts, and reforms in police practices. He was recently on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Ethnic Studies and participates as a board member for other national and regional non-profit community-based organizations and research organizations. He has several books forthcoming, and the latest will be Chinese Americans Today, to be published by Rowman and Littlefield. From 2008 to 2011, he served as the Chief Commissioner on the Governor’s Commission for the Study of Immigration in the State of Maryland. Most recently he received the Asian Americans Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (ANAPISI) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education ($2.4 million). Dr. Shinagawa received his Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a B.A. in Sociology and a B. A. in Ethnic Studies. He currently serves as a Commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and in his scholarly pursuits serves as Chief Editor for the series Asian Americans Today for Rowman and Littlefield. For eight years, he served as a board member of the Census Information Center Board of Advisors for the U.S. Census Bureau.

Haipei Shue
Senior Director, Policy

Haipei Shue was an English major at Sichuan University of Foreign Languages, PRC. He came in 1987 to the University of Wisconsin at Madison for graduate studies in sociology and political science. Upon graduation, he went to Washington, D.C. in 1991 to work as Executive Director for a Chinese student and scholar organization. In his past twenty years in Washington, D.C., Haipei Shue has successfully advocated a wealth of public policy issues and legislative battles, ranging from lobbying the U.S. Congress to grant China MFN (Most Favored Nation trading status), China's entry into WTO, the Chinese Students Protection Bill, the House Resolution condemning Japan for "Comfort Woman," and most recently, successfully organizing the Chinese community to pass the Congressional apology resolution for the 1882 "Chinese Exclusion Act." He has also been actively involved in the Chinese and Asian Americans communities and their political projects, helping many Congressional and Presidential campaigns along the way. He has also worked for many years advocating for various environmental causes, working as consultant for the world's premiere conservation organization -- World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). At the present time, he is the President of National Council of Chinese Americans (NCCA). Working on many advocacy issues and U.S.-China relations, Haipei Shue has increasingly focused on media, U.S.-China relations, and the political future of Asian Americans in this ethnically diverse society. He has been a resident political commentator for Phoenix TV (the Chinese version of CNN), commentator on CCTV (Chinese National TV), and some Chinese American television. At the same time, he has just begun to write columns for popular magazines and publication in China such as Cai Xin magazine, China News Weekly, and China Daily. In the U.S., Haipei Shue has appeared on NPR, CNN, ABC News, VOA, Al Jazeera, etc. His commentaries have been shown on national newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and the Christian Science Monitor, among others.

Eric Lowe
Associate and Hong Kong Representative

Eric Lowe is the Greater China Editor for Fair Observer, a political website, and worked in Washington DC and now in California. He is a Chinese American who graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management. As the third generation of diaspora Chinese, whose grandfather was once Counsel General of Panama to Hong Kong, Macau & Guangzhou from 1946 to 1965, he got interested in bridging understanding between cultures at an early age. He worked in Hong Kong and traveled in China & Taiwan for over a decade that including being a free lance journalist for the South China Morning Post. He joined Democrats Aboard in 2003 and assisted in the Presidential campaign of John Kerry and contributed to the Obama campaign in 2012. He joined the Cambridge Salon located at Harvard University with the introduction by Dr. John Chuan-tiong Lim, now associate research fellow of Modern History, Taiwan. He also worked in finance and is a publisher of two books on European History.

Jun Gao
Policy Intern

Jun Gao graduated with a Master’s Degree of Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. He is also a Research Assistant and contributor at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Previously, he worked as a Research Assistant and contractor for the UNDP and a New York-based consulting firm. Starting from fall 2015, he works to empower the Chinese and Asian communities in the U.S. political arena and to improve the U.S.-China relationship through strengthening people to people ties and mutual understandings.

Siqing Ge
Research/Finance Intern

Siqing Ge is currently a second-year master student at the University of Maryland at College Park majoring in Accounting. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Previously, she interned at the China Development Bank and she also had an internship experience at KPMG in a role with the audit team. She is now working on helping organize the database and develop fiscal and financial resources.

Yumeng Han
Research/Statistical Intern

Yumeng Han was born and raised in China. She graduated from the University of International Business and Economics in 2014, where she received her BA degree in Actuarial Science. After graduation, with the aim of getting more statistical skills, she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Statistics at George Washington University. Maintaining an excellent academic record indicated by a cumulative GPA of 3.85 on a 4.00 scale, Yumeng is in her second year of graduate studies. She is proficient in statistical languages such as SPSS, R, and SAS. Yumeng has always been dedicated and hardworking when trying to achieve her goals. She perseveres and keeps working towards her dreams.

Bin He
Editorial/Development Intern

Bin He joined UCC in October 2015 as a Editorial/Development Intern. Prior to this, he had been a Chinese teacher for four years in Xining, China. Bin's passion in social innovation has been a driver for him in pursuing career goals. While in college, Bin led or initiated several programs, such as volunteer teaching in rural China and grassroots community research, aiming to better understand and solve the challenging development issues facing China. Bin holds dual-bachelor degrees in Chinese Language and Literature as well as in Law from Beijing Normal University. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Education from Beijing Normal University. He expects to serve as a bridge to bring people in need with the resources they can access.

Xia Jin
Research Intern/Statistical Analyst

Sheryl Jin received her undergraduate degree at Iowa State University. Currently, she is an Applied Economics graduate student at Georgetown University. Before coming to America, Sheryl worked as an intern at Shenzhen Development Bank, focusing on issuance of letters of credit. She was also a Dean’s List honor student from 2007 to 2011 and was a dedicated member of the Finance Club in the Business School. More recently, she served as an intern at a real estate corporation in New York City specializing in real estate valuation. Currently, Sheryl is serving as an intern helping in strategic planning.

Han Li
Accounting Intern

Han Li recently graduated from the University of Delaware with a Master’s degree in Finance. Having taken graduate courses, she has two years of experience working with teams on various finance projects, which have required her to be very detail-oriented and communicative. As a Chinese who has spent most of her life in Mainland China, and having just completed graduate school, she feels obliged to do something for the Chinese communities and Chinese living in the U.S. So here she is, ready to contribute her knowledge and love for China to help at United Chinese Communities. She is glad to be a part of a rising association which will have a great influence on U.S.-China relations.

Rachel Guangzhao Li
Research/Statistical Intern

Rachel Guangzhao Li is currently a second-year graduate student at George Washington University majoring in Statistics. She also has a B.A. in Finance from the University of Macau. Prior to coming to the U.S., she had three years' work experience in Beijing with Chevron (China) Corporation and Futures First in the role as financial analyst. Guangzhao has always been interested in socio-economics and wishes to make the world a better and more equal place. Thus, she has chosen to work as a research intern in Washington, D.C. since fall of 2015 to improve her research and analytical skills.

Shudi Lu
Research/Statistical Intern

Shudi Lu received her Bachelors of Engineering at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication. Currently, she is a second-year graduate student at George Washington University majoring in Statistics. Previously, she mainly focused on engineering, and had an internship at China Telecommunications Corporation. During her undergraduate years, she gained experience in Java and C++. Her passion in math leads her to where she is now. Moving to a different field is never easy. However, Shudi is good at learning new knowledge, and has managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA throughout her studies so far. She is becoming proficient in SPSS, SAS, and R. Shudi is now working as an intern in Washington, D.C.

Haopu Lyu
Research/Website Design Intern

Haopu Lyu graduated with a Master's degree in New Media from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. She also chose public relations and media as her optional modules related to her interests. Before starting her study in the United Kingdom, she was an intern at Guangdong Television and Hubei Television, focusing on advertising, media planning, and video planning. She also worked for a technology media firm in China as a reporter and writer. She is interested in social media and communication studies. Thus, she is working as an intern during fall 2015 to help develop the website.

Ankitha Prabhu
Website Intern

Ankitha Prabhu is a graduate student majoring in Computer Science at George Mason University. She has completed her Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology at the University of Mumbai, India. Currently she is working as a Research Assistant/Developer at Krasnow Institute of Advanced Study. She is very passionate about Web and Application Development. She possesses more than three years of experience in the IT field. Her professional history also includes the position of a Software Engineer at Mphasis, an HP Company. She enjoys being challenged and working on projects that require her to work outside her comfort zone and knowledge set; continuing to learn new languages and development techniques are important for her. Apart from academics, she enjoys dancing, reading novels, listening to music, and traveling to new places.

Liping Sun
Research/Statistical Intern

Liping Sun is a second-year graduate student at George Washington University majoring in Statistics. She works as the research intern to help organize the database and conduct data analysis and enhance the relationship between U.S.-China and improve Chinese American well-being. She has a strong statistical background and is good at software including SPSS, SAS, and SQL. Before joining UCC, she got a chance to work as an intern at the Hainan Province Bureau of Statistics, conducting statistical research that contributed greatly to the tourism competitiveness of that island province of Mainland China. She also worked as an Assistant Analyst at Southwest Securities, doing risk control and pressure tests in 2013.

Kate Yang Wang
Communication and outreach Intern

Kate Wang received her Master's degree majoring in International Relations and Diplomacy at Seton Hall University. She started her interests in international relations since high school, and got engaged in several UN youth leadership programs since college. Previously, she interned at UNESCO in Geneva, Switzerland to assist with communications affairs. She also has some experience with other international organizations, such as the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. She complements these experiences with bilingual fluency in Chinese and Russian.

Minli Wang
Environmental Studies Intern

Minli Wang is a second year graduate student at George Washington University majoring in Environmental Resource Policy. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has a strong interest in environmental issues, especially in the areas of climate change adaptation and renewable energy. She is a graduate teaching assistant in the GWU Sociology Department. Previously, she had several internship experiences in both China and the U.S. She worked as an intern at a non-governmental organization (NGO) specializing in policy writing. Starting from fall 2015, she works as a blogger on projects and developing new environmental programming.

Binyan Wei
Communication and Finance Intern

Binyan Wei is a first-year graduate student at the University of Maryland. She is now studying in the Robert H. Smith School of Business majoring in Finance. Earlier, Binyan completed her Bachelor's Degree in Finance in China. She interned in investment banks in China such as Great Wall Security and China Galaxy Security. She also worked at an international trade company and has experience in financial market analysis. She is currently working as an intern in Washington D.C. Her main role is to do some business research and conduct statistical and data analysis. Apart from academics, Binyan likes to play sports, travel to different places, and sing.

Yanhong Xu
Executive Assistant

Yanhong Xu recently received her M.A. from Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. As a Chinese citizen who grew up in Japan, Yanhong found her passion in international relations from her early age. While pursuing her LLB in International Politics in Jinan University, China, she worked extensively in various non-profit organizations on international relations, including a development project on HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. Yanhong is currently serving as non-resident Handa Research Fellow and Young Leader program member at Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where her research focuses on politics and security in East Asia. She is based in Shanghai, China.

Kristine Yang
Public Relations Intern

Kristine Yang is a recent graduate from American University's School of International Service located in Washington, D.C. Her undergraduate major focused on comparative race relations. She also completed two minors in Public Communications and Chinese language. In particular, she has a strong interest in bridging the gap between different and diverse cultures. Kristine has held a myriad of positions related to her many interests. Most notably, her past internship at Peace Corps HQ in their Office of Strategic Partnerships has helped further her interests and skills in the international affairs and business development field.

Qi Zeng
Finance Intern

Qi Zeng is a Chinese student studying at George Washington University. In 2007, she studied at Tianjin Foreign Studies University where she received her Bachelors in Chinese Language and Literature. She transferred from China to the U.S. and changed her major to Accounting in 2010. Last year she graduated from Ohio University and started her Master's Degree in Accounting at GWU. Currently, she is preparing for the CPA exams and will graduate from GWU in the next year. She is now helping a travel agency company by writing about the traveling experience and introducing good places and restaurants to customers.