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Ben John Chen

Ben John Chen
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Z. S. Liang, born 1953
Ben John Chen, 1913-2013
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 121.9 × 81.3cm (48 × 32")
Frame: 140.2 × 99.5 × 6.7 cm (55 3/16 × 39 3/16 × 2 5/8")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mr. Ben John Chen's wife PikNa Leung Chen
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© 1998, Zhuo Shu Liang
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Born Guangdong, China
Ben John Chen immigrated to the United States from Taiwan in the 1950s to attend Columbia University in New York City, where he became involved in international business. In 1965, Chen founded the Chinese Import and Export Council of America, and in 1981, he, along with Anna Chennault, founded the Asian American Republican National Federation and served as the federation’s chairman for three decades. During his tenure, Chen mobilized hundreds of thousands of Asian American voters to support the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. For decades, Chen fostered Chinese Americans’ participation in politics by supporting their political advancement, including that of Elaine Chao whom George W. Bush nominated as Secretary of Labor, a position she held from 2001 to 2009. Chen’s influential publications on the United States economy and politics encouraged cross-cultural conversations between the United States and China.
Nacido en Guangdong, China
Ben John Chen emigró a Estados Unidos desde Taiwán en la década de 1950 para estudiar en la Universidad de Columbia, Nueva York, donde se interesó en negocios internacionales. En 1965 fundó el Consejo Chino de Importación y Exportación de América, y en 1981, junto con Anna Chennault, fundó la Federación Nacional Republicana Asiático-Americana y se desempeñó como su director durante tres décadas. Bajo su administración, Chen movilizó a cientos de miles de votantes asiático-americanos en apoyo de las campañas presidenciales de Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush y George W. Bush. Chen promovió durante décadas la participación política de la comunidad chino-americana, apoyando su progreso en el servicio público. Así lo hizo con Elaine Chao, a quien George W. Bush nominó como Secretaria del Trabajo, puesto que ocupó de 2001 a 2009. Las influyentes publicaciones de Chen sobre la economía y la política estadounidenses estimularon diálogos interculturales entre Estados Unidos y China.
The artist; Mina L. Chen
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