Florence Fang

Florence Fang
方李邦琴

美国国家中国园基金会行资深咨询委员会联合主席Co-Chair of the Executive Advisory Council, National China Garden Foundation

方李邦琴,湖北人,1935年4月4 日生于北京,1960年随夫到美国旧金山落脚,以仅有的200美元开始,做一些印刷的小生意。后来因丈夫病重,她带着三个年幼的孩子苦心经营印刷厂并在唐人街开了一个饭馆。再后来,她收购美国旧金山两大英文报业之一的《旧金山观察家报》。现在,她拥有的11家英文报纸发行量超过六百万份,成为全美发行量最大的非日报报系。

方李邦琴现任美国“泛亚公司”董事长,是美国著名的华人企业家和社会活动家,名副其实的“女中豪杰”。美国媒体称她为“钢铁的木兰花”。也是美国著名的英文传媒大亨、方氏报业帝国掌门人。在她的公司旗下除了房地产、印刷业、贸易公司外,还主办了多个英文媒体:《亚洲人周刊》(Asian Week)、《独立报》报系《Independent》等。

方李邦琴在提升华人在美国的地位,对美国社会的繁荣进步,对促进中美友好关系等方面均做出巨大贡献,受到了在美华人和美国政府及各界人士的肯定。方李邦琴曾获多项荣誉和奖励,她所在的旧金山市长布朗还宣布2000年9月18日为“方李邦琴纪念日”(Florence Fang Day)。

2000年1月,方李女士在旧金山发起成立了“北加州中国和平统一促进会”。当年8月,她又出席了在欧洲召开的“全球华人促进中国和平统一大会”,并在会上发言说:“我要为中国和平统一摇旗呐喊,两岸只有和平统一了,中华民族才能真正振兴,21世纪是华人世纪的理想才能真正实现。”

2008年5月4日,在北京大学110周年校庆仪式上,方李女士获得北京大学颁发“北京大学110周年杰出教育贡献奖”。此奖是北京大学向为了该校发展和建设作出了杰出贡献的海内外友人或机构而颁发的。

2010年中美政府签订“十万强计划” (100,000 Strong Initiative)双边协议,预计招揽10万名美国学生到中国留学,方李邦琴女士是唯一一名参与该计划的华人企业家。2008年5月,方李邦琴女士捐赠1600万元,用于北京大学对外汉语教育学院大楼的建设,学校决定命名该大楼为“方李邦琴楼”。2011年6月,方李邦琴楼奠基。

如今,方李邦琴女士,不但在商界十分活跃,更在推动祖国的统一大业中,在为华人争利益争地位中,不遗余力地奔走着。

Florence Fang is the Chairwoman of the Florence Fang Family Foundation. She was the Publisher of the San Francisco Examiner as well as the Chairwoman for the Independent Newspaper Group, which owns fourteen local newspapers. She was at the helm of Asian Week and served as President of the Chinese version of the Young China Daily and the China World News. She has successfully managed multiple businesses, and was twice awarded the California Woman of the Year, in 1990 and 2003 respectively.

Florence is passionate about education. In 2006, she donated millions of dollars to University of California Berkeley’s East Asian Library. She serves as an Honorary Trustee at Peking University, an Honorary Professor at Wuhan University, and an Honorary Professor at China Foreign Affairs University. In 2013, the Peking University opened the Florence Lee Fang building with its sole purpose to teach and promote Chinese language and culture to the world.

In 2014, she received the "Brilliance of China Award (中华之光)" by CCTV in recognition of her work in promoting understanding between US & China. She also made arrangements for the then First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama to deliver a speech at Peking University, encouraging exchanges of the younger generation between US & China.

US Congress honored Florence on April 2, 2014 for her lifetime efforts in promoting and advancing bilateral relationship between US & China, which was recorded in the Congressional Record proceedings and the second session of 113th congress debate (Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 53, pE497).

Florence also serves as the Honorable Chairwoman of the Flying Tiger Historical Organization. She donated an original C-47 airplane that once flew over “The Hump” airlift route through the Himalayas. In November 2016, this plane flew the same Hump route from Burma, across the Himalayas, to Guilin for the last time where it is now permanently displayed at the Flying Tiger Heritage Park as a symbol of the long-standing US-China relationship. This work was supported and encouraged by Max Baucus, former US Ambassador to China.

Florence also founded the first overseas China WWII Pacific War Memorial Hall in San Francisco’s Chinatown. In 2017, the memorial hall hosted an exhibition titled “Forgotten Camp: Allied POWs of Shenyang” which showcased imageries from well-preserved Prisoner of War (PoW) camp in Mukden, Manchuria. At that time, 70% of the PoW’s were Americans. The exhibition attracted many American visitors, hoping to find/identify their missing relatives in those old images.

In recognition of her leadership and contribution to the local community, San Francisco dedicated its first community garden focused on the Asian community to Florence. In 2014, US House of Representative Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi broke ground for the Florence Fang Asian Community Garden, which now serves as a gathering place for various grassroot community events as well as a regular Food Bank distribution spot.

Florence has been a longtime supporter of Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. To advance her work in strengthening relationship between US & China, she recently donated the Launchpad Loggia to be placed at the museum’s new pavilion (scheduled to be open in 2020). The museum will feature both traditional and modern cultures of Asia.

On February 13, 2019, Mrs. Fang was honored as the first recipient of the “Global Leadership Award” by Bay Area Council in San Francisco.