Picture of the Chung-Wen Shih room.

You Can Help Build Cross-Cultural Understanding

In her 50 years teaching at the George Washington University, Dr. Chung-wen Shih encouraged intellectual and cultural curiosity.

Many people knew her as a professor of Chinese and chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. For some she was the writer, director and producer of documentary films focused on modern Chinese writers and the T’ang Culture. Further still, to others she was the author of important reference works on classical Chinese drama.

Her dynamic legacy—Dr. Shih died in 2014 at age 91—also touched the GW Confucius Institute. She was a generous benefactor, providing funding for presentations focused on traditional Chinese medicine. Thanks to her philanthropy, the seminars are now one of the most popular of the Institute’s public events.

The Institute’s beautiful showcase space—its large conference room and library—bears Dr. Shih’s name, a tribute to her philanthropic leadership. Other rooms within the historic building that houses the Institute are available for naming opportunities in recognition of philanthropic investments to the Confucius Institute.

You can join the visionary individuals and organizations that are ensuring that the Confucius Institute is a vibrant contributor to China-U.S. understanding. Your tax-deductible gifts help expand language and cultural programming. They provide funding for faculty and student research and travel. They support student fellowships and academic enrichment activities, including guest speakers, visiting faculty and symposia.

Philanthropy directed to the GW Confucius Institute also advances the GW Making History campaign and promotes the goals and priorities of the university’s strategic plan, which embraces cross-cultural collaboration, globalization, citizenship and leadership.


You can strengthen the work of the Institute and the university by:

  • Giving securely online at GO.GWU.EDU/GiveGWCI
  • Phoning 202-994-6063
  • Mailing a check, made out to The George Washington University with “Confucius Institute” in the memo line, to: The George Washington University, 2033 K Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20052.


You can also support the GW Confucius Institute by attending events, enrolling in classes and telling others about the Institute’s work.