2015.048.004 The Family Journey of Fred Hu

Dr. Fred Hu is a renowned Chinese economist who obtained his PhD in Economics from Harvard University and now runs Primavera Capital Group, his own capital investment firm. Today, he speaks to us about his childhood in the 1970s during Mao culturally repressive programs of Mao, his ascension to university right after the reopening of the higher education system and studying abroad at Harvard University in the 1980s. He then expands on his career choice in Economics and talks about his time working at various economic institutions around the world, expressing his overarching mission to strengthen U.S.-China relations. He concludes the oral history by outlining his expectations for U.S.-China cooperation and his company in the years to come, without forgetting about his two children.

0:00 - Introduction, First impression of MOCA, Born in Hunan, China, China being isolated from the world when he was growing up, Receiving Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, Dreaming to become a writer, Political risk of studying social sciences in China, Being fortunate to go to the university, Meaning of his name, Childhood in the countryside, Parents encouragement of education.

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9:16 - Relationship with brothers, Education always being important to Chinese society, Passion of reading, The 1960s, and 1970s as a challenging period of China, Coming to the US as a graduate student (the 1980s), Finishing secondary education at the age of fourteen, First National College Entrance Examination after the Culture Revolution.

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18:36 - Studying maths at the university, Days during and after the Culture Revolution, Learning English for the first time at the university, Winning a scholarship to attend Harvard University, Anticipation of the US, Working hard, Switching major from math and science to economic, Language challenges, Making friends.

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29:23 - Trying to know everyone at Harvard, Thoughts about Boston Chinatown, History of Charles Soong, His identity, Curious about the US, As a bridge between China and the US, Working at non-profit organizations which makes changes in these two countries.

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38:04 - As mediators between the US and China in government level, business level, and NGO level, First generation of new Chinese professionals after Culture Revolution, Differences between generations of Chinese in America, Contributions of New Chinese professionals.

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