Cedarville Alumna Meets with Chinese Premier and Dignitaries

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Jewel Schroder Nordstrom, a 1986 graduate of Cedarville College, met with Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji and other key Chinese leaders in Beijing recently. The meeting, also attended by Dr. Pat Robertson, formerly of television’s “The 700 Club,” was meant to enhance U.S.-China relations and explore the role that the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) can play in strengthening ties between the two countries. Nordstrom, who is the regional director for CBN China, and Robertson also met with Yan Mingfu, chairman of the China Charity Federation. The meeting produced an historic agreement for a joint foundation between the Federation and CBN China. CBN China’s outreach activities already include medically treating the poor and dispensing medicines, facilitating surgeries for orphans both domestically and abroad, improving living conditions in the orphanages, putting wells and cisterns in drought-ridden areas, caring for the elderly, and helping in disaster relief situations. Now, thanks to the recent agreement, CBN China will be able to raise humanitarian aid funds from foreign enterprises and individuals in China. Nordstrom and Robertson also met with other Chinese leaders, including Ye Xiaowen, director of the China Religious Affairs Bureau; Deng Pufang, chairman of the China Handicapped Foundation; Li Zhaoxing, vice minister of foreign affairs; and Wang Debing, chancellor of Peking University. Nordstrom is no stranger to China. Her first trip to China was in 1985 with the Cedarville College women’s basketball team, and in 1988 she returned to China to teach with the Cedarville College teaching exchange program at the People’s University in Beijing. Since then, she has taught Ph.D. students at Beijing University, the “Harvard of China.” Nordstrom was the first foreigner to receive the “Most Excellent Teacher” award at Beijing University. Nordstrom has also negotiated the arrival of sports teams to compete against China’s national and university teams in a variety of sports. In 1996 she served as a liaison for the Chinese Olympic Softball team in the Atlanta Olympics. For more information, contact Nordstrom at Jewel.Nordstrom@cbnchina.org.