Born in 1939 in Beijing, STEPHEN CHEN grew up in a 120-room mansion that had been the palace of a Qing dynasty aristocrat. He graduated from the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute in 1962. After three years in prison and in a desert labor camp, he was called back to Beijing unexpectedly to become a member of the translation team preparing for the visit of President Nixon in 1972.
After coming to the USA in 1981, Stephen played a key role in establishing the first U.S.-China joint venture, Beijing Jeep. He later headed General Motors’ China Program and Pacific-China Operations for the Otis Elevator Company and has helped many major U.S. corporations enter Far East markets. Stephen also founded his own highly successful manufacturing and trading company, Amerihua International Enterprises and has been involved in more than 280 joint ventures between the U.S. and China.
An adjunct professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, Hebei University, and the University of Ningxia, Stephen is well-known for his cultural activities. He is Chairman of the Overseas Peking Opera Association and helped to found the Committee of 100, a national non-partisan organization composed of American leaders of Chinese descent. Stephen has published a dozen volumes of technical papers, literary translations, and essays and been interviewed extensively by the broadcast and print media.