April 12th, 2018

In 1990, John Kamm had just become president of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Hong Kong. At a banquet with Chinese and American colleagues and government officials, Kamm did something unexpected, kickstarting the work that would become Dui Hua's mission. Read the origin story here.

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About John Kamm Remembers

Dui Hua’s publications have changed over the years, but they have always looked to the past in order to understand the present and work for a more just future. John Kamm Remembers is a regular feature of Dui Hua’s Digest, its regular newsletter. Written by Dui Hua founder and Executive Director John Kamm, this series recounts moments in the shared history that unites Kamm, China, and Dui Hua.

The series began as This Month in History. In 2015, the series was reformatted and rebranded as Roots, sometimes called Roots of Dui Hua. No longer restricted to a particular month or event, the series took a step closer to its current iteration. In 2016, the series took on a more personal voice and became John Kamm Remembers, and the series continues to this day.

John Kamm Remembers are stories written by John recounting his advocacy work on behalf of Chinese prisoners of conscience both prior to and since founding The Dui Hua Foundation in 1999. These stories show how an American businessman turned human rights activist established a dialogue on human rights with the Chinese government to advocate for prisoners of conscience. They provide a window into how dialogue can become advocacy and how advocacy can create meaningful change for those facing coercive measures.