1999 – Present:

Dui Hua Means Dialogue

Kamm reading a statement at the United Nations. Image credit: The Dui Hua Foundation


As the world hurtled towards the new millennium, Kamm’s unique approaches to dialogue and advocacy were garnering attention after some prisoner releases. Fraught relations ushered in this period in Dui Hua’s history: the NATO bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade and US-Sino spy plane standoff led to tensions and  suspensions in dialogue. 

The dynamic between the two powers changed as China became the largest US foreign creditor and the world’s second-largest economy.  Having granted China Permanent Normal Trade Status in 2000, the United States began the 2010s with an attempted pivot towards Asia after a decade waging the “war on terror.” Amongst rising trade tensions, changes in leadership, and new expectations, both powers reckoned with a changing relationship.

The Dui Hua Foundation was officially established in this era, with the foundation registering as a nonprofit in 1999. The foundation’s efforts yielded crowning achievements — Kamm’s work continued to contribute to the release of prisoners, achievements were covered in the press and honored by the White House — and devastating losses. Dui Hua also grew its reach and focus by expanding its program areas, opening another office, and taking its advocacy to international institutions. 

Read select John Kamm Remembers stories from this period below.

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View a timeline of Dui Hua’s major events

Dui Hua Begins its Work (April 1999)
Dui Hua’s First Trip to Beijing (May 2000)
To Lhasa for Jigme Sangpo (March 2002)
The Singing Nuns of Drapchi (August 2002)
Ashes and Water: The Death of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche (November 2002)
National Security in the Time of SARS (June 2003)
Attending Trials in Beijing and Guangzhou, 2006
The Execution of Wo Weihan (January 2008)
Defiant: Li Huanming’s Long Road to Freedom (August 2012)
Li Yan has Survived! (April 2015)
Two Flights to Freedom (2016)