China Ching, The Christensen Fund

TITLE: Program Officer

FUNDING AREAS: Bay Area, indigenous rights and representation

CONTACT:, (415) 644-1600

PROFILE: Bessie Dvora China Leipakumakaniokalani Ching (China) Ching is a progam officer for The Christensen Fund for two of their programs: Indigenous Rights and Representation and the San Francisco Bay Area Program. For both of these funding areas, Ching's work focuses on supporting and increasing indigenous participation and representation in global processes affecting Biocultural Diversity and in global policy work.

Her official bio on the fund's website continues:

China was named according to Hawaiian and Jewish traditions and is honored to carry names from the matrilineal lines of both her parents. She has provided capacity-building assistance to Indigenous communities across the United States and in Africa with a particular focus on using media technologies and storytelling to promote social and community change and to complement cultural documentation and preservation. China was a founding member of Third World Majority, a new media training and production resource center where she was the Director of Circle of Voices, a Native-specific training program. She spent four years at the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center where she developed a national anti HIV-stigma campaign and authored a media production-based HIV prevention curriculum for Native American and Native Hawaiian teens. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Hispanic Studies from Connecticut College and her Master’s Degree in Oral History from Columbia University.

China is a proud (and fierce) aunty and godmother and blessed to be the daughter and granddaughter of artists.