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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release November 1, 2000

     President Clinton today announced his intention to reappoint

Caroline Matano Yang as a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Ms. Caroline Matano Yang, of Kailua, Hawaii, is an international education consultant who has been on the Board since 1995, becoming vice-chair in 1999. She was Executive Director of the Japan-United States Educational Commission in Tokyo for over 20 years before returning to Hawaii in 1995. During Ms. Yang's tenure as Executive Director, the Fulbright Program in Japan became bi-nationally funded and was a pioneer among Fulbright programs worldwide in fundraising from the private sector. For her contributions to cross-cultural understanding through the Fulbright Program, Ms. Yang has been honored with the Smith College Medal, the Japanese Foreign Minister's Award, and the Marita Houlihan Award from the Association of International Educators. She is a member of the selections committee for the Mike Mansfield Fellowships to Japan and the Pearl S. Buck Award from Randolph Macon Women's College, and also serves on the International Advisory Council of the Tokyo Foundation in Japan and the International Studies Advisory Council of Hawaii Pacific University. She is immediate past president of the Friends of the East West Center, a trustee of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, and a member of the America-Japan Society in Tokyo, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, the Committee of Foreign Relations in Honolulu, and the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council.

Ms. Yang received her B.A. from Smith College and her M.A. from Michigan State University.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has responsibility for the selection of participants in the Fulbright educational exchange programs. The Board also oversees the policies of the Fulbright program. In any given year, more than 6,000 students, scholars, teachers, and trainees are awarded new or renewed grants under the program. The Fulbright Program, which is administered through the Department of State, finances studies, research, and other educational activities for American citizens and nations abroad and for citizens and nationals of foreign countries in American universities. The Fulbright Program also promotes American studies in foreign countries, foreign language training and area studies in the United States and abroad.