Remembering Mingfang

by Justine Su, Director of CSUN China Institute

China Institute

We cannot believe that Dr. Mingfang Li has left us as we still remember vividly his broad smiles, his tremendous energy, his good humor, his strong commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, and his tireless efforts to promote international collaboration. We sincerely wished that he would wake up in the year of the dragon and we looked forward to working with him again as a colleague and close friend. Only this time last year, Mingfang was sitting among us at our China Institute Executive Committee meeting, sharing his thoughts and experiences, recommending his student for China Council Scholarships, and promoting his new Center for Comparative Study of Management. He was full of ideas and energy, ready to embark on another one of his many exchange visits to China. No words can express our sorrow. No scholarships can fill the huge void left by Mingfang.

Mingfang and I came to work at CSUN at the same time in 1990. At that time, there were very few faculty from Mainland China at CSUN.  We worked really hard to attain early tenure and promotion to senior professorship, and by the late 1990s, we were able to launch a series of training programs for Chinese scholars from sister universities and young leaders from various Chinese government agencies. Mingfang coordinated numerous programs for Chinese scholars and cadres and personally mentored many of them, who have all returned to China to assume important leadership posts and/or become productive scholars in their fields. Meanwhile, he traveled extensively and frequently to China, organizing and attending international conferences, conducting and publishing collaborative research with leading scholars in his field, and lectured at prestigious universities all over China. His contributions have been recognized in many awards, including China’s “One Thousand Talents” Award, Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, and China Institute’s Outstanding Contributions Award. Mingfang will be well remembered in the U.S., China and other parts of the world. In lieu of flowers, the China Institute requests donations be made to “Mingfang Li Scholarship Fund”. Please make your donation checks payable to: (to be confirmed by Univ. Development Office)