About Us


Our Mission

Thin & High is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1997 with the mission of cultivating our members to contribute and to serve, to respect and be proud of our heritage, to improve Sino-American relations, as well as to appreciate nature and to protect the environment.  We place special emphasis on volunteerism by engaging our members to partake in projects to promote literacy and education, to provide disaster relief, to improve the environment, and to honor the WWII veterans.


Our Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC

In July 2012, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) granted Thin & High the Special Consultative Status.  This prestigious accreditation enables us to actively engage the ECOSOC and the United Nations agencies in alleviating the plight of the disadvantaged and underprivileged in China.

Proposals submitted by Thin & High in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017 had been published as official United Nations documents.


Our Founder

The life of our founder, Bernard Yang, is an inspiring story of one humble man’s journey of spiritual growth and deep commitment to serving the underprivileged.  The son of a WWII pilot in the 14th Air Force Chinese American Composite Wing (Flying Tigers), Bernard had developed since his childhood a strong passion for honoring fallen heroes who sacrifice their lives for others, and as a devout Buddhist, Bernard had made a great vow to deliver sentient beings from sufferings.  In the summer of 1989, Bernard gave up his comfortable life in America and set foot on Mainland China for the first time with the personal mission to serve the people in his motherland.  Click here to watch a TV documentary on Bernard.

In the spring of 2001, the China Charity Federation nominated Bernard to be its Specially Invited Council Member; in October 2005, Bernard received a national award for the 10 Most Outstanding Philanthropists in China, and in January 2011, the China Federation of Patriotic Projects awarded him a 5-Star Chinese Patriot Medal.