Violet Oakley, China, Dr. P.C. Chang, United Nations Series
Another arresting head at the Economic and Social Council: a high, thoughtful forehead and an unusually long nose for a Chinese. He also spoke in beautiful English with an amazingly rich vocabulary. He referred to all the peoples in the â€˜economically low-pressure areas' with compassionate understanding. He concluded with a quotation from Confucius, because it was â€˜so modern.'
-Violet Oakley, 1946
An intellectual leader of the UN and vice chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, Dr. Chang, along with Charles Malik from Lebanon and Eleanor Roosevelt, helped ensure the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. He creatively resolved many stalemates in the negotiation process by employing aspects of Confucian doctrine to reach compromises between factions.