Here at our CUSEF blog, we share news, updates and stories about China and the United States. We provide more than a cursory glimpse of what’s going on between the two powers - here, we offer an in-depth look into their current state of affairs.
The Fifth Day of the Fifth Month: the Dragon Boat Festival
Also referred to as the Duanwu Festival, the Zhongxiao Festival, and the Double Fifth Festival, the annual Dragon Boat Festival is a highly significant celebration taking place in the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. Celebrated this year on June 7, the Festival traditionally commemorates both fealty and filial piety. According to various stories, the fifth day of the fifth month was regarded as exceedingly unlucky prior to the Qin Dynasty, with the appearance of poisonous animals such as snakes, scorpions, and centipedes as well as an increased likelihood of illness. As people attempted to avoid/dispel the bad luck brought by the day, they developed auspicious ceremonies and performances that made the Dragon Boat Festival a day to avoid ill fortune. Read More
The U.S. vs. Huawei: From Then to Now
After the highly contentious executive action taken by U.S. President Donald Trump against the Chinese telecommunications corporation Huawei, many commentators, scholars, and media/journalists have taken a closer look at the story of Huawei. Read More
What Our Alumni Say: From Chinatown to China
Calvin Thach from Laney College, Peralta Community College District: “Throughout the trip, my fellow delegates and I also had the chance to meet so many remarkable people. Our hosts from the China-United States Exchange foundation provided us with great professors, campuses, and lectures. The local students graciously gave up their time and hosted events, games, and performances. Our tour guides made us laugh, made us smile, and most notably…made us miss the China experience. It felt surreal to attend school in China. This new environment made me more engaged in my learning. Back in the states, I would get bored of learning, because everything always felt the same. However, this simple twist in environment was enough to spark my curiosity. Everything was new. The campus, the lectures, the professors, and the experience. Sure…I had an itinerary to follow, but it did not prepare me for the new friendships, the new styles of teaching, or the new selections at the dining... Read More