Here at our CUSEF blog, we share news, updates and stories about China and the United States – the two most important nations of the world. 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.

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China Through Your Eyes Photo Competition winner: "The Forbidden City"
2020-08-25
China Through Your Eyes Photo Competition winner Maia Hatchett's winning photo.
China Through Your Eyes Photo Competition winner Maia Hatchett's winning photo.
We want to send a warm congratulations to Maia Hatchett who, on top of being interviewed by James Chau for The China Current, has also won our China Through Your Eyes Photo Competition! Maia shared a stunning visual photo from her trip with CUSEF as a part of the graduate journalism student delegation of December 2019. Check out Maia’s photo below and be transported through the gates of the Forbidden City. Read More
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What Our Alumni Say: Maia Goes to China
2020-08-19
Maia Hatchett, alumna of CUSEF 2019 delegation
Maia Hatchett, alumna of CUSEF 2019 delegation
An alumna of one of our 2019 delegations, Maia Hatchett spoke with internationally acclaimed journalist James Chau about her experience in China and the insights she gathered as she prepares to enter the professional world fresh off her graduation from American University. Read More
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2019 Harvard Student Delegation - Gaia van der Esch: On the verge of power shifts
2019-11-29
Gaia van der Esch, participant of the 2019 Harvard Student Delegation.
Gaia van der Esch, participant of the 2019 Harvard Student Delegation.
Coming and witnessing the incredible development of China with my eyes was thereby a long-awaited opportunity. This trip allowed me to better grasp China as a whole. These considerations and more broadly first-hand experience of this trip to China will constitute a reference point and a source of reflection for the future. As a leader, I hope I will be better equipped to understand and react to upcoming changes in world power dynamics following this exposure trip to China. These 10 days have allowed me to gain a unique insight into Chinese culture, way of thinking and strategic priorities which I am sure will allow us to improve cross-cultural understanding and cooperation for the years to come. Read More
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2019 Harvard Student Delegation: Jamie Lockhart
2019-11-28
Jamie Lockhart, participant of our Harvard Student Delegation.
Jamie Lockhart, participant of our Harvard Student Delegation.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to cap my John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University studies with a visit to China, especially at a time of diplomatic tension, as our two countries negotiate over trade. Over the course of ten days, our group of 18 students visited the prosperous metropolises of Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai. Each city’s population dwarfs that of the cities we are accustomed to in the United States. For example, the population of Shanghai is over 26 million versus 8 million for New York City. Beijing and Shanghai have a greater population than the nation of Kazakhstan! This visit has left me impressed by China’s progress, increased my appreciation for the United States of America, and highlighted the importance of building mutual cultural understanding. Read More
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Peralta Colleges Become the First CUSEF Delegation to Explore Gansu
2019-08-28
A member of the Peralta delegation excitedly shares her calligraphy
A member of the Peralta delegation excitedly shares her calligraphy
Towards the end of July, one of our African-American student groups became the first CUSEF student tour to travel to Gansu, spending nine days in the provincial capital of Lanzhou after their initial visit to Beijing. The students, hailing from schools in the Peralta Community College District explored the cultural and natural highlights of Gansu. Hosted at Lanzhou University, the delegation visited the Zhongshan Bridge, the Gansu Provincial Museum, and the Dunhuang Research Academy. In addition to these experiences, the students also participated in a variety of cultural workshops from engaging with Chinese opera in the Shaanxi style to practicing the art of Tibetan Buddhist painting known as Thangka painting, engaging first-hand with the rich cultural diversity that has become a hallmark of Gansu province. Read More