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.

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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
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A delegation of twelve graduate students from three top American universities traveled to China
2019-06-26
In December 2018, a delegation of twelve graduate students from three top American universities traveled to China with the China-United States Exchange Foundation, to explore three cities in the country: Beijing, Yinchuan, and Shanghai. For the group of first timers in China, all the locations opened their eyes to the realities of the country, but each in their own unique way. The delegation gained insight into the transformation of Beijing as the city shifted from a sort of grey austerity to an international capital with a more environmentally conscious governance. Many noted that hearing multiple ex-patriots state that the air quality was the single largest drawback of living in the Chinese capital surprised them, but also clearly expressed the unique draw that Beijing holds for many outside of China. The additional day of tours to both the Great Wall and the Forbidden City provided a taste of the vast imperial history of the city, which students deeply enjoyed, taking pictures... Read More
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What our alumni says: Full Experience of Chinese Way of Life
2018-10-19
Nia Rene, student of the Borough of Manhattan Community College
Nia Rene, student of the Borough of Manhattan Community College
Nia Rene from Borough of Manhattan Community College: “Education is the key to a successful career as well as a path to major increases in economic standing for an entire family. Our students have been in the People’s Republic of China for two weeks and I noticed great transformation in their understanding of culture and tolerance. They realize that the people were not very different from themselves. We have enjoyed the teaching style and comprehensive content of the lectures, from which we have attained a spark of motivation. The students were able to make connections between their research work in the U.S. and the global impact of a successful innovation.” Read More
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What Our Alumni Say: Diversity in China
2018-09-23
Julie Yang, 2018 CUSEF Georgetown University Student Delegate
Julie Yang, 2018 CUSEF Georgetown University Student Delegate
Julie Yang from Georgetown University: “From the two female scholars at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies to the retired PLA General, I was taken by the confident and insightful women we met throughout the trip. That being said, like many parts of the world, much progress is needed for the country to achieve greater female representation at the highest levels of government.” Read More
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What Our Alumni Say: Understanding China's Strategic Goals
2018-09-21
Peter Wilder, 2018 CUSEF Georgetown University Student Delegate
Peter Wilder, 2018 CUSEF Georgetown University Student Delegate
Peter Wilder from Georgetown University: “The recent China Study tour organized by CUSEF and the Georgetown Initiative for US-China Dialogue has given me a fantastic insight into the minds of our largest competitor. During this trip I was able to get a sense of the strategic overall goals of China, as well as an insight into the cultural background of this key player on the world stage.” Read More