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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We Are “Over the Moon” for Netflix’s Newest Animated Film
2020-11-02
Over the Moon puts a modern spin on the classic Chinese legend of moon goddess Chang’e, in which one Chinese girl named Fei Fei sets off on a journey to find Chang’e by building a rocket to the moon. (Photo credit: Netflix)
Over the Moon puts a modern spin on the classic Chinese legend of moon goddess Chang’e, in which one Chinese girl named Fei Fei sets off on a journey to find Chang’e by building a rocket to the moon. (Photo credit: Netflix)
The October 23 release of Netflix and Pearl Studio’s “Over the Moon” was greeted with rave reviews from viewers and critics alike. Reaching No. 1 on Netflix over the weekend, Over the Moon puts a modern spin on the classic Chinese legend of moon goddess Chang’e(嫦娥), in which one Chinese girl named Fei Fei sets off on a journey to find Chang’e by building a rocket to the moon. Adventure ensues as resourceful Fei Fei, accompanied by her the rambunctious Chin and faithful rabbit sidekick Bungee, constructs that rocket and takes flight to prove Chang’e’s existence in honor of her mother. Fueled by the love of her mother, Fei Fei overcomes every obstacle in her path and achieves the impossible. Read More
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Chinese and American Collaborative Effort to Stop Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction
2020-10-23
Representative Ocasio-Cortez speaks passionately about the Green New Deal alongside its co-sponsor Senator Markey on Capitol Hill in 2019. [Photo Credit: POLITICO]
Representative Ocasio-Cortez speaks passionately about the Green New Deal alongside its co-sponsor Senator Markey on Capitol Hill in 2019. [Photo Credit: POLITICO]
British broadcaster and conservationist Sir David Attenborough recently made a grim warning that our planet is racing toward its sixth mass extinction due to dramatic climate change and subsequent losses of biodiversity. To fight against climate change, President Xi Jinping announced China’s pledge to achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 during his address to the UN General Assembly last month. The U.S. has seen a slightly different track with President Trump’s decision to remove the country from the impactful Paris Climate Accords. While this has drawn domestic and international ire, the U.S. leader remains committed to the decision, further bolstering his stance with pushes for increased use of “clean coal” and continued fracking in various states across the country. Read More
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Fall into Family Celebrations
2020-09-29
A glimpse of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. [Photo Credit: Country Living]
A glimpse of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. [Photo Credit: Country Living]
As temperatures turn colder, people in both China and America prepare for holidays celebrating reunion and family. In China (and other countries throughout Asia), individuals make the journey to their hometowns to eat mooncakes, play with lanterns and join their families around a reunion dinner during the Mid-Autumn Festival]. In the United States, similar traditions and values are celebrated during the Thanksgiving holiday. Nationally commemorated on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving Day originated as a harvest festival- elements of which remain on modern day tables through the presence of foods native to the U.S. such as turkey, potatoes, squash, corn, and cranberries. Read More
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US Election Approaching - What’s Next For the U.S. and China?
2020-09-22
Despite early indications that President Trump considered President Xi a great “friend”, the U.S. leader’s policies have remained tough on China throughout his presidency. [Photo Credit: The Los Angeles Times]
Despite early indications that President Trump considered President Xi a great “friend”, the U.S. leader’s policies have remained tough on China throughout his presidency. [Photo Credit: The Los Angeles Times]
With the upcoming presidential election less than 50 days away, many have begun to speculate how the outcome will influence the future of China-U.S. relations. As a key global economic power, U.S. candidates have placed China at the forefront of foreign policy for decades; neither President Trump nor Democratic nominee Joe Biden have plans to halt this discussion. With that in mind, all eyes will be on both candidates as they share foreign policy strategies on how to properly address China as a partner or a rival. Read More
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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