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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What Our Alumni Say: Idea of “Authentic” China
2017-08-22
Jasmine Rogers, 2017 CUSEF Georgetown University Study Group China Visit Delegate
Jasmine Rogers, 2017 CUSEF Georgetown University Study Group China Visit Delegate
Jasmine Rogers from Georgetown University: “The relationship between China and prosperity is one that I thought about during the trip, particularly in relation to the idea of an “authentic” China. Authenticity was a recurring theme in discussions with my fellow delegates. We had a very upscale experience - staying in beautiful hotels, eating at world-renowned restaurants, being chauffeured around each city, multiple private guides, and access to institutions that most visitors to China would not have. Is this real China? I think conflating authenticity with rural and/or impoverished conditions promotes a form of Orientalism that strips China of its complexity and its economic progress. Tens of millions of Chinese people live in cities and have lifestyles that are comparable to those in the West; denying this reality promotes a distorted view of China.” Read More
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What Our Alumni Say: Inside the gut of the crouching tiger
2017-08-21
Mario Lopez, 2017 CUSEF Columbia SIPA Student Delegate
Mario Lopez, 2017 CUSEF Columbia SIPA Student Delegate
Mario Lopez from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs: “Almost 16 years ago, awarded director Ang Lee introduced Hollywood to a new cinema genre. His Crouching tiger, hidden dragon not only meant a rebirth for martial arts movies, but it also reminded the world that China –like the tiger in the title of the movie–, was getting ready to leap and claim a space in the global scenario. Today, almost two decades –and a sequel– after Lee’s classic; China is no longer playing the role of a hidden dragon.” Read More
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What Our Alumni Say: Breaking Barriers and Stereotypes
2017-07-10
Keara Jones, 2017 CUSEF Student Delegate
Keara Jones, 2017 CUSEF Student Delegate
Keara Jones from Clark Atlanta Univerisity: “I have stepped over barriers and broken stereotypes, not only for myself but as a spokesperson for my dear friends in China. Within those two weeks, I learned that the culture and history of China far exceeds those of the United States - exceeds it so well, it’s predicted that China will be the #1 country of foreign policy and investments in less than 20 years. Open your eyes and your mind, research for yourself and don’t be corrupted by the misinterpretation the classrooms feed us.” Read More
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What Our Alumni Say: Discover the Rapid Growth of China
2017-04-19
John Scianimanico, 2017 CUSEF Harvard Student Delegate
John Scianimanico, 2017 CUSEF Harvard Student Delegate
John Scianimanico from Harvard University Kennedy School: “The urban landscape that China has created – and their vision for future urban development – left me feeling inspired, but also curious. I wanted to learn more about I could bring many of the great ideas back to my country to enhance our own economic growth.” Read More
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What Our Alumni Say: Better Understanding About Other Perspectives
2016-11-11
Shaniece Criss, 2016 CUSEF Harvard Kennedy School Study Group China Visit delegate
Shaniece Criss, 2016 CUSEF Harvard Kennedy School Study Group China Visit delegate
Shaniece Criss from Harvard Kennedy School: “Since I come from a U.S. perspective, it was so helpful to hear from government officials so that I could understand more about the one-party system. It broadened my view on how the government functions and cares for its people. I also better understood how individual-based society versus a community-based society address the same issues in different ways. It was so helpful to gain a better understanding about these perspectives.” Read More