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.
Test of Your Life: College Entrance Exams in China and the U.S.
Summer ends and the school year begins. The education systems between China and the U.S. might be different, but students have an important experience in common – college entrance exams. College entrance exams in both China and the U.S. have a unique hold on the public psyche, with numerous articles comparing the rigor of each set of tests, the content of the exams, and the toll they take on the young adults whose futures they drastically impact. Comparatively, the gaokao has gained more international attention than its American counterparts for its rigor, sometimes being called “the world’s toughest school exam,” not only because of the test’s content, but for the exam’s ability to influence a student’s future. Which do you think is harder? Click to read more. Read More
2020 Presidential Candidates on Trade: Where Do They Stand?
The trade war between China and the U.S. has seen many ebbs and flows, with the U.S. recently hitting China with new wave of tariffs. But where do the presidential candidates stand on trade? Despite condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s tit-for-tat tariff policy with China for its adverse effects on farmers, consumers and businesses, the candidates have not painted a clear picture of what they would do instead. Several are even relatively sympathetic to this administration’s foreign policies, but none have declared that they would lift the tariffs immediately. Read More
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Netflix’s ‘American Factory’: Different Means, Same Ends
The first film distributed by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground, Netflix’s documentary ‘American Factory’ takes you inside the factory of Fuyao in Dayton, Ohio, where workers from China and the United States come and work together in a unique microcosm of globalization. The filmmakers, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, dive into the complex, intercultural relationships between the employees and highlight the intensive process of managing a foreign company in the United States. Read More
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Peralta Colleges Become the First CUSEF Delegation to Explore Gansu
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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‘The China-U.S. Trade War and Future Economic Relations’: entering the “new normal”
In light of the ongoing trade war, Professor Lawrence J. Lau, one of the governors of the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), analyzes the future of economic relations between China and the United States in his recently published book ‘The China-U.S. Trade War and Future Economic Relations’. He took a closer look at the economic statistics of the past few decades to illustrate an intriguing point: while the economic impact of the China-U.S. trade war is by no means insignificant, it is relatively manageable for both countries. Read More