Arizona State University - Sichuan University
Center for American Culture
A model partnership between Sichuan University and Arizona State University to enhance cross-cultural understanding between China and the United States. Unlike most Sino-American agreements that are technologically oriented, the Sichuan-Arizona State University (SCU-ASU) partnership focuses on American culture as the main vehicle for mutual understanding. Since its inception in 2010, the SCU-ASU Center has drawn upon the intellectual resources of the two universities to offer programming in literature, arts, music, history, religion, media, education, creative writing and language.
2015-2016 Programming Highlights
Between Earth and Sky: Contemporary Art from the American Southwest
ASU collaborated with ASU Art Museum as well as ACCEX members in China, to host an art exhibit tour on four university campus, which are Sichuan University, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunication, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, and Xi’an International University
2015 ACCEX Conference in Xi’an, China
Deputy Dean, College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
Yang Guang is Deputy Dean of College of Foreign Languages
and Cultures, Sichuan University. He was appointed
the Chinese Director of Sichuan University—Arizona State
University Center for American Culture in 2010. His present
academic interests include the study of cultural exchanges.
Ever since the establishment of Center for American Culture,
three papers on American cultural diplomacy have
been published in CSSCI periodicals in China.
Yang Guang has been working in Sichuan University for more than 20 years, offering courses to postgraduates and undergraduates, including American Culture and Diplomacy, Structuralism and TEFL. He has been a member of IVLP and was invited to visit America in 2011.
Arizona State University
Dr. William Brashears
Director, ACCEX Network
Director, Global Initiatives
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Arizona State University
Dr. William Brashears is the Director of Global Initiatives at Arizona State University, New College and Thunderbird School of Global Management, developing international partnerships and managing language/cultural programs. He previously served as Director of Global Education at the W.P. Carey School of Business, where he managed all aspects of globalizing the programming, with an emphasis on engaging international students/faculty with American culture. Focusing on the intersection of language and culture, his career spans three decades in corporate, governmental, and university-level global programming, including appointments as Spanish/intercultural communication faculty. Brashears holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a PhD (Spanish language and culture, intercultural communication specialization) from ASU. Living and working extensively in Asia, Europe, and Latin America, he believes in the promotion of dialogue to build cultural understanding. His current research explores diverse strategies to engage domestic and international populations, and includes the intersection of Chinese and Latino cultures, Chinese-centered discourse studies, Latin American visual culture, and South-to-South dialogues.