2012 American Cultural Centers Directors' Meeting


  • Traders Upper East Hotel, Beijing 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (NE 4th Ring Road) Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100016 China

On June 18-20, 2012, 36 Chinese and American delegates from various American Culture Centers met for the first time in Beijing, China. Delegates represented 12 centers, directed by partnerships of one Chinese and one American university or organization. The goal of all 12 centers is telling America’s story in depth and richness. This initial meeting brought all of the centers together with the hopes of forming a collaborative network and for further dialogues and discussions about issues facing our centers.

Arizona State University is hosting the 2012 American Culture Centers Directors' Meeting (ACCDM) to be held in Beijing on June 18-20, 2012, at the Traders Upper East Hotel. This is the initial gathering of Chinese and American directors of the cultural centers created by the following 12 institutional partnerships:

  • New York Institute of Technology and Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications
  • University of Nebraska and Xi’an Jiaotong University
  • College of Lake County and Xi’an International University
  • University of Minnesota, School of Kinesiology and Tianjin University of Sport
  • University of Chicago and Shandong University
  • University of Kentucky and Shanghai University
  • Ohio State University and Wuhan University
  • University of North Dakota and University of Shanghai for Science and Technology
  • U.S.-China Education Trust and Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • Presbyterian College and Guizhou University
  • Vanderbilt University with Sun Yat-sen University and South China Normal University
  • Arizona State University and Sichuan University 

The purpose of this meeting is to improve Sino-American cultural exchange. While each university partnership has its own characteristics, the cultural centers have features which we all share in common—a history of collaboration and a desire to engage students and professors in academic and experiential learning opportunities focused on American themes. In practical terms, all of the partnerships face similar logistical issues of managing space, arranging for speakers, choosing books and other materials, and assuring a strong financial base for the centers. We can learn a lot from one another, and we will all be stronger as a result. To strengthen collaboration among these twelve centers, we are organizing this meeting in Beijing to allow face-to-face discussion of common issues. Several organizations have come together to sponsor this meeting so invitees may attend this event with little to no costs.

By attending this meeting, participants will have the the opportunity to network, strategize, discuss challenges and opportunities, and attend a cultural event. On June 19, participants will attend an American Music Concert. The concert will take place at the American Ambassador's Beijing Residence, the performance will be conducted by two visiting American musicians, David Finkel (cello) and Wu Han (piano), the artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. A buffet dinner and cultural exchange will follow the performance. Chinese government officials and academics have been invited to attend this cultural event.

We have invited two participants from each university involved in these 12 projects, with the potential for almost 50 attendees at the meeting. In most cases the participants will be the Chinese and American center directors plus representatives from the international affairs offices. In some cases, other individuals will represent their universities. Spouses and significant others are welcome to attend, please add their names as guests in your online registration. If you are sending someone else within your organization, please forward the event website and ask them to register online to attend this meeting.