U.S. - China Education Trust - Beijing Foreign Studies University

Center for American Culture

 


Summary

The U.S. - China Education Trust (USCET) is unique among organizations involved in US-China relations in its focus on serving China's scholars, professionals and future leaders with resources in concert with their own institutions. USCET projects build confidence, basic understanding, and trust between China and the United States through support for American Studies, Media Education, and American Governance programs at China's leading academic and policy institutions. USCET helps China's next-generation leaders understand American society in the context of the political, cultural, and economic forces that have given rise to American and its values.

The USCET and Beijing Foreign Studies University Center for American Culture is located in the American Studies Center of Beijing Foreign Studies University's School of English and International Studies (SEIS). This partnership between U.S. and China will provide a platform to tell the American story through culture, history and politics. It will also reach out to a variety of Chinese, including students, educators, researchers and journalists and the general public. The centers's primary activities are to provide reference and research services to Chinese seeking information about the United States. 


2015-2016 Programming Highlights

Chinese Leaders in American Studies (CLAS) Summer Institute
 From July 13-30, 2015, USCET hosted the inaugural class of fellows in the Chinese Leaders in American Studies (CLAS) Summer Institute on American Social History and Policy at the Meridian International Center in Washington, DC.

12th Annual American Studies Network Conference
USCET hosted the 12th Annual American Studies Network (ASN) Conference, partnering with Peking University's prestigious School of International Studies on November 13-15, 2015. The theme of the conference was Locality and Transnationality: New Approaches to Understanding US-China Relations. The conference drew participants from over 46 universities across China and internationally.

 
 
 

Leadership

Beijing Foreign Studies University

Zhai Zheng

Lecturer

School of English and International Studies

 Beijing Foreign Studies University

 

 

Zhai Zheng is a lecturer and academic based at the School of English and International Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He got his PhD from the university in which he now works in 2011. His two recent books, both published in 2012, are Media Management for Public Emergencies: Cases and Reflections, and A Historical Study on the Modern White House Communications Operations: 1897-2009.  He has published over twenty papers and has been involved in the writing of several textbooks used throughout China. His research interests are in the fields of media studies and American Studies. He is the director of Info USA@BFSU, the American culture center jointly established in 2011 by Beijing Foreign Studies University and US-China Education Trust. He taught Chinese in Carroll College, Helena, Montana from 2005 to 2006 as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant.

 

Chen Juebin

Assistant Professor

School of English and International Studies

 Beijing Foreign Studies University

Chen Juebin, Ph.D. is currently an assistant professor of English at the School of English and International Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University after finishing his Ph.D. Degree in the same university. His research interest lies in American diplomacy and U.S.-China relations. He has published several articles in both English and Chinese and participated in some research projects on relevant topics. Dr. Chen is one of the fellows of the Chinese Leaders of American Studies program sponsored by U.S.-China Education Trust. He also serves as the Assistant Director of Info USA@BFSU, one of the first American culture centers in China. In the American Experience Initiative, he has developed and taught the “American Myths: Exceptionalism” module.

 

U.S. - China Education Trust

Julia Chang Bloch

Founder and President

U.S. - China Education Trust

Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, the first Asian American to hold such rank in U.S. history, has had an extensive career in international affairs and government service, beginning in 1964 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia and culminating as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal in 1989. From 1981 to 1988, Ambassador Bloch served at the U.S. Agency for International Development as Assistant Administrator for Food for Peace and Voluntary Assistance and as Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East, positions appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. She also was the Chief Minority Counsel to a Senate Select Committee; a Senate professional staff member; the Deputy Director of the Office of African Affairs at the U.S. Information Agency; a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and an Associate of the U.S.-Japan Relations Program of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard.