American Studies Association Meeting 2009


USCET Sponsors Three-Member Chinese Delegation at 2009 American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Ambassador Bloch and delegate of ASA meeting 2009
USCET President Julia Chang Bloch and ASA Delegate Cao Lingjuan of Hainan University

On November 2-9, 2009, three professors from different Chinese Universities, Zhang Lijuan, Cao Lingjuan, and Sun Jisheng, attended the 2009 ASA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

The Chinese professors were introduced to Washington, DC through a USCET-organized orientation during the first two days of their stay.  They completed a tour of the U.S. Capitol with Chief Historian Steve Livengood, even catching a glimpse of Vice President Joe Biden on the Senate floor!  The delegates were able to tour many of DC's popular attractions, including the monuments, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Smithsonian Museum of Art.  In addition, they prepared for the ASA Meeting through a lively and informative discussion with Smithsonian Folklife specialist James Deutsch and sat in a class with George Washington University Professor Terry Murphy. 

During the three days of the ASA Meeting, the Chinese delegates were able to attend sessions focusing on diverse aspects of American Studies, including: A New Exceptionalism? Citizenship, Identity, and Belonging in Obama's America, Transnational Markets and Communities: Comparative Cultural Citizenship and the Politics of Belonging, and The United States Is Not Enough-International Research and Teaching Opportunities in American Studies

The Professors attended a number of dinners and receptions throughout the week, and made presentations on an assigned chapter of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences study on American Studies in China in front of a group of American Studies specialists from around the world.  Finally, the group was able to tour the impressive new Chinese Embassy and then dined at the residence of Minister You Shaozhong, the Minister-Counsellor for Educational Affairs of the Chinese Embassy to the U.S.