November 14, 2018
A delegation from the US-China Education Trust (USCET) and Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) joined other Americanists in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month to attend the 2018 edition of the American Studies Association’s Annual Meeting.
Each year scholars, teachers, students, activists, and artists come together to share interdisciplinary research on US culture and history in a global context. This year’s meeting focused on “States of Emergence,” emphasizing that our sense of crisis must be thought alongside our constant commitment to challenging the calamities that beset us and to producing alternative and better worlds.
The meeting which ran from November 8-11 was comprised of a number of lectures, sessions, and panels throughout the three days. The four members from BFSU, which included professor Fu Meirong, professor Li Jinzhao, Zou Hongjin, and Tianhong Yin held a successful and insightful panel exploring The Role of Education and Cultural Exchange in Mitigating Crises: Case Studies of Exchanges between the US and China.
Each of the panelists discussed research they’ve been working on recently related to exchange between the US and China. Professor Fu presented her study on the experiences of Chinese Fulbright scholars in the United States while professor Li spoke on two feminist movements that have made their way from the United States to China: “The Vagina Monologues” in 2013 and the #MeToo movement in 2018.
The two graduate students, both of whom recently won the Graduate Student Forum competition and were given the opportunity to join the delegation also participated in the panel. Zou spoke on her comparative analysis work, which explored Sino-US international exchange during two periods: 1905-1949 and 1979-to the present. Yin meanwhile, discussed her statistical analysis exploring the effect of educational exchange on US-China relations.
Participating in the ASA Conference also afforded the Chinese delegation multiple opportunities to network and meet Americanists from different universities, to share in ideas, and to learn what others are working on within the American Studies discipline. And despite a busy conference schedule, the delegation was able to take part in a few cultural activities in the city of Atlanta.
USCET regularly supports faculty and grad students from its American Studies Network (ASN) to participate in the Annual Meeting of the ASA. Earlier this month, USCET also held its 15th Annual ASN Conference at East China Normal University in Shanghai.