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American Studies Programs

What is American Studies? The American Studies Association defines the field as a wide range of academic disciplines that, taken together, describe the cultures of the United States. USCET aims to support the development of the American Studies field as a substantive and recognized academic discipline in China. This goal is an important part of USCET's broader mission to promote US-China relations through education and exchange for China's next-generation leaders.

A key vehicle in USCET's work in American Studies is the American Studies Network, a consortium of Chinese academic institutions that offer American Studies programming. Since its formation in 2004, the network has grown to 53 academic institutions and plays a key role in bringing together scholars and students. The American Studies Network holds an Annual Meeting in China and convenes international conferences focusing on topical issues in American Studies.