ASN Annual Meeting 2010


(left to right) Keynote Panelists Mei Renyi, Wu Xinbo, Frank Lavin, and Bob Kapp

The Seveneth Annual American Studies Network Conference
The United States in Crisis: Financial or Cultural?
November 5-7, 2010, Wuxi, China

The Opening Keynote Panel, on the theme of The US in Crisis? included Frank Lavin, Chairman of Asia Pacific Public Affairs for Edelman; Wu Xinbo, Professor and Deputy Director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University; Bob Kapp, former president of the US-China Business Council, and was chaired by Beijing Foreign Studies University Professor Mei Renyi.

This year's ASN conference had four significant breakthroughs:

  • The participation of international American Studies scholars, including representatives from South Korea and Vietnam;

  • The participation of a Taiwanese delegation;

  • The participation and presentations of more than twenty graduate students in a paper competition (see below to download the winning papers); and

  • A keynote panel on religion, which featured two Chinese and two American scholars of religion in the US. The panel was chaired by Liu Peng, Senior Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and one of China's most well-known scholars of American religion. Presenters included Laura Wexler, a scholar of American Studies, Photography, and Gender at Yale University; Diane Obenchain, who taught in China for more than ten years and is a scholar of Religion at Calvin College; and Tu Yichao, a young scholar at Fudan University who recently completed two years of study at Georgetown University and the Yale Divinity School.

Carola McGiffert with Julia Chang Bloch

Another highlight of the conference was US Department of State Special Advisor Carola McGiffert's presentation on the "100,000 Strong" Initiative and USCET's announcement of the first four schools to be receiving grants under the new USCET Student Leaders Exchange Program, which is the first program to be launched under the initiative. USCET will be providing funds for travel grants to students from the University of North Alabama, the University of Arkansas, San Francisco State University, and Boston University who study abroad in China.  The "100,000 Strong" Initiative is a national effort designed to increase dramatically the number, and diversify the composition, of American students studying in China. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton officially launched the initiative in May 2010 in Beijing. The Initiative relies fully on private-sector philanthropic support to direct funds to existing U.S.-China educational exchange programs that are seeking to expand their programs.

USCET congratulates Zeng Liwen and Zhao Gengcheng of Beijing Foreign Studies University and Hu Wenhan of the Luoyang PLA University of Foreign Languages, the winners of the 2010 Graduate Paper Presentation Competition.  Please download PDFs of their winning papers below.


USCET thanks The Henry Luce Foundation and the Ford Foundation for their support of this conference.