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.


Current Programs

ASN Conferences & Events (2004 – Present)

To give scholars of American Studies a chance to come together to network, share research, and develop joint projects.
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InfoUSA (2011 – Present)

To provide a space to create a community and interactions that allow Chinese audiences to better understand the United States, its culture, society, government, language, law, economic system, and values.
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Past Programs

Culinary Diplomacy (2019)

To create safe spaces for Chinese and Americans who may not otherwise socialize to come together and exchange thoughts and ideas freely.
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Asian American Author Series (2012 – 2018)

To deepen Chinese scholars’ understandings about the multiethnic American society and life of Asian Americans.
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Chinese Leaders in American Studies Fellowships (2014 – 2016)

Designed to nurture Chinese academics in American Studies to improve the depth and sophistication of their teaching and study of the US, and ultimately, the quality of the Chinese public’s understanding of America.
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American Studies Fellows Program (2011 – 2015)

To support the development and diversification of the field of American Studies in China through rising scholars.
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Asian Americans in the Arts Series (2014)

To expand our popular Asian American Authors series to include filmmakers and artists, which would strengthen cultural outreach and showcase Asian American voices in communicating American multiculturalism to the Chinese public.
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Forums for American Society & Culture (2012 – 2014)

To deepen Chinese scholars’ understanding of the role that religion plays in American society and culture.
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Institute for American Society & Culture (2011 – 2014)

To deepen Chinese scholars’ understanding of the role that religion plays in American society and culture.
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American Studies Association Delegations (2004 – 2010)

To support faculty from USCET’s American Studies Network to participate in the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association (ASA).
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