2016 American Studies Network Weekend at Beijing

May 1, 2016


During the weekend of April 29-30, the US-China Education Trust and Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) co-sponsored the American Studies Network (ASN) Weekend on the campus of BFSU. The ASN Weekend welcomed over a hundred participants, who represented some 60 universities and research institutions across China. The participants engaged in stimulating discussions of promoting cultural and educational exchange between the U.S. and China, reconnected with old friends, and honored leading colleagues in the field of American studies. 


The gathering featured four main events: 


«  The weekend started off with the soft launch of the Chinese Association for the Study of American Culture and Society (CASACS) under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), which will provide a much-needed platform to strengthen the study of American society and culture in China. 

«  Next, a Book Launch celebrated the publication of the fourth edited volume of ASN Conference presentations, The Power of Culture: Encounters between China and the United States, which included 31 chapters by 39 contributing authors, 11 of whom came from BFSU. 

«  The book launch was followed by a forum commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, during which current and past Chinese and American Fulbright scholars shared their experiences and offered thoughtful analyses on the program’s impact on U.S.-China relations. 

«  The Weekend concluded with a Lifetime Achievement Award dinner honoring Professor Mei Renyi – China’s first Fulbright scholar, and the “dean of American Studies in China” in the words of Ambassador Bloch.  Over 100 of Prof. Mei’s current and former students were on hand to offer their congratulations, along with the BFSU senior leadership. 


USCET also inaugurated the Mei Renyi American Studies Essay Competition at the Award Dinner, which seeks to promote Professor Mei’s dedicated and thoughtful scholarship among generations of Chinese students to come. 


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