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Our mission is to create, promote, and disseminate a more balanced understanding of the interrelationship of the countries, peoples, and cultures of the United States and China through the tools of mass communication and public education.

Four strategic areas make up the U.S.-China Media and Communications Program, housed at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Experts Exchange: King-Kok Cheung
King-Kok Cheung
Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Professor of English and Asian American Studies at UCLA and Director of the University of California Study Center in Beijing.

 

Disarming the Swordsmen: Post-Olympic Reflections from Beijing



[keywords: hopes for post-Olympics China, national identity; "swordsmen" and "women warriors"; elision of contemporary Chinese history, minority dissidence, harmony]

What were my thoughts as I watched the opening ceremony on August 8, 2008? What are my hopes for China? asked Russell Leong, my dear friend and Taichi teacher at UCLA. One reason he urged me to comment on the Olympics was that I, with my family, have been living in Beijing since August 2007. Besides the professional reasons for my French American spouse Gerard (a conference interpreter contracted to work during the Olympics) and myself (Director of the University of California Study Center at Peking University) to being here, we also want to strengthen our eleven-year-old son's command of Chinese. More than that, I should like American-born Antony to learn to appreciate different cultures and to develop a multinational identity.

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