China http://wkar.org en Confucius Institutes come under scrutiny; MSU institute responds http://wkar.org/post/confucius-institutes-come-under-scrutiny-msu-institute-responds <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>As the importance of China’s influence grows, so does the need for people who understand Chinese culture and the Chinese language. To foster that sort of understanding, universities across the United States, including Michigan State University, have established Confucius Institutes. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:39:02 +0000 Scott Pohl 55991 at http://wkar.org Confucius Institutes come under scrutiny; MSU institute responds China's environmental concerns could be GM's problem too http://wkar.org/post/chinas-environmental-concerns-could-be-gms-problem-too <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">You’ve probably seen the pictures of the Chinese smog problem, including shots from Shanghai or Beijing that show buildings disappearing in what appears to be a thick, brown, fog. There are a number of things that cause smog, but one of them is the increasing numbers of cars and that has implications for U. S. automakers like <a href="http://www.gm.com/content/gmcom/home.html">General Motors</a>, which counts China as its biggest market.</span> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:55:42 +0000 Current State 48979 at http://wkar.org China's environmental concerns could be GM's problem too Some Chinese MSU students mix business with learning http://wkar.org/post/some-chinese-msu-students-mix-business-learning <p>Imagine you were an 18-year-old American student, and you went off to study at a university in China that taught economics, biology and all the other subjects in Chinese. Then imagine on top of that navigating the legal and cultural differences to start your own business. For most of us, it would be a daunting challenge to say the least, and more likely too difficult to even attempt. At Michigan State University, some Chinese international students are up to the challenge. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:54:03 +0000 Current State 46400 at http://wkar.org Some Chinese MSU students mix business with learning MSU documentary explores cross-cultural challenges http://wkar.org/post/msu-documentary-explores-cross-cultural-challenges <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">http://vimeo.com/75602634</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-71c12937-4d38-bdc9-ab13-91e6748c52b1"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Travel adventures, culture shock and honest conversations are all topics brought up in a new documentary that follows four American students, one from MSU, and four Chinese students as they travel through China. </span></span></p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:45:42 +0000 Current State 45173 at http://wkar.org Local entrepreneur seeks to grow online Chinese language game http://wkar.org/post/local-entrepreneur-seeks-grow-online-chinese-language-game <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfKrJCYRGnI</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-20abdeac-9888-e95c-fcea-5668caa21b8a" style="line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have you ever considered learning all about another country? &nbsp;Say, China? </span></span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A local electronic game developer may have just the ticket for you.</span> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:01:53 +0000 Current State 43472 at http://wkar.org 'Imported from China' highlights rapid growth of Chinese international students http://wkar.org/post/imported-china-highlights-rapid-growth-chinese-international-students <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">Over 200,000 Chinese international students study in the United States each year, drastically altering the makeup of universities across the country. The film “</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Imported-From-China/115194422006575?ref=br_tf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">Imported from China</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">” features the personal stories of several Chinese international college students at Michigan State, as they navigate life in America. The film's Co-Director's, MSU Academic Specialist&nbsp;</span><a href="http://tc.msu.edu/users/troy-hale" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">Troy Hale</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">&nbsp;and Associate Professor&nbsp;</span><a href="http://cas.msu.edu/about-the-college/contact-us/faculty-and-staff-directory/272-geri-alumit-zeldes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">Geri&nbsp;</a><a href="http://cas.msu.edu/about-the-college/contact-us/faculty-and-staff-directory/272-geri-alumit-zeldes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">Alumit Zeldes</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">, joined us to discuss the film.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:02:20 +0000 Current State 42380 at http://wkar.org 'Imported from China' highlights rapid growth of Chinese international students Understanding China's investments in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/understanding-chinas-investments-michigan <div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">his <a href="http://domemagazine.com/tomwatkins/tw061413">column</a> appearing in <em>Dome Magazine</em></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Michigan-based China expert Tom Watkins argues that China has noticeably stepped up investment in Michigan. Watkins joins </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to discuss how&nbsp;Chinese business and governmental leaders see opportunities to grow by linking with Michigan enterprises. &nbsp;</span></p></div><p></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:15:17 +0000 Current State 37915 at http://wkar.org Understanding China's investments in Michigan In Beijing, MSU students and staff get taste of Chinese college life http://wkar.org/post/beijing-msu-students-and-staff-get-taste-chinese-college-life <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s no secret that the Chinese student population has exploded at Michigan State over the last few years. And with that, there has been some friction, including last fall when some Chinese students’ cars were vandalized with graffiti telling them to “go back home.”&nbsp;</span></p><p>In an effort to improve cultural understanding in the MSU community, this week a delegation of students, faculty and staff is visiting China's capital city of Beijing to meet with their counterparts at Beijing Normal University.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 21:43:53 +0000 Current State 32257 at http://wkar.org In Beijing, MSU students and staff get taste of Chinese college life