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.
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 General Motors, which counts China as its biggest market.
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.
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.
In 2006, only 96 Chinese international students attended MSU for their undergraduate studies. This fall over 4,000 Chinese students are expected to enrolled at MSU. 'Imported From China' premieres tonight at 6 p.m. in the Communication Arts and Sciences building.
Over 200,000 Chinese international students study in the United States each year, drastically altering the makeup of universities across the country. The film “Imported from China” 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 Troy Hale and Associate Professor Geri Alumit Zeldes, joined us to discuss the film.
In his column appearing in Dome Magazine, Michigan-based China expert Tom Watkins argues that China has noticeably stepped up investment in Michigan. Watkins joins Current State to discuss how Chinese business and governmental leaders see opportunities to grow by linking with Michigan enterprises.
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.”
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.