The Wisconsin China Initiative was launched in 2007 to both serve as the contact point for information about UW-Madison connections with Greater China and to bring together cross-disciplinary faculty, alumni and leaders in business and government. The Initiative is housed in the Division of International Studies. It is staffed by Associate Director Laurie Dennis, and directed by Professor Nicole Huang
Stephen Roach gave a lecture on China's economics April 2 at Union South's Varsity Hall. (Photos by Todd Brown of Media Solutions)
Roach lecture on China economics draws capacity crowd
Wall Street economist Stephen Roach (’68 BA Economics) discussed the economics of China to a standing-room-only crowd at Union South’s Varsity Hall Wednesday, April 2. His lecture, “America and China: An Unsustainable Codependency,” marked the first in the “2014 China and Global Economics Lecture Series,” coordinated through the Wisconsin China Initiative (WCI).
Click here to see the WisLine web cast of the April 2 Stephen Roach talk.
“It is with our students in mind that we launched this lecture series,” said WCI Faculty Director Nicole Huang, professor of Chinese literature and visual culture.
“I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see all our chairs filled today,” said WCI Advisory Board Chair Wade Fetzer to the audience of mostly students. “Our goal is to awaken this campus with what is going on in China, and the impact that is going to have on every one of you in terms of the global economy.”
The Wisconsin China Initiative offered free Badger-red WCI hats to the first 200 attendees at the event, which were handed out by members of the Global Economic Forum student association (see the photo above).
Click here to read the full report on the Roach talk.
New Shandong Univ. president welcomes former UW professor
When the new president of Shandong University welcomed a recent visitor from University of Wisconsin-Madison, no introductions were necessary. President Zhang Rong (at left in photo above) greeted UW-Madison Professor Thomas Kuech on Feb. 16 as an old friend and former professor, since when President Zhang was a post-doctoral student in Madison in the late 1990s, he worked in Professor Kuech’s lab.
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Daily Cardinal article discusses campus experience of Chinese students
The Daily Cardinal student newspapers' February 2014 "Action Project Issue" features a story about the challenges faced by new students from China. The article, "International students strive to make a home at UW-Madison," by Alex Bernell, quotes Chinese students describing cultural and language barriers, and also describs the work of the student-run social media project Channel C to overcome misunderstandings through public dialog. The article says that a recent survey sent out by International Student Services showed "their number one concern is making American friends."
Special Focus: Study Abroad in China
International Academic Programs (IAP) reports that 1,350 students participated in its 2012-13 study abroad programs, with China as a top destination. This summer, IAP will launch a new program that will kick off in Shanghai. UW Global Gateway Programs is designed as a short-term experience that will send diverse groups of first- and second-year undergraduates abroad accompanied by a UW–Madison faculty member.
In the inaugural program, to be held in the summer of 2014, Joe Dennis, professor in the Department of History, will accompany 15 students to Shanghai on a four-week experience designed to increase their awareness of China, while learning about the intersection of local and international issues and the forces of globalization.
Click here to read the full story, "UW Global Gateway offers funded, short-term study abroad opportunities."
The new program starting in Shanghai is one of many IAP study abroad opportunities. For insight into the impact of a longstanding program based in Beijing, read International Studies Communication Assistant Neha Alluri's report, "UW students find lasting impact in Feng Shui program in Beijing." (The photo at right is of Feng Shui program leader Professor Wei Dong talking with students at a study abroad fair.)
Also check out International Studies Public Affairs Director Kerry Hill's report on the latest group of language contest winners to emerge from the longstanding and influential UW Intensive Chinese Language program in Tianjin, which is coordinated by UW-Madison Professor Hongming Zhang.
The "Global Gateway," "Feng Shui" and "Intensive Chinese Language" programs are three of the five UW faculty-led study abroad programs in China this summer coordinated through IAP. The other two are: Education Professor Margaret Hawkins' four-week exploration of education in China through a special focus on Xian and Beijing; along with the faculty-led seminar "China: History & Modern Development of Environmental Health" that spends four weeks traveling through different regions of China.
These and other UW exchanges and affliated programs focused on China can all be found on the IAP website.
Over 900 visit 'Evolving Landscapes' fall exhibit
The November 2013 photography exhibit and symposium, "Evolving Landscapes: 100 Years of Change in Western China" marked the launch of the new UW-Madison China Bridge Symposium Series, which is planned to be an annual fall campus-wide forum on key topics related to China.
The photo exhibit held in conjunction with the symposium attracted more than 900 visitors to the Ruth David Deisgn Gallery at the School of Human Ecology. (The photo at right is of photographer Yin Kaipu discussing his work to capture landscape change in the Sichuan region.)
The event also helped launch a new partnership between the Nelson Insitute for Environmental Studies and the Chengdu Insitute of Biology. In March, Nelson Insitute Director Paul Robbins will lead a delegation to Chengdu to hold a workshop about environmental conservation.
Click here to read the Chengdu Institute of Biology's report on their director's visit to Madison, and click on "Evolving Landscapes" to read the full story about the event.
Badger trio sees "Channel C" Success
by Laurie Dennis
Update, October 2013: Channel C has set up a new website: http://wischannelc.com/ and continues to post new videos. UW-Madison News reported on the student initiative in the story "Students create Channel C to encourage cultural conversations." Meanwhile, one of the original Channel C posts,"Why Chinese Students Don't Speak English" is now at 28,760 views and counting on youtube!
What started as a mutual interest in encouraging better integration of Chinese students on campus has blossomed into a YouTube success for three Badgers from China.
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