Asia in Iowa

As President Obama visits China for the first time today, it is an opportune time to remember that the University of Iowa has strong ties to China in areas ranging from the research activities of our Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) and our Confucius Institute, led ably by Professor Chuanren Ke, to the undergraduate education we are currently providing well over 600 students from China.  Under the leadership of Professor Sonia Ryang, CAPS has begun a multi-year project entitled “In Search of Asia in Iowa: Toward an Enhanced Mutual Engagement.”   We will be able to provide you with more details about this initiative in the coming months.  CAPS’s engagement project focuses on the many connections between Asia and Iowa’s academic, business, ethnic, and socio-political communities.  The first event of this project will be a graduate conference on Asia, “Speaking Across Borders: Emergent Subjects in Asia and the Pacific,” to be held on campus next month.  Stay tuned for more on this project!

In Shanghai today, President Obama pledged that “the United States will dramatically expand the number of our students who study in China to 100,000.”  With China the 6th most popular destination for University of Iowa students studying abroad, we are poised to help the President meet his goal.

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