During the first Young Scholars Forum in 2014, President Carter mentioned that in 1979, following his conversation with Deng Xiaoping, the U.S. agreed to accept Chinese students and scholars after a hiatus of more than 30 years. By 2015, there were more than 300,000 Chinese students in America. Between 2013 and 2014, close to 15,000 American students were studying in the PRC. Among other notable initiatives, New York University and Duke University have opened campuses in China, and the Schwartzman Scholars Program will be launched at Tsinghua University in August 2016.
While national leaders in both capitals disagree other on many policy issues, educational exchanges are rapidly changing the landscape of the bilateral relations in unprecedented ways. The special relationship between the U.S. and China before 1949 rested heavily on a broad foundation of cultural and educational linkages. Today, massive Sino-American educational engagement again plays a complex role within the broader bilateral relationship. The 2016 Young Scholars Forum invited young US and Chinese scholars to present their research on all aspects of these bilateral educational exchanges and how they have influenced the dynamics of the complex relationship between the two nations in the past 36 years.
The 2016 YSF convened on September 21 at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China. Panel presentations began at 8:30 and concluded at 17:00.
The 2017 YSF is scheduled for October 24-25 at the Carter Center and Emory University in Atlanta, USA.
Click here to view the 2015 YSF Report.