Bridging Minds Across the Pacific offers new insight into U.S.-China relations by looking at the far-reaching dynamics of educational exchanges between these two countries. Deng Xiaoping's milestone decision in 1978 to send a large number of Chinese nationals to study in the United States has fostered increased cross-Pacific dialogue among academics. In recent years a tidal wave of 'returnees' who studied abroad have moved back to China. Cheng Li and this volume's distinguished contributors examine how these individuals are working to shape their home country, especially in social science curriculum development, program-building, and research, and in public policy formation. This book explores whether sweeping educational exchanges between these two profoundly different countries have promoted productive mutual understanding.
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About the Author
Cheng Li is William R. Kenan Professor of Government and Chair of Asian Studies at Hamilton College.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction: Open Doors and Open Minds Chapter 3 Sino-American Educational Interaction from the Microcosm of Fudan's Early Years Chapter 4 Mission Accomplished: The Influence of the CSCPRC on Educational Relations with China Chapter 5 Coming Home to Teach: The Status and Mobility of Returnees in China's Higher Education Chapter 6 Transnational Capital: Valuing Academic Returnees in a Globalizing China Chapter 7 Sino-American Educational Exchange and International Relations Studies in China Chapter 8 Sino-American Educational Exchanges and Public Administrative Reforms in China: A Study of Norm Diffusion Chapter 9 Balancing the Cross-Pacific Exchange: American Study-Abroad Programs in the PRC Chapter 10 China's Hong Kong Bridge Chapter 11 Sino-American Educational Exchanges and the Drive to Create World-Class Universities