Ambassador Branstad welcomes the 2018 Schwarzman Scholars to Tsinghua University

  Ambassador Branstad welcomes the 2018 Schwarzman Scholars to Tsinghua University, including one of the U.S. Embassy’s former Marine security guards! These bright young minds competed to be included in the prestigious one-year Master’s program, a scholarship for young leaders from around the world. Ambassador Branstad, pictured along with scholarship founder and CEO Steve Schwarzman ...
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2016 U.S.-China People-to-People Exchange

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State   National Museum Beijing, China Secretary Kerry: Thank you very much, Madam Vice Premier. Look, at the outset, I want to make it clear to everybody that I was totally prepared to trade my speech for more singing. (Laughter.) I want to thank the Yale’s Spizzwinks, as they are known, ...
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New York’s “Matuto” Brings American Diversity to Southwest China

Jun. 6-7, Chengdu – Students and lovers of music in Chengdu participated in workshops, joined Conga lines, and danced to the cosmopolitan beats of Matuto, a New York-based band that is currently touring China as part of the State Department’s American Music Abroad program. The five-member band, comprising two guitarists, two percussionists and a rip-roaring accordionist, ...
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Consulate Steps into the “Arena” Spotlight to Promote Contemporary American Culture

May 26 and June 5, Chengdu – In a prelude to the competition, a public Block Party held at popular entertainment district Lankwaifung featured a flash mob, performances by young student dancers, and a freestyle dance contest that anyone could join. A few days later at the finale, 2000 people watched 23 teams from all ...
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DJ Shakes up the ShAC with House Music

Apr. 20, Shanghai – American DJ Leven Smith gave a presentation on the history and development of electronic music in the United States at the Shanghai American Center (ShAC). While he mixed music from his sound board, he explained how over 100 years ago sound innovators laid the foundation for today’s multi-billion dollar electronic music ...
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Consul General Discusses U.S. Policy with Suzhou University Students

Mar. 17, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith engaged 80 Suzhou University Foreign Language School students at Suzhou University. Students asked a wide range of questions, covering topics such as the responsibility of media consumers, the launch of EVUS, and contrasts and similarities between the Chinese and the American dream. Students were particularly curious about ...
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Moot Court Participants

Mar. 1, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith hosted a reception for Moot Shanghai 2016 participants. Over 25 teams from 10 countries participated in the sixth annual Moot Shanghai competition, which was started and still run by Fulbright alumnus Fan Mingchao. The 80 guests at the Consulate reception represented a mix of different competing schools, ...
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CG Smith at Alan Wong’s Shanghai

Feb. 26, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith delivered remarks at the grand opening of “Alan Wong’s Shanghai,” a new Hawaiian restaurant in Shanghai. Alan Wong, is considered one of the godfathers of modern Hawaiian cuisine. CG Smith congratulated Chef Wong on his new restaurant and spoke about the incredible cultural and food heritage of ...
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Deputy Principal Officer Attends provincial Lianghui and Conducts Outreach in Hefei

February 16-17, 2016; Deputy Principal Officer Gwen Cardno, accompanied by Consular Officer Spencer Maguire, attended the Anhui Provincial Annual Plenary Session (LiangHui). During her stay in Hefei, DPO Cardno also met with Anhui People’s Congress Deputy Director Wang Cuifeng, Hefei Executive Vice Mayor Han Bing, Anhui FAO Deputy Director-General Li Changlin. DPO Cardno also toured ...
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Shanghai PAO Stresses People to People Ties on Radio Program

Sep. 16, Shanghai – Public Affairs Chief Brian Gibel participated in China Radio International’s From University to the World event which brought together over 300 college students from U.S. and China to promote people-to-people ties. Gibel emphasized that academic exchanges are a dynamic force for positive transformation as they help build mutual understanding and he ...
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American Chef’s Culinary Diplomacy Highlights America’s Diversity

Sep. 15-21, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming – Public Affairs teamed up with the Agricultural Trade Office to bring American cuisine to Southwest China.  American Chef Adam Levin traveled to Chengdu, Chongqing and Kunming in one week and interacted with students, local chefs, and the general public. Programs included cooking demo at a retail outlet and served ...
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‘Chopped’ Star Marc Murphy Showcases the Flavor of July 4th

In collaboration with the State Department’s Diplomatic Culinary Partnership program as well as Post’s Foreign Commercial Service (FSC) and Agriculture and Trade Office (ATO), Public Affairs supported the visit of acclaimed restaurateur and celebrity chef Marc Murphy. His itinerary included a roundtable with culinary students from two local schools, a visit to an open-air “wet ...
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Joint Statement on U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange

This statement was released by the governments of the United States and China on the occasion of the 2015 U.S.–China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange in Washington: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. June 24, 2015 Joint Statement: Sixth U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange The United States and China held ...
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Shanghai Hosts China’s First ComicCon!

Nearly 50,000 visitors descended on China’s first Comic Convention—a homage to American comics, movies, and gaming. PAS Shanghai connected convention organizers with the Motion Picture Association to promote intellectual property, displayed at the event via slogans “With great IPR comes great responsibility” and “May the IPR be with you.” After meeting fans at the convention, ...
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Break-dancers Spread Message of Peace, Unity, and Having Fun

Break-dancers from around the world participated in the Battle in Shanghai 2015 (B.I.S.) dance competition, which drew thousands of fans, both young and old. In its ninth year and bigger than ever, B.I.S. has established itself as the premier annual regional BBoy event. The four-day event includes workshops for children, public service activities, and world-class ...
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American and Chinese Film Directors Shine the Spotlight on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and LGBT Issues

Film directors Josh Kim and Fan Popo spoke to largely young audiences about innovation and entrepreneurship in the film industry, same sex marriage, and “LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) and Film” on April 10 and 11. In his individual program, American director Josh Kim talked about his journey from film school student to feature ...
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New York Latin Band Strikes a Chord with Shanghai Students

New York-based band Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra conducted a music workshop at Jing’an Foreign Language Middle School. Torres described the origins and basic instruments of Latin music while his orchestra demonstrated the rhythmic arrangements. The audience was made up of student musicians who jumped at the chance to interact with the American band. ...
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Carolyn Malachi Inspires Thousands in East China

As part of her China tour for American Music Abroad, Carolyn Malachi performed for 500 people at the Nanjing University of the Arts and over 800 people at the Shanghai Centre Theatre. The concerts spread the message of positivity, women’s empowerment, and the importance of diversity to hundreds of students and members of the general ...
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R&B Band Rocks Chengdu, Promotes Diversity in American Culture and Music

American rhythm & blues singer Carolyn Malachi and her band delivered a dynamic two-day program in Chengdu March 21-22. At a lecture to some 200 people, the band discussed their unique music style, blending R&B, jazz and hip-hop, as well as the role that music has had in expressing American culture and history. Audience members ...
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Shanghai American Center Scores Super Bowl Viewing Touchdown

Feb. 2, Shanghai – Shanghai Political/Economic Section Chief Bill Duff hosted an airing of the Super Bowl Game for an audience of over 50 fans. Duff kicked off the event by introducing the basics of American football and took questions throughout the game. The audience of mostly young Chinese professionals asked about game rules, how ...
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Learn English with American Board Games!

On Thursday, February 5th and Thursday, February 12th at 3:00 pm the U.S. Consulate Chengdu Library will host an activity to practice your English while playing American board games! We’ll have several Americans teach their favorite board games to adults and kids ages 8 and older – it’s a great way to have fun while learning English! ...
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ShAC Celebrates Black History Month

During the month of February, Shanghai PAS coordinated public lectures in honor of Black History Month, including The Evolution of African American Music, and Significant Achievement of African Americans. The public also came to the Shanghai American Center to attend lectures on the state of Hawaii, science fiction, and studying in America.
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Come watch the Super Bowl at the U.S. Consulate!

Experience the biggest American sporting event of the year and learn about football with the American Consulate and the Chengdu Mustangs football team! Come watch the New England Patriots battle the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 on Monday, February 2nd! Game starts at 1:30 pm. Please bring your ID to enter the Consulate starting ...
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CG Smith in Wuhu

January 22, 2015: CG Smith, Outreach Unit Chief Molly Koscina and Vice Consul Audrey Keranen traveled to Wuhu. Their visit included the Wuhu Urban Planning Museum and a discussion on Wuhu’s urbanization with Vice Mayor Hu Xiping. CG Smith promoted American wine at Yugengshan Alcohol Industrial Park, NGO leaders at the Wuhu Ecology Center and ...
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Consulate Launches “Visit USA” Campaign

The Consulate announced its “Zou Qi Meiguo (Visit USA)” campaign at Raffles City on January 17 with a public event featuring a beach theme with hula dancers, ukulele player, and prizes such as city tours and free hotel stays in America. The event also provided information about transportation to and within the U.S., visas, and ...
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Urban Dance Choreographer Shaun Evaristo Visits Chengdu

Working with local dance studio Sinostage, the Consulate hosted a lecture and dance demonstration by American dancer and choreographer Shaun Evaristo on January 12 at the Ascott.  In what was Chengdu’s first introduction to Los Angeles urban dance style, Evaristo also spoke to excited fans about how to have a career as a dancer, focusing ...
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Bringing a True American Christmas to Chengdu

Members of the public got in the Christmas spirit at a free event at the Consulate on December 15. They enjoyed creating their own Christmas cards, making traditional Christmas ornaments and then putting them on a Christmas tree, watching a short film about the history of Christmas, meeting and taking photos with Santa Claus, and ...
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Linden Center Owner on Tourism that Protects Culture and the Environment

On November 19 at the Consulate, American owner and operator of the Linden Center Hotel near Dali, Brian Linden, discussed his own experiences attempting to promote a sustainable model of tourism in Southwest China. Linden talked about the importance of balancing economic development with important community goals of protecting the local culture and environment and ...
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U.S. – China Aviation Construction Road Show, Chengdu Stop

The U.S. – China Aviation Construction Road Show, Chengdu stop, co-organized by CS Chengdu, CS Beijing and U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program was successfully held at Chengdu Airport Hotel on Sept. 17. 14 U.S. companies presented at the workshop. Vice GM at Sichuan Provincial Airport Group and U.S. Commercial Officers attended the event and delivered remarks. ...
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Facts on U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Beijing, China July 10, 2014 FACT SHEET U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) On July 9-10, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong co-chaired the fifth annual U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE). The CPE aims to enhance and strengthen ...
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Remarks by the First Lady at Stanford Center at Peking University

Remarks of First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama Stanford Center at Peking University Beijing, China March 22nd, 2014 Ni-Hao.  It is such a pleasure and an honor to be here with all of you at this great university…thank you so much for having me. And before I get started today, on behalf of ...
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The First Lady’s Travel Journal: Meeting with American and Chinese Students at Peking University

Note: This post is part of a series authored by First Lady Michelle Obama to share her visit to China with young people in the U.S. You can read all of the First Lady’s posts at WhiteHouse.gov/First-Lady-China-Trip . This morning, I had the privilege of visiting Peking University and speaking with Chinese students and American students ...
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The First Lady’s Travel Journal: Our Official Visit to China Begins

After a long flight from Washington, D.C. – one that took around 20 hours – my mother, my daughters, and I arrived in Beijing to begin our official visit to China.  Our first stop was at the Beijing Normal School, where we were hosted by Madam Peng Liyuan, the First Lady of China. Madam Peng ...
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The First Lady’s Travel Journal: Touring the Forbidden City

March 21, 2014 09:24 AM EDT Note: This post is part of a series authored by First Lady Michelle Obama to share her visit to China with young people in the U.S. You can read all of the First Lady’s posts at  WhiteHouse.gov/First-Lady-China-Trip . After visiting the Beijing Normal School, Madame Peng took Sasha and Malia, ...
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