Shanghai Series Explores American Volunteerism

February 15, Shanghai – In the first of a three-part series on American Volunteerism, Vice Consul Doug Mann kicked off this program with an overview of the history of volunteerism in the United States.  Mann explained that America and its development have been closely linked to the work of volunteers since its founding.  From volunteer ...
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Hip Hop Workshop Explains Power of Rap as a Vehicle for Social Change

May 10, Shanghai – The Shanghai American Center hosted Rodney Hollingsworth and Uche Sam, two expat American rappers, for a workshop on hip hop culture and freestyle rap. Sam and Hollingsworth emphasized how hip hop has played a role in giving disenfranchised Americans a voice to talk about issues in their communities and how this ...
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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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Shanghai Econ Officer Hosts Documentary Screening

Mar. 22, Shanghai – As part of the Consulate’s women’s history, approximately 40 people came to the Shanghai American Center on Tuesday evening to watch “Big Dream,” a documentary about empowering girls to pursue a future in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Economic Officer Arati Shroff introduced the film, talked about the importance ...
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Chinese-American Author Touts Strong U.S.-China Influence in Her Writing

Chinese-American short story author Su-Yee Lin shared insights about how her Chinese heritage and exchange experiences in China have influenced her writing for an audience of 30 people at the Shanghai American Center. Su-Yee, a former Fulbright scholar and current artist-in-residence at Shanghai’s Swatch Peace Art Hotel, spoke about her fascination with magical realism, which ...
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Gay Chinese Couples Share their U.S. Marriage Experience

Three gay Chinese couples from Shanghai shared their experience of getting married in the United States in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage at the Shanghai American Center. The couples were winners of Taobao’s “We Do” contest, which paid the LGBT couples to get married in California.
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Presidential Candidates Debated in Shanghai

Consular Officer Tamara Shie introduced the U.S. presidential debates at the Shanghai American Center. Shie spoke to a diverse audience of more than 60 people on the history, function, and format of debates in U.S. elections. Following the presentation, Shie showed clips from the recent republican and democratic debates with candidates answering questions on hot ...
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