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Summer 2014, Issue I

CIEE Beijing Newsletter Banner  CIEE Beijing - Walking through the valley

There's no place like Beijing!

Though the 2014 Summer Intensive Chinese Language program is coming to an end, students still have so much more to do before they leave. What they have done already, though in a little over four weeks, though, is impressive.

New Life, New Challenges

After getting here on June 15, students hit the ground running the very next day with a trip to Tiananman Square followed by a welcome lunch of Beijing Duck. After coming back to the CIEE office, they went off with the CIEE tutors for a tour of PKU's imposing campus, maps in hand!

The rest of the week featured lectures by Pat Lucas on intercultural communication, a requirement for students who live in homestays, as well as a lecture on environment, which was a pre-requisite to participate on one of the two themed excursions


CIEE Beijing - Tiananmen Group Photo
Students and CIEE teachers stand for a group shot in front of Mao's portrait at Tiananmen.


CIEE Beijing - Welcome Luncheon
Students enjoy CIEE's welcome luncheon by trying Beijing Duck after touring Tiananmen Square.


New Area Studies courses

On top of regular language courses, students now have the opportunity to take 1-credit courses, including HSK test preparation course, learning Chinese through drama, and Issues in Contemporary Chinese Society. The first two courses, allow students to focus on different language learning techniques. The HSK course gives students the background on how to study for the HSK Chinese proficiency test by introducing the format, going over structure, key grammar points, and strategies for preparing on one's own. Learning Chinese through Drama which in Chinese is literally translates to Performance Chinese (表演汉语), students study to perform scripts from short plays, while receiving instruction on key points of each play. Stand outside the classroom during this class, and all you will hear is non-stop laughs. Though as students giggle their way through scripts, the intonation, and improved speaking techniques they have learned are seriously impressive!

CIEE Beijing - Practicing their skit
Students practice their lines for their performance.

Students this semester have also responded positively to the aforementioned Issues in Contemporary Chinese Society course, taught by our summer Resident Director, Mattew Chitwood. Though more of an overview of China, students have responded enthusiastically to the points covered thus far, including sustainable development in China, China's housing bubble, and Chinese civil society. As part of the class, students are required to attend CIEE's expert lectures. While optional to other students, these lectures fit in with the topic covered in that week's class, and thus far have included lectures by the US Treasury attaché at the US Embassy in Beijing, and will conclude with a talk by a Senior Program Officer from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Beijing office.

CIEE Beijing - Gates Foundation Lecture
Bin Pei from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation talks about civil society in China.


Field trips

Once again, CIEE students visited the countryside and the ultra-modern port city of Dalian. Students, each time, are consistently contrasting their surroundings with those of Beijing. For CIEE staff, many of whom have been to these locations multiple times, find themselves constantly second-guessing themselves with the rapid change that takes place not only in the Dalian, but also the rapid changes to rural areas in Shanxi and in Hebei provinces.

Countryside - Shanxi, Hebei

In the countryside, students and teachers encountered some of the best weather of 2014. Blue skies welcomed students to rural Shanxi as they climbed a section of great wall made of pressed mud, and unlike when spring students made this trip in May (when it snowed!), students enjoyed perfect weather during their village stays, and many families with their new foreign members, were able to weed potatoes uninterrupted that afternoon.

CIEE Beijing - Weeding Potatoes
CIEE students take to the fields to weed potatoes with their local host families.
CIEE Beijing - Countryside Hike
Students rest after hiking nearly four miles over sheep trails.

The seaside - Dalian City

Things went smoothly in Dalian, where students and teachers examined the foreign influence of the Russian's, Japanese, through architecture, cuisine, and other historical sites. Students hit the big time when they spotted an unclaimed 100 RMB note sitting next to a parked police car, no less, and proceeded to buy everyone pastries and ice cream!

CIEE Beijing - Dalian Lighthouse
CIEE Students stand in front of the lighthouse on their excursion to Dalian.
CIEE Beijing - Selfies by the Sea
CIEE Students take seaside selfies while traveling in Dalian!


CIEE Beijing Welcomes you! CIEE北京欢迎你!

As more of a general news item, the CIEE office finally returned to a state of normalcy as renovations capped the end of CIEE Beijing's half year move to its new location on the southeast corner of Peking University's campus. The Shaoyuan Building #2 was CIEE Beijing's home for decades, is currently being renovated and once complete, will become housing for undergraduate Chinese PKU students. Because of this, the CIEE office is now on the southeast corner of PKU campus in the newly refurbished Taipingyang Building. With a more wide-open office plan, the new office features almost double the size of our old office, for students to study, as well as our very own dedicated classroom that overlooks Beijing's Zhongguancun district.

Students come here for their Language and Culture Practicum course, as well as one-on-one tutorial sessions. On top of that, the free water, air-conditioning and, most importantly, free Wi-Fi, make the office a popular destination for students to come and study or in some cases, simply relax!


CIEE Beijing - Office Shot
The CIEE Office on the southeast corner of PKU campus.



Summer in Beijing: Take the HSK Proficiency Test in Beijing with CIEE

Hey everyone, this is John Urban, Student Services Coordinator for CIEE here in Beijing. This post is about an exciting new program we have here in Beijing. As non-native speaker of Chinese myself, I can acutely understand the rigors of studying Chinese as well as setting goals to compel yourself to study!

Starting summer 2014, we are excited to announce that for students in our Beijing summer program who are interested and meet certain requirements, we will now offer an HSK Test Preparation elective during the summer program, as well as an optional HSK preparation add-on week after the eight week CIEE summer program ends. 

Focus your language learning by taking the HSK in Beijing

The HSK is a proficiency test that can show you have attained a certain level of language competency. In mainland China, this test is called the 汉语水平考试/hanyu shuiping kaoshi, or HSK, which literally translates as Chinese Proficiency Test. This test developed by the Chinese government has become more widely accepted across China and around the world as China's economic influence has spread.

Thus we provide this content in addition to our intensive Chinese language programming. This module contains two separate parts The first part during is a course during the semester will cover less in terms of nitty gritty content, and teach you how to study for the HSK and other similar tests in China. This course is for credit and is open to anyone. During the HSK add-on, the second part, which takes places the week after the language program ends, you will take an HSK cram session taught by CIEE that will offer preparation for the test itself.

Please do note that this add-on is strictly optional. But if you, yourself, are not sure about your goals, this may be a good way to give yourself a goal and narrow your focus, and be useful for some school or job applications (see below).

Why should I do this?

Like I mentioned above, taking the HSK is a great way for you get an independent, widely-recognized assessment of your Chinese language level. For many of our students who plan to have careers in China, the HSK looks great on a resume or CV. If you are worried about transferring credits to your school, this will be something that can help you transfer credits.

Majoring in Chinese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I was lucky enough to have two chances to study abroad in my college career. One was a summer program arranged by Wisconsin, and the other happened to be here in Beijing at Peking University for the very center I now work for.

One advantage of the Wisconsin program was that since my university designed and ran the program, they could control the curriculum and content. Admittedly, with a program like CIEE, it can sometimes be hard to quantify the progress you make during one of our semester, yearlong or summer programs in relation to your own school's language offerings.

Some schools make students take a placement test when they get back to campus, whereas some students simply put you in the next level - this will really depend on your university's academic and study abroad offices! In this case, by having Wisconsin’s credits transfer, this put me ahead in my major courses. By having an HSK score, perhaps this can be your motivation to come and improve your Chinese, and have something to prove for your time here!

Who's eligible?

Students who have intermediate or advanced level Chinese

How much does this cost, and what does it include?

Cost: 500 USD; this includes:

  • On-site housing in double occupancy hotel for one week after program end date.
  • Fees for written HSK test, levels 5 or 6.
  • Weeklong intensive preparation session taught by CIEE totaling 15 contact hours.
  • Transportation to testing location
  • Mailing of test results to US.

Things to keep in mind:

  • We teach for the HSK-5 or HSK-6 level tests. These are the two highest levels.
  • HSK-class during summer term does not mean you have to take the HSK Add-on course.
  • If you do take the HSK Add-on course, then the HSK class during the summer is required.
  • We will make it clear if we think your language level is appropriate to sit for the HSK, but we cannot guarantee a certain score or that you will pass the HSK for the level you apply for.
  • The 2014 exam will take place Sunday, August 17.
  • Students would then leave Beijing on August 18, 2014.  Students wanting to participate in the HSK preparation add-on should select the HSK Test Preparation elective during the summer (see website), and make sure their plane tickets and visa are good through Monday, August 18.

What about my visa?

Depending on where you apply for your visa, length and number of entries will vary from place of issuance.  You can request a visa through August 18, and if your visa still does not cover the entire stay of the program, you can work with Peking University to extend it once on site for an extra fee.

What about my plane ticket?

If you are not sure about whether you want to take this course, we recommend that you purchase a plane ticket that has minimal or no penalties about changing departure dates.

When do I get my results back?

Results are typically released one month later, and will be sent to the CIEE Beijing Study Center. We will then mail them to you in the US or home country.

Have any questions? Then contact us (jurban [at] with any questions.

-John, and the entire CIEE Beijing resident staff.


A Student's Perspective: CIEE Beijing's excursion "Environment and Rural Governance in China"

During all of our programs, whether during the fall, spring, or summer, some of the most exciting times of the semester are excursions outside of Beijing.

For many students, coming to a city like Beijing is an accomplishment in itself - adapting to a new culture, a new language, and 20 million other inhabitants competing for space at every juncture! While Beijing is a keen representation of modern Chinese life, nearly half of China's 1.3 billion people live in the countryside.

This summer, students had the choice of choosing one of two trips, each with a different theme. Held in late June, the first trip went to the northeastern port city of Dalian, while the other trip took students to rural areas the Shanxi and Hebei provinces.

Doan Tranh, a student from the University of Missouri - Columbia, was one of the participants on this trip and agreed to give a recap and some of her thoughts about what this excursion meant to her.


In order for students to fully experience China as a complex and diverse country beyond the happenings of Beijing, CIEE has provided two very different weekend trips for us to choose from. The first option is a trip to the port city of Dalian to learn about its colonialism and modernization. The second option is an excursion to the countryside of Shanxi/Hebei to explore environmental issues on the rural landscape. Both are interesting but I decided on the latter.

The first day was spent traveling to Tianzhen county where we will stay the night. After we arrived and had lunch, we were off to a section of the Great Wall that fell into disrepair long ago. It lacked the magnificence of the Great Wall everyone knows of but it was quite interesting. Then back to the hotel, dinner, and a trip to a hot spring. It was my first ever soaking in a hot spring.

The second day we headed to the village of Zengjiacha. When we reached the village, groups were formed and each assigned to different families. This was such an amazing experience. The family that I lived with was exceedingly kind. Their hospitality, though, at times was overwhelming. I can't even count the times we have to politely refuse more food during meal times, not that we disliked the food but we physically just couldn't eat anymore. We also offered to help around the house but was repeatedly declined, although we did get to help with the weeding.

One thing that I found very awesome was how efficient the houses were at regulating temperature. Even when it was sweltering hot outside, the inside remained cool and comfortable. At night, the built-in heater under our sleeping arrangement was enough to keep us warm.

The third day was the hike. The whole hike was 10km and should take around 5 – 6 hours to finish. For someone who has no hiking experience, this was a crazy decision. Despite being completely exhausted and in quite a bit of pain after, I did enjoy it and the scenery was spectacular. I did have the option to not do the hike entirely or turn back at a certain point but I didn't and I'm glad I didn't.

The last day we stopped by a Catholic church and a Buddhist temple on the way back to Beijing. Shocked was my reaction when I saw the Catholic church. I expected something humble and quaint, not such a tall and embellished structure. We probably could have spotted it from miles away if the sky was clearer. The Buddhist temple was on the other side of the spectrum, dilapidated and in dire need of renovation. This little tour, however, does require more hiking up a mountain.

Besides getting to experience one day in a rural village, the objective of this trip is for us to gain awareness of the severity that environmental problems poses on these rural communities. It's one thing to hear about it and another to witness just how critical the situation is. If problems remains unresolved, the countryside will bear the brunt of the consequences. There isn't an easy or quick fix but it's better to be aware than ignorant of the issues.

Overall, this trip was far from comfortable and don't expect it to be but it was absolutely eye-opening and life-changing. I do urge people to give it a try and see for themselves.


CIEE Beijing - Rural Excursion Hike IStudents walk across sheep trails during the hike!

CIEE Beijing - Rural Excursion Hike II

Doan, victorious (and tired!) after finishing the hike! CIEE Beijing - Rural Excursion Temple VisitDoan (pictured far right) on the final day of the excursion at the damaged Buddhist temple, which is now being slowly repaired by local volunteers.

A Home away from Home: CIEE Chile meets CIEE China

The entry below was written by a CIEE alumna who studied in Chile, and spent summer 2013 in Beijing. This is what happened when she reached out to the staff the CIEE Beijing Study Center. :)


My name is Fan, and I’m a senior studying comparative literature (Spanish emphasis) and history (modern China emphasis) at the University of Southern California. Counterintuitively, I did not actually study abroad with CIEE Beijing. I did, however, have an incredible encounter with them this summer, the result of a good mix of what the Chinese call “yuanfen” (meaning “fate that brings people together”), globalization, and the CIEE Beijing office’s amazing hospitality and kindness.

I did study abroad with CIEE in the fall of 2012, but in Santiago, Chile. Because I study two different parts of the world and hope to connect the two in both my senior thesis and future career, I’ve spent the majority of this past year split between China and Latin America. Last summer I spent a month in Shanghai before heading off to Chile. This summer I decided to come back to China for an internship in Beijing.

I had such a wonderful and memorable experience with CIEE Santiago, that when I got to Beijing, I decided to contact the Beijing office for local volunteer opportunities. I didn’t quite know what they would make of my out-of-the-blue email, but John, Student Services Coordinator, immediately invited me to visit the CIEE office and even promised some “CIEE swag.”  

As soon as I stepped into the office, the CIEE staff warmly welcomed me. They also offered for me to nap on their classical Chinese furniture, mooch off of their wifi, and fill up my one liter CIEE Beijing water bottle (“CIEE swag”) at their office, even after joking that “our students drink too much water.” They also invited me to join in on their expert lecture series, in which I got to see presentations by KuoRay Mao (CIEE Resident Director) on development of Northwest China and Wesley Jacks on Chinese cinema.

Moreover, after hearing about my interest in NGOs, KuoRay offered to pass my resume to and put me in contact with several NGOs he was in touch with so that I could get a feel for the NGO environment in China. He also encouraged me in a number of post-graduation plans.

Through KuoRay, I also met Zhao Zhong, the director of Pacific Environment, who sat down patiently with me for over an hour to talk about the history of environmental NGOs in China. When I told him I hoped to research the interconnections between China and Latin America, he dropboxed me a long list of resources, ranging from magazine articles to his own research proposals.

When I sent that one email to the CIEE Beijing office, I could not even have imagined the warmth they would show me this past month. The CIEE Beijing staff immediately made me feel at home in Beijing (in fact, they actually told me “you have a home here”). Their enthusiasm in supporting me and making my time in Beijing as enriching as it could possibly be has given me a deeper appreciation for the CIEE family. They’ve shown me that CIEE is so much more than just regional study abroad programs in over 40 countries, but that it is an organization that truly that reflects the increasing interconnectedness of our world, a world in which a student who has found a home in Chile is welcomed to another home in Beijing, half the world away.


CIEE Chile in China Group Shot

From Right to Left, Dr. KuoRay Mao, Summer Resident Director, Ms. Yan Jing, Office Coordinator Ms. Fan, Mr. Hua Ye, CIEE Minzu University Program Assistant, and John Urban, Student Services Coordinator.

A Student's Perspective: Visiting the Beijing School for the Blind

If you have been following any of the CIEE Beijing program blogs, you may have read our post about visiting the Beijing School for the Blind.

Though students did not have an opportunity to volunteer during the summer term, CIEE Beijing was able to arrange a half-day excursion to the Beijing School for the Blind.

Instead of writing any more, we would like to hand over this blog to Zachary Folk. A rising junior at the University of Missouri - Columbia, here's what this special activity meant to him.


The blind school was huge, and had plenty of resources for the students there.  We first observed an English class.  The students there were bright individuals who looked like they were having a lot of fun with the class.  Since a bunch of foreign students were visiting their class, the teacher created a quiz game about America for the students.  During this game, we got to see the students answer questions about what is considered American food, such as pizza, chicken wings, hamburgers, and some questions about the largest American holiday, Christmas.

After the quiz on America, they asked us questions about America in English and we asked them questions about China in Chinese.  After that, we all split up to talk a little bit 1 on 1 with the students. I talked to this one student and asked him questions with the limited amount of Chinese that I knew, and he answered back in the English he knew.  He was a typical boy who was very interested in America. My friend Robby asked him if he had a girlfriend at all, and he said he didn’t have time for a girlfriend and would rather study, which I found pretty funny. His ability to study English so well, even with his disability, was astounding to me.


The school's director explains how they teach students to cook for themselves.

During the tour, we met a little boy who was playing a Suona (a copper or brass-bodied reed instrument). He played with more skill than I could play my saxophone when I was in my high school’s jazz band, and he couldn’t be any older than 7 years old.  He told us that he had been playing for only a year, which is even crazier considering how great he was. I could listen to him play all day, but we had to continue the rest of the tour.  We saw many more rooms that helped the kids learn and adapt to their disability, such as a music therapy room and eye exam room, and we ultimately arrived in their library, which I found to be the highlight of the tour.  In the library, students could use special computers that translated webpages into Chinese Braille so the students could read them.  It also had plenty of books in Chinese Braille that students could read, learn, and enjoy.


This special surface translates what is on the screen into readable Chinese Braille.

I had also noticed that during the tour there were bumps on the floor that students could use so they could get around easier.  I also noticed that most sidewalks in Beijing had these same bumps throughout the city, as well as many other amenities that could assist the blind in living normal lives. With the help of the blind school, it doesn’t surprise me that it is easy for people with blindness to live normal lives.  From our tour of the facility, we learned that many people do graduate and grow up to live normal and successful lives. This school has become a model for blind schools around the world. It is great to see that Beijing has put so much effort in assisting the blind, and I hope other cities around the world adopt this same policy. I wish I had more time during my short visit to Beijing to return to the school to possibly volunteer or see more what the school is like and how the students learn to live with their disability.


During the spring and fall semesters, the school seeks CIEE students to volunteer as English teachers for the entire semester. Students participating in any CIEE Beijing programs who are willing to make a semester-long commitment are welcome to volunteer and give back to the Beijing community.


Summer 2013, Issue I

A student takes in some scenery during our excursion to the Great Wall.

New Sights, New Perspectives - Summer in Beijing, China

If you have experienced summer in Beijing, you know how hot and humid it can be, much like weather in the midwestern United States. This, however, has not stopped the CIEE students in Beijing from getting out there and enjoying all that Beijing (and China) have to offer!

Up to now, we've had a myriad of different activities and events for students to engage China, including two excursions: to Dalian and the countryside in Shanxi and Hebei provinces, theme meals, our Expert Lecture series, trips to the blind school, and more. We hope this newsletter will give you an idea of what we do here in Beijing!

Orientation Week

As featured in other blogs, we continued our tradition of taking a group photo on Peking University's Alumni Bridge (校友桥). After visiting Tiananmen Square and eating a welcome lunch of Peking Duck, we took this shot to start the semester!


Students enjoy the idyllic northern portion of campus.

Excursions outside of Beijing

During the final days of June, CIEE led two separate excursions each with distinct themes that expose students to different parts of China, and Chinese society. One was to the port city of Dalian, and the other was to the countryside in the nearby by Shanxi and Hebei provinces.

Dalian - "Urbanization and the Dream of Modernity"

This trip, led by Summer Resident Director Dr. KuoRay Mao, took students to the northeastern port city of Dalian.

Dalian was a small coastal outpost in late Qing dynasty before the area was colonized by Russia in 1897 and later Japan in 1905. The confluence of the Chinese, Russian, and Japanese cultures and the history of colonization have made Dalian a unique example of modernization in China. Since the late 1990s, as the fourth largest sea port in China, Dalian has transformed the base of its economic development and has become a hotspot for foreign direct investment, especially from Japanese and Korean companies. To understand Dalian’s colonial history and its recent cosmopolitan development, students explored modern city spaces, walked through plazas built by the Russians, observed the battlegrounds of the Russo-Japanese war,  rode the first railroad in China and saw Dalian's large port, among other activities!

CIEE Beijing - Excursion to Dalian - Shipping Containers

Shipping Containers being moved about at the Port of Dalian.

Shanxi and Hebei - "Environment and Rural Governance in China"

While Dr. Mao was leading students through the ultra-modern Dalian, CIEE Beijing's Center Director, Dr. Patrick Lucas, led students off the beaten path to rural parts of China's Shanxi and Hebei provinces. The focus of this trip were those places outside the large cities—the rural countryside, its people, culture, governance, and the natural environment there. Of course, in China ‘countryside’ is a relative term, since the majority of the population live outside the big cities, and rural population can actually be surprisingly dense, with villages often very close together. In China there are intense pressures on the natural environment, as well as various social consequences and competitions for resources, which are issues of critical importance to China and to our understanding of China as students and seekers of understanding.

Though less than 150 miles away from Beijing, the differences in terms of material wealth are staggering. After spending the night in a village and helping weed the potato fields, the students realized, however, that this lack of "stuff" did not mean that the villagers did not live with dignity. In addition to living in the village, over three plus days we visited a tiny garrison town, and saw an interesting, unrepaired section of the Great Wall crossing flat farm fields. We also hiked sheep trails through the mountains, visited a tiny broken down Buddhist temple, and visited a local Catholic church.

CIEE Beijing - Excursion to Countryside - Ascent

Students climb to get a soaring view of the unrepaired Great Wall seen below right.

CIEE Beijing - Excursion to Countryside - Reflections on a mountaintop Temple

Students take in a view of the valley from the side of a broken down temple.

CIEE's Expert Lecture Series in Beijing

Every semester, CIEE arranges for lecturers to lecture on their topics of expertise. This summer, we had four lectures, highlighted below, given by CIEE staff and other experts.

"Chinese Film: Projecting and Protecting the Nation" by Wesley Jacks

On July 17, CIEE Beijing welcomed Wesley Jacks, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Film and Media, gave a lecture our students. Jacks completed his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Communication Arts (Film) in 2008 and in spring 2012, he was an adjunct professor teaching Chinese film history at the CIEE Beijing Study Center. Thus, having him back for a lecture was just like old times, even if it was only for a few hours!

In his lecture, titled "Chinese Film: Projecting and Protecting the Nation" Jacks gave a brief synopsis of the history of Chinese film, all the way from the first projected film in China in 1896 to the controversy over the recently released Chinese film, titled "Tiny Times". He also discussed how the Chinese government has toed the line of allowing American and other foreign films to be displayed in China while protecting and building up the local industry. And indeed, as film is a powerful tool for disemmination of messages and ideas, he talked about the use of film by the government to promote or project certain ideals.

Though this was the final lecture in our "Expert Lecture Series" like all of the lectures, it was well-attended, and students asked a lot of questions.

Wesley Jacks - Lecture 02

Jacks used the 2002 wuxia film "Hero"  starring Jet Li, to illustrate some his arguments of Chinese films projecting certain ideologies.

"Cross-cultural Communication" and "Ecological Change in Modern China" by Dr. Patrick Lucas

Previous lectures this semester were given by CIEE Beijing Center Director, Patrick Lucas, Ph.D. He gave two lectures this semester titled, "Cross-cultural Communication and Understanding in China" and "Ecological Change in Modern China: Human Impacts and Human Survival". A trained anthropologist with nearly 20 years of professional experience in China, we offer these two lectures every semester. These two lectures give students tools to examine their surroundings, with in terms of communicating with individuals from another culture, and dealing with new ideas and the pressures of being an outsider.

The second lecture "Ecological Change in Modern China: Human Impacts and Human Survival" gave students an introduction to the perilous environmental Chinese situation faces amidst rapid development. This lecture was required to participate on the excurstion, titled "Environment and Rural Governance in China", as it was a preview of some phenomenon that we would experience firsthand when visiting the countryside. In his role as CIEE Beijing Center Director, Dr. Lucas oversees the study centers at both Minzu University and Peking University, teaching an area studies course every semester at Minzu University.

Aside from engaging students in experiential learning in the trip to the countryside, he also leads a ten day field study to southern China every semester for students participating in the Environmental, Cultural, and Economic Sustainability program at Minzu University.

Pat Lucas - Lecture

Dr. Lucas gives students some tools they can use to engage a new culture.

"Neoliberal Sunshine: The Development of Underdevelopment in Northwestern China" by Dr. KuoRay Mao

Earlier in July, our Summer Resident Director KuoRay Mao, Ph.D., gave a lecture on neoliberal development in Northwestern China. Having worked as a farmer in Gansu province for 18 months conducting research as a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Mao was able to pepper his lecture, titled "Neoliberal Sunshine: The Development of Underdevelopment in Northwest China" with interesting analyses on the political economy in China.  Dr. Mao's speech gave students a good understanding of some of the most pressing environmental issues -  which are existential issues - facing China today.


Given the abrreviated summer schedule, our Expert Lecture Series has concluded. However, we are excited for next semester's lectures, available for students attending all of our Beijing-based programs.


This newsletter was compiled by CIEE Beijing Center staff.  Stay tuned for Issue II at the end of the semester, as well as some other blog posts by some of our summer students about different experiences and activities from our 2013 summer term!