U.S. Delegation of Culture, Art and Education and University Think Tanks Visits China

Updated: 2024-06-27

At the invitation of the China International Youth Exchange Center (CIYEC), a U.S. delegation of culture, art and education and university think tanks from institutions such as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the University of New Orleans, and the Carter Center visited Beijing, Hangzhou, and Guangzhou from June 11 to 18. This delegation visit was part of the flagship event of the "Bridge of the Future" China-US Youth Exchange Program.


On June 13, 2024, the delegation attends the Welcome Reception for "Bridge of the Future" US youth delegation.

During their stay in Beijing, the delegation participated in All-in-Beijing China-US Youth Friendship Meeting and engaged in discussions at the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Liu Aiping, Chairman of the Governing Council of the CIYEC, met with the key members of the delegation.

In Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province, the delegation visited local universities, secondary schools, and cultural and artistic institutions, engaging in discussions on mutual development issues. In Guangzhou of South China's Guangdong Province, the delegation held discussions with faculty and students at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou) and visited schools, youth centers, theaters, and museums.


On June 15, 2024, the delegation attends the China-U.S. Youth Roundtable in Hangzhou.

Lee Bynum, Chief Education Officer of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, said that in the face of an uncertain future it is beneficial for the youth of the world's two most influential nations to recognize their common challenges and collaboratively devise solutions. Noting that both countries face issues such as environmental concerns, education, and employment, he said the youth of both nations should join hands to foster closer ties and unite to create substantial and enduring solutions. He added that he believes that the 'Bridge of the Future' China-U.S. Youth Exchange Program is a high-quality experience and he looks forward to the possibility of returning to China next year. He also expressed hope that this initiative will further enhance the interactions and exchanges between Chinese and American youth.

Sam Tidwell, Arts Education Advisor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Educational Consultant at Focus 5 Inc., expressed his hope of collaborating with China in the field of youth arts education and strengthening communication and exchange between the young people of both nations, which is crucial for their growth and the future of China and the US.


On June 17, 2024, members of the delegation experience traditional Chinese musical instruments in Guangzhou.

Emily Broussard, Project Assistant for the China Program at the Carter Center, expressed her fascination with the Chinese concept of "harmony." She finds the idea of harmony and balance beautiful; it inspires her to delve deeper into Chinese philosophy and its practical applications. She expressed hope for more such exchanges in the future, saying, "I wish all my friends and family could come here, so they wouldn't just hear about China from American news but see the reality for themselves. We don't have to stay confined in our own boxes, fearing the unknown. We can unite and create a better world together."