Thursday, August 19, 2010

The more you know

Interesting editorial in the Chronicle of Higher Education noting that Chinese scholars, leaders and students know less about the United States than you might think.

I am struck by the deficits identified in the aforementioned article and how much of what is said here doesn't apply to journalism education. One organization of which I am a member -- the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication -- has a thriving Asian membership, and without evidence to support this my sense is that they are involved in almost every division within the organization (there are almost two dozen).

Of course, a healthy contingent of Asian scholars in one organization shouldn't lead us to dismiss the ideas presented in the aforementioned editorial. I especially see merit in the recommendations, most especially the short- and long-term academic relationships, and the role journalists can play in this process.

China's importance is obvious to all of us; and with it now having the second-largest economy in the world, the importance of each side knowing the other more fully than before becomes more critical. 

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