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In July, ACYPL was pleased to welcome a five-member delegation from China for a 12-day exchange program. Over the course of the program, the group visited Washington, DC, Miami, Florida, and Springfield, Illinois. The group was made up of leaders from several youth federations, including the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, as well as an international journalist from The People’s Daily. The exchange was conducted in collaboration with our long-standing partner, the All-China Youth Federation.
In DC, the meetings focused on a variety of policy areas of interest to the delegates. The group had an in-depth discussion with the US Chamber of Commerce about some of the recent trade disputes between China and the US, and heard from former US Ambassador to Nepal and ACYPL alum Julia Chang-Bloch (China 1977) about US-Sino relations. One of the delegation’s notable experiences was a dinner hosted by the Maryland State Senator and ACYPL alum Jim Rosapepe (China 1982 and 2009) who invited several local elected officials to share their perspective on the US political landscape.
In Miami, the delegation had a meaningful visit to the downtown campus of Miami Dade College, where they learned about the diversity of its degree programs and its student body, as well as its international program from the president of the campus and the director of its Confucius Institute. They also had an excellent discussion about intellectual property rights and the Latin music industry with the Recording Industry Association of America, and talked about the importance of a free press with the Knight Foundation. The program in Springfield focused heavily on state governance where the delegates met with the Chief of Staff to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, and learned about the role of the Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. The group also toured Southern Illinois University Medical School’s state-of-the-art facilities and had a “farm day” where they met with the leadership of BRANDT Consolidated Inc., an agriculture company that manufactures plant health products, and toured their research farm.
Although the delegation did have a busy schedule of meetings, they were able to enjoy some cultural activities. In DC, the delegates took a tour of the monuments and memorials, visited various Smithsonian museums, and toured the US Capitol. In Florida, they watched the Miami Marlins take on the Washington Nationals and visited the Everglades National Park. In Springfield, the group toured Abraham and Mary Lincoln’s home, the Old State Capitol State Historic Site, and the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library.
After another productive exchange, we look forward to celebrating the 40th anniversary of our partnership with the All-China Youth Federation in 2019.