Dear Friends,

I’m so excited to share my op-ed on why “It’s Time for Greater Diversity in China.” Published today in The Huffington Post, I discuss the need to break down barriers and create greater opportunities for minorities to be exposed to other cultures:

As America becomes ever more diverse – by 2020, according to the US Census Bureau, more than half of American youth will be a minority race or ethnic group – so should our study abroad population. That’s important for all US study abroad but particularly so for China, the fifth largest host destination for study abroad in the world.

NPR focused on this same topic in its Sept. 17 piece, “For U.S. Minority Students In China, The Welcome Comes With Scrutiny,” that featured US-China Strong student ambassador Jeffrey Wood. A Washington, DC resident who studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies, Jeffrey “now encourages other African-American students to follow in his footsteps.”


Jeffrey Wood, courtesy of NPR

Similarly, CCTV America profiled another US-China Strong student ambassador, Allen Hill, a graduate of Washington, DC’s McKinley Tech High School and currently a student at Beijing’s Language and Culture University. The CCTV piece also featured me in a live interview on Sept. 28. For more on Allen’s story, photos of his journey in China and my interview, please visit “American teen embarks on unique journey to China.


Photo courtesy of Allen Hill

We are so thankful for each and every one of our supporters and partners as we raise awareness about the importance of ensuring that American students of all backgrounds have the opportunity to learn Mandarin and study in China. Our nation’s strength lies in its diversity, and this diversity must be reflected equitably at home and around the world.

More than 50 percent of US-China Strong ambassadors are students of color, many of whom need financial aid if they are to have the opportunity to study in China. You can support one of these students – please contact me to learn more at

Thanks, as always, for your support.



Carola McGiffert