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How China, US have strengthened cultural relations


04-07-2017 21:22 BJT

(Source: CGTN)

Now a slight departure from the trade disputes and geo-political struggles, China and the US have a very rich history in cultural relations. Indeed, the two countries signed an official agreement to cooperate in this area in 1979, and that prompted a plethora of special programs which brought the two countries even closer together. 

Chinese opera star Zhang Jun performed his re-imagination of Shakespeare's Hamlet. It was a full house for the sold-out, one-night performance in New York.  

"I heard people saying that they were savoring the flavor of the show. They found it very interesting. I think it's most intriguing that a Chinese performance can bring people closer to western literature classics. To me, being interesting is important," Zhang said.

And that's what the fusion of two cultures brings - stimulating exchanges.

Last year, these dancers from the U.S. state of Georgia made history in Beijing, becoming the first American dance troop to perform at the Chinese spring festival gala.

"At first we cannot believe it our daughter gets the chance this is a great opportunity for her to see real China," said Jeanne Pan, mother of dancer.

From dancing, drama and music to food, sports and medicine, China-U.S. cultural exchanges cover a wide range of subjects. Remember last year's fertility breakthrough that left many questioning - 'how do you make a baby from the DNA of three people '

"The application is tremendous, I don't think I can see all the applications come true. It's a new platform for human medicine to reach the next level," said John Zhang, medial director, New Hope Fertility Center.

The reproductive process involved people from across the world, but Dr. John Zhang from China's Zhejiang province spearheaded it and led the U.S. team. 
And speaking of teams China -U.S. collaboration on the field and court continues to thrive.

"You put American football and the name of China into one sentence, it gets people's attention," David Niu, Arena Football League Global.

Over the decades, sports diplomacy has been responsible for a number of relationship building opportunities. Take this group of young baseball players from Beijing. They had the trip of a lifetime when they played and lived in the U.S. for a summer of baseball.

"Along with the improvements they learn how to be teammates. We learn that because of our two countries. We did blend together as one - and played one another and that was real treat and the benefit of the program I felt," said Jim Lefebvre, baseball coach and trainer.

Finally food - that may be the area of most cooperation. The fusion between the U.S. and China has given rise to Americanized dishes such as General Tso's chicken and fortune cookies. Chefs at the International Culinary Center in California are cooking up new ways to blend Chinese-American cuisine. 

"Asian style fish technique but with a Western sauce in front and Asian plating, for the same ingredients I came up with different ideas," chef Liu Yang said.

Politics aside, China-U.S. cultural ties are diverse - perhaps helping to pave the way for partnerships that go beyond kitchens, fields, clinics and stages.

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