The China Experience

MSU’s Exploration of Arts and Culture of Greater China

china-year-logo.jpgMichigan State University turns its eyes to China as the 18-month, university-wide initiative, “ The China Experience: An MSU Exploration of Arts and Culture,” begins Feb. 19, 2015, the day of the Chinese New Year, and runs through Aug. 30, 2016.

To help foster an understanding of Chinese arts, culture and people, the MSU China Experience will offer several campus and local community events that focus on Greater China. These events will allow for exploration of a country that is rich in history and contemporary art through diverse activities featuring Chinese art, film, music, performances, lectures, events and exhibits.

This exploration of Chinese arts and culture is designed to provide creative programming, engage in open dialogue and encourage active student, faculty and community involvement in the China-theme activities.

Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the MSU China Initiative, this initiative aims to showcase China-related faculty and student work; to inform and educate the campus and broader community regarding Chinese arts and culture; and to foster increased integration of students from China into MSU life, as well as expand overall cross-engagement between cultures.

For more information, see The China Experience: An MSU Exploration of Arts and Culture web page.

ComArtSci China Experience Events

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences is participating in The China Experience in many different ways including hosting China-related lectures and documentary screenings, through classroom activities and assignments, WKAR programming, as well as the following events:

Seeing China: Photographic Views and Viewpoints


Seeing China: Photographic Views and Viewpoints' exhibition at the MSU Museum, co-curated by Howard Bossen, Professor of Photography and Visual Communication in the School of Journalism and Adjunct Curator of Photography at the MSU Museum. The exhibit is now on display through Aug. 30, 2015, and is one of the “signature” events that will launch The China Experience.

The Year of the Sheep: A Joyful Celebration


The Chinese Lunar Year of the Sheep begins  Feb. 19, 2015. The history, rituals and traditions of the Chinese New Year are celebrated alongside traditional Chinese music in this one-hour WKAR Radio special, ' The Year of the Sheep: A Joyful Celebration,' hosted and produced by Dr. Wanda Yang Temko.

On WKAR Radio 90.5 FM
Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.

On AM 870
Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m.

Chinese Advertising Industry Focus of Workshop

The Visiting Advertising Professional (VAP) series, ADV 413, is offering a one-credit workshop March 2-5 focusing on the booming Chinese advertising industry. The workshop will be taught by Kevin Swanepoel, President of The One Club, and Ma Chao, Greater China Representative of The One Club.

Chinese Student and Professional Work to Be Displayed

Award-winning advertising work by Chinese students and professionals will be displayed throughout the first floor hallways of the Communication Arts and Sciences Building beginning in March 2015.

College-Hosted Competition to Include Chinese Students, Mentors

An advertising competition, hosted by the Department of Advertising + Public Relations, will be held in early fall 2015 and include the Gold Pencil winning team from the One Club China Youth Creative Festival as well as other Chinese students and Chinese professional mentors.