WRITER: VITALIS TORWEL
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 24, 2002
Chinese Journalist to visit UI, Iowa City April 28 - May 1 through CIVIC
Lei Xia, an editor and reporter for the Beijing Youth Daily, will come to
Iowa City April 28-May 1 to learn more about foreign policy making through
the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC).
Xia's visit will focus primarily on U.S. foreign policy decision making,
with a heavy emphasis on imparting a basic understanding of a wide variety
of aspects of the U.S.: its political system, its economy, foreign policy,
and societal and cultural values.
Xia will also meet with local journalists with whom he hopes to engage in
wide-ranging conversations on U.S.-China relations among other topics. He
will also meet with Eileen Fisher, associate director of the Iowa Center for
Agricultural Safety & Health (I-CASH) as well as with local farmers, members
of the Farm Bureau and local politicians.
He is also interested in studying the U.S. agricultural industry, which
will allow him a chance to delve into the American rural mentality as a counterpoint
to the more traditional Chinese rural outlook.
Xia will also study the role of the federal government in the U.S. economy
as well as the role of financial institutions in news constructions. Other
areas of his interest are the role of a free press in a democratic society,
the U.S. position on major international issues such as human rights, religious
freedom and international trade, and how the diversity of viewpoints held
by Americans contributes to a dynamic, vibrant and healthy society. He will
be accompanied by an interpreter.
CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers "serving and hosting
international visitors as a means to promote international understanding on
a person-to-person basis," according to Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive
director. It's one of two such organizations in Iowa that accommodates the
U.S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program. The other is in Des
CIVIC also is looking for volunteers to help arrange itineraries for visitors.
For more information or complete itinerary, call the CIVIC office at 335-0351
or Jeanne Cadoret, CIVIC board president, at 644-2746. The CIVIC office is
in Room 38 of the UI's International Center, located at the south end of Ferson
Avenue off of Park Road.
CIVIC is part of UI International Programs, which consist of a number of
offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and
services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International
Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community
and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.