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A conversation between the Principal of USC and former NASA director

This "Chinese and American education" discussion show mainly consists of interviews and discussions between principals of well-known American Universities and famous American social figures.

On September 7th, 2017, to film a TV discussion show on
Chinese and American Education, the president of World Affairs Council of
Washington D.C, Tony Colley-Foster, and Qing Gao, the Director of Confucius
Institute in the U.S took part in a visit to USC Confucius Institute.

 

This "Chinese and American education" discussion
show mainly consists of interviews and discussions between principals of
well-known American Universities and famous American social figures. Ten U.S
Universities took part in the filming process, including University of
Maryland, Stony Brook University, College of William& Mary, and George
Mason University. Ten episodes are planned for this series of TV shows, which
will later be aired on both China and U.S TV Channels.

 

As a honored guest for this episode, USC Principle Harris
Pastides engaged in deep conversation in an interview with former NASA
director, Major Charles F. Bolden. The American associate dean of Confucius
Institute at USC, Tan Ye, accompanied Harris on this interview.

 

In the interview, Major Bolden shared with the audience his
experience when promoting cooperative activities with China in the field of
aerospace projects as a NASA director. He expressed great satisfaction at the
developments and accomplishments China made in the field of aerospace projects,
and stated that China and U.S should forge deeper relations cooperating in this
field. Aside from his experiences and opinions, Bolden also described the
future prospect for aerospace projects including exploration on the moon and
landing on Mars.

 

Harris Pastides pointed out in the interview that while the
number of Chinese students in USC continue to increase, he is pleased to see
Chinese and American students communicate, help each other and make progress
together. Pastides also said that Confucius Institute at USC made important contributions
to the cultural exchange in the local area. Not only did USC benefit from this
cultural exchange, local elementary schools, middle schools and community
cultural activities are also improved greatly with the support of the Confucius
Institute.

 

The two guests in the interview also discussed topics such
as future aerospace prospects, the requirement changes for education as
technology develops, and American/Chinese similarities and differences in
values and education methods. While discussing the learning exchange between
China and the U.S, both agreed on enormous contributions Confucius Institute
made in promoting cultural exchange and erasing misunderstandings between the
two cultures. Many Americans were able to get a real, complete view of China with
the help of Confucius Institute, and some students were also presented with
opportunities to experience the education and cultures of China in person. This
kind of communications can provide mutual benefits for both sides, and is thus
necessary.

 

Charles Bolden is a local in South Carolina. He was picked
as an astronaut in 1980. During the 14 years of his service as an astronaut, he
spent in total 680 hours on missions in space. He took part in the building of
the Hubble Space Telescope, the construction of the first Scape Lab on weather
research, and the first joint space mission between the U.S and Russia.

 

He won a Defense Distinguished Service Medal and a
Distinguished Flying Cross for his outstanding performance, and entered the
house of honor for U.S astronauts. He was nominated as NASA director by former
president Barack Obama and confirmed by congress in 2009, and retired on
January 20th, 2017.