Dennis T. Yang is member of the U.S. Foreign Service and is currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal, serving as the Regional English Language Officer overseeing Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. In addition to his recent publication, American Universities in China: Lessons from Japan, he is author of The Pursuit of the Chinese Dream: Chinese Undergraduate Students at American Universities. Dennis earned a Ph.D in International Education from NYU, an Ed.M in International Educational Development from Columbia, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Duke, and a B.A. in Sociology from Boston University.
American Universities in China: Lessons from Japan discusses the aspirations and operations of American universities in China through the lens of previous American universities’ expansion efforts in Japan. This talk will provide an explanation of the factors that contributed to the rise and decline of American universities in Japan in order to examine and predict the sustainability of American universities in China today. Through a review of historical documents, interviews with stakeholders in Japan and China, and an analysis of the cultural contexts of both the Japanese and Chinese higher education systems and the position of American universities within these environments, this book/talk seeks to address the potential success or failure of the American university abroad.
Lunch will be served. Presented in collaboration with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.