Highlights from the US-China Forum on the Arts and Culture in Beijing, China

March 9, 2012  • Vimeo

This past November, a delegation of outstanding American cultural figures including Meryl Streep and Yo-Yo Ma traveled to Beijing to take part in four days of unprecedented cultural exchange.

The US-China Forum on the Arts and Culture organized performances, master classes and roundtables that showcased the best of American culture, while forging new opportunities for American artists to collaborate and converse with their Chinese peers, in fields including visual and performing arts, literature, and cuisine.

Organized by the Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations and The Aspen Institute’s Arts Program, along with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the United States Embassy in Beijing, the program was intended to provide a platform for lively inquiry and begin a conversation between the two countries about their values, aspirations and achievements in the spirit of mutual understanding.

Editor: Michael Zhao

Photographers: David Barreda, Alex Farbstein, Yu Ran, Ole Schell, Michael Zhao

Sound Recorders: Luan Lian, Tu Yinan, Jialing Zhang Adviser: Robert Kenner

Executive Producer: Orville Schell

Thanks: Asia Society, Chinese Association for the Friendship with Foreign Countries