C.V. Starr East Asian Library
 

Center for US-China Arts Exchange records, 1956-2010, bulk 1978-2001

Summary Information

Abstract

The Center for US-China Arts Exchange records (美中艺术交流中心档案; 美中藝術交流中心檔案) document the activities of the Center's art and music related cultural exchange initiative and projects primarily between the United States and China, dating from 1978 to 2002.

At a Glance

Bib ID 14433186 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Chou, Wen-Chung, 1923-2019 ; Center for U.S.-China Arts Exchange
Title Center for US-China Arts Exchange records, 1956-2010, bulk 1978-2001
Physical Description 80 Linear Feet (70 record cartons, 5 oversize cartons)
Language(s) English , Chinese .
Access

Collection is in process and is closed until completion, possibly by the end of June 2020. (as of December 2019)

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material from the C.V. Starr East Asian Library at least 5 business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Description

Scope and Contents

The Center for US-China Arts Exchange records document the activities of the Center's art and music related cultural exchange initiative and projects primarily between the United States and China, dating from 1978 to 2002.

Using the Collection

C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is in process and is closed until completion, possibly by the end of June 2020. (as of December 2019)

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material from the C.V. Starr East Asian Library at least 5 business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The C.V. Starr East Asian Library maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Center for US-China Arts Exchange records; Box and Folder; C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

All links open new windows.

Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Administrative records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Announcements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Annual reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Audiocassettes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Biographical Sketches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brochures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Business cards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Color photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contact sheets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drafts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ephemera, printed Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters (correspondence) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maps (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newsletters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pamphlets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs, Black-and-white Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Playbills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Postcards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Posters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proposals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Receipts (financial records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scores (documents for music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sketches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Slides (photographs) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater Programs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
VHS Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Video recordings (physical artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
negatives (photographs) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Art -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Art, Asian -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Art, East Asian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Beijing (China) -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Beijing ren min yi shu ju yuan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cao, Yu, 1910-1996 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chen, Xieyang Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China -- Description and travel -- Maps Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China -- Foreign relations -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China -- Photographs -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China. Wen hua bu Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinese American art Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinese American artists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinese American musicians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinese Americans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chou, Wen-Chung, 1923-2019 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education in art Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ethnomusicologist Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ethnomusicology Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Folk music -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ford Foundation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lin, Mohan, 1913-2008 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Minorities -- China -- Yunnan Sheng Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music -- Asian influences Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music -- Chinese American influences Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music -- Chinese influences Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music -- East Asian influence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music -- Southeast Asia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rockefeller Brothers Fund Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shanghai (China) -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shanghai jiao xiang yue tuan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shanghai yin yue xue yuan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sichuan yin yue xue yuan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stern, Isaac, 1920-2001 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Travel -- Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Foreign relations -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wouk, Herman, 1915- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wu, Zuqiang Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Xishuangbanna Ziran Baohuqu -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ying, Ruocheng Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yunnan Sheng -- China -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhong yang xi ju xue yuan (China) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhong yang yue tuan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhongguo wen xue yi shu jie lian he hui Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhongguo zuo jia xie hui Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The Center for US-China Arts Exchange (美中艺术交流中心; 美中藝術交流中心) is a not-for-profit organization affiliated with and headquartered at Columbia University in New York City. It was the first organization to focus on the crucial need to connect professional artists and cultural figures from both countries when the United States and China established diplomatic relations on January 1, 1979, following a hiatus of thirty years. The Center was established by composer and Columbia music professor Chou Wen-Chung (Chinese: 周文中; pinyin: Zhou Wenzhong) in the School of the Arts in late 1978, the moment when China re-opened to the west after thirty years of isolation. Initial funding came from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Ford and Luce Foundations. Under the directorship of Chou Wen-Chung, who was Chairman of the Music Division and Schuyler Chapin was the Dean of the School of the Arts, the Center arranged for the filming of Isaac Stern's trip to China in 1979 and the making of the documentary "From Mao to Mozart". The Center also sponsored Arthur Miller's trip to Beijing to direct the first Chinese-language production of "Death of a Salesman" with the People's Arts Theater. Working in both directions, the Center arranged for the eminent playwright Cao Yu to make a lecture tour of the U.S. in 1980 where his visit also inspired two English-language productions of his plays performed by professional groups in his honor. Other participating cultural figures included Susan Sontag, Pavarotti, Alwin Nikolais, sculptor George Segal, designer Ming Cho Lee and the late Michael Bennett, director of "Chorus Line." Educational psychologist Howard Gardner (Multiple Intelligences) supervised a three-year program in Arts Education. The program was truly ground-breaking and had an enormous impact on the development of the arts in China during that era. The Center gradually evolved into an organization that geographically extended beyond its original scope and leaned increasingly toward projects that encompassed broader cultural significance. During the 1990's the Center developed a multi-year, multi-faceted project in China's Yunnan Province for the continuation and development of the arts of minority nationalities. A large-scale Leadership Conference on Conservancy and Development was held in 1999 and resulted in the writing of The Yunnan Initiative, a comprehensive policy statement which adopted five principles: Conservation, Inclusion, Education, Tourism and Collaboration. Over the years countless ground-breaking projects were launched in all the fields of the arts, the impact of which continues until the present day.