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A History of Higher Education Exchange

China and America, 1st Edition

By Teresa Brawner Bevis


236 pages

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Weakened by two Opium Wars and a succession of internal rebellions in the mid-1800s, China’s imperial leaders made a historic decision—to break a tradition of isolation and seek education outside the homeland’s borders. In time, an acquisition of science and technology from the rapidly-industrializing West would enable China to modernize its still-feudal economy and outdated military, thus restoring stability and establishing protection from future foreign encroachment. Today more than 200,000 Chinese are enrolled in colleges and universities across the United States, while the number of Americans choosing to study in China is rising.

As we approach mid-century China is assuming a lofty position of world leadership. This book does not attempt to debate or determine the extent to which higher education exchange with the United States has impacted China’s rise . Instead it focuses on the story itself—of Sino-American education trade from its roots in antiquity to the present time—highlighting the people, programs, trials and triumphs that have wrought its extraordinary history. It will offer the first sequential, historically grounded book-length review of Sino-American education exchange that takes the story from its origins to the present day.


"Bevis has given us a useful account of an under-documented phenomenon." - Hilary Perraton Cambridge, History of Education, Journal of the History of Education Society, Sept 2016

Table of Contents

1. The Back Story 2. The Runaway 3. The Chinese Educational Mission 4. Righteous and Harmonious Fists 5. A Random Grafting of Twigs 6. The Mao Years 7. A Third Wave 8. China’s New Academic Face 9. Leaning Toward Mid-Century

About the Author


Teresa Bevis

Neosho, Missouri, United States

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Teresa Bevis is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art at Crowder College, MO.

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Routledge Research in International and Comparative Education

This is a series that offers a global platform to engage scholars in continuous academic debate on key challenges and the latest thinking on issues in the fast growing field of International and Comparative Education.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Comparative
HISTORY / Asia / China