Published: Sept. 10, 2013

Film on life of Chinese students in America to debut

Contact(s): Tom Oswald Media Communications office: (517) 432-0920 cell: (517) 281-7129, Geri Alumit Zeldes Michigan State University professor office: (517) 432-1413

“Imported from China,” a documentary that follows several Chinese students as they adjust to life in America, will be shown at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 in Room 145 of the Michigan State University Communication Arts and Sciences Building.

The half-hour film was created by a team of faculty and students from MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences. The team was led by journalism associate professor Geri Alumit Zeldes and academic specialist Troy Hale.

The film demonstrates how relationships are nurtured and shaped across cultural boundaries. “Imported from China” also is a snapshot of the largest demographic shift in the university's history.

In 2006, only 96 undergraduate students at MSU were from China. This fall, the numbers are expected to be more than 4,000 or about 13 percent of the undergraduate population.

MSU is not alone. Colleges and universities throughout the country are seeing an influx of students from China. Of the top 20 universities with the largest numbers of Chinese international students, eight are from the Big Ten.

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