Past Event

Are you ready to study abroad?

January 12, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

On January 12, 2019, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing invites you to the documentary screening Crossroads of Journalism Dreams and a book talk on Beyond the Sea -- Chinese Millennials in America. There will be a dialogue session with director Xiaoran Liu JRN '13 and author Yuanxin Liao.


About Crossroads of Journalism Dreams

There are less than ten Chinese students every year accepted by Columbia Journalism School. With a Chinese journalism educational background, they go to New York to study American journalism. Adapting themselves to new life, they also need to deal with big differences between the two journalism genres. Disappointed and depressed, they begin to doubt the choice of learning journalism in America and they think about quitting school.

Upon graduation, they seem to stand at an intersection with double choices as well as double confusion. Staying in America, work visa, culture and language are all insurmountable obstacles; Back to China, they will face a totally different work environment. Will they be accepted by Chinese mainstream media?

STAY or GO BACK? As one of them, director Xiaoran Liu tells the story of her and her friends in the 68-min documentary. There have been screenings in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Hong Kong, New York and Washington DC


Xiaoran Liu JRN '13 is a Chinese multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Beijing and New York City, graduated from Tsinghua University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She founded MiZi Studio to work with CCTV, Phoenix TV, Travel TV, Sun Media, Tencent, Sina etc on documentaries, TV programs and short video. Her work is also shown on PBS, BBC and Narratively. Her independent documentaries have been selected by Sydney World Film Festival, Manhattan independent film festival, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival and China Academy Awards of Documentary Film.


About Beyond the Sea -- Chinese Millennials in America

In 2017, more than 600,000 Chinese students set foot on foreign campuses for the first time in their lives. Different from their predecessor in the 80s and 90s, who were financially strained and impressed by almost everything overseas, the latest generation of Chinese students embarks on a new stage of life with a different mindset. Born between 1985 and 2000, the Chinese millennials are raised in an ever-changing society with unfettered optimism and faint memories of the country’s painful past. Unlike their future classmates, the new generation does not have siblings vying for their parents’ attention, and survival in their homeland entails wading through a competitive, exam-driven K-12 education system. When these Chinese students show up at the doorstep of foreign universities, how do they cope with challenges in a completely new environment? What are the sources of their joy and sorrow, and how do they adjust to and integrate in a different culture? What factors motivate them to settle down abroad as opposed to going back home after graduation?

To answer these questions, Yuanxin Liao visited more than 30 colleges, universities, and high schools in the United States between December 2015 and May 2018, interviewing over 100 Chinese students and young professionals who were studying, working, and living in America. Through the lens of anthropology, he acquired an intimate knowledge about how Chinese millennials grow, struggle, and explore new identities on the other side of the Pacific. His findings and reflections formed the foundation of his critically acclaimed Chinese Millennials in America. This 324-page lively description of myriad life experiences among Chinese overseas students has sparked much discussion among educators, parents, and future generations of students.


Yuanxin Liao is an associate global risk analyst with the British consulting firm Control Risks. After graduating from the University of Maryland (UMD) in 2015, he worked at Columbia University's Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) as a research assistant and later joined the prestigious news agency Caixin as a business reporter. In addition to the newly-published nonfiction Chinese Millennials in America, his publications also include a 250-page fiction published in 2011. Liao holds a B.A. degree in politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) from Peking University and a master’s degree in public policy from UMD.



2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Registration

3:00 p.m. - 3:42 p.m. Documentary Screening

3:42 p.m. - 4:05 p.m. Book Talk

4:05 p.m. - 4:35 p.m. Dialogue

4:35 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Q&A


Special Notice
  • The event will be conducted in Chinese.

  • Due to limited seats, registration will be verified through the QR code confirmation. Please present your QR code at the entrance. 

  • Registration begins 30 minutes prior to the program. Please plan to arrive no earlier than the registration time and no later than 20 minutes after the end of registration period.

  • If you are unable to attend the event, please inform us in advance. 

  • If you have any questions, please email [email protected]