China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts.
Providing participants an up-close perspective on life inside an American home and the opportunity to form close friendships with their hosts, local homestays have long been a feature of Committee itineraries for Chinese delegations visiting the United States. Although visitors often express trepidation ahead of time, afterwards they regularly cite their homestays as highlights of their visits. Over the years, hundreds of Committee friends have graciously welcomed Chinese visitors into their homes, starting with the first Scholar Orientation Program in 1980 and continuing to the present day, and we continue to be grateful for these wonderful acts of generosity.