Launched by the National Committee in 2005, the Public Intellectuals Program is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of China specialists who, in the tradition of earlier China hands, have the interest and potential to venture outside of academia to engage with the public and policy community.
One of the venues for the NCUSCR-sponsored tour of the Shenyang Acrobats in 1972-73 was the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The flag of the Republic of China hung in the Center's entryway, next to the flags of all other governments officially recognized by the United States. Looking to avoid any diplomatic flaps that the ROC flag's presence (or removal) might cause, the Committee suggested that the flags looked a bit tired and could all benefit from a restorative off-site cleaning. The Center took our advice and just happened to schedule the week-long process to coincide with the PRC acrobats' performance schedule.