Since 2004, the National Committee has been selecting twelve graduating U.S. high school seniors who have received national recognition for their accomplishments to participate in the yearly U.S.-China Student Leaders Exchange. For the young American participants, the heart of the program is a two-week study visit to China during the summer between high school and college. Americans participants learn about China's successes and challenges and have unusual opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with their Chinese counterparts as a consequence of homestays throughout most of the program.
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.