Jesuit missionaries often led the way for political and cultural contacts with other peoples and the Jesuits in China were no exception. Manuscript letters as well as publications by and about these missionaries will be the focus of this exhibit, which will feature the famous 1602 world map by Zhang Wentao and Jesuit Matteo Ricci.

China ranks third in international Greendex survey

Recently, the U.S.-based National Geographic Society released a "Greendex 2009: Consumer Choice and the Environment — A Worldwide Tracking Survey" report. To the surprise of many people, the United States ranked last in the Greendex survey, which covers 17 developed and developing countries, with Canada in the penultimate spot. China, which has been labeled a "big environmental polluter" by the West, ranked third.

freedomlibertyasianposterlIn 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed on May 10, 1869. In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration. Per a 1997 Office of Management and Budget directive, the Asian or Pacific Islander racial category was separated into two categories: one being Asian and the other Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.

U of M researchers are hoping to learn more about the expatriate adjustment processover a year.

What is life really like for professionals who leave the United States to work in another country? How do they adjust to a new culture? How does the experience impact them and their work?

Carlson School researchers are looking deeper into those questions and others as part of one of the most extensive assessments to date of expatriate life. Their study, supported by a grant from the U's Office of International Programs andthe Society for Human Resource Management, involves tracking the perceptions and experiences of business professionals at three large corporations, including two from the Twin Cities area, from the time they leave for their international assignments through their first year working abroad.

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