College-Produced "Imported from China" Premieres Sept. 16

Posted on: September 16, 2013

ChinaImport"Imported from China," a half-hour documentary created by a team of journalism and communication arts students, premieres Monday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Communication Arts & Sciences building, Room 145. The project was led by Media and Information(TISM) instructor Troy Hale and Journalism associate professor Geri Alumit Zeldes.

The documentary follows several Chinese international students as they navigate college life at MSU and within the United States. The film demonstrates how relationships are nurtured and shaped across cultural boundaries.

"Imported from China" also is a snapshot of the largest demographic shift in the university's history. In 2006, only 96 undergraduate students at MSU were from China. This fall, the numbers were expected to soar to more than 4,000, or 13 percent of the undergraduate population, which means that one out of eight MSU undergrads are from China.

MSU is not alone. Colleges and universities throughout the country are seeing an influx of students from China. Of the top 20 universities with the largest number of Chinese international students, eight are from the Big Ten.

"The film captures a change in our ecosystem that is causing small and big adjustments," Zeldes said. "The documentary covers just some of these transformations, but it's a good snapshot of this ongoing breaking story."

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion made up of individuals featured in the documentary, an MSU professor studying second-language education as well as those who were involved in creating the film.

Both Zeldes and Hale have received numerous honors and awards for their work.

Zeldes, who received her Ph.D. in mass communication from CAS, recently was awarded an Emmy in the Documentary - Cultural category for her film, "U.S. v. Narcisco, Perez & the Press." The documentary focuses on the story of two Filipina nurses convicted (and eventually released) for poisoning patients at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. Zeldes also has received seven best paper awards from the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication, Broadcast Education Association and the International Communication Association.

Hale has won numerous awards throughout his career as a television journalist, including the Edward R. Murrow award, 19 Emmys, 10 Tellys and a Council on International Nontheatrical Events (CINE) Golden Eagle Award. In addition to teaching, he also develops local programming for the Big Ten Network.

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