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American Politics in China

Jay BarthDr. Jay BarthCONWAY, Ark. (June 17, 2011) – Hendrix College politics professor Dr. Jay Barth is participating this summer in the Associated Colleges of the South-Heilongjiang University Summer Chinese Language and Culture Institute in Harbin, China. 

In one lecture, Barth shared his personal experience with American politics as an unsuccessful candidate for the state legislature, giving details concerning precinct elections, polling, fund-raising, ideology, strategy, the toll campaigning takes on a person, the relationships that develop, the realities of negative and positive campaigning, the hopes a candidate brings to office, and the feelings that emerge within defeat.   

To read more about Barth’s visit to China, visit

The article is posted on a website created by Dr. Jay McDaniel, professor of religious studies at Hendrix, with the help of students and faculty.  

Dr. McDaniel is leading the eight-week cooperative institute with Hendrix students and their peers from fellow ACS member institutions, as well as faculty from Heilongjiang. 

Students recently attended a Songfest of the Chinese Communist Party. 

“I suspect that the opportunity for attending this event is pretty unique,” McDaniel said. “All were immensely interested in our response to what one student calls ‘a combination church service, block party, pep rally, and potluck supper’."  

To read about students at the songfest, visit  

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