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The USA’s rise as a global superpower was unlike anything ever seen. It inspired as an expression of humanity’s most uplifting and inventive spirit. But for some, the USA is now an alarming superpower. 

China, once called a “sleeping giant” – is today astonishing the world with historic success in lifting hundreds of millions to new heights of well-being and accomplishment. But for some, China is now a threatening giant.

The future of these mighty nations, indeed of the world, will be shaped by whether they collide in conflict – like many powers of old – or move forward in harmony and respect.

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Pacific Destiny, a CITIZENARTS educational documentary, explores how the differences and similarities of China and the US might lead to either calm or stormy seas. Americans and Chinese share insights into what they do and don’t understand about each other, how their histories and cultures are reflected in their governing, business, education and other aspects of everyday life – and their hopes for the future. We meet teachers, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, students, professionals, laborers, artists and many others in their homes, schools and places of work and play.

A condensed version of Pacific Destiny was selected by the Chinese Consulate General in New York City to kick-off a gala celebration of the 40th Anniversary of China-U.S. diplomatic relations held at the Chinese Consulate in New York City. This was followed by screenings and discussion forums/seminars for Pacific Destiny at the China Institute in New York City; Confucius Institute U.S. headquarters in Washington, DC; California State University- Northridge, California; Portland State University (this was a combination live and online event); Earlham College in Indiana; Bennett University in Delhi, India; Dong Fang Ya, a non-beneficial educational organization in Shanghai, and elsewhere. Screenings/forums delayed by COVID travel restrictions throughout China (e.g., Beijing Foreign Studies University, Fudan University, Nanjing University, Nankai University) and in the U.S. (e.g., Brown University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Suffolk University) are planned to be rescheduled.

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