Skip to Main Content

An educating exhibit

Special exhibition based on professor's book compares education systems in U.S. and China.

February 13, 2018

On Feb. 9, The Mount celebrated the opening of a special exhibition at the Doheny Campus.

“Two Roads, One Journey: Education in China and the United States” is on display in the J. Thomas McCarthy Library through April 28. Originally created by The Museum of Teaching and Learning, the exhibition has Nancy Pine, PhD, professor emerita and founder of the University's Bridging Cultures: U.S./China program, as its lead scholar and her book, “Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (and Don’t Learn) in China and America,” as its inspiration. 

"I am delighted to see the traveling exhibit, “Two Roads, One Journey,” installed in the library for so long,” said Pine. “I hope it will give the Mount community and hundreds of Los Angeles students an opportunity to see Chinese and U.S. schools come to life through two fourth graders, Ping and Sam. I value the diverse ways different cultures learn, and I hope the exhibit will add to visitors’ understanding of our two countries.”

The immersive installation leads us through a day in the life of two typical fourth-graders – one in China and one in America  –  via colorful text panels, art and school work, photographs, and more. The exhibition will be on display on the first floor of the Doheny library, thanks to the support of the Mount’s libraries, Center for Cultural Fluency: Bridging Cultures/U.S. and China, and Center for Global Initiatives.

Representatives from the Mount community, the Museum of Teaching and Learning, and the Chinese Consulate attended the opening reception. The reception was co-sponsored by the Los Angeles-Guangzhou Sister City Association.

“This exhibition celebrates our commitment to global learning, faculty scholarship, and mutually beneficial relationships with China and its people,” said Eric Apfelstadt, PhD, director of the Center for Global Initiatives.