In recent news articles regarding the visit of President Barak Obama in China, as part of his official trip to Asia, talks on new visa policy allegedly elicited diverse reactions from members of the CSSFA, as well as other Chinese citizens living in the United States. According to the reported written by Leavenworth, the new visa policy focused on extending the time frame of visits to the U.S. of Chinese businessmen and students and likewise, of U.S. businessmen and students in China. As explicitly noted:
“The new visa policy announced Monday was lauded by business and other groups. For U.S. citizens residing in China, the current one-year visa for business in China would be extended for as much as 10 years. The education visa would be extended as long as five years.
Chinese business investors and students would also benefit, enjoying longer visa extensions to reside in the United States, according to a White House statement. A senior administration official said Monday that it could lead to hundreds of thousands of jobs being created in the United States, many of them in tourism. Some 100 million Chinese traveled worldwide last year, but only 1.8 million came to the United States” (Leavenworth 1).
From an approximate number of students enrolled in the Miami University, where “based on Fall 2013 enrollment, 15,460 undergraduates and 2,260 graduate students study on the Oxford campus” (Miami University 1), the Chinese students represent about 1% of the student population. As such, membership to the CSSFA is about 150 to date. The reactions to the new visa policy were relayed diverse. Most of the members of the CSSFA expressed optimism that the new visa policy would create increased benefits in terms of access to greater potentials to learn more about American culture, including its language, way of life, and possibly pursuing higher