Education Week Special | BYU Studies

Education Week Special

Volume 55:3 (2016)
August 23, 2018
Education Week Special
John Hilton III -- Class Thursday
Author BYU Studies Staff,

John Hilton III will present on his article "This Is Very Historic": The Young Ambassadors 1979 Tour of China.

In 1979, diplomatic relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China were reestablished. Because of counsel from President Spencer Kimball, leaders at Brigham Young University were already considering that a performing group might tour China. This article tells the story of putting the tour into place and the events of the tour itself. Twenty students, Elder James E. Faust, Sister Ruth Faust, and four leaders made the trip in July 1979. Their performances were well received, and the tour opened up regular invitations for BYU groups to tour China in succeeding years. Chinese television aired later performances, leading to BYU becoming well known among Chinese people.

The class will be on Thursday, 9:50 to 10:45 a.m., 377 Clyde Building (CB). If you're not at Education Week, you can read along with us!