“VOA (Voice of America), an ideological product designed for countries with which the US has little communication and interaction, no longer makes much sense in China. The US taxpayers’ money should not be wasted. It would be better used in other ways, such as sending more US students to China. The same is true for the UK now the BBC World Service has announced it will end several of its foreign language broadcasts, including those in Chinese. VOA’s bias is obvious. The US Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948, better known as the Smith-Mundt Act, forbids VOA to broadcast directly to US citizens. The legislation, an attempt to protect the American public from propaganda actions by its own government, speaks much of VOA’s credibility (Chinadaily.com.cn 22 February 2011).” The People’s Daily seems to welcome the news from the US regarding VOA. By October 2011, VOA’s parent company, the US Broadcasting Board of Governors, decided to end of VOA due to budget (annual $8 million) shortage. But, VOA will only concentrate on internet service. VOA was founded in 1942 under the Office of War Information and had heyday during the Cold War era under the State Department. The end of broadcasting both VOA and BBC come no surprise to anyone because they are products from the Cold War, which ended more than 20 years ago. Today, the Chinese government is promoting China’s image by themselves (see my blog “Beijing Learning from the West”).
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.