The American Experience Initiative (AEI), sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation, is a multi-platform collaborative model for cross-cultural education and engagement between American and Chinese universities. This ambitious initiative is led by Arizona State University, but combines the resources and intellect of scholars from across the globe. It is inherently interdisciplinary, bringing together the perspectives of different forms of academic inquiry. It blends the advantages of face-to-face collaboration with the broad reach provided by internet technology. It is global in its fundamental nature, encouraging Chinese students and faculty to appreciate the culture of the United States in its many nuances, but also to help Americans understand China better.