This is a monthly newsletter from Asia Society Center for Global Education dedicated to Chinese language and culture programs in schools.

February 2016

In this Issue
Wu Man Reflects on
   Playing the Pipa
Congratulations to Pingry
   School Students
CELIN Connection
Online Resources
News and Opportunities Analyses, how-tos, lesson plans, and much more.
Wu Man with her pipa (Stephen Kahn)
Wu Man with her pipa (Stephen Kahn)

Bridging Cultures through Music: Wu Man Reflects on Playing the Pipa

Wu Man, one of the world's premier pipa virtuosos and a leading ambassador of Chinese music, will be the featured performer at the 2016 National Chinese Language Conference in Chicago, the theme of which is "Cultural Ambassadorship." We chatted with Wu Man about learning her craft in China during the Cultural Revolution, and how she has applied music as "the universal language," including as an instrumentalist for Kung Fu Panda 3. Read the interview and join Wu Man at the opening ceremony of the 2016 National Chinese Language Conference, which will take place from April 28–30 in Chicago. Register Now!

Students Recognized for Bringing Chinese Language and Culture to Communities Local and Global

This month, we would like to congratulate two seniors from Pingry School, a member of the Asia Society Confucius Classrooms Network. Jackson Artis, already a 100,000 Strong Student Ambassador, recently won a competition for the opportunity to film with Jessica Beinecke, 白洁, the founder and host of Crazy Fresh Chinese, a video series that teaches Chinese slang to American students. Hannah Curtis was selected as a 100,000 Strong Student Ambassador. She will teach fellow fifth graders about Chinese inventions, and she will also teach Chinese dance in her community.

Hear what each of them has to say about these exciting opportunities:

Jackson Artis: Jackson Artis"I'm ecstatic to work with Ms. Beinecke. She is a driven and enthusiastic businesswoman from whom I know I can learn a great deal. I look forward to learning how to create an outlet for my energy and love of the language that is able to both teach those around me and allow me to indulge in my enjoyment of Mandarin."

HannaHannah in Beijing with her tour guide / translator, and a woman who taught Hannah calligraphy. (Photo courtesy of Hannah Curtis)h Curtis: "I'm excited for the challenge, excited to spread awareness of Mandarin, and thankful to the Pingry School Chinese Department for the opportunity."

We wish Jackson and Hannah the best of luck in their new endeavors!

CELIN Connection

ISTP's teachers help students to become self-directed learners.As we celebrate Chinese New Year and enter the Year of the Monkey, we are happy to present the profile of the International School of the Peninsula (ISTP), an independent school in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California. ISTP offers rigorous, dynamic bilingual programs in Mandarin Chinese and French to students from preschool through grade 8 and, in 2016, celebrates 20 years of Chinese classes.ISTP strives to develop students who are "Curious, Creative, Collaborative, Confident, and Independent."

In 2015, ISTP received a seven-year accreditation from CAIS, citing the school's "union between rigorous academics, collaboration, concepts, knowledge, and creativity; talented, highly qualified teachers who inspire students; and reflective, collaborative, and forward-thinking" orientation and culture.

Are you planning to attend the NABE (National Association for Bilingual Education) Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, March 2–5? Shuhan Wang and Joy Peyton will hold a CELIN workshop Saturday, March 5, 1:40–4:00 PM: "Developing Students' Biliteracy and Global Competency in Chinese and English: How Do We Do It?" It would be wonderful to see some of you there! Have you updated your information or documented your Chinese language program in the CELIN program directory? If you would prefer, you can give us just your program name and contact information, and we will follow up with you. We rely on you and your colleagues to enrich the directory.

CELIN is the Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network under China Learning Initiatives.

Online Resources

Early this February, many people around the world celebrated the Lunar New Year. We wish everyone good health and prosperity in the new year. Enjoy the following relevant resources on Lunar New Year celebrations and about China, and be sure to share them with your students!

What happens to big cities like Beijing and Shanghai during the Chinese New Year? Watch this video and the accompanying blog post to learn what the massive migration that occurs during the Chinese Spring Festival is all about.

Scenes from 21st-Century China: A picture is worth a thousand words. The Atlantic published a collection of photos that tells the story of people and places across China captured over the past few months. Please note that photo #9 tells the story of massive migration during this year's Spring Festival. See the whole collection online.

Chinese New Year Celebrated Around the World: This month, many around the world celebrated the Lunar New Year in interesting yet different ways reflective of diverse regions and cultures that celebrated this festival. Even people in southern China and northern China differ in their ways of festivity. Read how people in different regions add their own flavors to this holiday.

News and Opportunities from the Field
Register now for NCLC 2016! Chicago, IL | April 28-30, 2016Registration for the 2016 National Chinese Language Conference Now Open: Register now for the 2016 NCLC, to take place in Chicago, Illinois, on April 28–30. Learn more and register for the 9th annual NCLC today!

Learn How to Integrate Chinese as a Key Element of Global School Design Model at the 2016 NCLC: Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network (ISSN) partners with districts and schools to help students become global leaders through language acquisition and the development of global competence. We invite principals, district administrators, and teachers to learn about opportunities to engage with this national network. Chris Livaccari, Former Director and Senior Advisor to China Learning Initiatives, will lead a presentation on how to enhance your Chinese language program through a school model that prepares students as global leaders. For more information, please email Kate Farmer at

CARLA Summer Institute 2016: This internationally known program reflects CARLA's commitment to link research and theory with practical applications for the classroom. Each institute is highly interactive and includes discussion, theory-building, hands-on activities, and networking opportunities. Registration is now open. Learn more. (CARLA is the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota)

China Learning Initiatives Team
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