By Yongling Zhang-Gorke, contributor

During the past several years, we have witnessed the growth of Chinese programs in K-12 schools in Minnesota, especially those in the 12 affiliated Confucius Classrooms. As schools grow their Chinese program, so does the need for establishing stronger connections with Chinese schools and obtaining deeper understanding of the Chinese education system. The need is reflected in the following three areas: 

1) Partner with a sister school in China for concrete activities such as exchange of students and teachers

2) Get knowledge about the latest trend in curriculum reform in China, especially on core subjects of Chinese language, math, and science, which have implications for Mandarin immersion programs

3) Understand and compare teacher development in both U.S. and China to better support in-service development for the Chinese language teachers in the U.S.

By Jodi Yim James, Staff Writer

The Chinese character 福fú means Good Fortune or Blessings. 福fú is one of the most popular Chinese characters and it is used to decorate everywhere during the celebration of the Chinese New Year. 福fú is also commonly posted artistically on a permanent plaque or framed painting inside homes with the intended message of "Blessings" or "Bless This House."

By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

A ten member delegation from the city of Loudi (metropolitan area and its affiliated counties/cities/district) in Hunan Province, China recently paid a visit to Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The delegation was led by Yan Fuchu, Vice Mayor of Loudi Municipal Government in charge of Education, Health and Science for the city of Loudi, principals of several schools in Loudi along with education officials from Liangyuan, Lengshuijiang, Xinaghua and Shuangfeng County under Loudi.

The University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education presents Beyond the Great Wall: The Unknown Side of China on July 18. This one-day course will go beyond the familiar image of China represented by the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square and examine lesser known aspects of Chinese culture, society, and economics.

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A whirlwind visit was made to Minnesota by an education delegation from Hunan University of Humanities, Science and Technology (HUHST) and Huaihua University (HU) both located in Hunan Province, situated in the central part of the People’s Republic of China. This delegation included Mr. Heyun Liu, Vice President, HUHST; Mr. Yangxi Peng, Director of Academic Affairs, HUHST; Mrs. Ling Zhang, Vice President, HU (formerly Director of Foreign Affairs at HUHST); Mr. Jianmin Peng, Dean of Physical Education Department, HUHST; and Mr. Jiaqi LI, Dean of Chemistry Science Department, HUHST.

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