By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

The hallways of the student union and other spaces at Minnetonka High School were recently transformed with hanging red lanterns and other decorations so that there was a festive mood to help the community celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditional activities that focused on history and culture.

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By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

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An inaugural Chinese New Year celebration was held at Chanhassen High School located in the southwest suburb of Minneapolis that was hosted by School District 112 and organized by the Minnesota International Chinese School (MICS). The goal of this event was to bring the Chinese community together and let the children have fun thus the emphasis was on a dragon carnival that featured such diverse activities as sand art, ping pong, face painting, fortune telling, and even free legal, cosmetic and health consultation for the adults. Over 30 different organizations participated.

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By Jodi Yim James, Staff Writer

Linda Chang teaches Mandarin Chinese at Irondale High School and at Mounds View High School for Mounds View School District. This past year she has been the Vice President of the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC). MCTLC is the professional organization for all foreign language teachers in the State of Minnesota. Linda Chang, through her professional involvements, has quickly risen to serve in a leadership position among language teachers in Minnesota. Although there are traditionally numerous Spanish, French, and German teachers who serve on the Board of MCTLC, Chang is one of the few Chinese teachers who have served on this board. She is truly a leader in her field.

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By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

The long flight originating in Shanghai to Minneapolis-St. Paul didn’t dampen the spirits of nine students along with a Vice Principal and two teachers from Loudi No. 1 Middle School as they were enthusiastically greeted at the airport by a welcoming committee lead by their host families.

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By Loretta Minet, Asian Media Access

Asian Media Access had the opportunity to visit and get to know nine students visiting from Hunan China and three teachers. AMA youth sat down with the students to find out about the youths lives in China and the students got to learn a little bit about being a teen in America. Despite some language barriers, everyone was able to communicate with each other.

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Loudi student: Li Yang

Interviewer: Fartun Abukar

Li Yang was born in May 24, 1994. She is 16 years old. Her American name is Betty. She is the only child in her family and she feels special about that because her parents can put their full love on her. Sometimes she feels like she needs a brother but Li Yang says, “it’s OK”.  She has been in the United States for three days only. Her school gave her and other Chinese students the opportunity to come to America. It is an Educational Exchange. They are going to be in the United States for only 15 days. After that they will go back to China. After nine days in Minnesota, they are going to New York, Washington and Boston. They are nine students and three teachers. 

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By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer
 
The 10-month odyssey of Jinxi Han, a young female exchange student from Shandong Province, China, just ended as she returns home to be reunited with her family.  It will resume when she returns again later this summer to begin her college phase.

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At their Chinese New Year celebration, Yinghua Academy announced the establishment of a sister school relationship, with Number Eight Middle School in Hohot, Inner Mongolia, China. The theme of the celebration was New Home, Big Dreams. The festival included the celebration of Yinghua Academy’s new, larger location in Northeast Minneapolis, the first year of the new middle school program and the announcement of the sister school-relationship. The schools directors wore traditional Inner Mongolian costumes during the Chinese New Year that they brought back from their visit to Hohot #8.

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By Albert Leung, Staff Writer

Twin Cities high school senior Hailey Lee was recently named one this year’s top Minnesota journalism high school senior by the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Award. The award is sponsored by the Freedom Forum and annually recognizes the country’s top high school journalism seniors in each state.

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As part of the award, Lee will receive a US$1,000 college scholarship and will travel to Washington, D.C. to attend the journalism conference where she will compete with fellow award winners across the country for a US$50,000 college scholarship.

As a student at Edina High School, Lee, 18, devoted much time in honing her journalism skill by writing for numerous publications and organizations including her school’s newspaper Zephyrus, the Asian Pages, the newsletter for the anti-human trafficking organization Not For Sale and online magazine Jazmin.

“One of the most memorable stories I covered was an anti-human trafficking awareness event at Edina High School where I met and interviewed Richard Lui, CNN Headline News anchor and reporter, about his efforts in anti-human trafficking and spreading awareness,” Lee said.

As a faithful activist, Lee hopes to one day become an anchorwoman and work in investigative journalism much like her role models ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross and Richard Lui. Lee believes this will allow her to fuse both passions in activism and journalism.

“That is why I love journalism. I can utilize my writing to spread awareness about social issues that the public deserves to know about,” Lee said.

The aspiring journalist is still deciding which college to attend but plans to study journalism and international relations. Lee is also very interested in becoming involved in the international and political arena.

Besides her knack in journalism, Lee has also shown her talents in playwriting. She recently wrote and directed a play about human trafficking called Vanished, which debuted at the Edina Performing Arts Center in early March.

The 31st charter school to enter professional development and achievement-based pay system


Minnesota Commissioner of Education Alice Seagren announced [Dec. 7] that Yinghua Academy will implement Minnesota’s nation-leading Q Comp performance and professional pay program. The school will receive US$59,280 in total revenue for the 2009-10 school year for implementation.

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The Fifth Chinese Bridge: US High School Student Chinese Speech Contest gives students the opportunity to test their skills against the best high school Chinese language students in the United States. This contest, held on April 24, 2010, is open to non-heritage Mandarin speakers studying Chinese as a foreign language in an American Public or Private High School.  To apply for the 5th Annual Chinese Bridge: US High School Chinese Language Speech Contest, students must submit a speech of 3-5 minutes in Chinese based on the following theme: Learning Chinese Brings Me into the World Community 

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By Manlin Yu

web_manlin1How time flies. Our exchange group from Loudi [said] good bye to American friends very soon. Facing the vast grassland extending as far as the eye can see and elegantly winding road, a variety of sweet memories rush to my mind.

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Hopkins, working in collaboration with two other Minnesota school districts, received a major Foreign Language Assistance (FLAP) grant from the United States Department of Education. The five-year, US$1.4 million, FLAP grant will enable Hopkins to develop a well-articulated, kindergarten through 12th grade, Mandarin Chinese immersion program that has a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curricular focus.

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Wallin Scholar Jiake Chin with Tom Holman

Jiake Chen, a native of Shanghai, was among the 200 Wallin Scholarship Program scholars honored at the University of Minnesota Oct. 3.

Winston Wallin, former CEO of Medtronic and graduate of South High School in Minneapolis, and his wife, Maxine Houghton Wallin, instituted the Wallin Scholarship Program at South High in 1992.  The scholarship program was extended to all Minneapolis public high schools in 2000. In May 2007 the program included Anoka-Hennepin Public School students and in 2008 it expanded to St. Paul Public Schools as well as to seven high schools in the northern suburbs. That means that the program now serves students from the state's three largest school districts.

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