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With the increasing interaction between U.S. and China higher education systems, more Chinese higher education administrators are coming to the United States to learn from U.S. higher education institutions.

By Heidi Chun

The United States government recognizes Mandarin Chinese as a “critical language” for the 21st century. However, many people are left wondering how the U.S. government’s interest in U.S.-China relations translates into scholarships and intensive language study options for American students. Highlighted below are Mandarin language and culture immersion options made possible by the U.S. government’s National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), the Language Flagship program, and the Chinese and Taiwanese governments.

By Ben Hayes

Before going to China, I had been studying Mandarin Chinese for two and a half years at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.  I would not have been at Trinity, studying something that I had come to enjoy, without my parents’ foresight in making me take Chinese in high school.  In high school I saw my studies as a nuisance which garnered an intense dislike of the language, except I was good at it.  In my senior year of high school, I stopped taking Chinese.  The break from learning made me realize that Chinese was, in fact, something that I enjoyed and something that I wanted to continue studying at a higher level. 

By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer 

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Host families greet visitors from Loudi at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

In spite of concerns about the H1N1 flu, 16 students from Loudi No. 1 Middle School, Hunan PRC along with their principal and two other adult chaperones were greeted by their host families at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on the evening of July 16, 2009. Although the 11-day visit started off with a delayed flight from Chicago, this did not deter them from embarking on a trip they have been vying for with hundreds of other students during the past year.

By Jane Kuhn and Rick Benesh

The opportunity to host two Chinese students was an unforgettable experience.  When Rick and I volunteered for this chance, we really didn’t know what to expect or what we could give to these teenagers.  Looking back at it, we truly received more than we gave, learning about their culture, enjoying new experiences together, and having a lot of laughs.

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CHINAINSIGHT (CI) is published monthly ((except July/August and November/December are combined) by China Insight, Inc., an independent, privately owned company started in 2001 and headquartered in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

CHINAINSIGHT is the only English-language American newspaper to focus exclusively on connections between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Our goal is to develop a mutual understanding of each other’s cultures and business environments and to foster U.S.-China cultural and business harmony.