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Jen Lin's High School Novice Chinese Class in Connecticut

Meet Jen Lin, a Chinese language teacher at a Connecticut high school, as she teaches her students how to order food in Mandarin. more
 Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, Shibuya, Japan (IQRemix/Flickr)
New Ways of Seeing: How Multilingualism Opens Our Eyes and Trains Our Minds for a Complex World
In a new Asia Society publication, Chris Livaccari explores how multilingualism is a key aspect of life for most people in the world—and has been throughout history—and is a rich source of engagement, playfulness, and joy. more
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New Ways of Seeing: Seeing with "Other Eyes"
Those who speak (and think in) different languages also organize knowledge and understanding in different ways, and these different modes of organization help us to think more flexibly and to see issues from different perspectives. more
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New Ways of Seeing: Language Appreciation
When encountering a new language for the first time, it’s important to grasp the unique patterns and contours of the language—to hear its music. more
 Chris, pictured above with students, in his current role as Chinese program director and elementary school principal at International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto, CA.
New Ways of Seeing: Preface
A new publication by Chris Livaccari that makes an eloquent case for language learning as a means to enhance and deepen students’ capacity for processing information and analyzing the shape of the world. more
New Ways of Seeing: Foreword
Foreword by Milton Chen, senior fellow at The George Lucas Educational Foundation, chairman of the Panasonic Foundation, and a frequent speaker on educational innovation. more
Scene from a 1982 Asia Society documentary series on Japanese sixth graders. (Asia Society)
From Offering a 'Deeper Understanding' of Asia to Leading the Push for 'Global Competence'
60 years of Asia Society education work culminate in launch of Center for Global Education. more

Defining Global Competence

Watch a short overview of Asia Society's definition of global competence. more

Preparing Students for the World

Watch how Fort Vancouver High School partnered with Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network to prepare all of their students to graduate globally competent and prepared for the future. more
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The Future Speaks Chinese
"Language is a currency for trust, and respect; it provides bricks and mortar for building an ability to explore the beauty of diverse cultures, traditions, and historical perspectives." more