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Sophie Anderson, a junior at Gig Harbor High School near Seattle, was initially frustrated when she spent five weeks in Beijing this summer. However, a strong friendship with her language partner helped change her perspective.
Chinese American International School in San Francisco has a commitment to providing its students diverse learning experiences in China. The school organizes trips for its students to Taipei, Beijing, and Qinghai over three years.
The 2015 China Studies Seminar focused on the theme of "Silk Road Connects the World." Participants learn how to incorporate China into existing curriculum in an engaging way. Collaborative unit plans can also be downloaded here.
Deep learning experiences are only possible in the context of relationships that go beyond superficial politeness and touch on real emotions, and the best way to get to this deeper level of relationship is through extended homestays.
Judy Fordjuoh, a senior at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in Brooklyn, continues to study Chinese because she finds it “interesting to talk to people that we think are completely different from us – in another language.”
Strawn Dixon, a senior at Lake Forest High School in Illinois (a member of the Asia Society Confucius Classrooms Network), shares his experience of producing short films of cross-cultural understanding.