2014 National Chinese Language Conference

Building Capacity, Coast to Coast

Asia Society and the College Board were very proud to present the seventh annual National Chinese Language Conference May 8–10, 2014. NCLC14 welcomed more than 1,200 educators and policymakers in Los Angeles; featured 200+ speakers in 70+ breakout sessions; extended workshops on critical areas like immersion and partnerships; and targeted visits to innovative language programs at five schools in the L.A. area, thanks to participating schools and the Confucius Institute at UCLA.

This year’s plenary sessions kicked off with a keynote from Australia's former prime minister Kevin Rudd, a mesmerizing performance by Abigail Washburn, and throughout the three days featured students from elementary school to recent university graduates, with a focus on Chinese in the performing arts and a variety of immersive experiences in China. (Photos by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging – see full set here.)

Video Highlights

The History of the Banjo (Excerpt)
Abigail Washburn puts the history of the banjo in America to song at Asia Society's seventh annual National Chinese Language Conference.
The People-to-People Exchange Experience
 /  New York
Dynamic American youth speak about their variety of immersive educational experiences in China.
China on Screen: (Mis)Perceptions, Large and Small
Jonathan Landreth, Kenneth Lin, and Janet Yang discuss how filmed entertainment can be a tool for cross-cultural understanding.
The Art of Bringing Chinese Literature to the World
 /  New York
Panelists at Asia Society's 2014 National Chinese Language Conference discuss the challenges of recreating an unfamiliar culture in English.
Building U.S.-China Relations with a Banjo
 /  New York
Abigail Washburn sings and strums her way through a multimedia presentation of her musical collaborations with China and her love for American and Chinese folk music traditions.
China and California: A Blueprint for Sino-American Partnership
Panelists representing California business, academia, art, and policy have a lively conversation about their roles in strengthening the fabric of U.S.–China relations.
Kevin Rudd: Learning Chinese Is a 'Doorway to Understanding'
Australia's former Prime Minister, fluent in Mandarin, kicks off Asia Society's 2014 National Chinese Language Conference.

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