During the summer, 26 students from high schools throughout the Puget Sound region spent two weeks in Chinese Bridge Summer Camp in Beijing and Changsha. These students shared their experiences during a program at the Seattle Chinese Garden. Additionally, they announced new initiatives they are organizing to promote Chinese language learning.
Andrea Liu, a senior at Skyling High School, spearheaded a new student-run nonprofit group, Washington Association for Chinese Education (waceducation.weebly.com). The first initiative challenges middle and high school students to submit online written or video entries explaining in English why it’s important to learn Chinese.
Rosalynn Emberton and Johnny Xu, students at Newport High School in Bellevue, are organizing a coalition of local high school students who are sponsoring Chinese cultural and educational activities. (end)