The 3rd annual Chinese Cultural Festival, organized by the Confucius Institute in Chicago (CIC) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS), took place at Whitney Young Magnet High School from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, Sept. 24. More than two thousand CPS students, their siblings and parents, and members from the public attended the festival.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Pin Ni, President of Wangxiang American Corporation, signed a new agreement on Aug. 3 that will extend the partnership between the City of Chicago and Wanxiang to support “Study Abroad” program in China for students at Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
Twenty-four CPS high school students traveled to China this summer. They attended a four-week intensive Chinese immersion program at the Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic (WXP), a trade college in Hangzhou, China. The program is part of the President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative and is funded by the generous support from the Wanxiang American Corp in Chicago and the Wanxiang Group in Hangzhou.
This is the fifth year that Wanxiang supported the program.
The City of Chicago featured many activities in the celebration of the Asian and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month in May. CIC and CPS students took pride in staging performances to celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans at the Daley Plaza on May 18.
This year’s Asian Festival was co-hosted by the local Chinese community and the Pakistani community. CIC & CPS students in the Chinese World Language Program were invited to present a number of performances showing Chinese culture.
The ninth annual National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) was held in Chicago in late April and attended by 1,600 educators from across the U.S. and abroad. The conference was organized by Asia Society and College Board, in collaboration with Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban).