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Chinese culture comes to Cuthbertson

Yuehong Li helps instruct a student on the art of writing the Chinese language during Discover China held at Cuthbertson High School in Waxhaw.

It was a night of chopsticks, tai chi and pork dumplings for Cuthbertson High. The school opened its doors Monday (April 26, 2010) for “Discover China,” a three-hour program about Chinese culture to promote globalization.
The school received grant funding for the program, partially sponsored by the Confucius Institute.
The event, sponsored by the Asia Society, Hanban, the Confucius Institute and Union County Public Schools, offered an opportunity for participants to witness Chinese culture through cultural performances, hands-on crafts, cooking demos and mini lectures.
It included art displays, dance demonstrations and lectures about Chinese history, schools and language. Yuehong Li helped instruct students on the art of writing the Chinese language, while Yihui Yao demonstrated Taichi.
Attendees participated in various workshops for storytelling, cooking, calligraphy, martial arts and paper cutting.
“This is brand new in the county,” said Donna Podgorny, the UCPS Second Language Curriculum Coordinator. “I’m happy that we’ve made this connection with the community. I’m also really happy we’ve made this connection with community resources like the Confucius Institute. It’s also nice to help our Chinese teachers feel comfortable in an environment like this offered in American schools.”

Six UCPS schools worked on the project, all schools that offer Chinese: Cuthbertson, Monroe and Weddington Middle Schools, and Weddington, Marvin Ridge and Cuthbertson High Schools.

--Reprinted with permission from the Enquirer Journal. Additional comments provided by the Union County Communications Office.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe
Posted: May 07, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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