Great Cultural Opportunity for all kids, especially Mandarin DLI families!

We recently received this announcement from the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of Greater Salt Lake and would like to share it with you:

We are honored to have a group of orphans from Africa to come here to perform for free at Jordan High School in Sandy on 7/28.

The group will perform Chinese and African songs, dance, and Chinese martial arts

We need you or your PTA’s help to spread the word to your students and their families to come and watch this free performance to support these kids.

Here is a little background about this group:

These African orphans are sponsored and cared for by the Amitofo Charity Center, a Taiwanese charity in Africa.

The Amitofo Care Center (A.C.C.) (Amitofo Charity Center), which is comprised of an administration center, children’s dormitories, youth dormitories, preparatory school, kindergarten, library, activity center, medical center, vocational training center, religious center, CBO, etc. is founded and directed by Buddhist clergy from the East with an aspiration and mission to directly rear and care for orphans of Africa within the humanitarian and educational umbrella.

ACC’s compassionate and philanthropic foot-prints have been left not only in South Africa but also in Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Lilongwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Bloemfontein, etc. As well as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, and several United State countries. The total of orphans that ACC has adopted to date number around 8,000.

Heather Mangan

TCCGSL volunteer/director/treasurer

(801) 707-1219

Email: thmangan@hotmail.com

Please take the National Mandarin immersion parent survey

We invite you to take ten minutes to take the first-ever national survey of Mandarin immersion families. Our goal is to help programs nationwide better understand what parents want out of these programs and how they’re doing.

The link is:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QWQTTNV

So before you head off to summer fun, take a moment to think about how the year in your Mandarin immersion school has gone.

The survey is being conducted by a Ph.D. language researcher and a long-time Mandarin immersion parent and writer. We are:

Jeongwoon Kim, a Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow studying language acquisition at Kyunghee University, Korea. She earned her Ph.D. in Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University.

and

Elizabeth Weise, a parent of two children who’ve been in Mandarin immersion a total of 14 years now. She is the author of A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion and lives in San Francisco, California. She is also the creator of the
Mandarin Immersion Parents Council website at http://www.miparentscouncil.org.

Our goal is to gather information about why families choose Mandarin immersion and what their experiences are once their children are attending the program.

We’ll submit the resulting academic article to the Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association. Upon publication, we will also post a non-academic, parent-focused article in Weise’s blog.

There are just 35 questions. It takes between 5 – 10 minutes to complete.

We also ask that you please pass it along to other families you know who have students in Mandarin immersion, as well as families who have left Mandarin immersion programs. Ideally we’d like to have most of the programs in the country represented. If you’ve got a school or program list serve, please send it along!

Again, that link is:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QWQTTNV

Thank you!

Chinese Summer Camp Opportunities

Reminder for Chinese Summer Camp Registration & Information
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Hello Educators and Parents,

Just a reminder about this year’s Chinese dual immersion summer camp that is coming up in July for upcoming 2nd-8th graders. We are really excited about the themes and projects that are being planned currently for the camp this year. There will be an integration of cultural and language activities that will anticipate will be really fun and engaging for students and really get them excited for the upcoming school year. In addition, at the end of the summer camp, there will be a short presentation for parents to get a glimpse into their child’s proficiency and Chinese experience. We hope you all will be able to take advantage of this opportunity! This year’s camp will be held July 26-July 29, 2016. Registration and information can be found at the following link:

http://chinese.uofuyouth.com/
(If this link does not work for you, try typing the address into your search)

The camp will be held at four locations this year, that you will see on the registration page:
Section 001- Sandy site
Section 002- Bountiful site
Section 003- Orem site (Cascade elementary)
Section 004- U of U main campus site 

Please help us pass this registration information along to all teachers and parents.

We hope that you will all take advantage of this awesome opportunity to help your students/children continue learning beyond the school year. If you have any questions about the registration process or supplies needed at the summer camps, please contact University of Utah Youth Education at 801-581-6984. Thank you!

Best,

Shin Chi Fame Kao
K-12 Chinese Outreach Coordinator
Confucius Institute at the University of Utah
Office: (801) 585-0988
Email: shinchi.famekao@utah.edu

Awesome opportunity for a DI student from Utah

I received this information yesterday and thought it would be nice to spread the word:

I’m a casting director, doing a big nationwide search for a young Chinese girl 7-11 yrs old who can speak Mandarin (preferably fluently, but as long as she can speak some Mandarin comfortably, that’s what’s most important).  It’s for a Warner Bros. feature film called “Meg”, being directed by Jon Turtletaub, based on the sci-fi novel of the same name.

I was hoping you might be open to distributing this information to the parents of any girls that might fit this description, and if any of them are interested, they can get in touch with me directly.
We’re moving very quickly on this search, so any interested parents will need to email me ASAP.  They need to be available to shoot overseas mid-August through December.  Previous acting experience is ideal, but not required.  They should email me at this email address megmovie.casting@gmail.com and send a photo of their daughter, provide date of birth, where they live, and skill level of Mandarin.

I’ve attached the official breakdown release, in case you want additional info.
Thank you, in advance, for helping me get the word out!  I really appreciate it!

-Tineka

Tineka Becker
Casting Director
“Meg” casting | feature film

How Utah celebrates Chinese New Year

Thanks to the University of Utah’s Confucius Institute for providing this summary of Chinese New Year events:

  • Most immediately, on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 12:15 p.m. there will be a Chinese Cultural Celebration at the City Library in downtown Salt Lake (see details below).
  • On Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m. Cottonwood High School will host its annual Chinese New Year Cultural Performance.
  • As we mentioned before, Lehi High School’s popular and well-established celebration will be held at the school on Monday, Feb. 15th at 5 p.m. Admission is $2 per person.
  • And on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 4-7 p.m. Jordan High School will host a “Year of the Monkey” spring festival. Admission is $2 (see details below).

City Library in downtown Salt Lake

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Chinese New Year banquet, fundraiser

Salt Lake Chinese immersion families:

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Chinese New Year while supporting the Chinese Society of Utah (CSU).

CSU has been a big supporter of Utah’s immersion program. The nonprofit sponsors after-school programs and provides many of our classrooms with Mandarin-speaking volunteers. Each year, as part of its fundraising efforts, the organization hosts a banquet featuring cultural activities and a raffle. Children are welcome. It’s great food and great fun.
Time: February 6, 2016 <Saturday)
PM 5:30 minutes enrollment, 6 Dian seated.
Location: Rodizio Grill The Brazilian
Steakhouse @ Trolley Square
(600S. 700E., Salt Lake City)

Fee: $ 15 for members of a million, a $ 25 non-members, children 6 to 10 years old $ 5.

Please January 28, 2016 registration.    Gu Yong   Tel: 801 272 6821 , Hu Shu Yang: 801 916–3848.

Utah Chinese Association president Hu Shu Yang cum all members   yours truly2016 中華聯誼新年晩會通知

猶他州中華聯誼會(www.utahchinesesocity.com)將於201626日(星期六)舉辦新春晚宴。晚會除了有大獎的Smart TV之外還有很多禮品及現金可抽。

時間:201626日〈星期六)
下午530分報名,6奌入席。
地點:Rodizio Grill The Brazilian
Steakhouse@Trolley Square
600S. 700E. ,Salt Lake City

餐費:會員一$15元,非會員一$25元,610歲孩童$5元。

請於2016 1  28 日前報名。  顧鏞 電話:8012726821胡淑洋:8019163848

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Come celebrate ‘Year of the Monkey’ at Lehi High

Lehi High’s Chinese students are hosting their annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Monday, Feb. 15th at 5 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. From 5-6:45 p.m. there will be about 25 booths with Chinese cultural activities and crafts for kids of all ages, followed by a short program with a Lion Dance and Dragon Dance at 7 p.m. Restaurants will be on hand to sell food—cash only. New activities this year include: knot tying, jump rope, fan dance, button making and much more.

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