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Autumn Festival at Jordan Park, Sept. 27

Cultural opportunity: 2014 Double Tenth National Day Celebration.

Hosted by: Chinese Cultural Center Association, Chinese Society of Utah (Taiwan), Salt Lake Bing Kong Tong

When: Saturday, September 27, 11:30 a.m. (flag ceremony begins at noon).

Where: International Peace Garden/Large East Pavilion, Jordan Park (1060 South 900 West)

Lunch and drinks will be served.

誠摯的邀請您, 9月2 7日雙十升旗典禮暨中秋節聚餐 中華文化中心, 猶他州中華聯誼會(http://www.utahchinesesociety.com)及所叻秉 公堂聯合主辦慶祝民國103年雙十國慶升旗典禮暨中秋節聚餐。 9月27日( 星期 六)中午十二時, 於和平公園International Peace Garden/Large East Pavilion, Jordan Park (1060 South 900 West)舉行。駐舊金山經辦處傅處長伉儷及林組長將蒞臨主持, 屆時並提供領務收件服務(駐舊金山台北經濟文化辦事處領務新聞稿如下)。 中華文化中心, 猶他州中華聯誼會及所叻秉公堂將免費提供午餐便當及飲料。 午餐及月餅餐劵將於當日升旗典禮前,11:30am — 12:00pm 於和平公園內發贈。 敬請報名以備足食物。歡迎大家踴躍報名參加 ! 801-872-3538, contact@utahchinesesociety.com 本處訂於2 0 1 4年9月27日(星期六)派員至鹽湖城辦理領務收件服務(稿) 張貼日期:2014/9/6 為加強服務猶他地區僑胞,中華民國駐舊金山台北經濟文化辦事處訂於本 ( 103) 年9月27日( 星期六) 派員前往鹽湖城辦理領務收件服務, 收件時 間及地點如下:下午1時整至下午2時30分在鹽湖城國際和平公園(1060 South 900 West Salt Lake City, UT 84104, United States )。 當日領務收件服務項目包括:申請中華民國護照、申請中華民國簽證、辦 理授權書及各項文件驗證。現場僅辦理收件, 辦事處製作完成後再郵寄回 申請人, 請自備6美元或9美元( 護照專用) 郵票之回郵信封並填妥地址。 為避免僑胞所需文件或證件不全而無法辦理,辦事處特別提醒申請人預先 準備好下列各項證件及資料: 一、如要換發中華民國護照, 費用45美元, 請準備兩張照片( 2×2、正面、白底、彩色五官清晰、六個月內拍攝)及舊 護照( 役齡男子必須提供役畢或免役證明,未服役男子須提供在學證明), 如舊護照上無身分證字號, 請申請人另備妥中華民國身分證或戶籍謄本 ( 影本亦可) ,如申請人持有美國護照或綠卡,亦請攜帶正本及影本( 影 本留本處存查) 。二、申請中華民國簽證者, 請先上領務局網站 https://visa weba pp. boca . gov. tw/BOCA_MRVWe b/subr oot/MRVWe b0_f orm.jsp填 寫申請表,費用160美元。請攜帶中華民國護照正本及影本( 影本留本處存 查),未成年之國人子女申請簽證,請另提供出生證明及父或母中華民國 護照正本及影本( 影本留本處存查) 。三、辦理授權書者請本人親自前來 辦理, 費用每份15美元, 請備妥有效中華民國護照正本及影本( 影本留本 處存查) 。四、辦理各項文件驗證者, 英文原件驗證費用每份15美元、中 譯本每份15美元(先需經轄區公證人公證), 請申請人備妥文件正本及有效 之中華民國護照正本及影本( 影本留本處存查),欲驗證之文件請另準備 一份影本留本處存查。 倘僑胞對領務收件應備文件及應付費用有任何疑問, 可上辦事處網站 http://www.r oc- ta iwa n. or g/us/sf o查詢並下載所需表格, 或事先向辦事處詢問相關 資訊( T EL :41 5- 362- 7681分機125) 。

Wanted: Utah families to host dinner for Chinese teachers

Next year’s crop of Mandarin teachers arrives from China this week. As part of their orientation, the University of Utah’s Confucius Institute takes them on a tour of Salt Lake – our tourist attractions and cultural sites.
Last year, parents helped out by having two to three teachers over for Sunday dinner.
It was a big hit because it gave teachers a chance to experience our culture – talk to the kids and learn about their hobbies and interests, enjoy some home-cooked food and ask questions about our world.
If you’re interested in volunteering this year – 5 p.m. Sunday Aug 3 – reply to Eric Chipman ASAP.
Eric Chipman 麦旭丰
     Associate Director & K-12 Specialist
     University of Utah Confucius Institute
     犹他大学孔子学院
       Office: 801-585-0988
       Cell: 801-879-1176

Chinese newspaper praises Utah lawmaker, architect of dual immersion

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China Daily credits Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Sandy, for revamping Utah’s education system by sponsoring legislation to create the nation’s first state-sponsored dual immersion language program.

And…”It all began with a trip to China in 2006,” says the newspaper. Today 13,000 Utah students speak Mandarin, the highest ratio in the US, the June 27 article says:

“And the person who made that trip and then changed education profoundly in Utah and potentially in the United States is Howard Stephenson, a Utah state Senator since 1992.

‘I was stunned by the higher knowledge level of the Chinese high school and college students during my conversations with them. Their dream for better life, their drive and ambition, their depth of world knowledge gave me such an impression that as a state senator, I was deeply concerned about our education system after I talked to them,’ said Stephenson in a recent interview with China Daily.

‘Our (American) children would never grow up and become world leaders if we do not take initiative to learn other languages and cultures immediately, especially Chinese language; and we as a country would not sustain our world leader position if our next generation does not step up.'”

You can find the full version of the article, here.

 

 

Another Utah-China connection

Utah has more public school-based Mandarin immersion programs than any other state. We are the hometown of Jon Huntsman, former US Ambassador to China, Utah Governor and presidential candidate (also the father of an adopted Chinese girl).

And now this: Which is the most common country of origin for Utah immigrants, besides Mexico? You guessed it. China, according to this map drawn up by Slate using Homeland Security data.

Looking for Chinese summer camps in Utah County?  

Nathan Abbott (aka “Mr. Ou”), the fabulous first grade teacher at Cascade Elementary, will be sponsoring Chinese summer camps via his Lotus Academy and also adult learning opportunities. The website with more information is http://mylotusacademy.yolasite.com.

Amanda Conklin (“Su Ma ma”) has been doing a really great book club for students at Wasatch Elementary. She will be doing summer day camps, story times and book clubs. For more information, email amandasuconklin@yahoo.com.

A new startup company called Cube Incubators (https://cubeincubators.com/passport/#passport) is sponsoring learning opportunities starting at the end of June. Their program welcomes your children to come to their learning center and connect with children in China via interactive online games.

The Confucius Institute is also going to sponsor a summer camp that (from what I hear) will be somewhat similar to StarTalk has been in the past. Includes language instruction and other activities. Registration for the UVU sessions has not opened yet, but you can see information here: https://continue.utah.edu/youth/chinese_immersion_camp.

An organization called “Global Partners in Education” is bringing about 40 elementary school students from China to America during July 21-31. They will meet daily at Cascade Elementary and receive instruction (in English) on science and mathematics topics. The class will be open to all English-speaking students and there will be different sessions available (9-12 or 1-4, each costing $120). Mary Ann O’Brien at maryannobrien@yahoo.com could answer registration questions.

If you hear of other organized summer camps, please let me know and I will post them on our website (https://utahimmersioncouncil.org/).

 

A-list parents pay big $ to have kids learn Mandarin

Surprise! Demand for Mandarin language programs is growing, according to Reuters. Some parents don’t have access to public programs and are having to shell out thousands to send their kids to international schools and bilingual summer camps.

If you have deep pockets, you might be interested in the story, which lists some of the multiplying pay-to-play learning opportunities. An excerpt:

“(Reuters) – If famed investor Jim Rogers is known for one trait above all, it is for spotting themes early — and betting on them big. So when the co-founder of The Quantum Fund (with George Soros) and author of “Adventure Capitalist” became a father, he naturally thought of how best to give his daughters an advantage.

His answer: Have them learn Mandarin.

“I am spending a lot of time, money and energy to be sure my kids do it,” Rogers told Reuters.

Indeed. Instead of just hiring a Mandarin-speaking nanny or having his daughters take a language class or two per week, the Rogers family packed up their belongings and moved across the world to Singapore.”

Host an exchange student from China this summer

A group of Chinese teens, between the ages of 13-15, is coming to Utah to live with American families this summer. Compass USA is looking for families willing to hose one to two children from July 8-21st.

Hosting is fun and a great way to learn about another culture and language, say Compass USA, which sponsors the exchange. Students will be involved in a school program in the Draper area four days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The rest of the time students will join your family in your regular activities meals.

For more information, contact Wendy Hadden at wendy@hadden3.com

 

 

Don’t be this parent

Hope this tickles your funny bone. But it’s a humorous way to edge into a serious topic – bad blood sewn by those who treat immersion programs like an exclusive club.

Those who follow this blog have read about the rift at Lake Forest Elementary, an immersion school in the suburbs of Chicago. In Utah we’ve avoided this level of controversy, but it’s a nice reminder to be good stewards for our program, to be inclusive and to be thankful for the educational opportunities we’ve been given.

Our mantra for the week!

感谢 (gratitude)

公差 (tolerance)

开放胸襟 (open mindedness)

礼貌 (civility)

慷慨 (generosity)

 

 

Teacher training opportunity in Utah

The Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah is proud to present the 2014 Gateway to Learning Educator Workshops. These weeklong summer workshops allow teachers throughout Utah to attend professional development classes taught by distinguished humanities professors and earn graduate university credit, all at a minimal cost. This summer we will offer seven workshops covering a variety of topics (please see link below to brochure for complete information). Registration for the workshops will begin on April 1, 2014 at noon through the Tanner Center’s website: www.thc.utah.edu.

This year’s program includes a workshop titled “Survey of Ancient Chinese Civilization,” which will will offer a broad survey of ancient Chinese civilization by examining texts from philosophy, history, literature, and art. If possible, could you please share this information with Mandarin Dual Language Immersion teachers? Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like any additional information.

2014 Gateway to Learning Workshops Brochure

For more information, contact:

Josh Elstein
Programming and Marketing
Tanner Humanities Center
University of Utah
(801) 585-9341
Josh.elstein@utah.edu