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Embedding cultural lessons in language immersion programs


Utah is not a big destination for Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants – at least, not on the scale of coastal cities like San Francisco or New York.

Exposing our children to different cultures – one of the reasons many parents enroll their children in language immersion programs – takes a little extra effort and creativity.

Culture is embedded in our language, which is why it’s an important supplement to language education. It enriches the learning experience and gives language learners greater depth of knowledge. Someone can describe a tree to you, but until you touch one, drink in its scent or stand beneath the cool shade of its leaves, how well do you know a tree?

It is with this understanding that parents and teachers at Ridgecrest Elementary in Cottonwood Heights, UT arranged two Chinese New Year celebrations: a musical performance put on by the students and a school-wide assembly featuring a professional lion dance.

The lion dance was sponsored by the Chinese Society of Utah. Parents and teachers donated money and time to make costumes and treats. Students spent countless hours rehearsing their songs. It was a wonderful example of a community coming together to support its children and advance education.


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It’s the year of the horse, an animal that “symbolizes strength, energy and open-mindedness, according to sponsors of a celebratory event at The City Library.

The event is free and open to the public and will feature a traditional Chinese lion dance, music, children’s activities – even a magic show. Jointly hosted by the Chinese Association for Science and Technology in Utah and the City Library, the event is partially underwritten by the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah. The lion dance will start Feb. 1 at 1:45 p.m. in the Urban Room, with additional cultural activities continuing at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium. An exhibit of Chinese Calligraphy will be on display in the Lower Urban Room from Jan 27–Feb 1.

Chinese New Year events in Utah

For the Chinese, ushering in the New Year is the biggest celebration of the year – 2014 is the year of the horse. And preparations are underway for Utah’s largest Chinese New Year event at Cottonwood High School.

The 2014 event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Cottonwood High School (5715 South 1300 East, Murray, UT 84121). It’s free and will feature dancing, singing, martial arts, magic shows, musical performances, etc. For more information visit: http://www.utahchinese.org/default.htm.

Other events:

It’s not tied to the New year, but as part of its new bilingual mission, Southern Utah’s Washington County School District is ramping up efforts to organize cultural events and activities.

Following you’ll find information about a free dinner and movie sponsored by the district’s Confucius Institute and a great introductory course for parents of Mandarin learners.

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Community Chinese Class Jan 2014

Weber State celebrates Year of the Snake

OGDEN, Utah – The Weber State University Chinese Club invites the community to join in its biggest celebration of the year — Chinese New Year, Feb. 15 in the Shepherd Union beginning at 6 p.m.
This is the fourth year the Chinese club has hosted the event and members expect as many as 1,000 people to enjoy the free festivities and food.

“It is a fun event for the community to come and learn about Chinese culture and celebrate the New Year,” said Amanda Truong, WSU Chinese club president. “It started as a celebration to make the Chinese international students feel more at home but has grown to a larger event, which is celebrated by the entire local community.”
Chinese New Year 2013, also known as Spring Festival, begins on Feb. 10 with the celebration continuing through Feb. 15. This is the year of the black snake; so WSU’s celebration will feature a live snake. 

The event will also include performances such as a lion dance, a dragon run, traditional Chinese dancing and music, kung fu and a fashion show. Students from both Uintah and Mountain Green elementary schools will also participate. 

Starting at 6:45 p.m. a variety of booths will include activities such as crafts, games and exhibits. The event, including food and drinks, is free and open to the public, with donations welcome. 

Sponsors include, WSU Continuing Education, WSU International Student and Scholar Center, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Center for Diversity & Unity, Multicultural Student Services Center, and WSU Clubs and Organizations, Swire Coca Cola of Ogden, Pearl Milk Tea Club, Golden Dynasty, Eastern Winds, Dragon Restaurant, Lucky Buffet, Syracuse Junior High Confucius Classroom, Bella’s Fresh Mexican Grill and Sodexo.
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Celebrating Chinese New Year in Utah

Chinese Spring

Students in Taiwan are now starting their winter vacations – timed to coincide with the Chinese New Year, which is based on the lunar calendar and falls on Feb. 9 this year.

Most Mandarin immersion classrooms in Utah have celebrations planned. For those looking for a little something more, here’s information on two community events:

On Feb. 21 Cottonwood High School will feature a performance by “Cultures of China, Festival of Spring,” a group of professional Chinese singers and dancers.
Since 2009, the group has performed in 26 countries and 66 major cities, including London, Paris, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Sydney, Montreal, Vancouver, Panama, and Bangkok. The program will include folk songs, classical dances, magic shows, folk instruments, and Peking Opera.
Tickets range from $15 to $30 are available here.
Time: 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 21, 2013
Place: Cottonwood High School Auditorium, 5715 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84121

Lehi High School’s Chinese Club
Lehi High School’s Chinese Club is hosting its 3rd annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Monday, February 4th, at 6pm. Admission is 1$ per person. The event is geared toward families, with lots of activities for children of all ages. Lion Dance and Dragon Dance performances start in the main gym at 7 p.m.

Activities and performances will include:
– sample traditional foods eaten during Chinese New Year (餃子,湯圓/元宵)
– learn tricks with a Chinese yoyo (車齡/空竹)
– take your picture in Chinese costume at our Great Wall photo booth
– have your name written in Chinese by a calligrapher
– learn how to use a calligraphy brush
– watch a shadow puppet play (皮影戲)
– watch an authentic Lion Dance and Dragon Dance 舞龍舞獅
– learn the meaning of your Zodiac animal
– learn how to play Mahjong and Jungle Chess
– make your own lantern
– race your friends using chopsticks
– learn a Chinese New Year folk song*
– learn how to write Chinese characters with a writing brush
-make a Year of the Snake craft

Lehi High School is located just west of exit 279 on I-15, behind Lehi Roller Mills.