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National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Highlights from the Summer 2016 Shanghai Program

Week 4

This week, NSLI-Y students completed their first of three community service activities. On Friday July 22, the students went to a nursing home and had a fun afternoon performing guitar and violin, in addition to singing Chinese and English songs for the elderly residents. In return, the residents performed Chinese opera, demonstrated calligraphy, and shared artwork with the students. The meeting concluded with both the residents and the students singing Alde Lang Syne together, in both English and in Chinese.

nsli-y community service

nsli-y community service

nsli-y community service

nsli-y community service

This week’s street interview topic was about travel, and students asked people about their travel preference, favorite place, and local specialties. Students also met their second group of peer tutors, with whom they will be working with through week six.

On Wednesday July 20, NSLI-Y students visited the Lu Xun Museum and the near-by Duolun Road, which is considered a cultural heritage street in Shanghai. During the pre-program readings, NSLI-Y students read about Lu Xun, a modern Chinese writer who was very influential during the New Cultural Movement in the 1920s. It was a great learning experience for students to see Lu Xun's published work, view historical photos of him that are closely tied with the social and political development of China during the 1920s and 1930s, and to experience his life in Shanghai, where he completed much of his critical work.

Lu Xun Museum

Lu Xun Museum

Lu Xun Museum

Week four concluded with students bidding farewell to their host family and moving back to Jing’an Education Exchange Center. The NSLI-Y students had a great two-week stay with the families in Shanghai and experienced Chinese culture from an insider’s perspective. There were a lot of laughter, hugs, and photo taking at the farewell party. All of the NSLI-Y students were grateful to the generosity of the host families.

Host family stays

Host family stays

In the upcoming weeks, students will continue to take Chinese classes in the morning and participate in cultural activities and/or community services in the afternoon. They have begun working on their final project presentation, on a topic they have chosen about most memorable learning reflection of Shanghai.

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The NSLI-Y program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.