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National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Highlights from the Summer 2015 Shanghai Program

Week of July 20, 2015

It has been a busy and fruitful week. Emily Matts from American Councils for International Education visited our program site earlier this week. We had an abundance of cultural activities arranged this week for NSLI-Y students and their Chinese peers, including:

• Wonton making with help from professional culinary staff
• Visit to a local Confucius Temple, students learned how to read ancient Chinese poems
• Visit to Qibao, a water town in the suburb of Shanghai
• Second calligraphy experiential lesson with overview of historical development of Chinese calligraphy
• Visit to the Lu Xun Museum, a famous modern Chinese author and the near-by site called "Duolun Street", a street well known for Chinese literature figures and filled with book and antique stores.

This week marks the second week of host family stays for NSLI-Y participants. Students have continued to improve their language and cultural learning with their host families and Chinese peers. The Face to Face, Sino-US educational and cultural dialogue program continued with a variety of activities, listed above, all of which culminated on Saturday, July 25 when NSLI-Y students bid good-bye to their host parents and host sibling at the farewell party.   

The farewell party on July 25 consisted of presenting certificates for the two-week Sino-US youth educational and cultural exchange program and bi-lingual performances. One NSLI-Y student representative and one host family representative each made a speech reflecting on the hosting experience. With the help from their Chinese host siblings, NSLI-Y students showcased their Chinese language through singing and dancing, poem recital and cross talk (a two-people Chinese stand-up comedy). Representative from Shanghai municipal government and an English language fellow (representing US consulate in Shanghai) also participated in the farewell party and made congratulatory speeches. 

On Sunday July 26, students moved back to the Jing'an Education Exchange Center. The Shanghai program stay will conclude on August 1. Students will depart for Beijing on high speed train to spend their last week in China on the NSLI-Y program.

Stay tuned for more updates from the group!


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