Bringing Chinese Language and Taiwanese Culture to American Universities

HSINCHU, Taiwan, September 28, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NTHU recently received a Chinese proficiency program grant from the Ministry of Education (MOE) and is preparing to send specially trained teachers to teach Chinese at top universities in the United States , including the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The program will also bring students from American universities to Taiwan to study Chinese, participate in cultural activities and contribute to bilingual education in primary and secondary schools.

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Members of the NTHU Chinese Proficiency Program. (Photo: National Tsing Hua University)

In addition to deepening exchanges between Taiwan and the United States, the program will also help raise awareness of Taiwan in American universities.

NTHU has already signed cooperation protocols with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Duke University, the University of Hawaii and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and sends Chinese teachers to the States United since late 2021. Duke University and the University of Hawaii have already sent six students to study Chinese at NTHU with support from the Chinese Proficiency Scholarship.

Global Affairs Chairman Yen Ta-jen (嚴大任) said that in addition to having extensive teaching experience, Chinese teachers selected to go to the United States are also keen on Chinese hobbies. traditional such as paper cut, mahjong and chess, and some are also good at playing erhulandscape painting and Peking Opera makeup, all of which are very effective forms of cultural diplomacy.

Chen Jingjia (陳敬佳), who has been teaching Chinese overseas for many years, is preparing to start teaching at Duke University. Chiu Yuting (邱于庭) is currently a student in the Chinese Language Teaching Group of the Interdisciplinary and International Master’s Program.

Duke University students studying Chinese come from a variety of departments, with clear learning goals and a positive attitude. Chiu will add a module on Taiwanese culture in the upcoming semester.

Li Yu-an (李玉安), also a student in the Chinese language teaching group of the interdisciplinary and international master’s program, will teach Chinese at the University of Hawaii, where many students are children of immigrants. Chinese, so even though they barely speak Chinese, they have a strong interest in Chinese culture.

Two of the American exchange students at Duke University are Cole Walker and Andrew Yue Qin, both of whom are already able to converse in Chinese. In addition to their Chinese classes at NTHU, they also have classes on Taiwanese history and culture and have taken field trips to Taipei, Tainan, and Hualien.

NTHU has also signed agreements with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Hawaii and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to establish Chinese language centers, organize student exchanges and jointly develop materials. courses. Yen Ta-jen hopes that similar programs will be set up with European universities in the near future.

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