The NCLCC Workshop in Columbus and Meetings in San Diego

December 9, 2015

The NCLCC Workshop in Columbus and Meetings in San Diego

Presenting “Beginning to Dialog with Our Fellow Americans”

The National Chinese Language and Culture Coalition (NCLCC) conducted a workshop at the Ohio State University from October 30 to November 1, 2015. The representatives of the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-elementary Schools (CLASS), Chinese Schools Association in the United States (CSAUS), and National Council of Associations of Chinese Language Schools (NCACLS)—the three major organizations devoted to K-12 Chinese language education—came to Columbus OH to write the Coalition’s Rationale and compile its Directory of resources.

NCLCC workshop at Columbus

(from left: Dali Tan, Yulan Lin, Hsiao-ling Mao Chin, Theresa Chao, Nianfa Tang, Galal Walker, Norman Ho, Mark Zhang, Carol Chen-Lin, Lucy Lee, Lorna Xing, Mary Shuai, Minru Li, Baocai Jia)

After the productive and collaborative workshop in Columbus, the participants of NCLCC organized a forum entitled “Beginning to Dialog with Our Fellow Americans” at the 2015 ACTFL in San Diego.  They held a planning session at the Convention Center Friday evening and conducted the forum on Saturday morning, November 21.  This forum was hosted by Dr. Yulan Lin. Dr. Walker presented the introduction and conclusion, and the representatives of the three organizations, Baocai Jia of CLASS, Lorna Xing of CSAUS, and Wenling Lin of NCACLS, discussed the necessity, significance, and benefits for the Americans to include Chinese language and culture in our children’s educations.

Meeting at ACTFL

(from left: Baocai Jia, Yulan Lin, Galal Walker, Lorna Xing, Wenling Lin)

On Saturday morning, November 21, the NCLCC held a meeting to discuss the Coalition’s one-year work plan for 2016, hosted by Lorna Xing of CSAUS. 15 representatives attended the meeting. These representatives were also invited to attend luncheons organized by NCACLS on November 20, and CLASS on November 21, respectively, at the ACTFL.

Facilitated by the NEALRC (National East Asian Languages Resource Center) at Ohio State University, the NCLCC was initiated in 2012 in Cincinnati at the CSAUS conference, and formed at the 2013 ACTFL in Orlando, FL. Supported by a Title VI Grant for Language Resource Centers, the NCLCC’s mission is to improve the ability of Americans to communicate in Chinese language and culture in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the United States and contribute to global harmony.

Meeting at ACTFL

(from left: Mark Zhang, Dali Tan, Baocai Jia, Mary Shuai, Yulan Lin, Steve Chang, Wenling Lin, Galal Walker, Theresa Chao, Carol Chen-Lin, Lucy Lee, Frank Parng, Hsiao-ling Mao Chin, Lorna Xing, Minru Li)