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Yale-China to host first conference on women's issues in China

From Secret Language to Modern Voices: The Changing Role of Women in Modern China
Yale-China Conference
Monday, April 14, 2014
Tickets: free
Registration required. Click here to register.
Keynote Performance featuring Elizabeth Hainen (harp) performing Tan Dun's "Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women"
Panel discussions will cover a variety of topics including healthcare, society, and women in leadership.
For more information, visit the registration website.


Announcement of 2014-2016 Teaching Fellows


  The Yale-China Association is pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals as Yale-China Teaching Fellows for the 2014-2016 term.

Yale-China Teaching Fellows are posted to partner sites in mainland China in Hong Kong, where they spend two years teaching, learning, and serving as members of the local community.

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2014-2016 Yale-China Teaching Fellows

CORY COMBS, TD ‘14 (Physics & Philosophy), Yali Middle School
Cory is thrilled to join Yale-China without prior experience in China but with a love for education and new perspectives. At Yale he served as a Freshman Counselor, Master’s aide, peer tutor, and has worked in Manuscripts & Archives and University Properties. He has also had the opportunity to work with a range of New Haven middle and high school students through tutoring and social outreach coaching programs. A major in physics and philosophy, his primary academic focuses have been his scientific research in the Yale Exoplanet Laboratory and his philosophical studies regarding laws of nature. Underlying his research is a keen interest in public engagement with professional science: his senior project in physics was predicated on work by Planet Hunters Citizen Science Project volunteers. He is excited for the opportunity to gain new cross-cultural perspectives and insights during his time in China, and cannot wait to begin his studies of Mandarin, and Chinese literature and history. Most importantly, he cannot wait to meet everyone at Yali Middle School.

MEGAN JENKINS, SY ‘14 (Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry), Xiuning Middle School
Megan, a proud Wyomingite, joins the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a degree in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry along with a strong interest in music. In addition to her laboratory work researching the biochemical mechanisms regulating GABA signaling in the model organism C. elegans, Megan has spent the past four years playing violin with the Yale Symphony Orchestra (YSO) and was elected president of the organization her junior year. With the YSO, she has had the opportunity to be a part of many exciting musical collaborations including performing in Carnegie Hall with the Yale Glee Club, recording the complete Hindemith piano concertos with Turkish pianist Idil Biret, and most recently traveling to Brazil for a concert tour. While at Yale, Megan developed a love of languages studying French and decided to start Chinese during her senior year. She is excited to continue developing her language skills and to meet the Xiuning community.

KERRI LU, PC ‘14 (English), CUHK
As a Chinese-born Canadian (and pseudo-American via Yale,) Kerri is interested in cross-cultural exchange and public service, and is excited to pursue the combination of both at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. While at Yale, she majored in English and was involved in local community service through the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project (YHHAP) and the Yale President's Public Service Fellowship. Kerri is grateful for her two summers in China, where she gained an understanding of Chinese culture and society through working at the Forbidden City Palace Museum (Gu Gong) and Baidu, Inc. These contrasting experiences in both public and private sectors allowed her to gain an understanding of the complex dynamic between China's push for future growth and its rich historical inheritance, which motivates her to continue exploring East Asia. As an undergraduate, Kerri was a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs, worked as a Senior Interviewer at the Admissions Office, and wrote for the Yale News at the Office of Public Affairs and Communications. Kerri is very excited for this opportunity to discover Hong Kong culture and expand her pursuit of public service through teaching.

MAGGIE NEIL, ES ‘14 (Humanities), Lingnan College
Maggie joins the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a B.A. in Humanities, with an emphasis on visual art. Before arriving at Yale, she had attended schools in roughly a dozen different cities, and had studied in both the French and American education systems. It is principally this background that fostered an interest in living abroad, as well as international education. While at Yale, Maggie explored her interests in visual art and mental health. In addition to working at the Yale University Art Gallery and spending a summer working at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, she wrote, edited, and became Editor-in-Chief of Dimensions, Yale’s undergraduate journal of art and art history. She also worked with Walden Peer Counseling, and spent a summer volunteering at a refugee clinic in Palermo, Sicily. Following her time at Sun Yat-sen University, Maggie hopes to pursue further degrees in art history or clinical psychology.

BRENDAN ROSS, BK ‘13 (History and East Asian Studies), Yali Middle School
Brendan is excited to join the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship family. After spending his childhood in rural Missouri and St. Louis, he came to Yale looking to learn more about faraway places and majored in History and East Asian Studies. While an undergrad, he had the opportunity to work as a farm manager for the Yale Sustainable Food Project, guide incoming freshman through the woods as a FOOT leader, and intern with the Green Education Center in Lijiang, China through Yale-China’s own summer service program. Following graduation, he continued studying Chinese in Beijing through the generosity of the Richard U. Light Fellowship. Brendan is passionate about the future of sustainable agriculture and green economies, particularly in China, and he hopes to explore those intersections in a future career. He loves reading, hiking, live music, and maps of all kinds (including maps of the new Changsha subway). Brendan is thrilled by the opportunity to move to China’s heartland and learn and teach in the classroom at Yali.

DANIEL SISGOREO, BK ‘14 (English), Lingnan College
Daniel Sisgoreo joins the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a B.A. in English and with a special interest in China, human rights, and international law. As an English major, Daniel focused on postcolonial literature, and he wrote his senior essay on the race politics of South African fiction during the apartheid years. Thanks to the generosity of the Richard U. Light fellowship, Daniel studied Chinese at Harvard Beijing Academy in summer 2012, and he has taken several Chinese language courses and courses about Chinese politics and society at Yale. In addition to his interests in China, Daniel served as an editor for the Yale Daily News, and has interned and worked for several journalism outlets, including China Hands, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Yale Alumni Magazine. Daniel spent his senior year as a freshman counselor in Berkeley College, and he hopes to take on similar mentorship roles with students in China. Over the course of the teaching fellowship, Daniel aims to learn more about Chinese culture and society, practice his language skills, and immerse himself in a totally new and foreign community. Afterwards, Daniel is considering applying to law school.

ARIELLE STAMBLER, MC ‘14 (English), CUHK
After three years of studying English literature and writing at Yale, Arielle is thrilled to teach students embarking on that same academic path at CUHK. One of her most meaningful extracurricular activities in college has been tutoring students learning English as a second language. Teaching and tutoring can present precious opportunities for cultural exchange and Arielle is excited to learn from her students. After studying romance languages for most of her academic career, she cannot wait to begin learning Cantonese this summer and perhaps Mandarin the summer after. Arielle also enjoys writing creative nonfiction on the side and made it a point to write for a number of magazines while at Yale. She especially loves immersive journalism—one time she entered a beauty pageant to write a story about pageant subculture in Connecticut. Coming from an all-girls' high school, Arielle is passionate about girls' education and hopes to serve as a mentor for younger girls at some point in her life.

KATIE STEWART, JE ‘14 (English), Xiuning Middle School
Katie Stewart comes to the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a degree in English and varied college experiences. She has captained the club soccer team, stepped with the step team, led backpacking orientation trips for freshmen, edited a literary journal, worked as a research assistant, and participated fervently in intramural sports. Above all, Katie enjoys mentoring and teaching, and, to that end, she has served as a freshman counselor in her residential college and tutored students of all ages in math, reading, and creative writing. The summer after her sophomore year, she designed and taught her own curriculum as a teacher for Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, an academic enrichment program for middle-school students from New Haven. She is thrilled at the opportunity to pursue a new language, experience a new culture, immerse herself in a new community, and, most of all, continue teaching.

APPLY NOW: Summer 2014 Internships

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Application Deadline:
January 31, 2014
Yale-China is now accepting applications to the 2014 Nonprofit Internship program and the 2014 Community Service Exchange.

Both programs involve summer internship experiences at nonprofit organizations in Hong Kong and, for the Community Service Exchange, in New Haven.Both programs also allow Yale students to connect to and collaborate with Chinese peers. All current students enrolled in Yale College are eligible to apply for this program.


Yale-China Welcomes First-Ever Chinese Teaching Fellows


  A New Era for the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship; Please Welcome Our Yale-China Chinese Teaching Fellows

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After over a century of Yale-China Fellows serving in Chinese classrooms, the Yale-China Association announces it is placing teachers from China into public school classrooms in the United States. This new initiative, the Yale-China Chinese Teaching Fellowship, selects talented alumni of prestigious and selective universities in China to teach Mandarin and culture to students in public schools in the United States. Two Yale-China Teaching Fellows, Ms. DENG Haihui and Ms. LONG Chuan, began teaching this school year at two New Haven public high schools: Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School and Metropolitan Business Academy.

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The establishment of the Yale-China Chinese Teaching Fellowship furthers the Yale-China Association’s belief in the value of two-way cultural exchanges and the building of long-term, direct personal relationships. Since 1909, Yale-China has selected highly qualified Yale graduates to undertake two-year assignments as Teaching Fellows in mainland China and Hong Kong. Teaching Fellows connect with their Chinese communities to achieve a depth of understanding typically inaccessible to outsiders. The Yale-China Chinese Teaching Fellowship brings this proven model to the United States to benefit local communities.

Yale-China Chinese Teaching Fellows will similarly be immersed in their communities in the United States. In the classroom, they elevate Chinese language and cultural understanding and experience a different education system. Additionally, they implement extracurricular projects to give local students more opportunities to broaden and deepen their knowledge and appreciation of China and Chinese culture. They also bring a different perspective and set of experiences to bear when joining their colleagues in America in educating students. Our Fellows build personal, enduring ties across cultures, make a substantial impact in their host communities and bring this new outlook back to their home communities in China. We look forward to introducing you to our new Fellows.



100,000 Strong Student Ambassadors


  Meet Yale-China’s 100k Strong 2013-2014 Student Ambassadors

The Yale-China Association is pleased to introduce its Yale-China 100,000 Strong Student Ambassadors for 2013-2014, part of our 100,000 Strong Signature Partnership. This year, ten Student Ambassadors will actively promote discussion about the United States and China in their communities. Eight are current high school students in New Haven, Connecticut. Half attend the Metropolitan Business Academy, while the other half study at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School. Two currently serve as Yale-China Teaching Fellows at Yali Middle School in Hunan Province, China. Yale-China Student Ambassadors incorporate different perspectives, ranging from high school students in their home communities to recent graduates living and working in China. Their varying experiences reflect a breadth of possibilities for building bridges across physical and cultural divides. These young leaders will not only raise important issues in U.S.-China relations locally, but will benefit from exposure to prominent figures in the field through this program. We look forward to sharing their experiences with our community.


Yale-China Selected as Inaugural 100,000 Strong Signature Partner


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The Yale-China Association is delighted to announce that it has been designated a 100,000 Strong Foundation signature partner for 2013-2014. The 100,000 Strong Foundation seeks to diversify and increase the number of Americans studying Chinese or in China. Yale-China’s outstanding work in building one-on-one ties between Chinese and Americans makes it a natural fit to advance this mission. Its long experience and proven capabilities make the Yale-China Association an excellent partner to engage with the 100,000 Strong Foundation to answer President Barack Obama’s call to develop American understanding of China. It is one of only eight institutions selected to be part of this pioneering group.

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Nancy Yao Maasbach, our Executive Director, will join John F. Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, and other dignitaries this fall in Washington D.C. to officially launch this initiative. As part of this selective program, Yale-China has designated ten high school and university students as 100,000 Strong Student Ambassadors. We look forward to introducing them to our community.

Click here to learn more the 100,000 Strong Partnership.

APPLY NOW: Yale-China Teaching Fellowship

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Application Deadline:
Fall: November 30, 2013 (preferred)
Winter: January 31, 2014
Yale-China is now accepting applications to the 2014-2016 cohort of the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship.

Yale-China Teaching Fellows immerse themselves in a Chinese community for two years, joining Chinese colleagues in the endeavor of educating members of the country's next generation and forming lifetime bonds of friendship. Yale-China Fellows spend their time in China at one of four host institutions. They receive a salary from their host schools, free housing, basic medical insurance, and Chinese instruction.

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Kick-off Celebration: 60 Years of Partnership with New Asia College

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Yale-China kicked off the celebrations in honor of 60 years of partnership with New Asia College on June 2 and 3, 2013. Festivities included a historical exhibit in Exchange Square, a benefit gala, and a performance by the Yale Glee Club that included the premiere of a song, commissioned by Yale-China, dedicated to New Asia College.

Yale Glee Club Visits Xiuning County Schools

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Xiuning Middle School Website
May 28, 2013 (Chinese)

Haiyang Number Two Middle School Website
May 29, 2013 (Chinese)
One of Yale-China's most recent Arts initiatives brought the Yale Glee Club to two schools in Anhui Province. Xiuning Middle School is the newest site in the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship portfolio, and both schools were partners in the 2011 Xiuning Service and Cultural Exchange Program. Glee Club members performed for the students and taught them to sing a few Yale songs.


Announcement of 2013-2015 Teaching Fellows


  The Yale-China Association is pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals as Yale-China Teaching Fellows for the 2013-2015 term.

Yale-China Teaching Fellows are posted to partner sites in mainland China in Hong Kong, where they spend two years teaching, learning, and serving as members of the local community.

For more information on the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship, visit http://www.yalechina.org/teach.     more >
2013-2015 Yale-China Teaching Fellows

JOHN COPP, JE ‘13 (English), CUHK
China and English, in combination, attracted John to Yale-China. His love of English language and literature lead at Yale to his working on the literary Yale Undergraduate Magazine, interning at the Yale University Press, and majoring in English. The opportunity for new lingual and cultural experiences led him to a semester in Beijing under the auspices of the Peking University–Yale University Joint Undergraduate Program. There he developed a great interest in China and the Chinese language, while continuing to explore English—through discussions with non-native speakers, and then by teaching at the High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University. This teaching experience—and a previous summer's experience at the Louisville Science Center—were highly rewarding to John. Thus he is very excited to be teaching, English, in China, at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

REBECCA JAYE, JE ‘11 (American Studies), Lingnan College
Rebecca joins the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a degree in American Studies and a focus on creative non-fiction writing. Through the lens of ethnography, Rebecca studied the social and economic inequities that influence the way race, culture, and public policy are formed both in the United States and internationally. Rebecca was previously the recipient of the Richard U. Light Fellowship, which enabled her to study Korean language in Seoul for two summers. Her summers in Korea allowed her to develop an appreciation for cross-cultural education. Subsequently, she spent a semester abroad in London studying British history and art, as well as serving as an intern for the Israeli Ministry of Justice’s Department for the Battle Against Human Trafficking. On campus, Rebecca was a tutor for New Haven Reads and led workshops for the Women’s Art Collective, which helped students use art as therapy. Rebecca is excited to engage in cross-cultural learning and deepen her knowledge of Chinese history and culture. Following her time in China, she hopes to pursue studies in divinity and law.

DRISANA MISRA, TC ‘13 (Literature), CUHK
Drisana has cultivated a deep interest in art and culture through the Literature major at Yale, where she focused primarily in Japanese literature and film. During her sophomore year, she spent a semester in London studying British literature, art, and political history with the Yale-in-London programme. Relishing every moment of this experience, she then continued living abroad the following two summers through the generosity of the Light Fellowship, studying modern Japanese in Tokyo and classical Japanese in Kyoto. Drisana pursues her interests in travel writing, photography, and foreignness through her commitment to the Jetset Times, a daily online travel publication. She became interested in teaching after spending her senior year working closely with high school students who were learning English as a Second Language at Ivy Labs Education in New Haven, Connecticut. These experiences inspired her to become a Yale-China Teaching Fellow. She is excited to join the Yale-China family and share her love of literature and culture with the students at CUHK. In Hong Kong, she hopes to acquire Chinese language skills, travel all over Asia, cultivate knowledge of Chinese culture, and expand her analytical framework. Following this fellowship, Drisana plans to continue her studies in Comparative Literature.

JULIUS MITCHELL, BR ‘13 (Political Science and Ethnicity, Race & Migration), Xiuzhong
Julius Mitchell is excited to join the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a degree in Political Science and Ethnicity, Race & Migration. Born and raised in Chicago, he has a strong interest in ethnography, travel, and international education. His experiences in China began after completing a language program at East China Normal University in high school. At Yale, Julius was awarded the Light Fellowship to study in Beijing at Associated Colleges in China. He is a freshman counselor in Branford College and has spearheaded numerous projects for Yale Admissions like Bulldog Days and the Multicultural Open House. He is the former business manager and choreographer of Shades (Yale’s youngest a cappella group). He looks forward to immersing himself in the Xiuning community and strengthening his language proficiency.

HANA OMIYA, JE ‘13 (Fine Art), Yali
Hana joins Yale-China with a passion for people and a degree in the Fine Arts. Her love for drawing and learning about East Asia has led her to study language, art, and architecture in China, Korea, and Japan. Back home, she designs floral arrangements and interior paintings for Mari's Japanese Cuisine. On campus, she is dedicated to mentoring Yalies through cultural education. She has served as a co-moderator of the Chinese Adopted Siblings Program for Youth and of the Taiwanese American Society, as well as a peer liaison for the Asian American Cultural Center. She enjoys working closely with students as a tutor at Yale's Center for Language Study, and is interested in pursuing art and language education as a career. Hana is excited to meet her class at Yali and fill her sketchbook with delicious recipes of Changsha.

CHINH PHAM, TC ‘13 (Psychology), Yali
Chinh Pham joins the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a degree in Psychology and a special interest in developmental psychology. During his time at Yale, Chinh has been active in a wide array of activities, serving as a Freshman Counselor, a coordinator of an adopted siblings program, a co-president of the Yale Lion Dance Troupe, a board member of the Yale Entrepreneurial Society, and a representative of the college council. He has travelled to England, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and his home country, Vietnam, multiple times and is excited to actively learn about China during his time in Changsha. In his free time, Chinh likes to read, cook, and engage in competitive sports. Following his time in Changsha, he hopes to apply the skills he will have acquired and pursue a career in education policy.

CAMERON ROTBLAT, JE ‘13 (Global Affairs and History), Lingnan College
Cameron joins the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship with a degree in History and Global Affairs and with strong interests in international development and international law. While at Yale, Cameron served as leader of the Yale Roosevelt Institute International Development Center (a student think-tank), senior editor of the Yale Review of International Studies, managing editor of the Yale Undergraduate Law Review, and a political science research assistant. He also volunteered as a MATHCOUNTS tutor for New Haven middle school students. During summers and college breaks he enjoyed studying and conducting research abroad in Haiti, Ghana, France, Switzerland, Senegal, and China. Cameron is incredibly excited to spend two years living and teaching at Sun Yat-sen University in Zhuhai. After the Fellowship he plans to study at Yale Law School.

JAMES SILVEIRA, JE ‘13 (Cognitive Science), Xiuzhong
Jamey joins the Teaching Fellowship after having exhausted nearly every other program the Yale-China Association has to offer. His work in the Cognitive Science major focused primarily on cross-cultural and cross-linguistic differences in cognition, especially between East Asians and Westerners. Jamey had the opportunity to further pursue his interest in East Asia through the Richard U. Light Fellowship, spending two summers in Beijing studying Chinese. He maintained his connection to the Light Fellowship throughout his Yale career, serving as the secretary and president of Light’s Student Advisory Committee. Jamey joined the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity after walking on to the varsity lacrosse team and was elected president of the organization during his junior year. After deciding to leave the team, he managed to stay active playing for the Yale rugby club. Jamey is thrilled to begin teaching in Xiuning and hopes to continue expanding his understanding of Chinese culture and society.

Ambassador Gary Locke visits Yali Middle School

"Marketing" the United States, Gary Locke Makes Eight Stops In A Row

U.S. Ambassador to China visits Changsha for half a day: saves the most time for students, uses the shortest amount of time for four meetings.

(Article in Chinese only)

Ambassador Gary Locke visits Yali Middle School

China Should Learn from American Students' Critical Thinking Skills: Gary Locke Speaks at Yali Middle School

The ambassador on Chinese and American education: To be able to foster scientific and technological creativity, it matters not how much you remember, but how you think.

(Article in Chinese only)

Chinese Arts Festival in New Haven

Day Of The Silk Fan Dance

“Let’s try that again from the ice cream scoop,” instructed Siyue Chen. ... After half an hour of stretching, sweeping, and waving, the class performed a version of the silk fan dance, a Chinese folk dance celebrating the approach of spring. Heralding spring could not have come sooner, since the Chinese Arts Festival, originally planned for Feb. 9, had to reschedule for this Saturday and Sunday due to blizzard Nemo. ...

Chinese Arts Festival in New Haven

WTNH-- On Saturday, New Haven will be celebrating the Chinese New Year, downtown at the Chinese New Year Festival for the Year of the Snake.

Nancy Yao Maasbach, the Executive Director of the Yale-Chinese Association, talked about some activities people can expect at the Chinese New Year Festival.

The festival starts at 10 AM Saturday morning, on Whitney Avenue, between Grove and Trumbull Streets.

Chinese Arts Festival in New Haven

YaleNews, 1/24/2013
By Dorie Baker
Chinese Arts Festival in New Haven rings in Year of the Snake

Foothills Exhibit Now on Display

Yale Daily News, 11/14/2012
By Isabella D'agosto
‘Foothills’ depicts rural China

Lion Dance Parade 2012

New Haven Independent, 2/2/2012
By Thomas MacMillan
New Year’s Dance Brightens City’s “Chinatown”