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Troy Star Program

TROY-STAR Summer Camp Teachers Program 2020

TROY-STAR Chinese Summer Camp for teachers, in its 11th year, is to develop a cadre of teachers of Mandarin with the dispositions, knowledge, and skills needed to create and support a new generation of highly effective World Language educators.....

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Why Learn Languages

Top Ten Reasons to Learn Languages

In today’s increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, proficiency in other languages is a vital skill that gives you the opportunity to engage with the world in a more immediate and meaningful way—whether in your neighborhood or thousands of miles away—while better preparing you to compete and succeed in the global economy.  Learn More

Beijing Normal University unveils project to promote art, train teachers

Beijing Normal University unveils project to promote art, train teachers

05/25/2020

Beijing Normal University has launched a project to promote art education among general public and to train art teachers.

According to Zhou Xing, a professor at the Research Center of China Arts Education under Beijing Normal University, the project aims at offering people of different ages  educational classes, including music, dance, painting and calligraphy. Learn More

Yan'an Art Festival opening ceremony lifts the spirits up

Yan'an Art Festival opening ceremony lifts the spirits up

05/25/2020

Central Conservatory of Music launched the second Yan'an Art Festival on March 23, with about 300 art schools and 10 Chinese symphony orchestras taking part in the event.

In the next six days, more than 40 online concerts will be staged via major online streaming platforms, such as iQiyi and Bilibili, with headliners including Chinese veteran singer Guo Lanying, conductor Zheng Xiaoying, violinist Ning Feng and cellist Qin Liwei. Learn More

NPC deputy: Spinning bamboo into gold

NPC deputy: Spinning bamboo into gold

05/25/2020

NPC deputy Yang Changqin, an inheritor of Chishui bamboo weaving, an intangible cultural heritage (ICH), proposes tapping distinctive local resources as a shot in the arm for rural vitalization.

What Yang, a member of the Miao ethnic group from Chishui, Southwest China's Guizhou province, has been doing over the past decade is exactly in line with her proposal. Learn More

Japanese Garden

Japanese Gardens

Above all, Japanese gardens demonstrate the Buddhist influences that were brought into Japan in 612; Ono-no-Imoko, an emissary from Japan, visited China and was able to absorb enough of the Buddhist way of life to recreate it once he returned home. At this time, gardens in Japan were solely created as religious representations of various beliefs - which established a comfortable common ground with the Chinese Buddhists. Learn More

Religious Influence on Korean Art

Religious Influence on Korean Art

In Korea, landscape painting—rather than figure paintings or historical paintings as in the Western world—became the preeminent form in part because nature itself was considered sacred. Nature was seen as a living entity. It symbolized both an integral part of human life and a higher spiritual being. Such a conception of nature was shared also by China and Japan, with each culture developing its own variations of the philosophy and related rituals. Given the lofty ideals attached to it, transferring this vast and superior nature or landscape onto a two-dimensional surface posed a challenge to artists that in turn elevated the position of landscape painting. Learn More

Vietnamese Traditional Stilt Houses

Vietnamese Traditional Stilt Houses

 Four thousand years ago, Vietnamese people were building stilt houses similar to those in use today. Suited to flood-prone plains and to steep mountain slopes, these houses remain popular among many of Vietnam’s 54 different ethnic groups. Learn More

 

Culture and Society

Culture and Society

Family Life: In Viet Nam’s traditional society, a typical family has three or four generations living under the same roof. With the view of "more children, more fortunes", many families want to have lots of children and grandchildren. Influenced by Confucianism and the feudal view of male preference, men play the most important roles in family and always have final say. Feudal ethics shape women around “three obediences, four virtues” (three obediences: obedience to their fathers during childhood, to their husbands when married and to their sons in widowhood; four virtues: diligence, good manner, proper speech, and morality). Learn More

The history of the chilli pepper in Chinese culture, from poor man’s spice to symbol of the revolution and passionate women

The history of the chilli pepper in Chinese culture, from poor man’s spice to symbol of the revolution and passionate women

05/15/2020

A common saying in China goes: “The Sichuanese are not afraid of hot chillies; no degree of heat will frighten off the people of Guizhou; but those Hunanese are terrified of food that isn’t hot!” Learn More

 

Japanese craft mizuhiki adds colors to life

Japanese craft mizuhiki adds colors to life

Mizuhiki is a classic Japanese decorative string made of paper that is a reminder of the beauty in Japan. Traditionally, it is used to add a pop of color to gift wrapping and to envelopes, which are used when gifting money, but today, it has inspired people to get more creative with its uses by making chic small pieces or incorporating it into accessories.

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Kami-kiri: Compelling, fun art of paper cutting

05/11/2020

“Yose” are places where a variety of performances are presented in turn, including rakugo comic storytelling, kodan oral storytelling, rokyoku musical recitation, manzai comedy, magic tricks, and daikagura acrobatics. The word yose comes from “yose-atsume,” which means putting together. Learn More

 

Education ministry reveals detailed plan for 2020 high school exams

Education ministry reveals detailed plan for 2020 high school exams

04/25/2020

Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyễn Hữu Độ talks to Lao động (Labour) online newspaper about the detailed plan for the 2020 high school graduation examination after the education programme was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More

 

 

Happy World Book Day

World Book Day 2020: Binge-read these books at home amid COVID-19 lockdown

04/23/2020

You’ve heard all the reasons why some people don’t learn languages, many of these founded on long-held myths and misconceptions. The truth is, in today’s increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, proficiency in other languages is a vital skill that gives you the opportunity to engage with the world in a more immediate and meaningful way—whether in your neighborhood or thousands of miles away—while better preparing you to compete and succeed in the global economy. Learn More

 

2020 United Nation Chinese Language Day

2020 United Nation Chinese Language Day

04/20/2020

UN Chinese Language Day is celebrated on April 20, 2020. The event was established by UNESCO in 2010 to "celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization."Learn more

 

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2020 Study In Korea Online Education Fair

The Study in Korea Fair is an event that the National Institute for International Education(NIIED) of the Ministry of Education promotes studying in Korea and provides information of university admissions to support globalization of universities in Korea by discovering and fostering international students.

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Linda Yi, a Brooklyn-based writer, illustrator and creator of the webcomic PandaCubStories, spoke to the way in which current language learning is flawed.

Panel on education discusses challenges of Western learning at Duke China-US Summit

03/04/2020

As part of Saturday’s Duke China-U.S. Summit, three educators came together to discuss education and academia in the U.S. and China.

Bringing together their diverse backgrounds, spanning immigration policy work, books for bilingual children and working on social innovation projects in China, their conversation focused on the value of the humanities, the value of interdisciplinary and cross cultural learning and how to effectively implement these values into curriculum.

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Intern with JASA!

Do you have an interest in Japanese culture or want to learn how a non-profit organization runs? Maybe you're studying Japanese, International Relations, or Business and need an internship credit for your degree? 

Consider an internship with JASA! We've had interns from several universities across central Alabama 

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Across China: Epidemic No Match For Education

02/16/2020

Although the beginning of this year's new semester has been postponed over safety concerns amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, students in China have never given up studying.

 During the special period, Chinese students have access to various classes online or study via television. In addition to their regular studies, students are also required to learn knowledge about epidemic prevention and control and psychological health, according to the Ministry of Education.

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