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UW Students Form Ties to China
August 31, 2015 – Professor Yan Zhang has created a unique opportunity for students at the University of Wyoming to connect to China. After learning Mandarin Chinese for three semesters, students are eligible to go on a summer study abroad.
This year, students work with a local charity organization called One Heart Charity. “Not only did we buy and bring some books and sports equipment, they also helped the children from migrant families (poor rural children) put a short performance on stage in front of the public,” said Zhang. The rewards came in the form of smiling faces and cheering children.
Then the Wyoming students celebrated the children’s birthdays at a Confucius. “The staff at the One Heart Charity were impressed and appreciative,” said Zhang, “and our UW group left feeling enthusiastic and more meaningfully connected to the lives of Xiamen locals.”
Another new project that engaged UW students with the local community involved paring them up with street vendors to help sell various different products at the night market. Students helped with a tea ceremony, sold decorative fans and umbrellas, set up a stand to sell chocolate-covered bananas, and helped customers at a shop that sold women’s clothing. “This partnership was appreciated by the vendors and in the eyes of the local Chinese promoted a very positive image of Americans’ attitudes,” said Zhang.
Service learning is a strategy that Zhang incorporates into her study abroad program. It’s a teaching style that integrates community service with instruction and reflection. It results in stronger community ties and greater civic responsibility.
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers a Chinese minor program to UW students. There are currently 24 students seeking a Chinese minor, including the ASUW President, Brian Schueler.
Other languages offered on campus are classics, Latin, Hebrew, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.
Pic 1: UW students teach immigrant children a dance. From front to back: Richard Bierman, Brendan Costello, Edward Ma
Pic 2: Chinese roommates and visiting students pose at Gulangyu Island. Front row: Kyle Wirth, Kip DeCastro, Nathan Forest, Tyler Miller, Maiya Hritsick, Alexandra Sanchez, Edward Ma, Back row: Daniel Janiak, Brendan Costello, Richard Bierman, Drew Newman, Jared Egbert.
Pic 3: Visiting UW students celebrate a birthday party with immigrant children. Left to right: Kyle Wirth, Maiya Hritsick.
Student Home Towns:
Jared Egbert: Laramie, Wyo.
Edward Ma: Cheyenne, Wyo.
Drew Newman: Cheyenne, Wyo.
Tyler Miller: Cheyenne, Wyo.
Kyle Wirth: Casper, Wyo.
Kip DeCastro: Casper, Wyo.
Richard Bierman: Gillette, Wyo.
Brian Schueler: Buffalo, Wyo.
Nathan Forest: Centennial, Colo.
Maiya Hritsick: Ft. Collins, Colo.
Alexandra Sanchez: Valparaiso, Ind.
Daniel Janiak: Ukiah, Cal.
Brendan Costello: Montgomery, Tex