Finding Your Place in the Wider Community
At Project DCLT's April 2011 forum, we continued with our spring theme of "cultural literacy," sharing more ideas to help us all understand the communities we live in and how things work.
修身，齐家，治国，平天下：How Chinese Language and Culture Changed a New Yorker and Can Build NYC's Communities
Morgan Jones, Queens Director of the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit, made a most inspiring presentation:＂修身，齐家，治国，平天下：How Chinese Language and Culture Changed a New Yorker and Can Build NYC's Communities."
Mr. Jones is originally from Brooklyn, NY, and a native speaker of English, yet he delivered his entire presentation in rapid, fluent Mandarin. His work in the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit brings him into frequent contact with the community of immigrants from China, where he uses his Mandarin to assist them in understanding how the city works. We were all inspired by his commitment to our city and to Mandarin!
TaiQi Demonstration and Discussion: Incorporating Elements of the Practice into Teaching Chinese
Professor Bao Xueming shared with us a TaiQi demonstration, and discussed how to incorporate elements of the practice into our teaching of Chinese. Forum attendees eagerly stood and joined in the 10-minute TaiQi demonstration and practice.
Ms. Bao is a professor in the School of Physical Education and Health Care from East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. As an expert in traditional Chinese physical practices, including martial arts, TaiQi and Qigong, her current research focuses on how practicing TaiQi contributes to the development of physical and mental health among teenagers.
Ammy Chau, Chinese teacher at Millennium High School, discussed her efforts to raise funds to allow her to purchase Chinese supplies, organize trips, and more. She explained the process of organizing her fundraiser, her approach to requesting and receiving support from the school community (teachers, students, and administration), and the reaction she received from the school community: thanks and encouragement.
As a result of the fundraiser, Ms. Chau's students raised enough money to buy Chinese art supplies and have a Chinese painting teacher come into school to give lessons to her students. The students then submitted their work to the NYS ALBETAC's Annual Chinese Painting Contest.