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The 100,000 Strong Foundation encourages students of diverse backgrounds from across the country to learn Mandarin and study in China. The Foundation believes that its best ambassadors are the American students who have studied in China and learned about the Chinese culture, language and people first hand. Here is how some of these student ambassadors describe what they gained from their China study abroad experience.

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Jeffrey Wood


At first I was not nervous about meeting the First Lady. I figured it...


Travonya Kenly AMBASSADOR

Seven students attended my presentation at Cheyney University. I...


Emmanuel Nino Aurigue

"The kids from my program really enjoyed our company and before...

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McGiffert’s op-ed in Roll Call: The US-China Relationship Begins With Our Young People

April 3, 2014
By Carola McGiffert, President of the 100,000 Strong Foundation April 2, 2014 First Lady Michelle Obama recently traveled to China to promote educational exchange, and she called on young Americans — from every background, every walk of life — to study in China, learn Mandarin and forge...

Michelle Obama’s Visit to China: Education in the Forefront

March 31, 2014
100,000 Strong Foundation President, Carola McGiffert, and Emily Gustafsson-Wright, guest scholar with the Center for Universal Education in Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution, write about the importance of First Lady Michelle Obama's recent trip to China for Brookings'...

New York Times on 100K Strong and Michelle Obama’s trip to China

March 24, 2014
The New York Times profiled Michelle Obama's visit to China, in which she touted the 100K Strong Foundation's work promoting exchanges between China and the US. In it, they quoted 100,000 Strong Foundation President Carola McGiffert. From the article: "Mrs. Obama appeared at the Stanford...

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