Dear Friends,

I’m thrilled to share a new article highlighting the US-China Strong Foundation’s 1 Million Strong initiative at the University of Maryland. Published in The Diamondback, the university’s student newspaper, “UMD will use teacher training programs to help 1 million students learn Mandarin” discusses the role of UMD’s Mandarin Center for Chinese Language Teacher Certification and Development in advancing 1 Million Strong. The article features our Chief Operating Officer Morgan A. Jones, who said UMD offers “extremely strong teacher training-related programs, particularly in regards to Chinese language culture” that can help prepare them “to teach more Americans the language and bridge the gap between the two countries.”

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US-China Strong COO, Morgan A. Jones

“We are still deficient in our government, academic institutions and businesses of people that have strong professional Chinese language capabilities,” said Nathan Ahrens, the university’s China affairs director. “It’s hard to find any industry or disciple that is not touched by China in some way.” The Center aims to “provide the right tools” to train teachers aspiring to teach Mandarin and joins several organizations in this effort, including the University of Washington and NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

Jones was also recently profiled in a video interview with News China Magazine. Morgan spoke about his own China study abroad experience as an African-American – “Black People Speak Chinese Too” – and how, “from performing hip-hop with local musicians to hosting a Chinese-language jazz show on Shanghai radio, he strove to bring the range of US culture to China.”

It’s fantastic to see our 1 Million Strong initiative gain momentum and help shape the future of US-China relations. We’re so grateful to UMD, our 1 Million Strong implementation partners, and to all of our supporters and sponsors.

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Carola McGiffert
CEO

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