Dear Friends,

We’re excited to report on a recent American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham China) panel discussion, “How Technology Is Transforming Language Learning,” which featured US-China Strong President Travis Tanner. Held in Beijing, the panel examined how technological and mobile innovations are transforming education, online language learning and the ways students learn both inside and outside of the classroom.

Travis – who volunteers as vice chair of AmCham’s Education Committee – served as moderator alongside panelists Yinuo Li, co-founder of ETU School, a K-Grade 1 school in Beijing that focuses on cultivating “globally competent” citizens, and director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s China office; Cindy Mi, founder and CEO of VIPKID, a leading Chinese online education firm; and James Lin, co-founder and CEO of Better Chinese, a Chinese language curriculum materials and programs provider.

From Left: Yinuo Li, James Lin, Cindy Mi, and Travis Tanner (Image Credit: AmCham China)

  • Yinuo Li, ETU School and Gates Foundation: “Education must respond to global trends, and this includes providing enriching cultural and foreign language learning opportunities at the earliest ages.”
  • James Lin, Better Chinese: “Mandarin is the fastest growing foreign language studied in US schools because today, the rationale to learn Chinese is far clearer than it’s ever been. China is rising and American students need to prepare now to ensure they can take advantage of future commercial opportunities.”
  • Cindy Mi, VIPKID: “Technology is rapidly changing the education equation. Through innovative technology, more students than ever before will have access to foreign language learning. In the future, US-China Strong may need to change the name of its initiative from 1 Million Strong to 100 Million Strong!”

It was wonderful to see so many US-China Strong supporters in attendance and hear from leading language learning experts about technology’s impact on Mandarin learning. We continue to collaborate with our 1 Million Strong technology implementation partners to increase Mandarin language learning by expanding access to online Mandarin programs and new technology platforms, as well as through our WeChat Official Account (OA). Thank you to AmCham China, our panelists and all our partners and supporters who continue to strengthen Mandarin learning and US-China relations.

Thanks, as always, for your support.

The US-China Strong Foundation