Dear Friends,

It’s been one year since the US-China Strong Foundation launched 1 Million Strong, our Mandarin language learning initiative that seeks to grow to one million the number of US K-12 students learning Mandarin by 2020. And what a year it’s been!

Since Presidents Obama and Xi announced 1 Million Strong during President Xi’s official state visit last September, we’ve continued to make steady progress toward our goal. I’m especially excited to reveal our 1 Million Strong implementation partners, who will contribute in three key areas to help us reach 1 Million Strong – curriculum, teacher training and technology platforms.

Introducing our 1 Million Strong implementation partners:


  • Better Chinese
  • National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL)
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Teacher Training

  • University of Maryland

Technology Platform

  • Mandarin Matrix
  • University of Oregon’s Center for Applied Second Language Studies

Our curriculum implementation partners will assist in developing and expanding Mandarin language curriculum models across the country; teacher training partners, in recruiting and certifying approximately 5,000 new Mandarin teachers; and technology platform partners, in leveraging technology to improve and increase access to Mandarin language classes, particularly in underserved communities.

On behalf of US-China Strong, I’m so thankful to our 1 Million Strong implementation partners – and to all of our partners and supporters. I can’t wait to see our new partners in action and on the ground working to expand Mandarin language learning and to strengthen US-China ties.

Thanks, as always, for your support.

Carola McGiffert