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Kamila Carter: Life of a CODA - Child of Deaf Adults

Tod Carter: Hola, Nihao, مرحبا , Hi

Kamila Carter and Tod Carter

Christopher Adamson - by Noelle Adamson (Mother of Christopher Adamson)

Frida's Shanghai Stories

My Path to Championship - Charlie Hoffs

The Ten Best Moments of Our trip to China - Texas and Love Zubiller

Interview with Tom Hom

Ambassador of the Six Arts of Confucianism - Mianjun Li

CISDSU Ambassador / Friend of CISDSU - Anne Rosser

New Laser-Based Methods for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage: Terracotta Warriors and Silk Road Mummies - William Tong

APAPA Interview with Ron Cho

A Brief Biography of Howard Rubenstein

Leixia Liu: To Be a Teacher in a Confucius Classroom School

Interview with Mr. Kwan So

It Started with a Thank-You Letter: An Interview with the Andersons

Interview with Principal Thurman

Chinese Bridge Competition - Jenna Permann

The Reflection of China Trip - Chivas Powers

An Educator for 40 Years in San Diego County - Lillian Boller

Words From Our Principal and Teachers - Aida Hernandez

Our Family's Chinese Immersion Story

From Teacher to Principal - Ernest Remillard

Standing in a Higher Position of Life - Yongxia Xiao

Teaching Mandarin Chinese at San Diego High School - Xiaoyuan Li

Interview with Love Zubiller

“Two Years Teaching at a Mandarin Emersion School” - Wendi Chen

Interview with CISDSU Co-Director Professor Wei Lu


 

 

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KamilaCarter

Kamila Carter: Life of a CODA - Child of Deaf Adults

Have you ever heard of a multilingual eleven-year old girl? I, Kamila Carter, was born to deaf parents who loved languages. From my first day my mom communicated to me in Spanish, dad in American Sign Language, and grandma Judy in English. In the summers I speak only Spanish with my grandparents in Los Mochis, Mexico.

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TodCarter

Tod Carter: Hola, Nihao, مرحبا , Hi

I just turned ten years old on St. Patrick’s Day this year. This is the Irish part of me. Maybe someday I will learn about all the many countries that are a part of me. I feel that the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University has given me an amazing start in learning about other people and the Chinese culture. Now I would love to go to China.

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KamilaCarter&TodCarter

Kamila Carter and Tod Carter

Kamila Carter and her younger brother Tod Carter Jr. were born into a multilingual family of English, Spanish and American Sign Language. Both of their parents, with strong interests in languages themselves, are very supportive of Kamila and Tod Jr. to learn new lanugages

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ChristopherAdamson

Christopher Adamson - by Noelle Adamson (Mother of Christopher Adamson)

Christopher Adamson's journey is a remarkable one. Not long ago Christopher was struggling for his life. As an infant he suffered from end stage heart failure and was flown to a hospital in Los Angeles via helicopter wherea team of specialists kept him on life support for several months to await a heart transplant.

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Frida

Frida's Shanghai Stories

During the summer of 2014, Frida Niebla took on an opportunity that would impact her life and inspire her future career path at San Diego State University (SDSU). She was given the opportunity to participate in Confucius Institute San Diego State University's Shanghai Summer Program, which took place in Shanghai and Hangzhou, China. Fast forward three years, Frida Niebla is an upcoming International Business graduate at SDSU and intern at Confucius Institute San Diego State University (CISDSU) who has traveled to China twice and completed four years of Chinese language courses.

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Charlie

My Path to Championship - Charlie Hoffs

I recently won the Chinese Bridge International Chinese Language Competition. It was the most wild, exhausting, exciting experience of my life. The adventure began once I set foot in our Beijing hotel. Looking around, I saw people of all shapes, sizes, and colors arriving from around the world. They were speaking every language from Afrikaans to Japanese, wearing their traditional national clothing and bearing their flags proudly.

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Texas&love

The Ten Best Moments of Our Trip to China - Texas and Love Zubiller

The Ten Best Moments of Our Trip to China

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TomHom

Interview with Tom Hom

My background is Chinese-American. I worked with Dr. Lily Cheng, Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, on some of the issues in the City of San Diego for many years. She was instrumental in assisting me in translating the title of my book into Chinese and wrote a brief review of the book after she read it.

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MianjunLi

Ambassador of the Six Arts of Confucianism - Mianjun Li

Of the Six Arts of Confucianism, "arithmetic" is an extremely important topic. It embodies an exceedingly rich branch of knowledge. The ancient Chinese often kept records by tying knots. Since then, the evolution of this process resulted in the development of a more sophisticated method of record-keeping using what is known as an abacus. The abacus is widely used throughout Asia to perform functions such as calculating day-to-day necessities. It is even capable of performing advanced logic and reasoning, which is an indispensable aspect of Chinese culture.

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AnneRosser

CISDSU Ambassador / Friend of CISDSU - Anne Rosser

My early connection with China has led to my continued interest and involvement with then Confucius Institute. I began my first trip to China in 2005 with the San Diego State University College of Arts and Letters Educational and Cultural Tour. The trip was over-whelming with so many historical places to visit and cultural activities for participation.

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WilliamTong

New Laser-Based Methods for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage: Terracotta Warriors and Silk Road Mummies - William Tong

Professor Bill tong has developed novel multi-photon laser methods for chemical analysis with parts-per-quadrillion-level detection sensitivity for a wide range of areas including biomedical, environmental, security, and cultural heritage applications. His SDSU laser lab has been funded by various federal agencies and coporations for studies in analytical chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, physical chemistry, and biophysics.

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RonCho

APAPA Interview with Ron Cho

It's always a challenge opening up a brand new chapter. You need like-minded individuals with grass root thinking that are passionate about civic engagement. It takes a lot of efforts especially when we are a volunteer organization. There is a lot of heavy lifting that we do in an order to create more momentum. Especially in a diverse town, like San Diego with an Asian American population that is spread out across San Diego County

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HowardRubenstein

A Brief Biography of Howard Rubenstein

Howard Rubenstein was born in Chicago on June 14, 1931, to middle class parents. His father owned a dry cleaning store and his mother was a housewife. When he was 5, his mother almost died of an ectopic pregnancy; she attributed her survival to the skill of her physician. Her close call with death and her praise of her physician had a deep and lasting effect upon Rubenstein, which influenced his decision to become a doctor.

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LeixiaLiu

Leixia Liu: To Be a Teacher in a Confucius Classroom School

It's been two years since I began to work for Riverview international academy, which is affiliated with the Confucius classrooms of CISDSU. I have been very confident in all my work this year, because of my students as well as my team.

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KwanSo

Interview with Mr. Kwan So

In 2009, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) was officially founded. Mr. Kwan So donated 15,000 dollars to the institute to support its function in promoting Chinese language and culture. Mr. So is currently the Senior Advisor of the Advisory Board of CISDSU. On November 14th, 2016, CISDSU staff interviewed Mr. So, on the topics of the founding history of CISDSU, as well as stories of his adventures and lucky life.

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Andersons

It Started with a Thank-You Letter: An Interview with the Andersons

Jack Anderson and Mia Anderson, 2 Riverview International Academy students, delivered a hand-written thank-you letter in Chinese to the Chinese Naval officials on December 7th, 2016, after touring their ship at the B street pier...

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Thurman

Interview with Principal Thurman

At the 11th Confucius Institute Conference on December 10th, 2016, Riverview International Academy, a Confucius Classroom affiliated under Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, was awarded the “Confucius Classroom of the Year” by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). Dr. Brian Thurman, Principal of Riverview International Academy, received the award from China’s Vice Premier Liu Yandong.

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Jenna

Chinese Bridge Competition - Jenna Permann

I was an observer for the American team at the 9th Chinese Bridge Competition. I'm 16 years old, and have been learning Chinese for one year. This trip was an amazing opportunity and experience as I was able to make great friends with Chinese students and people that came from all over the world, learn about Chinese language and culture, and visit amazing historical sites.

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Chivas

The Reflection of China Trip - Chivas Powers

Learning information in the classroom helps you learn about the language and culture but going to China truly allows you to experience and understand the Chinese culture. As well as being able to experience the culture, the most helpful part of learning in China is that you are being completely surrounded by the people and you have to use the language every day in order to survive.

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Boller

An Educator for 40 Years in San Diego County - Lillian Boller

My name is Lillian Boller and I have been an educator for 40 years in San Diego County. My first 36 years was spent teaching Kindergarden, First and Second grade at Sunnyside Elementary School in Chula Vista. After retiring from Chula Vista School District, I have been working at USD as a supervisor for student teachers

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Aida

Words From Our Principal and Teachers - Aida Hernandez

The students of Barnard are using the Mandarin language in an authentic context, gaining a greater appreciation for the culture, and 100% engaged in learning!

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Leah

Our Family's Chinese Immersion Story

Our family discovered Chinese culture and Mandarin language when we enrolled our oldest child, Leah, in a two-way Cantonese immersion program near out home in San Francisco. Though I had only the vaguest idea about what studying Chinese would entail, I was intrigued at the prospect of giving my children the chance to become fluent in a language and culture different from our own.

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Ernest

From Teacher to Principal - Ernest Remillard

As the time passed, his passion in learning and sports expanded to coaching and education. After he graduated from college in the east coast, he came to USD for his master degree in education, earning his first teaching position at Roosevelt Middle School as a math teacher, his vision of seeing the master plan of things involved led him to the administrative field, from the Vice Principal and Principal at Pacific Beach Middle School, then becoming the Principal of Mission Bay High School since 2013 till present.

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Yongxia

Standing in a Higher Position of Life - Yongxia Xiao

Someone said there would also be poems in the distance besides the common routines in life. That’s why I came to SDSU of US all the way from Shandong, China, as a visiting scholar. It was a wonder to be a student in US in my forties, for I had been dreaming to have such an experience since years ago.

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Xiaoyuan

Teaching Mandarin Chinese at San Diego High School - Xiaoyuan Li

As a member of the 2013 Confucius Institute program, I had the opportunity to teach the Mandarin Chinese language and culture for three years at San Diego High School of International Studies in the United States. The Chinese program was first introduced to this school when I just arrived there, and everything started from the beginning.

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Love

Interview with Love Zubiller

My passion for the school and our students was growing quickly, and I also wanted to devote more time to my own kids. This led to my decision to leave the working world and jump fulltime into motherhood. I haven’t looked back since.

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Wendi

“Two Years Teaching at a Mandarin Emersion School” - Wendi Chen

The following is an account of my two years as an exchange teacher in a primary immersion school, as well as some of my personal life in United States. Recently the Mandarin immersion program has been gaining popularity in K-8 classrooms in the US.

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WeiLu

Interview with CISDSU Co-Director Professor Wei Lu

I graduated from Xiamen University in 1983 with a BA in English Language and Literature and earned my Master’s Degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics - also from Xiamen University. Usually, I have a busy day of office work at CISDSU - doing/assisting in routine management tasks.

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