Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawai’i
CCS is the home department of the CI-UHM. It brings together nearly 60 faculty specialists and 200 graduate students
in over 20 departments and professional schools, in research and learning about China-related topics.

Map of Confucius Institutes in the U.S.
Developed by the US-China Institute at the U of Southern California, this map indicates all CIs in the US by state,
along with an interactive map of their partnerships in China.

Confucius Institute Online
This site links to Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing and offers news about the activities of Confucius Institutes worldwide,
as well as links to these Institutes.

About the Confucius Institutes
The USC Center on Public Diplomacy examines the Confucius Institutes
(CI) in the United States as a platform for Chinese cultural
diplomacy in the context of U.S.-China relations and higher-education
management. The project offers a framework for understanding the
opportunities and challenges facing organizations of cultural
diplomacy in contemporary times. The site monitors media coverage of
CIs around the world, as well as published research on the CIs.

Chinese Language Education in the US
For the most up-to-date information about Chinese language enrollment in the US and institutions that offer Chinese,
download this report prepared by the Modern Language Associaton.
The MLA is currently undertaking another national survey to update the data provided in this document.

There are four national-level U.S.-based Chinese language professional organizations. They are:

The Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA), made up of over 600 educators at both post-secondary and secondary-elementary levels in the U.S. and overseas, offers a journal, newsletter, annual conference, monograph series, and e-mail notification of news. See

The Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) provides a platform for communication among K-12 Chinese language teachers. See

The Chinese School Association in the U.S. (CSAUS) is made up of afternoon and weekend Chinese language schools which teach primarily from texts using simplified Chinese, as is prevalent in the People’s Republic of China. See

The National Council of Associations of Chinese Language Schools (NCACLS) brings together afternoon and weekend Chinese language schools teaching primarily from texts using traditional Chinese characters, as is prevalent in the Republic of China (Taiwan). See

Chinese Language Education in Hawai’i
(website under construction)

Chinese Societies in Hawai’i
(website under construction)

Chinese Language Learning and Teaching Resources

ENCOUNTERS is an exciting new suite of materials developed by Yale
University Press in collaboration with the China International
Publishing group (to be called 环球汉语 by the Chinese press), which
will include a feature film shot on location in China using an
international cast of professional actors, an innovative textbook
with annotated instructor’s edition, and a website with interactive
learning activities. The series will be published in Fall, 2011. CI-
UHM director Cynthia Ning is the lead author. Link to the ENCOUNTERS
website below.

READ CHINESE was developed by the National Foreign Language Center at
the University of Maryland, with funding from the U.S. Department of
Education. It includes 104 FREE online reading lessons aimed at the
beginning learner; another 30 lessons are under development. CI-UHM
director Cynthia Ning is a contibuting author. Link to the website

MIT OpenCourseware course for Chinese I: This subject is the first semester of two that form an introduction to modern standard Chinese, commonly called Mandarin. Though not everyone taking this course will be an absolute beginner, the course presupposes no prior background in the language. The purpose of this course is to develop:

  • Basic conversational abilities (pronunciation, fundamental grammatical patterns, common vocabulary, and standard usage)
  • Basic reading and writing skills (in both the traditional character set and the simplified)
  • An understanding of the language learning process so that you are able to continue studying effectively on your own.
The main text is Wheatley, J. K. Learning Chinese: A Foundation Course in Mandarin. Part I. (unpublished, but available online). (Part II of the book forms the basis of 21F.102 / 152, which is also published on OpenCourseWare.)

Hawaii Language Roadmap Initiative
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, with strong interest from the state of Hawai‘i’s Governor’s office, is coordinating the Hawai‘i Language Roadmap Initiative. The goal is to implement a roadmap for change–in education, in business, in state and county government, and in the community– to help build the future multilingual workforce of Hawai‘i.

Foreign language education nationwide

(NCSSFL) maintains a database of state-based initiatives for foreign
languages (including Chinese) at the website below. Reports are
updated annually.

the premier professional association for foreign languages. It offers
publications, a wide range of professional training, and a highly
subscribed annual conference.

Media Links

A brief narrated video highlighting the Wayne State Confucius
Institute’s third annual Michigan China Quiz Bowl.
To get advice on sponsoring your own China Quiz Bowl, contact John
Brender, Director, Confucius Institute, Wayne State University,
Tel: (313) 577-3035, Fax: (313) 577-6929,

Students from Confucius Institutes in the U.S., Russia, Hungary,
Australia, Kenya perform with Canadian-in-China media star Da Shan,
at the 2011 Chinese New Year’s Eve show on CCTV.

US-China Student Global Leadership Institute
Punahou School in Honolulu launched the Student Global Leadership
Institute beginning in 2010, in which 30 rising seniors from eight
high schools in China and the US meet in Honolulu for two weeks of
intensive training, then return to their home communities to carry
out locally-based projects.

春晚: 四海之内皆兄弟也

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