Delegation from Confucius Institute at University of Utah Visits Members of Congress in Washington DC

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Utah, the US [Time]    2018-05-15 10:17:58 

On April 25th, local time, a delegation from the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah visited members of Congress at the Capitol Hill, Washington DC. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, Senators, Rob Bishop, House Representative, and other officials met the delegation.

The delegation consisted of 14 members, including Stacy Lyon, Director of the Chinese Immersion Program in Utah State Education Department, Sheri Sorensen, Director of Foreign Languages Immersion in Granite School District, Cindy Dunn, President of Calvin Smith Elementary School, Chinese teachers, students and their parents.

The delegation visiting Rob Bishop

Rob Bishop and the delegation

Stacy Lyon introduced the achievements of the Chinese Program and thanked the Confucius Institute for its significant support in the Chinese language teaching in Utah. Three children from the Seaman family in Utah reported in both Chinese and English their Chinese learning. Tyler Kohring, a college student, spoke about the great influence of Chinese on his future career planning and praised the Confucius Institute for its efforts in teaching Chinese and promoting Chinese culture.

Taylor Colin reporting on the result of his Chinese learning

Stacy Lyon reporting the results of the Chinese Immersion Program in Utah

The delegation talking with Rodney Evans, Science and Technology Advisor of Mike Lee.

Senators and representatives and their staff expressed their intention to support the Chinese language teaching in Utah and the Confucius Institute Program, and spoke highly of the Confucius Institute for its contributions to promoting the Chinese language in Utah.

Orrin Hatch listening to the Chinese learning report from Samantha Seaman, a student from the Confucius Institute

Delegates talking with staff of Orrin Hatch.

Orrin Hatch claimed that the Confucius Institute Program is “absolutely important and crucial”. He said that China was now regarded as one of the two greatest countries in the whole world, and it would turn greater in the near future. Therefore, the US needed to communicate more with China.

The delegation taking a photo at the Capitol

Currently, more than 10,000 children from pre-school to senior high are participating in the Chinese Immersion Program, the largest of its kind in the United States. This program has been carried out in 32 elementary schools and 23 secondary schools. Stacy Lyon said that the Confucius Institute had been their right arm in the construction of the Chinese Immersion Program in Utah. They could not have done all this without the support of the Confucius Institute.