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Luoyi Cai facilitates annual Chinese Character Championship

August 1, 2017

Given the overwhelming success of last year’s event “Chinese Hero—UNC Chinese Character Championship” (汉字英雄), faculty in the Chinese program, led by Lecturer Luoyi Cai, held their second such Championship on March 23.  About 140 students from the Chinese program, and some twenty of their supporters—friends and family members—attended this event.  Participants in the competition represented all five levels of the Chinese program, from elementary to advanced.

Eventually, after intense competition, five competitors, one from each level, stood out and became this year’s “Chinese Heroes!”  Faculty in the Chinese program plan to make this an annual event, particularly since students again responded so enthusiastically to the event.

Doria El Kerdany brings Syrian families and Arabic students together

August 1, 2017

Two events organized by Doria El Kerdany, Lecturer in the Arabic program, brought local Syrian families into contact with Arabic language students this spring, allowing them to learn from each other.  First, on March 4, twenty Syrian families from Carrboro, Durham, and Raleigh gathered in New West to learn about the local transit system and community services from students in the Arabic program who presented in both English and Arabic.  This event was also a fundraiser with community donations going toward the support of the families.

Second, on April 20, members of three Syrian families visited students enrolled in all of the Arabic language classes, from first- through third-year.  Speaking in Arabic, they shared with students their life experiences in Syria, the Syrian Civil War, their journeys from Syria to the U.S., and their hopes for the future.

Robin Visser awarded a National Humanities Fellowship

August 1, 2017

Associate Professor Robin Visser has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the National Humanities Center in 2017-2018 for her research on Chinese-language environmental literature from border regions of China.  During the fellowship period, Dr. Visser will be in-residence at the Center and working on her book, and “Bordering Chinese Eco-Literatures (1984-2014).”