In November 2009, President Barack Obama announced the “100,000 Strong” initiative, a national effort designed to increase dramatically the number, and diversify the composition, of American students studying in China.
The Chinese government strongly supports the initiative and has already committed 10,000 American students to study in China. The 100,000 Strong Foundation encourages students from across the America to learn Mandarin and study in China. The Foundation believes that its best ambassadors are the American students who learned about the Chinese culture, language and people first hand.
Increasing the number of American students who study Mandarin will “ensure the future generation of American entrepreneurs, business owners, journalists, engineers, scientists, doctors, as well as government officials at both the national and state levels, understand China.” Tanner remarked.
President Obama, during the first state visit to Washington by China’s President Xi Jinping, announced a sweeping new nationwide initiative to see 1 million American students studying Mandarin by 2020.
“We welcome the US decision to extend the 100,000 Strong Initiative from universities to elementary schools. And by 2020, 1 million Americans students will learn Mandarin. The door of friendship with China will continue to be open to the American people,” said President Xi.
The President Obama called for a dramatic expansion of Mandarin language learning. Specifically, the 1 Million Strong initiative would in five years grow the number of 12 years old students studying Mandarin in the US from approximately 200,000 to 1 million. The effort seeks to develop Mandarin language curriculum norms, double the number of Mandarin language teachers in the US and support the development of web distance education platforms to enhance accessibility of language learning to remote and underserved communities.
“After all, if our countries are going to do more together around the world, then speaking each other’s language, truly understanding each other is a good place to start,” said President Obama.
When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg met with Xi during the president’s recent visit to business and technology leaders in Seattle, the founder held a conversation with the Chinese president entirely in Mandarin.
This is an inspiring example of how important linguistic and cultural understanding is to enrich U.S. and China relationships in business and beyond. Zuckerberg is a busy guy. If he has time to learn Mandarin, so do American high school students.
To make 1 Million Strong a reality, McGiffert said the 100,000 Strong Foundation will also partner with technology and online-education leaders to ensure students’ Mandarin language study.
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