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Delegation from Kingsport schools in China

October 15th, 2013 10:48 pm by Rick Wagner

Delegation from Kingsport schools in China

From left to right: Natalie Pickett, Dr. Lamar Smith, Carrie Upshaw, Dr. Holly Flora, Dr. Brian Tate (in back). Submitted photo.

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport public school system has five representatives attending the Chinese Bridge Program for U.S. administrators in China.

Sponsored by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and the Confucius Institute Headquarters, the event is in Beijing Oct. 9-16. The group will return Thursday, Oct. 17.

Johnson City schools also sent a delegation.

“The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis (CIUM) is proud to provide an opportunity to U.S. administrators across Tennessee,” said Hsiang-te Kung, Ph.D. and director of the CIUM and 75th direct descendant of Confucius. “Administrators get firsthand experience about China and the Chinese culture during their stay. This program assists in bridging the gap with students and schools in China and the United States.” 

During the program, which school system spokeswoman Marybeth McLain said was all paid for by Hanban except the travel, administrators participated in observations in Chinese K-12 schools as well as cultural programs and classes including paper-cutting, calligraphy, brush painting and martial arts.

Administrators also spent time visiting historic sites in Beijing as well as points of interest in various provinces.

Read more in the Wednesday print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition. 

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