Contact: Riki Jackson
April 17, 2014 - Did you know that Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language
in the world and the third most widely spoken language in the United States? Or that
more people speak English in China than speak English in the United States? And that
one-fifth of the world's population lives in China?
To assist in building bridges between the United States and China, and to promote
Chinese language and culture, the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis
(CIUM) will partner with area schools to offer its fourth annual Chinese summer immersion
The camps are open to children ages 5 to 14. Scholarship assistance is available for
those who qualify.
Dates and locations for the camps are: May 27 to 30, Lausanne Collegiate School; June
2 to 6, Hutchison School and Immaculate Conception Cathedral School; June 9 to 13,
Christ United Methodist Day School; and June 9 to 13, Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal School.
Campers will learn Chinese martial arts, participate in Chinese art classes and learn
more about the Chinese language and culture. Each summer camp will include activities
such as Tai Chi, dancing, calligraphy, sculpting, paper cutting, cooking demonstrations
and special performances.
The mission of the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis is to promote
the Chinese language and culture in Memphis, the Mid-South and across the nation.
For more information on the camps or on Chinese language and cultural programs, contact
Riki Jackson, CIUM assistant director, at 901-678-3166 or visit www.memphis.edu/cium.