Campus: CSU Stanislaus -- April 04, 2003
University Receives Fulbright China Study Project
California State University, Stanislaus has received funding for a Fulbright
China Study Project that will give area educators the opportunity to
study there for a month in 2004.
The travel/study program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education,
will allow 12 American educators to spend four weeks in the Yunnan and
Guizhou provinces of China, developing instructional units about China’s
cultural diversity. Linda Bunney-Sarhad, Director of the CSU Stanislaus
Office of Global Affairs, said targeted participants will be teacher
educators, K-12 teachers and K-12 teacher candidates.
Bunney-Sarhad said that in a dramatic and colorful way, the two selected
Chinese provinces parallel the ethnic diversity of Central California,
from which most CSU Stanislaus participants will come. Participants
will not only be able to learn of the historic roots of one of Central
California’s large ethnic groups, the Hmong (Miao), but also make
comparisons between how the groups interact with the dominant society
in China and in California.
Participants will hear lectures from local professors and community
leaders. Each participant also will study conversational Chinese and
Tai-chi chuan and will visit historic sites, landmarks and villages.
Professors at the Yunnan University for Nationalities and at Guizhou
University for Nationalities will serve as local hosts, sharing teaching
responsibilities with CSU Stanislaus professor Dr. Kou Yang, a specialist
in Hmong culture.
“The program will be an important step forward in a new institutional
partnership between our campus and the Guizhou University for Nationalities,”
Bunney-Sarhad said. “This is one more opportunity we can provide
to deepen the global experience of faculty, teachers and students.”
The program will take place in summer 2004, giving program staff an
opportunity to complete recruitment of participants, arrangements for
travel and orientation of the travelers during the next academic year.
Teacher educators, student teachers and current K-12 teachers who are
interested in the program should contact the Office of Global Affairs
at CSU Stanislaus.
Contact: Linda Bunney-Sarhad, Director of Global Affairs,