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The Wisconsin China Initiative was launched in 2007 to both serve as the contact point for information about UW-Madison connections with the China region and to bring together cross-disciplinary faculty, alumni and leaders in business and government.  The Initiative is housed in the International Division at the University of Madison. It is staffed by Associate Director Laurie Dennis.



WCI to host 2nd "welcome new students" events in China

The Wisconsin China Initiative, working with International Student Services and the Center for the First-Year Experience, will coordinated the second annual program to meet with incoming students and their parents in China prior to the start of the new school year.

The "New Student Welcome Sessions" for the Class of 2022 will be held in Shanghai and Beijing in June, with venue sponsorship provided by EasyTransfer.

At last year's pilot version of the program, close to half of the approximately 350 newly accepted Badgers from across China - along with 75 parents - were able to attend the sessions. Attendees met with UW-Madison faculty, alumni, current students and an advisor in afternoon sessions designed to prepare them to make the most of their campus experience.

Families traveled from as far as Shenzhen, Wuhan, Changchun, Jinan, Xian, and Hefei to attend the events.

Teams from the Chinese Undergraduate Student Association (CUSA) assisted with both sessions. Alumni coordinated the venue sponsorships, including Kening Li of Miller Canfield and Kelvin Ma of the De Mei Law Firm, in Shanghai; and Gao Xiang of the Silver Lining Group 光合派 in Beijing.

"I met lots of inspiring friends and alumni, which made me more eager to join the community," commented one student.

"I received clear answers to many of my questions," said another.

Photos (from top): group shot of the Beijing session, new students in Beijing, the alumni panel in Shanghai, group shot of the Shanghai session.


WCI concludes 2nd year of Bubble Tea events

The WCI, in partnership with the Asian American Student Union, concluded a 2nd year of the successful Bubble Tea program.

This program was made possible by a 2017 "campus climate improvement" grant to the Wisconsin China Initiative from the Chancellor's Office and the International Division of the UW-Madison. The free public events feature free "Bubble Tea," conversation and camaraderie.

The WCI student team selected the Chinese name of "麦屯奶茶日“ which focuses on the Madison location (麦屯, the nickname for Madison) and the student friendly beverage (奶茶) that will be served.

For Year 2 of the program, funding was provided by the Wisconsin China Initiative, while content was coordinated by student leaders in the Asian American Student Union, and tea and snacks were provided by Asian Sweet Bakery. Attendance averaged 37 per event at the six teas held during Year 2, and nine students attended four or more of the teas.

Year 2 events had the following themes:

  • April 25, 2018: Faculty Panel on Asian American Experiences in the Workplace
  • March 16, 2018: Asian American Identify Formation, lecture by Prof. Cindy Cheng
  • February 16, 2018: Panel on Masculinity and Gender for Asian Americans
  • December 1, 2017: Panel on International Students from China, moderated by Prof. Jerry Yin
  • October 27, 2017: Asian Americans in Film, lecture by Prof. Lori Lopez
  • September 29, 2017: Asians as a "Model Minority," discussion led by Yukiko Ikeda


Jane Jingyu Zhang, recipient of the inaugural CLACC Ambassador scholarship, is the student organization's Public Relations Officer. Above is the Panda/Badger design she created for the CLACC t-shirt.

CLACC adds new scholarship to annual program

The Chinese Language and Culture Club (CLACC) unveiled a new scholarship at its annual spring fundraising banquet April 28.

The inaugural "CLACC Ambassador Scholarship" is intended to honor outstanding volunteer service to the student organization. This year's award went to Jane Jingyu Zhang.

Jane, a Beijing native, is finishing her junior year at UW-Madison. She serves as the CLACC Public Relations Officer, and has devoted hours of her time to designing posters and t-shirts, along with filming and photographing CLACC events (that's Jane managing the recording at the 2018 CLACC speech contest in the photo at right). Jane is a double major in visual arts and communication arts.

The annual CLACC spring banquet offers an opportunity for members of the community, alumni and faculty to interact with CLACC members. The keynote speaker at this year's event was Engineering Professor John Pfotenhauer, who launched a summer program in 2008 that allows UW-Madison engineering students to take classes at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. The program celebrated its 10th anniversary last summer, and continues to thrive.

The CLACC banquet will also marked by the awarding of the third annual Chinese Language Learners Bridge Fund (CLLBF) to junior Farhat Bhuiyan. Farhat (see photo at right) is seeking a certificate in Chinese Professional Communication, along with majors in Business and Management.

Alums Jarrett Wiesolek (Class of 2011) and Ali Dibble (Class of 2012) launched the Bridge fund in 2016. CLLBF is designed to award scholarships to students who are passionate about learning Chinese and building bridges between UW-Madison and China. 

The fund has topped its start-up goal of $10,000, which means it can now generate interest that will be awarded to students and the Chinese program in the UW-Madison's Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. At its current level, the endowment will generate approximately $500 a year in interest.

For more information about CLLBF, contact Ali and Jarrett at this email address: applycllbf@gmail.com

Click here to donate to the Chinese Language Learners Bridge Fund.

Click here to read the story about the first CLLBF scholarship recipient, Sydney Farmer.


Former UW-Madison Chancellor Irving Shain dies at 92

Irving Shain, a chemistry professor and UW–Madison chancellor emeritus who advanced the university’s interests in China died peacefully Tuesday, March 6, in Madison after a brief illness. He was 92. (Click here to see the full UW-Madison news release on Chancellor Shain's obituary.)

Chancellor Shain led one of the first American university delegations to China of the post-Mao era, in the process launching a visiting scholar program that attracted hundreds of Chinese academics to Madison. Many of these scholars returned to China to become leading scientists and engineers

“I thought there would be, maybe, 10 or 15.”

That was the guess of Chancellor Shain as to how many visiting scholars he expected would come to Madison as a result of his two delegations. In fact, from 1979-1984, over 450 scholars came to the university from across China through the program that Irving Shain launched.

To watch a 2015 videotaped interview of Chancellor Shain on his 1979 delegation, click on the WCI Facebook page.

To read a feature on the impact of Shain's work in China, click on "1979 delegations to China have enduring impact.'

(Photos are of a 2011 interview with Irving Shain about his work with China scholars, and a 1979 delegation photo from Changsha, China. Irving and his wife, Millie, are seated in the center front.)


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