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Work of UCLA Confucius Institute highlighted in new video
Roosevelt high school student (left) and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, who is playing the erhu, a traditional Chinese instrument. (Photo: Susan Pertel Jain/ UCLA.)

Work of UCLA Confucius Institute highlighted in new video

The "Chinese Alive!" program at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles — a partnership between the UCLA Confucius Institute and the i.am.angel Foundation of Black Eyed Peas' performer will.i.am, is featured in a new video made by UCLA graduate film student Lucretia Stinette.

"Chinese Alive!" teaches Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture and arts to Roosevelt students, connecting them with faculty and graduate students of UCLA's Ethnomusicology and Theater Departments, as well as with traditional Chinese artists living in East Los Angeles. It is part of a larger initiative of the i.am.angel Foundation to help over 200 students from Roosevelt High School prepare for college. 

On November 21, the video was screened at the inaugural conference of the 100,000 Strong Foundation in Washington, DC, providing a professional look at the contribution of the UCLA Confucius Institute to the goal enunciated by President Obama: sending 100,000 American students to study abroad in China. That same week, it was screened at the annual conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in Orlando, Florida, where will.i.am's support for world language education and study abroad was recognized.

Click here to view the You Tube video.