Chinese Academy offers cultural education to Hays area

A student project called Chinese Academy at Fort Hays State University offers area residents the chance to learn about Chinese culture and Mandarin Chinese from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 6-12 in Forsyth Library, on the university campus.

Three classes will be offered: preschool, ages 4 through 6; youth, ages 7 through 17; and adult, ages 18 and up. Children under age 4 are welcome to join the preschool program if accompanied by an adult.

Preschool and youth classes will offer basic language and art lessons, including paper cutting, singing, painting and listening and speaking classes in Mandarin Chinese. The adult program offers cooking skills and music and movies relating to Chinese culture in addition to the language and art lessons.

The classes are taught by Chinese graduate students at FHSU. Their goal is to provide a fun, active and educational atmosphere for attendees to experience China.

"The Chinese Academy will be an opportunity for FHSU Chinese students to get experience preparing lessons and presenting to groups," said Carol Solko-Olliff, director of international and disabled student services. "And the participants gain a greater understanding of China, which is a 'win-win' for everyone."

Chinese Academy is a non-profit student project by the Chinese Scholar Association and funded by FHSU. It's mission is to promote the cultural exchange between the United States and China in western Kansas and the local community.

Registration fee for classes is $10. For more information or to sign up, contact chief instructor Fay Pan at (785) 625-2347 or, or program coordinator Frank Xuan at (785) 787-9391 or

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