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  • DONATE / Student Mission to China
    Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions Support the Lawsuit Links Programs Center for Student Development Human Capital Entrepreneurship Housing Workforce Development IMPACT Leadership Development Program Careers Multimedia Digital Media Strategy nextTV Contact Policy Research Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Current Studies Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League DONATE DONATE Overview Planned Giving Donor Privacy Policy Student Mission to China Monday June 23 2014 Tuesday June 24 2014 Wednesday June 25 2014 Thursday June 26 2014 Friday June 27 2014 Saturday June 28 2014 Sunday June 29 2014 Monday June 30 2014 Tuesday July 1 2014 Wednesday July 2 2014 Thursday July 3 2014 Friday July 4 2014 Chicago Urban League Student Mission to China Creates Pipeline of Young African American Global Citizens For the second summer in a row the Chicago Urban League will send a delegation of African American high school students on a two week cross cultural academic journey through China The trip planned in partnership with United Airlines and the China United States Exchange Foundation will forever change the lives of 20 African American students from around the city While our students are away they will be sending us

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  • DONATE / Monday, June 23, 2014
    s 7 00am WAKE UP WAKE UP After alarm clocks have been silenced and the student ambassadors have gotten ready we made our way down to an interesting variety of breakfast foods from bacon to fried rice and even French fries it was an overall interesting switch from the typical American meal Leaving the hotel we all made our way to one of the Beijing Language and Culture University buildings to officially kick off this trip with an Opening Ceremony We not only met a few of the sponsors but we were also enlightened about a few aspects of our experience We will engage in multiple lectures about the Chinese language relations political systems and culture We wrapped up the ceremony with a quick group shot Next we proceeded to the Beijing Opera lecture where we learned about one of the many ways Chinese culture is expressed through operas We engaged through song dance and our favorite painting different masks This was only a taste of what was in store After this exciting activity we experienced our first lecture on Sino US Relations from 1784 to 2014 We touched on 5 main topics including the 1 st Contact of the US and China the Open Door Policy the Way to Allies Who Lost China and Ice Broken Although this may sound sort of boring it actually turned out to be very interesting and enlightening Lecture fingers crossed that every lecture is like this one After the lecture we proceeded to lunch that for the most part was agreed to be the best meal thus far Although we were busy filling our stomachs we were low key anticipating the GREAT WALL As time approached for one of the most important tasks of our lives everyone had an hour to get head

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  • DONATE / Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    23 2014 Tuesday June 24 2014 Wednesday June 25 2014 Thursday June 26 2014 Friday June 27 2014 Saturday June 28 2014 Sunday June 29 2014 Monday June 30 2014 Tuesday July 1 2014 Wednesday July 2 2014 Thursday July 3 2014 Friday July 4 2014 Tuesday June 24 2014 Ni Hao It s Naida and Sameiya sharing day 2 of our Student Mission Trip to China Today we started out bright and early with a wakeup call at 6 00am followed by breakfast which began at 7 00am This morning s breakfast was our little taste of home with things like sausage and hash browns After breakfast off we marched through the Beijing Language and Culture University it was a very interesting sight to see might we add Then we started our first lecture of the day on China s Political System and Economic Development This lecture really piqued our interest and highlighted why China is structured the way that it is The lecture covered both ancient and modern China and helped us see and understand the many different Chinese viewpoints including their many government systems and their power structure Then came the fun and interactive lecture where we learned the basics of the Chinese Language greetings and etiquette such as Ren Shi Ni Hen Gao Xing which means nice to meet you This was by far our favorite lecture because the teacher was engaging and held all of our interests Immediately following our last lecture of the day our hosts from the Beijing Language and Culture University presented us with gifts including a Chinese scroll and a certificate of completion from the University during our closing ceremony How cool right that we became college alumni in two days After the closing ceremony we headed to the Summer Palace

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  • DONATE / Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Monday June 23 2014 Tuesday June 24 2014 Wednesday June 25 2014 Thursday June 26 2014 Friday June 27 2014 Saturday June 28 2014 Sunday June 29 2014 Monday June 30 2014 Tuesday July 1 2014 Wednesday July 2 2014 Thursday July 3 2014 Friday July 4 2014 Wednesday June 25 2014 Hello this is Christopher White Jr and Marcelous Crosby blogging on day three We had a wakeup call at 6 00am to get ready for breakfast which offered different varieties of foods from roast sausages to cowpea with minced meat and even desserts including spongecakes We departed from the Xijiao Hotel at 8 30am for the Beijing South Train Station Our bullet train to Hangzhou left Beijing at 11 19am The bullet train was a smooth ride even while going almost 200mph we travelled more than 800 miles in 6 hours and it was an amazing experience We arrived in Hangzhou at 5 13pm and headed to the Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic campus We received a warm welcome from the Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic Chinese student ambassadors they made us feel very special and welcomed to be here Next we checked into our beautiful hotel rooms to freshen up for

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  • DONATE / Thursday, June 26, 2014
    days Wrapping up our tour we saw the dance studio fitness room and a few other activity rooms including table tennis After the tour we saw a tea art performance The 1 st presentation featured the West Lake Longjing tea which has a history of over 600 years The tea is most famous for its jade green color beautiful shape and its sweet fragrance the performance was facilitated by 2 men and 1 woman The 2 nd presentation of Oolong tea was presented by 2 men Following those two presentations two of our ambassadors Cydney and Jermaine were invited to perform the Longjing tea ritual Next we were given a speech by CUSEF s Special Advisor Mr Alexander Tzang His speech was very motivational because he made each ambassador feel important to this global world One key thing that stuck with me was his belief that we can help the Chinese fulfill their dream He believes that we can make an impact in China as well as in America so that both of our countries can come together in the future Mr Tzang s words will always be a part of my life because they gave me more confidence to work on being the change for this world After his speech we went to lunch and met a group of girls from Los Angeles who are also here on a student ambassador trip It was exciting for all of us to meet other youth who are experiencing China as well Next we sat through a lecture about China s Plan and Recent Development in Clean Energy which was presented by Mr Min Zhu We learned the importance of the U S and China working together to lessen the amount of fossil fuels around the world which will decrease the amount of pollution Our last activity for the day was a Chinese Culinary art workshop where we made dumplings for dinner Chef Wei and student ambassadors from Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic helped us through each of the steps We were able to make different designs and create some pretty delicious pork dumplings In conclusion I couldn t have asked for a better way to start off our time in Hangzhou I m really looking forward to everything that is in store for us for the next week and I m so ready to experience more of Hangzhou Briana Demming Thursday June 26 2014 You know that there are a lot of ways to greet someone there s Hola Bonjour Konnichiwa and a simple hello but today I think that the best greeting is a good old Ni Hao Ni Hao I m Patricia Terry one of the 2014 Chicago Urban League s Student Ambassadors who travelled all the way from the U S of A to China But I m sure that many of you already knew that You have read a few of the other ambassadors blogs about our adventures in Beijing and how we ve had to wake up at

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  • DONATE / Friday, June 27, 2014
    they had an iron or not and disturb her from getting ready just to find an iron there all along Now it s about 7 30am and I am nowhere near dressed I m in my robe and house shoes so you already know that I m going crazy I finally get to my room with the iron and I m so relieved After everything that happened I was able to get completely ready by 7 43am leaving me with 2 minutes to get down to the lobby Now I m at breakfast which went by pretty fast in my opinion I ate yellow rice with red peppers and I must say I WAS NOT disappointed with it and I also had a side of sprite After everybody was done with breakfast we had to meet in the lobby to head to the first of three lectures We arrived to the Teaching Building where we will spend the day learning about the history of China and its connections with the U S Our first lecturer Mr Li Degui gave us a warm welcome and then jumped straight into the lecture In this particular lecture we learned about how Confucius was an enthusiastic politician in the late spring and autumn and how he was a model educator for thousands of years how Laozi was an official historian a legendary hermit 2500 years ago and the writer of Dao De Jing I could go on and on and on the lecture was just so detailed and thorough I can honestly say I learned a lot from this I walked out of this lecture feeling good about it knowing that I took some knowledge away from it We had a little break to recuperate and get our minds back on track and then

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  • DONATE / Saturday, June 28, 2014
    15am and we had to meet in the lobby at 7 15am for breakfast Today we had an early start but the bus arrived late to pick us up The bus came around 8 15am and our first stop was to visit the National Tea Museum where we arrived at 8 30am There s a sign that says the museum is open from 8 00am to 5 00pm but for some reason we had to walk around for half an hour before we could enter During that time we explored the tea vineyards until they let us into the actual museum After they let us in we explored the history of tea and its importance to the Chinese culture We regrouped at 10 00am after which we got onto the bus and made our way to the National Silk Museum where we arrived at 10 11am We delved into the history of silk and how it s made from silk worms we saw various ancient quilts and clothing and how clothing in China changed from the early 4th century to now We left the National Silk Museum and went to lunch at the National Cuisine Museum We ate duck popcorn pork in barbecue sauce Chinese noodles rice cabbage and a variety of other Chinese dishes Inside of the restaurant they had a display of multiple foods from various countries around the globe After we were all satisfied we went to explore the actual museum We saw wax figures and paintings of families preparing and enjoying their meals Then we all gathered in the front lobby of the museum at 1 00pm wrapping up the first half of our day Our next stop was to the bank We had to convert additional money so that we could get ready to go

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  • DONATE / Sunday, June 29, 2014
    when we went to make a wish I ended up taking pictures with so many different people After praying wishing taking pictures throwing coins into funny looking statutes and enjoying lunch we had more activities Just a little before lunch we went to Leifeng Pagoda Everything in China screams busy and rushed once we visited Leifeng Pagoda we were introduced to it Water was surrounding beautiful people and trees leading up to a five story tower made of wood and brick The present was pushed to the past as we looked at the Pagoda which was originally from 975 AD After lunch everything moved so fast We got to see two more locations West Lake and Hu Xueyan s former residence West Lake was green green and greener It was an abundance of green that made you never want to leave To know that there was such a nice quiet and beautiful place in this busy and crowded city was good The day was great and visiting Hu Xueyan s former residence made it better The house made me want to redecorate my own home Everything was so descriptive and unique from the door handle to the gardens Finally after a full day we all enjoyed dinner at the hotel followed by 4 amazing and fun competitions that helped the group bond as one Marissa Johnson Sunday June 29 2014 Ring Ring Ding Dong Ding Dong Knock Knock All of these noises make it impossible to sleep in on this fine Sunday morning We all knew that we had a beautiful bright and possibly gloomy and adventure filled day ahead of us Hi my name is Jazmine Ralford and today you re going to see my point of view on China on this blessed Sunday The morning starts with an

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