Thank you, Mimi!

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A very special thank you is due to a part of our CCAI family: Mimi.
 
Mimi is not only a CCAI mom of two beautiful sons, she is also a long-time and dedicated CCAI volunteer. As a well-known mural artist, she contributes to CCAI’s charity mission by going to China and decorating Lily Orphan Care Centers with incredibly beautiful wall murals that delight children and caretakers’ hearts.
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This summer she responds to CCAI Joyous Chinese Cultural Center’s need by once again, showcasing her artistic talent. The splendid Chinese garden and magnificent Chinese dragon she painted add authenticity and life to our cultural center. We can’t wait to unveil the new mural to our students next month.
 
If you want to volunteer at CCAI or JCCC, please contact us at mail@ccaifamily.org.

JCCC celebrates summer volunteers

4I1A4755This afternoon, JCCC staff invited all their summer teen volunteers to come celebrate what they were able to accomplish together. The pizza party was rich in laughter and fun.

In the past year, volunteers have:

  • Painted walls in the JCCC building
  • Cooked and assisted in other ways with field trips hosted by JCCC
  • Staffed the China Charm gift shop
  • Assisted with dance and language classes
  • Emceed the Chinese New Year Event

JCCC is in need of volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year. In particular, an intern is needed through mid-February to assist with organizing the Chinese New Year activities. Photography/videography skills are a plus. To apply, contact Phyllis at school3@chinesechildren.org.

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The Joyous Chinese Cultural Center (JCCC) exists to provide cultural and emotional support to adopted Chinese children and to offer Chinese cultural and language education to children and adults of all backgrounds in our communities and across the country.

Nine Chinese students complete JCCC Immersion Camp

4I1A4003Two weeks ago, nine students between the ages of 11 and 16 boarded flights for a country they had never been to in hopes of learning from people they had never met. Since then, students of the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center’s Summer English Immersion Camp have worked to improve their English language skills and understanding of American culture.

“I can’t imagine doing what you all have done at your age,” Camp Counselor Kyle Botts told the students during the closing program in CCAI Family‘s main building. “I just want to say I’m so proud of you all. Communicating was very difficult when camp first started and this morning we were talking in full sentences!”

4I1A3955During the course of the two-week camp, students alternated between educational sessions on American culture topics like etiquette and holiday traditions and field trips.

“I loved the Museum of Nature & Science,” said Tin Tin, the oldest of the group. “They had a robot there. I had never seen technology like that before.”

Between the field trips and American food experiences, there seemed to be one other major component the campers were particularly thankful for: their host families.

“My host Mom always made me to feel at home,” said Tin Tin. “She even made mung bean soup, a traditional Chinese recipe for me. She liked it and will keep making it now, she says.”

4I1A3950Tin Tin also recounted the fun time he had with his family at the zoo and how they taught him how to dive on a swimming outing.

Before the camp concluded, I listened in during the class session on Halloween. When asked what the students would choose to dress up as, Tin Tin exclaimed, “Harry Potter!” and the class erupted with laughter.

The memories and friendships gained on this trip are sure to last the campers a lifetime.

To learn more about courses offered at JCCC, visit joyouscenter.org.

 

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