This past Saturday, March 19th, the Community Mentor Club initiated and hosted a Chinese Art & Cultural Night at Carey’s DC campus. It was the first time that parents and children from College Gardens Elementary School visited the DC campus of Johns Hopkins University.
The night started with interactive dance and Kung fu classes. Dance instructor Joey Hu (MSF’16) impressed everyone with her stunning traditional Chinese dance illustration and taught attendees a few basic dance moves. Following Joey’s performance, Alex Wei (MSIS’16) introduced the history of Kung fu, identified the different kinds of Kung fu, and demonstrated basic Kung fu moves. Both children and parents showed great interest in these interactive lessons and most of all, had lots of fun.
After the lessons, community mentors, parents and children had a good time mingling and chatting while enjoying Chinese food. A few attendees even learned how to use chopsticks with the help of the community mentors.
Kung Fu Panda 2 was shown later in the auditorium, and the night ended with laughter and happiness. Parents expressed their appreciation of the event and their expectation of future club activities.
The Community Mentor Club’s purpose is to provide an opportunity for JHU students to connect with the local community. Carey is the place where business is taught with humanity in mind, and the community mentors aim to connect native Mandarin speakers at JHU with a local elementary school with a population of 100+ students learning Mandarin in the areas of Science and Math. Carey students get to see a local public school, meet children studying their language, learn more about American education, and meet native English speaking members of the community. In turn, the community members learn about Chinese culture via presentations and discussions with Carey students, gain assistance for their children with homework, and help strengthen their children’s language acquisition.