Dear CE friends,
We’d like to share with you some great stories and a key step for the CE organization.
First we want to thank everyone for helping CE contribute to the Seattle community over the last 16 years.
Year after year we have seen many fun and successful activities. The 2015-16 season was even better:
a terrific Tour (August ‘15), a fun luncheon (September ’15), a cool joint teacher event with World Affairs Council (February ’16),
and another super-successful Language & Talent Competition (March ’16).
None of these would have been possible without your support, hundreds of volunteers donating their time,
and many donors’ generous funding.
In the past 16 years, Mainland China has transformed into one of the world's top business and tourist destinations.
Taiwan has further focused on quality of life and recently elected the first female president in Chinese history.
It is an exciting time with new opportunities and challenges.
It is also time to turn the page and hand the baton to new teams with new ideas.
The CE Board has decided to "wrap up" the operations of Cultural Exploration of Greater China (CE)
effective immediately, and welcomes proposals from interested parties to pick up one or both of the two key events:
We know there are many great teams that can take these ideas to new heights, and will keep our community
informed when such transitions materialize.
- the Language & Talent Competition
- the Greater China Teachers Tour
Cultural Exploration is a never-ending endeavor. We live it every day. As we close this CE chapter,
we look forward to working with our new friends on the next chapters, to be written.
We’d also like to invite you to join us in reflecting on this journey a bit:
On a rainy Seattle night 16 years ago, a group of highly motivated parents got together to discuss how to improve
our school teachers' understanding of Chinese culture, not only to help teachers better engage their Chinese
and Chinese-American students, but also to help them share such insights with children and parents of all
cultural backgrounds. That led to 16 years of CE Tours which have sponsored 56 teachers to tour Greater China,
involving many donors, volunteers (in the U.S., Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China), and host families --
all leading to a great experience for the teachers who have in turn shared with their students/colleagues.
Fast forward 8 years, many of the same volunteers started an event to help make learning Chinese fun.
The annual Language & Talent Competition has averaged 400-500 students (representing many cultural origins)
supported by 100+ volunteers, each year. This has been made possible with the great co-sponsorship with
CLTA-WA (Chinese Language Teachers Association - Washington), the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington,
and Chief Sealth International High School. We have all enjoyed the vibrant, fun, and inspiring performances
Over the years the CE community raised $300K+ of donations plus easily as much value-in-kind contributions,
not to mention the thousands of man-hours each year to fund-raise, plan, communicate, coordinate, and execute
these two events well, and improve year on year. The CE community has delivered great value to the Seattle
community, while rewarding each and every donor and volunteer with a heart-warming experience.
CE has been a great community effort – one that was ignited by the sparks from our two founders Susan Yen
and Kathy Chen, and our last CEO, Sandy Teng. We want to say an Extra Special Thank You to them.
Also, a special call-out goes to Jimmy Jou who has labored many days and nights to deliver the new CE Web site
including tools to automate the Competition and Tour’s selection processes. What a great run!
The Cultural Exploration of Greater China Foundation (CE) 2015-16 Board members:
- Alice Britt
- Tina Chang
- Ben Chao
- Kathy Chen (founder)
- T.R. Fu (Chair 2015-16)
- J.J. Lee
- Sandy Teng
- Nancy Webster
- Susan Yen (founder)