Friends of CIUS Center Community Update

While we’re sheltering at home and looking forward to school in the fall, CIUS wants to share a few success stories from programs across the country, from CI’s community of people who love to learn about other cultures and languages


From Alabama.Com, comes to the story of a CI helping address shortages of desperately needed PPE (Personal Protection Equipment). The story notes: “As hospitals around America scramble for the supplies doctors and nurses need to treat coronavirus patients and protect themselves, Huntsville Hospital is already getting help from the city’s two major Chinese communities.”

Working together the CI at Alabama A&M University along with the Huntsville Chinese Association raised $50,000 used to purchase supplies for the Huntsville Hospital, Decatur Morgan Hospital and the Madison police station. “When I walk on the street (in Huntsville), people always ask me, ‘How are you doing? How is your family doing?’” Yong Wang, director of the CI at Alabama A&M University, told the reporter. “We all feel a very warm welcome, and the Chinese community really appreciates the support.”

How has your program responded to this moment of crisis? We’d love to highlight your stories with local media and our community! E-mail


Like other educational programs across the country, individual CI programs have gone on-line to serve our students. Check out the VIRTUAL STORY TELLING at UNC Charlotte for Grades K – 5 or LEARN TO COOK with the CI at William & Mary. Send us a link and a little about your on-line efforts, and we’ll share them too, as we celebrate your passion for teaching. Send to


With so many staying at home, the Red Cross is reporting severe blood and plasma shortages. Will you join us with #SleevesUpwithCI, in which we are partnering with the Red Cross to encourage blood donations at this critical time. If that won’t work for you right now, check out additional ideas for giving back here. Consider sharing the campaign and letting people know to go #SleevesUpwithCI.

Thanks as always for your support of cultural exchange and Chinese language learning. Stay Safe and let us know how you’re doing!