Wednesday, March 8, 2017

NLSC Chapter Event Highlights History and Culture of the Chinese Lunar New Year

The National Language Service Corps (NLSC) has established six Regional Chapters in the United States and abroad: New York City, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Washington, DC; Honolulu, HI; Chicago, IL; and Stuttgart, Germany.  Regional Chapters are keys to building community by providing hubs where NLSC Members can network with each other, connect with their local NLSC representative, and support their communities, which deepens the value of NLSC membership in the local areas.

The NLSC hosted its first Chicago Regional Chapter event on March 4, 2017. NLSC Members attended a cultural event in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood.  A docent from the Chinese Cultural Institute presented on the historical and cultural significance of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. Members also enjoyed a hands-on Chinese dumpling workshop. Following the NLSC updates, the group networked and exchanged ideas. One NLSC Chicago Regional Chapter Member said “The event was very well organized and informative. It was an awesome opportunity to meet other NLSC Members and keep up with the different developments within the NLSC Chapter.”  

The NLSC Chicago Regional Chapter Coordinator is excited about the new footprint of the NLSC program in the area. Chicago is a diverse community where over 36% of Chicagoans speak a language other than English at home. Reflective in the diversity of participants, Members languages included Arabic, French, German, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Pulaar, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Wolof.

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