International Accents

E.g., Wednesday, July 29, 2015
E.g., Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chinese students are coming to study at the University of Iowa in increasing numbers. In part one of this story, Guannan Huang speaks with some of these students to find out why, and what they think of Iowa City.

By Guannan Huang, Iowa City Patch
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By Rob Daniel, The Press-Citizen

Carnivale in Trinidad and other parts of the Caribbean is a mixture of different cultures coming together to celebrate, bringing together elements such as French foxes, Spanish horses and African spiders.

Another part of the party can be a Chinese dragon, which was toward the front of a long parade of children around the Iowa City Public Library and the pedestrian mall and included Luke Becker, 10, of Iowa City, and his sisters, Emma, 9, and Cora, 6.

“I liked ringing the bells on the dragon and shaking around,” Luke said.

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Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps as a way to help people in developing countries; within six months the first group of volunteers was deployed. Half a century—and more than 200,000 volunteers—later, little about the independent government agency has changed.

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By Chastity Dillard, The Daily Iowan

The Rev. Mark Kiyimba was forced to leave his Ugandan home in March for his safety.

The gay-rights activist, now in the United States, stood before a captivated church crowd Sunday morning to discuss Uganda’s gay rights issues.

Though he’s not gay himself, Kiyimba has traveled from church to church across the United States for the last 12 weeks, hoping to raise awareness of a Ugandan anti-homosexuality legislation.

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Unprecedented cuts were made by Congress to International Education and Foreign Language Studies for the current fiscal year. While a $50 million reduction may not seem terribly large in the context of a federal budget of more than $3 trillion, this particular cut amounts to a 40% decrease in funding for these areas, affecting U.S. Department of Education programs in particular.

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Following a shaky six-year peace agreement, the birth of the Republic of South Sudan is the final stage in the hopes of ending decades of war.

And for University of Iowa student Grace Nyoma, the separation is a welcome change.

“This is the best thing that could of happened for Sudan,” she said.

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Each summer, UI International Programs hosts a Global Education Summer Institute for K-12 teachers throughout the State of Iowa. This year’s theme broadly addressed global literacy concepts and the 21st century skills of the Iowa Core Curriculum.

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By Brittany Caplin

From fyi, the UI’s faculty and staff newsletter

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By Brittany Trevick, The Daily Iowan

University of Iowa graduate student Hao Zhang came to Iowa from China with no furniture to stock his apartment. But after stopping at Faith Baptist Church, he wound up with a desk, a microwave, and much more to furnish his Iowa City apartment.

Through the church-sponsored International Giveaway program, international students who come to the United States with little to nothing to furnish their apartments can pick up furniture and other household items.

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By Liu Jun, China Daily

After five minutes of practice, my students at the University of Iowa joined their first ever “chopsticks contest”.

As my teaching assistant, Huang Guannan, kept the time with her cell phone, the four members of the first group ran around the desk, trying to transfer as many wadded up tissue-paper balls as possible from one plate to another. The sticks kept falling, but they managed a dozen.

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By Ian Stewart, The Daily Iowan

Fewer than 24 hours after he got off a plane from Islamabad, Pakistan, Ben Rogers was sitting on his couch in Cedar Rapids, watching the news of Osama bin Laden’s death unfold.

Rogers’ April trip to Pakistan, as part of an unofficial U.S. State Department-sponsored delegation, was at the heart of his discussion of American-Pakistani relations during a speech to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Wednesday.

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In this video, Rochelle Liu talks about her study abroad experience in Beijing, China. She was able to connect to her extended Chinese family, fulfill requirements for her Chinese minor, and feed her sense of adventure by zip-lining off the Great Wall of China. Liu advises students to be open minded of other cultures and learn to appreciate your host country’s history and people.

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Rev. Mark Kiyimba, the founding minister of the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Kampala, Uganda, will be speaking about the struggle for LGBT rights in Uganda at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, in the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. The event is free and open to the public.

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From Media-Newswire.com

Dave Eggers’ book “Zeitoun” is the 2011 selection for “One Community, One Book,” a project sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights ( UICHR ) that promotes learning about human rights in the United States and the world through literature.

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From Media-Newswire.com

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council ( ICFRC ) will welcome Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers for a talk on the complex relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. at noon Wednesday, June 29, at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 30 N. Clinton Street, Iowa City.

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This commentary by Karen Jenkins is from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Jenkins is executive director of the African Studies Association at Rutgers University.

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The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) will welcome Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers for a talk on the complex relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. at noon Wednesday, June 29, at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City.

The talk is free and open to the public with an R.S.V.P. required at http://conta.cc/mwsAro or by calling 319-335-0351. An optional lunch is available at a cost of $8 for ICFRC members and $9 for nonmembers. Luncheon reservations are due by noon Tuesday, June 28.

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Four University of Iowa students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships to conduct research or teach English internationally in 2011-12, according to a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. This year’s UI recipients are Sangeeta Tandon of Bettendorf; Luke Juran of Dyersville; Lia Yoon of Johnston; and Sarah Vi­ren of Tampa, Fla. Seven recent Grinnell College graduates also received Fulbright assistantships for international teaching and research assignments for 2011-12.

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Currently on return flights from a trip to Asia, with at least my fair share of flight delays, I have had time to reflect on the importance of building relations between the University of Iowa and our constituencies abroad, in particular the growing number of friends and alumni we have living in other countries.  There are two reasons for the growing significance of our ties to friends and alumni abroad.  First, there is the fact that our international enrollment has grown significantly over the past few years, particularly at the undergraduate level.  We welcomed about 60 new, first-year i

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By Karina Schroeder*

They are the second-to-last act at the Bridging Fiesta cultural talent show at the University of Iowa. Most of the performing acts that night are dancers, and this group is no different. But when they come on stage and begin their performance, the intricacy, strength and gravity-defying angles of their moves makes them instantly a popular hit.

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From University News Services

Four University of Iowa students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships to conduct research or teach English internationally in 2011-12, according to a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

This year’s UI recipients are Sangeeta Tandon, Luke Juran, Lia Yoon and Sarah Viren.

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While studying abroad in Chile, Samantha Sidwell first connected with people through music. Sidwell, a 2011 UI graduate, was placed in a host family full of musicians and quickly became involved in music locally by playing cello in an orquestra at her university and taking lessons from a Chilean instructor.

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Dave Eggers’ book “Zeitoun” is the 2011 selection for “One Community, One Book,” a project sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) that promotes learning about human rights in the United States and the world through literature.

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International Programs recognized exceptional faculty mentorship and student achievement at the spring 2011 International Studies Graduation Reception on May 13.

The winner of the 2011 International Studies Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award was Craig Just, adjunct assistant professor in the UI College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in international education and exceptional mentoring and support of International Studies B.A. students. He was nominated by Kali Feiereisel, a spring 2011 graduate in International Studies and Sustainability.

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By Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Some Iraqi students studying in the United States on a new government-backed scholarship program could be forced to return home if they cannot meet English-proficiency requirements, a prospect that worries international educators.

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