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A variety of desserts are displayed inside Cliche Pattisserie on South Linn Street in Iowa City on Monday, July 11, 2016. The new Chinese bakery features items with French inspirations.
Two recent University of Iowa graduates are introducing Iowa City to China, Germany, Switzerland, and France through sweets.

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Jolly Pan, left, and Tancy Zhou, right, stand at the counter of the new Cliche Patisserie
Jiang, who graduated from the University of Iowa just last week, said the idea and execution of his new bakery has been months in the making.

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100k Strong
U.S.-China ties are even more important in light of Presidents Obama’s and Xi’s commitment to increasing Mandarin language learning in the U.S.-also known as our 1 Million Strong initiative – which aims to see 1 million U.S., K-12 students learning Mandarin and studying in China by 2020. “The goal is ambitious, but the need is urgent,” observes Carola McGiffert, CEO of 100K Strong, in a recent op-ed.

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Jeffery Ding
As Jeffrey Ding prepares to part ways with the University of Iowa he reflected on the “amazing opportunities” he’s received while at the UI, which include being awarded four distinguished recognitions.

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Confucius Institute community classes poster
Ever wanted to learn Chinese? Now's your chance! Students, adults, and children of any language level are invited to sign up for a variety of community courses with the UI Confucius Institute during the 2015-16 academic year.

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Beijing is vast. I’ve been here the span of seven Hawkeye football wins, and the city’s vastness is overwhelming at times. The vastness is geographical. At 6,000 square miles – larger than Connecticut – the city’s rings stretch outward into rural villages masquerading as suburbs. Try taking the subway from the northwest corner of the city, where Peking University is located, to Yizhuan Culture Park, in the southeast corner; the bus or taxi through typical traffic will take even longer. The vastness is also historical. It reaches back through Mongol, Chinese, and Manchu dynasties, when the city was passed back and forth among occupiers.

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I love words. The paradox of love is it both requires an expression of totality but also one of discernment. When you love a person, the first attribute that comes to mind may be her beguiling smile, the way her voice sounds when she’s flustered, or the beauty mark on her elbow. What I love most about words is their capacity to express exactly what I – who I am in a particular context at that specific moment – would like to communicate. And I think in piecing together these words that contain our truths in their meanings we just may be able to find some kind of ultimate meaning.

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What better way to kick off the weekend than with a little traditional Chinese culture? Join us for a night of beautiful Chinese folk songs, classic excerpts from Beijing Opera and Sichuan Opera, a Chinese magician and more as the Confucius Insititute presents “Amazing China”!

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Have you ever wanted to learn Chinese? Make this the year you get started! Students, adults, and children of any language level are invited to sign up for a variety of Chinese classes with the UI Confucius Institute during the 2015-16 academic year.

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Professors at the University of Iowa are seeing more Chinese students in their classrooms, so they’re taking extra steps to make them feel comfortable. This program pairs Chinese-speaking student tutors with faculty and staff in one-on-one sessions at the beginning of every semester.

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