The National Chinese Language and Culture Coalition Forum on August 7th 2021

The National Chinese Language and Culture Coalition Forum Provides a National Platform to Promote the Illinois Experience of Passing the TEAACH Act

On Saturday, August 7, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm (EST), the National Chinese Language and Culture Coalition (NCLCC), invited by the National Council of Associations of Chinese Language Schools (NCACLS) annual conference, will conduct a forum to discuss how to learn from the successful Illinois campaign to pass the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act, and to introduce Asian American history, including Chinese American history, to American classrooms. This being an effort so that the younger generation in the United States will understand the history of Chinese and Asian Americans,and their contributions to this country, leading to a better, more equal, and multicultural society.

The forum will be hosted by President Meiju Lee of NCACLS. She will also express her strong support for this important project, on behalf of NCACLS.  Professor Galal Walker, Director of National East Asian Languages Resource Center (NEALRC) at The Ohio State University, and President of United States Heartland China Association (USHCA), will talk about the significance of Chinese American studies in American classrooms. Executive Director Baocai Jia of Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) will explore how to add Chinese American studies to the curriculum in all US primary and secondary schools. Dr. Allan Yang, Secretary-General of the Chinese School Association in the United States (CSAUS), will present a conceptual framework to integrate Chinese American history education in teaching Chinese language at heritage schools.

This forum is honored to invite outstanding Illinois representatives, who have successfully worked with other organizations to advocate for passing the TEAACH Act, to share their valuable experiences. Ms. Grace Chan McKibben, Executive Director of the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC), will focus on the importance of working in coalition with other ethnic groups. Chairperson Jan Zheng of Chinese American Association at Greater Chicago (CAAGC) will talk about the impact of the TEAACH Act on the growth and development of Chinese American youth. Dr. Hong Liu, Executive Director of the Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA), will emphasize the importance of promoting fairness and equality for Asian American in the US. Finally, Mr. Bobby Bao, IB Chinese Teacher at Chicago Public Schools, will introduce his classroom practices of Asian history and culture education and how to share learning and teaching resources.

The National Chinese Language and Culture Coalition was officially founded in 2016. It consists of CLASS, CSAUS, and NCACLS, with the assistance of NEALRC. There are more than 300,000 students among the three national organizations. If counting their parents, there are about one million in total. The NCLCC can directly reach the frontline teachers, who can carry out the historical task to introduce the Chinese American history and contributions to this country to the classrooms.

To get further information of the NCLCC, please visit:

The forum is open to the public with free admission.
Zoom ID: 818 4293 0683
Password: 202108

Contact: Minru Li (PhD), Phone: 614-483-5835, Email: