On Saturday morning, November 21, at the 2015 ACTFL in San Diego, the NCLCC held a meeting to discuss the Coalition’s one-year work plan for 2016, hosted by Lorna Xing of CSAUS. At this meeting, they decided to have reps monthly meetings attended by one or two representatives from each organization.
On the same day, the participants of NCLCC organized and conducted a forum entitled “Beginning to Dialog with Our Fellow Americans.” This forum was hosted by Dr. Yulan Lin. Dr. Walker presented the introduction and conclusion, and the representatives of the three organizations, Baocai Jia of CLASS, Lorna Xing of CSAUS, and Wenling Lin of NCACLS, discussed the necessity, significance, and benefits for the Americans to include Chinese language and culture in our children’s educations.
The National Chinese Language and Culture Coalition (NCLCC) conducted a workshop at the Ohio State University from October 30 to November 1, 2015. The representatives of the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-elementary Schools (CLASS), Chinese Schools Association in the United States (CSAUS), and National Council of Associations of Chinese Language Schools (NCACLS)—the three major organizations devoted to K-12 Chinese language education—came to Columbus OH to write the Coalition’s Rationale and compile its Directory of resources.
At the CSAUS 10th Conference in Phoenix, 2014, the NCLCC gathered together to discuss the rationale and other issues related to the field of K-12 Chinese education. They also met with Mr. LEI Zhengang, Director of Culture Branch, Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, China.
The NCLCC held its first forum at the 2014 ACTFL in San Antonio on November 22, under the title “One United Voice for the Field.” Dr. Yulan Lin hosted the forum. Dali Tan, Yea-Fen Chen, Mark Zhang, and Steve Chang presented why one united voice is needed for the field of Chinese language and culture education in the United States, and Dr. Walker made the introduction and conclusion.
On November 22, at the 2013 ACTFL in Orlando, Florida, the representatives of the CLASS, CLTA, CSAUS, and NCACLS, with the NEALRC as facilitator, got together to further discuss the common goals and their objectives. The meeting named this coalition as “National Chinese Language and Culture Coalition (NCLCC)” and drafted the mission statement.
On December 8, 2012, the representatives of CLASS, CLTA, CSAUS, and NCACLS gathered at the CSAUS 9th National Convention in Cincinnati. The NEALRC facilitated this meeting. These national organizations, focusing on Chinese language and culture in the field of K-12, initiated to form a national coalition to promote learning and studying of Chinese language and culture in American education and discussed their common goals and mission statement.