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  • Four students from Chinese Studies have just published their essays in a book entitled: West Meets East: 100 Essays from University Students in the USA. 东西交汇:美国大学生优秀作文100篇. The winning students are: Giselle Campos, Belen Fajardo, Sierra Shepherd, and Wilma Yan-Guttierrez. They are Chinese Studies Majors and Minors. The selection process was highly competitive. 100 essays were selected from more than 300 submissions. Students’ writing and submissions were supervised by Professor Xiaohong Sharon Wen. This collection of essays is published by the prominent Beijing Language and Culture Press, edited by Professor Licheng Gu of Northwestern University.
    You may see the book jacket




  • UH Student Receives First Place in National Chinese Speech Contest
    Chinese student Zeeshaan Siddiqui participated in the National Chinese Speech Contest (NCSC),
    winning the first place at the college level. The NCSC was hosted by the American Academy of International Culture and Education (AAICE) and co-hosted by the Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA-USA).



  • Five students’ Chinese essay have selected for publication in “The First Chinese Writing Selection Publication” by CLTA-TEXAS in April 2021
    Chinese Language Teachers Association of Texas (CLTA-Texas) welcomes submissions of outstanding written work from Chinese language learners of all ages and levels to be selected and digitally published in the 1st annual Chinese Writing Selection (CWS). Their writing is selected and published in the 1st Annual Chinese Writing Selection

    ( , E- edition ) 

    The winners from the Chinese Studies Program are:
    Novice: Mikela Berger, Peijun Zhao
    Intermediate:  Belen Fajardo, Liezl Canlas, Elizabeth Merlinsky


  • Chinese Studies Minor Wins Speech Competition 
    Sunkyung Nguon, an undergraduate student minoring in Chinese language, won the 18th Annual Greater Houston Chinese Speech Contest on November 10. Nguon took first prize in the Non-Chinese Background group.

    The competition was held at International Leadership of Texas, Katy-Westpark High School in Richmond. Contestants ranging from kindergarten students to college seniors were divided into age groups and required to deliver three-minute speeches in Mandarin Chinese.

    Instructional Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies Jing Zhang worked with Nguon on her speech and pronunciation prior to the competition.

    “Thank you so much to Professor Zhang,” Nguon said after her victory. “I saw myself improving a lot, and I’m very happy with the process and the result.” 



Startalk group photo

The Startalk Texas Teacher Program at University of Houston took place July 8-19 and it did extremely well! We had a group of 20 participants selected from 40 applicants. They were from the Greater Houston Area (12), Texas and the other states (8).  Reports about the program have been featured by KUHF - Houston Public Radio, China Daily USA, and The Daily Cougar.


The University of Houston Chinese Studies Program has received a $99,980 grant to launch the STARTALK program over the summer. The program is available to public and private elementary and secondary school teachers, community college professors and instructors at various Chinese heritage schools in Texas.


Tammy Ngo, a Minor in Chinese Studies, has won First Place in a National Contest of Chinese Song Singing

Tammy Ngo, a student from Chinese 3301 class, won First Place of a SuperStar Chinese Song Singing Contest organized by Cheng & Tsui, a leading publisher in Boston.  The SuperStar Chinese Song Singing Contest is highly competitive. It has attracted thousands of participants who are learning Chinese as a second language at the levels of both high school and universities in the USA.

Tammy commented that “I have always wanted to enter this contest, ever since I heard about it during my first semester of Chinese. This year I finally managed to get some help to put together an entry. It was really nerve-racking to wait for the results, so I'm really happy to finally have the results. Winning would not have been possible if I didn't have the help of Zhang Laoshi (Prof. Jing Zhang) and my classmates. Entering this competition has been a great experience.”

As a winner of First Place, Tammy has received following awards:

  • 6 GB Kindle Fire HD 7" with one copy of any eBook published by Cheng & Tsui
  • Karaoke Machine + No. 1 Karaoke-100 Hits CD
  • $250 Cheng & Tsui gift certificate

Tammy Ngo, minoring in Chinese, is in honor’s college. Here is the link to her singing video:

2011 Student Scholarships Awarded
- World Hall of Fame Network (in Chinese)

New Year Hops onto Horizon
Students and faculty usher in the Year of the Rabbit with a festival to share traditional food and music. 
- The Daily Cougar

Consul General Gao Yanping and Governor of Texas Rick Perry Jointly Hold the Reception Celebrating WORLD EXPO 2010 Shanghai China & China-Texas Friendly Relations
UH Students Caleb Sturgis and Yan Yixiu perform at the event hosted by Consul General Gao Yanping of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Houston and Texas Governor Rick Perry.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China

2009 Student Scholarships Award Ceremony

- World Hall of Fame Network (in Chinese) 

UH Celebrates the 2008 Moon Festival
- World Hall of Fame Network (in Chinese)