Washington Association for American and Chinese Education


                   Many Visitors at Our Booth at the 2016 WA Chinese Competition

The WAACE booth was crowded at the 2016 WA Chinese Competition and motivated many visitors to sign up for our membership. Our board member also introduced the 2016 Why Learn Chinese Competition to the audience. 

                WAACE Members Sweep the 2016 WA Chinese Competition

Congratulations to our members who recently won big at the 2016 Washington State Chinese Language and Talent Competition. At this year’s annual Chinese culture competition, 424 students from 120 area schools participated in sharing their knowledge of Chinese culture and activities through art competitions including: group poetry readings, personal poetry readings, lectures, storytelling, a talent contest, a singing contest, a drawing contest, Chinese chess, general knowledge Chinese quizzes, and an oral talent contest. 

This annual competition was co-sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Dr. Gil Mendoza, Deputy Superintendent attended the awards ceremony. WAACE president, Cindy Kohlleppel, led the awards ceremony and received high praise for her excellent work. 

               Issaquah High to launch Chinese language program next year!

Congrats, eagles! Thank you very much, Principal McCormick, for your supporting letter to our organization. 

Board Director Kimberly Gets Surprise Holiday Wishes from Chinese Consul General

Our board director,  Kimberly Heitkamp, received a memorable letter from Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China. In the letter, Consul General Luo Linquan conveyed to her the appreciation and encouragement from the Chinese President Xi Jinping and the first lady, Professor Peng Liyuan.  

Inspired by President Xi’s recent visit to the state of Washington, Kimberly Heitkamp crafted a pencil portrait of the Chinese president and the first lady as a gift. The letter from the Chinese Consul General noted, “Both of them (Chinese President Xi Jinping and the first lady, Professor Peng Liyuan) were very impressed with your letter and portrait, which remind them of fond memories of their recent visit in the State of Washington. They encourage you to put more enthusiasm in learning of Chinese language and culture, to participate actively in the friendly exchanges between China and the United States and to be envoys to further enhance the friendship between our two countries.”