While current China/U.S. government relations are shaky due to issues of alleged internet espionage, there are others in both countries who are working for mutual understanding among our young people.
The 100,000 Strong Foundation has collaborated with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to offer students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) a chance of a lifetime to learn the Mandarin language and visit and study in China.
This was first announced when the Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong indicated in 2013 that scholarships for 400 African American high school and college students would be provided by her government. One Charlotte native will be a beneficiary of this invitation only program.
Mr. Quelontae Nunn, who completed his freshman year at North Carolina Central University on the Dean’s List, received a recommendation from one of his professors to apply. Last week he received confirmation that he should start preparations for international travel. Nunn had the following responses in anticipation of his trip.
JP: How did you learn about this opportunity? What's the program called?
QN: I learned about this opportunity from a recent Professor of mine at NCCU.
JP: How long will you stay in China?
QN: I will be in china for 19 days this summer.
JP: What are you packing for your trip?
QN: One of my co-workers told me that I will need lots of mosquito repentant [sic], so I will be sure to pack that and a camera along with necessities such as clothes, shoes and hygiene products.
JP: What is your reaction to the rising tensions between the US and China in the news recently?
QN: It startles me that I may be in a place where I am looked at differently because of the problems between our countries.
Nunn's experiences following his sojourn will be reported when he returns.