Sunday, April 15, 2007

Chinese Heritage Lessons in Vermont

Honoring a heritage
BENNINGTON — It's a typical Thursday afternoon at Abacus Automation. The building's conference rooms are filled with people discussing the latest mechanical engineering technology, new innovations in robotics ... and the Chinese word for "orange."

In the first room on the right, Ai Ping Chen is leading a lesson on colors in Chinese. Her pupils? Three-and four-year-old Chinese-American girls and their adoptive parents.

For Ai Ping Chen, a Chinese teacher at Arlington Memorial High School, this group provides a more relaxed atmosphere to share her language and culture with others.


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