The China Connection http://kbia.org en Bond to lead St. Louis business delegation to China http://kbia.org/post/bond-lead-st-louis-business-delegation-china Former Republican Missouri Senator Kit Bond will lead a delegation of St. Louis-area business leaders to China later this year.<p>Bond's <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/retired-senator-kit-bond-launches-new-venture-boost-trade-between-mo-southeast-asia">consulting firm that works on international trade</a> will accompany regional and statewide businesses and academic institutions to China in December.<p>Tim Nowak, executive director of the St. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 21:50:31 +0000 Julie Bierach 19864 at http://kbia.org Bond to lead St. Louis business delegation to China Columbia lawyer seeks to bring “immigrant investors” to mid-Missouri http://kbia.org/post/columbia-lawyer-seeks-bring-immigrant-investors-mid-missouri <p>When it comes to jobs in Missouri, Karla Klingner Diaz believes that immigration is not the problem -- but rather the solution. Wed, 16 May 2012 22:26:24 +0000 Eva Dou 14275 at http://kbia.org Columbia lawyer seeks to bring “immigrant investors” to mid-Missouri Missouri teacher sees China through eyes of a Chinese family http://kbia.org/post/missouri-teacher-sees-china-through-eyes-chinese-family <p>Barbara Leonhard, 60, is an instructor in the Intensive English Program and English-language Support Program at MU. In fall of 2008, she met her Chinese student Brandon Du, who practices Tai Chi. Because of their common interests in Tai Chi, they spent a lot of time together. In 2009, Leonhard visited China after being invited by Du&rsquo;s family.</p><p> Thu, 10 May 2012 00:58:20 +0000 Chenfei Zhang 13877 at http://kbia.org Missouri teacher sees China through eyes of a Chinese family Missouri mom starts a Chinese immersion pre-school in Columbia http://kbia.org/post/missouri-mom-starts-chinese-immersion-pre-school-columbia <p>Jane O&rsquo;Toole plays more roles in her life than most people around you.</p><p>She&rsquo;s the founder of Xiao Lao Hu (Little Tiger) pre-school; she&rsquo;s an instructor at the MU Asian Affairs Center; she&rsquo;s the vice president of Columbia Friends of China; she&rsquo;s the mom of three kids; she&rsquo;s also a super Chinese culture fan in her friends&rsquo; eyes. In her own words, her life revolves around her passion for China.</p><p> Thu, 10 May 2012 00:51:49 +0000 Chenfei Zhang 13876 at http://kbia.org Chinese exchange students at MU share their experiences http://kbia.org/post/chinese-exchange-students-mu-share-their-experiences <p>In China, the United States is widely regarded as the best place to send students who want a quality education. KBIA surveyed MU students who came from China to the United States so that they could attend college at the University of Missouri. They were asked about the difficulty of the application process, what they like and dislike about the university and what they plan to do after they graduate. It was found that almost half of the students came to MU through an agency to help them with the college application process. Wed, 09 May 2012 16:39:23 +0000 Rachel Rice 13839 at http://kbia.org Chinese exchange students at MU share their experiences Small Columbia firm has a direct link to Chinese markets http://kbia.org/post/small-columbia-firm-has-direct-link-chinese-markets <p>In 2005, Columbia stockbroker Alex LaBrunerie placed a very long-distance cold call.</p><p> Wed, 09 May 2012 16:24:04 +0000 Eva Dou 13837 at http://kbia.org Small Columbia firm has a direct link to Chinese markets Chinese language in North Callaway classrooms http://kbia.org/post/chinese-language-north-callaway-classrooms <p>MU&rsquo;s branch of the Confucius Institute has signed a one-year deal with the North Callaway School district in Kingdom city, Missouri to introduce Kindergarten through 8<sup>th</sup> grade students to Chinese culture and language. Mon, 07 May 2012 22:53:44 +0000 Maoling Xiong 13720 at http://kbia.org Chinese language in North Callaway classrooms Science program to get more room at Columbia College http://kbia.org/post/science-program-get-more-room-columbia-college <p>This week, Columbia College broke ground on a new science building. MU&rsquo;s Confucius Institute is partnering with a program in the North Callaway school district. Plus, we&rsquo;ll take you along with a trip through the &lsquo;Mizzou Adventures in Education&rsquo; event. Mon, 07 May 2012 22:13:19 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 13714 at http://kbia.org Science program to get more room at Columbia College Chinese program taking root at Missouri Military Academy http://kbia.org/post/chinese-program-taking-root-missouri-military-academy <p>This week, The special project &ldquo;The China Connection&rdquo; tells us about a program at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico. Plus, an audio postcard that introduces you to a family that&rsquo;s &ldquo;like any other,&rdquo; but at the same time different. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:10:13 +0000 Ryan Famuliner & Nick Gass & Rachel Rice 13293 at http://kbia.org Chinese program taking root at Missouri Military Academy Missouri military high school cultivates ties with China http://kbia.org/post/missouri-military-high-school-cultivates-ties-china <p>Missouri Military Academy in Mexico has long prided itself in creating young leaders, boasting a one hundred percent college acceptance rate for the past decade. This academic year the school has started a Chinese language program, and is considering an exchange program in China. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:54:21 +0000 Rachel Rice 13291 at http://kbia.org Missouri military high school cultivates ties with China Missouri student’s music rocks Chinese online community http://kbia.org/post/missouri-student-s-music-rocks-chinese-online-community <p>A native Missourian&rsquo;s videos of singing performances have spread rapidly online through the Chinese-speaking community in recent years. Some of her videos have been watched more than a quarter of a million times. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 22:58:57 +0000 Chenfei Zhang 12891 at http://kbia.org Missouri student’s music rocks Chinese online community Mid-MO student's internet fame impacts UCM Chinese program http://kbia.org/post/mid-mo-students-internet-fame-impacts-ucm-chinese-program <p>We&rsquo;ll introduce you to a Mid-Missouri teen who has become famous for her singing&hellip; in Chinese. Plus, we&rsquo;ll talk to the University of Missouri English professor behind the e-book &ldquo;Is a college education still worth the price?&rdquo; Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:52:12 +0000 Ryan Famuliner & Chenfei Zhang & Erin Dismeier 12896 at http://kbia.org Mid-MO student's internet fame impacts UCM Chinese program Video: Missouri’s top export to China: Scrap metal http://kbia.org/post/video-missouri-s-top-export-china-scrap-metal-0 <p>At this scrap yard in north Columbia, it&rsquo;s easy to think the piles of rusty metal and old machine parts are, well, just junk.</p><div>But these broken motors and tangled copper wire are actually one of Missouri&rsquo;s biggest links to China. China may be a hot target these days for U.S. manufacturers looking for a market to sell their products, but the fastest growing American export to China last year was actually what trade experts call &ldquo;waste and scrap.&rdquo;</div><p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:46:31 +0000 Eva Dou 12866 at http://kbia.org Video: Missouri’s top export to China: Scrap metal Video: Tai Chi master settles down in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/video-tai-chi-master-settles-down-missouri <p>Arthur Du (杜新生) was a hotel manager in Jiangsu, China. He moved to Missouri last March with his wife to accompany their son, who plans to stay in the U.S. after graduation. &nbsp;Language became an obstacle for Du to continue his career in an English-speaking country, so he decided to make a living by teaching Tai Chi, which has been his hobby since he was a child.</p><p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 15:56:33 +0000 Chenfei Zhang 11955 at http://kbia.org Video: Tai Chi master settles down in Missouri Chinese students face hurdles coming to American colleges http://kbia.org/post/chinese-students-face-hurdles-coming-american-colleges <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=aqRhDlvxDZI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=aqRhDlvxDZI</a></p><p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 23:15:39 +0000 Rachel Rice 11143 at http://kbia.org MU-China partnership affects local schools http://kbia.org/post/mu-china-partnership-affects-local-schools <p>The Confucius Institute at the University of Missouri was established in April of 2011 in order to foster economic and educational connections between Missouri and China. Since its establishment, the Institute has partnered with local schools to bring the Chinese language and culture to children grades K-12. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 22:11:42 +0000 Rachel Rice 10417 at http://kbia.org MU-China partnership affects local schools