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Letter from Principal Huang

Dear alumni, families and friends,

Principal HuangIn 1994, a group of concerned parents decided to organize a Chinese school where children from every background could learn the language and more importantly, traditional culture of China. Twenty years later, with support from all of you, the Chinese Language Institute of Boston now stands as one of the largest Chinese schools in Greater Boston.

Since its establishment, the institute has devoted itself to raising public awareness of Chinese culture and heritage, enhancing the social well-being of Chinese Americans, and providing an environment for all people to learn Chinese language and culture.

On the eve of our 20th anniversary, the institute is looking ahead, seeking a new level of expansion that can only come from you. We appreciate gifts in all forms and sizes—including the contribution of your time and talent. Every gift makes a difference.

Thank you for your continued support.


Yanqitian Huang, Principal


Upper Schoolmen Speeches on Thanksgiving Highlight Annual Contest

On the night of November 15th, Irene Wong, co-founder of the Chinese Language Institute of Boston, awarded Stanley Welch-Cheong the top prize in the annual Upper School Mandarin Speech Contest. This year’s contestants spoke on the theme of “Thanksgiving.” A Commonwealth High senior with plans to major in Chinese studies in college, Welch-Cheong will receive a $300 scholarship.

The winner of the contest Stanley Welch-Cheong (left) and the co-founder of the institute Irene Wong (right) Photo credit: Mike Chang

In his speech, Welch-Cheong spoke about how his mother has introduced him to Chinese language and culture and inspired him along the way. The judging panel of four co-founders ranked the speeches for content, organization, and delivery.

“I’m so proud of my son Stan,” said Lisa, the mother of Welch-Cheong. “And I was thrilled to hear the appreciation from him, in Mandarin. However, I think all the thanks should go to the institute, for it has aroused and kept Stan’s interest in his own heritage, and perfected his Mandarin.”

Joanne Ly, of St. Charles Academy, tied Ryan Teo, of Concord School, for second place. Each was awarded $200 for well-organized and -presented speeches—Ly praised Monica Jang, a faculty member at the institute, and Teo thanked opponents.

“Being thankful is one of the virtues that our ancestors have passed on from generation to generation, and this contest offers everyone opportunities to practice that,” said Wong. “It’s a great way to showcase the outcome of our education—in both language and culture—and I’m pleased.”