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Chinese Language Education Promotion From Taiwan’s Buddist Group —A Case Study on Tzu-Chi Academies in California, U.S.A.
Tzu Chi Foundation
Tzu Chi Academy
USA Chinese School
Tzu Chi Foundation, founded in 1966 in Hualien, Taiwan, is a distinguished Taiwanese religious group. In 1995, the first Tzu Chi Academy in the U.S.A was established. Until December, 2009, there have been 42 Tzu Chi Academies worldwide, seven of which are located in California; Tzu Chi Academy, Los Angeles, Tzu Chi Academy, San Dimas, Tzu Chi Academy, Irvine, Tzu Chi Academy, San Francisco, Tzu Chi Academy, Cupertino, Tzu Chi Academy, San Jose, and Tzu Chi Academy, San Mateo, and the number is still increasing. In the dissertation, targeting on the seven Tzu Chi Academies, the multi-faceted discussion and analyses are based on the information gathering from field investigation, firsthand literature review as well as audio and video materials, and covering the issues such as origins of school establishment, the organization, the administration, teaching contents, teacher training and the strategies to blend religious activities into Mandarin education. In addition, the academies’ difficulties like deficient funds and unstable resources of personnel, supposedly applicable suggestions and future possibilities including institutionalized operation, popularized and digitized Mandarin courses, and standardized humanity curricula are also addressed in the dissertation, in the hope of being beneficial to a record in this sphere and the research in overseas Mandarin education.
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