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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while minoring in Chinese language and culture.

Viewing Asian Art

Right on campus, the Mills College Art Museum provides a wealth of resources for the study of Asian art. The museum’s extensive collection of Chinese objects includes a Shang dynasty bronze vessel that is almost 3,000 years old. In San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum is one of the largest in the Western world devoted to the arts and cultures of Asia.

Connecting with Chinese American Communities

Home to one of the largest Chinese communities in the nation, the San Francisco Bay Area is rich with opportunities to immerse yourself in Chinese culture. The Chinese language and culture program enjoys Bay Area dance performances, film festivals, and cultural events like San Francisco’s Chinese New Year. Students explore Bay Area’s Chinese cuisine, including dim sum, Szechuan, Cantonese, and Taiwanese. The Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco, located in the nation’s oldest Chinatown, organizes community festivals, art exhibitions, and educational programs. Not far from Mills, in Oakland’s Chinatown, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center also offers an array of cultural activities, including classes in traditional forms of art and dance.

Campus Events

The Chinese Language and Culture Program sponsors varied campus opportunities for cultural immersion, including Mahjong nights, Chinese conversation tables, film screenings, calligraphy nights, and cooking workshops. Students make dumplings for Chinese New Year, and celebrate China’s Mid-Autumn Festival with mooncakes, Chinese tea, and storytelling.