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Chinese TV visits North Central as part of broadcast in China

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Members of the Central Chinese Television (CCTV) Operas Channel in Beijing were on campus Jan. 11 to meet with and videotape an interview with President Hal Wilde and a classroom in intermediate Chinese taught by Annie Liu, adjunct instructor of Chinese. CCTV plans to use the footage in a program that will air throughout China during the Chinese New Year’s festivities in February. CCTV is the primary state television broadcaster, with programs accessible to more than one billion viewers. CCTV was initially invited to Naperville by Skyland Chinese Opera Arts Association to cover a performance of Skyland’s Amateurs Festival at Wentz Concert Hall Jan. 9. While on campus, producer Bu Bing and editor Shu Yun of CCTV’s Entertainment Programming Center wanted to learn more about the College and requested the interview and classroom visit. North Central’s story will be included in the station’s program about the festival. President Wilde discussed the history of the College and its student size and makeup, our current students as well as alumni from China, and our East Asian Studies program in China and Japan. The College’s East Asian Studies major and minor programs engage students in intensive study of the Chinese and Japanese language, history, religion and culture, and offer a unique opportunity to learn about both cultures in one study abroad experience. Photo caption, from left: Bu Bing, CCTV producer; Liu, Guijuan, Peking Opera artist from China; President Wilde; Annie Liu, adjunct instructor of Chinese; Shu Yun, CCTV editor.