The entire eighth grade took a field trip to Chinatown. It was an opportunity for students to learn beyond the classroom walls about the Mandarin language and Chinese culture, as well as activism and entrepreneurship in the Asian community. They started the day with a visit to the Museum of Chinese in America, joining a guided walking tour of Chinatown and participating in an educational activity connected to students' social studies curriculum. After having lunch at Jing Fong restaurant, students visited Pearl River Mart, where the owner spoke with students about the history of the store, the first Chinese-American department store in the world when diplomatic relations normalized. To end the day they visited bubble tea shops on Bayard Street; students taking Mandarin classes placed their orders in Mandarin.
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