Chinese School Launches New Program

First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

The Chinese School of San Marino hosted an unveiling of the Taiwan Center for Mandarin Learning on Tuesday morning at the school.
The ceremony was held to acknowledge the cooperation between the school and the Overseas Community Affairs Council from the Republic of China (Taiwan) in establishing the center to promote traditional Mandarin learning with Taiwanese characteristics. The Chinese School teaches Mandarin and offers other classes that are conducted in that language.

Congresswoman Judy Chu

Congresswoman Judy Chu spoke at the event and said a “hunger and desire to learn Mandarin” exists among residents of the San Gabriel Valley, “especially during a year and a half where we have experienced so much hate against Asians.”
The Chinese School will use printed or digital teaching materials provided by the overseas council to establish the Taiwan Center as a place to promote Taiwan Mandarin education, according to Maggie Lee, president of the Chinese Club of San Marino, which oversees the Chinese School. The council will also provide a grant to the school to support the center’s teacher training and program development.  
The Chinese School’s website has more for information about the center’s fun and practical Mandarin classes for those who are older than 18. For more information, contact the school at (626) 796-5190.

Now in his 25th year at The Tribune, Mitch Lehman is Editor and Sports Editor in addition to being the public address announcer for ten sports programs at San Marino High School. Mitch is one of only a handful in the community to receive the ‘Very Special Person Award’ from the San Marino PTA at the annual Founder’s Day ceremony, was acknowledged as a 'Terrific Titan' by the San Marino High School PTSA, was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of San Marino and received a National Honorary Merit Badge in Journalism from the Boy Scouts of America. He has received two independent Pulitzer Prize nominations and in the past three years, Mitch has won seven awards and is a thirteen-time finalist in the California News Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest. In 2015, the press box at Titan Stadium was re-named 'Lehman's Loft' in his honor. You can reach Mitch at

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