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    September 2009

    Global Readiness

    NC State Prepares Raleigh Chamber Members for China


    In October and November 2009, 300 plus members of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber) will be traveling to China to experience the “adventure of a lifetime." The Chamber is the Triangle’s largest business membership organization, made up of more than 2,500 member firms representing two-thirds of the private sector employment in Wake County. The Chamber has been representing the interests of the local business community for more than a century.

    In order to better prepare Chamber members for their scintillating trip to the Orient, the Confucius Institute (CI) at North Carolina State University (NC State) is providing a two-hour Orientation to equip travelers with pre-trip planning, traveling tips, Chinese customs and etiquette and some basic Chinese skills. The first Orientation session was July 22 and two more Orientation sessions will take place in August and September. 

    Guanglin Dai, Program Coordinator for the Confucius Institute, and Anna Lamm, Program Coordinator for the Office of International Affairs conducted these sessions. They provided an interesting perspective since Guanglin is a native Chinese and Anna has lived and traveled extensively in China. Over 60 people attended the first session to have their questions answered and worries alleviated. The session was interactive in order to provide an interesting learning atmosphere that provided insight on past and modern China, must see spots in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou and a demonstration on how to successfully bargain for a silk scarf. 

    The goal of the CI is to promote Chinese language and culture throughout NC State and the community, which corresponds to The Chamber’s mission to sustain and further develop a thriving economy and to enhance North Carolina’s quality of life. The CI is able to benefit the community to become more globally competent and equip citizens and the community with a better knowledge and interest about China. This type of partnership with the local community follows the mission and goal of CI and is a way to establish more global linkages within the community.

    For further information about the CI, please visit their homepage.

    For further information about The Chamber, please visit their homepage.


    Please contact Guanglin Dai or Anna Lamm for further information.

    Confucius Institute

    Box 7401, NC State University

    McKimmon Center, suite 100

    1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27695

    Tel: 919-513-2924

    Fax: 919-513-3068