CCCC Confucius Classroom instructor bids Sanford a fond farewell

08-29-2013
Admin, Faculty & Staff, College & Community, College General, Students/Graduates

SANFORD - "When the plane takes off, it will be so difficult to say goodbye to North Carolina," Ling Huang said wistfully as she prepared to return to her home in Nanjing, The People's Republic of China.

Huang arrived in Sanford in October 2011 as the visiting instructor for Central Carolina Community College's Confucius Classroom. The Classroom, a partnership with N.C. State University's Confucius Institute, is an important part of the college's service as a leader in educational opportunities, cultural enrichment, and economic progress in the area it serves.

At CCCC, Huang was known for her enthusiasm in teaching students the Mandarin Chinese language and Chinese culture and customs. Outside the classroom, she continued to share her love and enthusiasm for the cultures of her homeland.

She brought "Traditions of China," a photographic exhibition of the works of award-winning Chinese photographer Yong Xiao, to the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. She arranged for the North Carolina-Research Triangle Park (NC-RTP) Chinese Music Instruments Ensemble to perform "Among the Lights," a tribute to the Chinese New Year Lantern Festival. At the college's campus in Pittsboro, she organized a cooking demonstration by celebrity chefs from China. She was also an active presence at many of the college's other events.

Huang gave numerous presentations about Chinese culture to civic organizations, clubs and schools, making friends wherever she went. She delighted her listeners with her knowledge and enthusiasm as well as teaching them.

"Ling was a fantastic addition to the college faculty these last two years," said Dr. Bud Marchant, CCCC president. "She became part of our family and we look forward to her coming back to visit us again."

The Nanjing Normal University professor of English came not just to teach, but also to learn - to immerse herself in American life, learn the culture and become acquainted with Americans. In looking back over her time in the area, she said she learned from the people she met and taught.

"I found, despite differences, that people have the same feelings of love and friendship," she said. "Though we cannot understand all languages, we have the same beautiful feelings inside. We have so many differences, but we have the same thing deep in our heart, so we are open, ready to accept all the differences in the world."

Huang mentioned a few of the many people she met here: the college family who prepared her apartment for her arrival and befriended her, the neighbor who helped her look for a car, the stranger who pulled her car out of a ditch, those who took her to ballgames, to the state fair, and others who had been so willing to befriend and help her.

"They are just that kind of people - most of the people in Sanford - they give me that impression," she said. "They feel it is their responsibility to help people around them. I've met so many. I learned a lot from this - to help more people in my life."

While sad to leave, Huang is anxious to get back to Nanjing and to her husband, Xinhua Daily newspaper journalist Bingshan Chen; her son, Qianfan; and family and friends. Qianfan, called "Fan," attended East Lee Middle School for a time and took a summer engineering camp at N.C. State University. He plans to come back to America for his university education. Huang plans to come back for a visit then.

"The strangest thing I found after being here for a while: when I would go out of Sanford and my GPS said, 'toward Sanford,' I felt something warm inside," Huang said. "I want to give my thanks to all the people I met. Thank you for being part of my life and making so many sweet memories that I can take back home and keep for the rest of my life. I love you all, I love Sanford, I love Central Carolina Community College."

CCCC Confucius Classroom instructor bids Sanford a fond farewell

Ling Huang (second from left) was bid a fond farewell by Central Carolina Community College and the public during an Aug. 7 reception at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Huang served as the visiting instructor at the college's Confucius Classroom for almost two years. She recently returned home to her family, friends and her position as an English instructor at Nanjing Normal University, The People's Republic of China. While at CCCC, Huang taught Chinese language and culture, organized community Chinese cultural events, and gave presentations to area organizations and schools. Pictured with Huang are her son, Qianfan Chen (left), and (from second right) CCCC President Bud Marchant and Jon Matthews, CCCC dean of University Transfer and Health Sciences. Marchant and Matthews presented a Jimmy Miller pen-and-ink montage of CCCC buildings to her as a remembrance of her time at the college. They hold a scenic scroll hand-painted on silk, a gift to the college from Huang. The Confucius Classroom is a partnership with N.C. State University's Confucius Institute. For information about the college's Confucius Classroom, visit www.cccc.edu/confucius.

CCCC Confucius Classroom instructor bids Sanford a fond farewell

Ling Huang, Confucius Classroom instructor for Central Carolina Community College from 2011-13, sings 'Chuange' (The Boat) love song during a reception for 'Traditions of China,' an exhibition of works by Chinese photographer Yong Xiao. The exhibition was one of several events Huang organized or participated in during her time at the college. She recently returned home to her family and friends and her position as an English instructor at Nanjing Normal University, The People's Republic of China. The Confucius Classroom is a partnership with N.C. State University's Confucius Institute. For more information about Central Carolina Community College's Confucius Classroom, visit www.cccc.edu/confucius.

CCCC Confucius Classroom instructor bids Sanford a fond farewell

Ling Huang, Central Carolina Community College's 2011-13 Confucius Classroom visiting instructor, recently returned to her position as an English instructor at Nanjing Normal University in the People's Republic of China. While at CCCC, Huang not only taught Chinese language and culture at the college, but also gave presentations to civic organizations, clubs and schools. Seventh grade students at West Lee Middle School were among those who enjoyed her presentations. The Confucius Classroom is a partnership with N.C. State University's Confucius Institute. For more information about Central Carolina Community College's Confucius Classroom, visit www.cccc.edu/confucius.