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For Immediate Release (01-49)
Date:  August 1, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (Montgomery College)

Montgomery College Adds Asian History
and Chinese Language Courses

Montgomery College will introduce Chinese language and culture courses for the fall 2001 semester. Elementary Chinese I, funded by U.S. Department of Education grant provisions for the Foreign Language Program entitled "The New Global Migration: Case Studies in Reshaping World Cultures, will be the prototype for subsequent course development, and disseminated nationally through the American Association of Community Colleges.

Elementary Chinese I, a beginning language course, will focus on Chinese language and culture. Students will be trained in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. In conjunction with the grant-funded course, the College will offer History of Asian Americans—a new general studies course that examines Asian immigration under capitalism, discrimination and exclusion, resistance to oppression, and the myth of the "model minority." Both courses will be offered at the College’s Rockville Campus.

For information on these or other programs at Montgomery College, or to obtain a fall schedule of classes, call 240-567-5000. Or log on to the College's Web site at:

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