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Children of Globalization: The Trend Toward Language Immersion

The population of the United States is exploding through legal immigration of multilingual people, leading to a more diverse country. Today, America is defined by her constituencies, who represent peoples of every nation. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, “The foreign-born population in the United States has increased substantially since the 1970s, largely due to immigration from Asia and Latin America. In 2008, 22.0 percent of children in the United States had at least one foreign-born parent.” This means nearly 1 in 4 children in the U.S. in 2008 had foreign heritage only
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Congratulations to Our Sister City Hangzhou, 2016’s Host of the G20 Summit!

Click here to view the Chinese translation. Some people may not be aware that Hangzhou, Indianapolis’s sister city in China, is gearing up to host the “Group of Twenty” (G20) summit on September 4-5, 2016. G20 is an international forum for governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies. The members include 19 individual countries—Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States—along with the European Union. The G20 Summit was created as a response both to the financial crisis of
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Buona Pasqua! The Diverse Easter Traditions of Italy

Easter is a religious holiday celebrated in countries all over the world, and although the basic celebration is generally the same, each culture has its own traditions. Some of the most random (and exciting) traditions take place in Italy! What can one expect when spending Easter in beautiful Italia? Well, you will not find many chocolate bunnies like here in the United States, but the Italians do love their chocolate. On Easter morning, it is tradition to give giant hollow chocolate eggs to children and loved ones. These eggs come beautifully wrapped, but are quickly destroyed as the receiver
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Strong Cities: Doing our part in building community resilience to radicalization and violent extremism

The U.S. Department of State sponsored an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) multi‑regional project entitled “Strong Cities: Building Community Resilience to Radicalization and Violent Extremism,” administered by Meridian International Center and conducted from February 27 to March 19, 2016. Starting in Washington DC with the Project opening, the Strong Cities Network participants were exposed to American system of federal and state government, U.S. government efforts to counter violent extremism, the roles of community engagement, youth alienation, and women preventing violent extremism.  In 22 days, the 19 participants visited 5 cities and explored various themes that work together to build
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Pi is more than just a number, it’s a reason to celebrate!

Mathematics is a language unto itself, frequently referred to as the “universal language.”  Early evidence of the mere thought of mathematics dates back to prehistoric times, in which our ancestors kept track of things by notching tally’s and marks into bones.  Sumerian and Babylonian mathematics was a base 60 numeric system, which could be counted physically using the twelve knuckles on one hand and the five fingers on the other hand.  Babylonian tablets between 1800 and 1600 BC cover topics like fractions, algebra, and methods used to solve cubic equations.  One tablet lists the squares of numbers up to
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In View: Germany

Indiana’s Relationship with Germany Indiana and Germany’s bond is solidified by a strong heritage, with many Hoosiers having German roots. From the Indiana German Heritage Society to the Max Kade German-American Center of Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, to Amish Acres in Nappanee, the German culture is integral to the fabric of our state. Many cities and towns have a German-American club. There are also German singing and dance groups as well as sports clubs. From the harmonies of one of the nation’s oldest continuously active singing organizations, to the presence of gymnasiums in public schools to the Soldiers’
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Meet The 2016 Spring Interns!

This January, The International Center welcomed eight new Interns! From India to Indiana, these students and graduates will be bringing their diverse experience and skills to The Center.  One aspect of their internship experience includes posting a blog entry related to the department they work in, adding to the value of the blog!  Without further ado, let’s introduce the 2016 Spring Interns! Global Competency Training Intern – Allison Butler ¡Hola! Ciao! Hello! I’m Allison Butler and I am the Global Competency Training Intern. I help local and foreign companies become more globally aware and culturally sensitive. I’m currently a
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Spread the Love: Valentine’s Day Traditions around the World

Jane Austen, an English romantic novelist once wrote, “There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.” In Japan, for example gestures are often considered unnecessary forms of expression while the French tend to be more open when displaying gestures of love. Some cultures, like Costa Rica, who are warm in their affection, will often show endearment even to strangers. Valentine’s Day is just one day specific to expressing love and showing affection toward your significant other. Whether you spent the day relaxing with your family, taking your significant other out for a nice dinner,
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Chinese Lunar New Year: Traditions & Celebrations

New Year’s Eve celebrations take place all around the world, on December 31st.  That is, if you are following the Gregorian calendar…  To determine Festival dates, Chinese culture still utilizes the Lunar Calendar, which simply counts the moon cycles from one spring to the next.  Chinese months begin with a new moon, about every 29 1/2 days.  The start of the new moon Spring cycle for 2016 began on February 8 and marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year! 2016 is the year of the Monkey! But what exactly does this mean? The Monkey is the 9th of
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3 International December Holidays You May Not Know About

Throughout history, what is now known as the month of December has almost always been a time for joining together with family, celebrating the season, and reflecting on the past year. There are dozens of different December holidays celebrated around the world. With this blog post, we decided to explore tranquil winter family celebrations from three different international cultures and religions. We at The International Center wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season, no matter which December holiday – or holidays – you celebrate! Bodhi Day Celebrated on the 8th day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese
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