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Students at Lake Middle School in Woodbury sample Chinese tea in Elsa Pan's class. The South Washington County school district offers Chinese classes in elementary, middle and high schools. Photo by Don Davis.

Interest in Chinese language grows in classrooms

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Elsa Pan's middle school students were among relatively few Minnesotans to celebrate the Chinese moon festival, eating moon cakes and drinking green tea.


Eleven eighth-grade students in Pan's fourth-period Chinese class at Lake Middle School also watched videos about the autumn festival, picking out Chinese words such as numbers and "water."

The South Washington County School District students joined 1.3 billion Chinese in the annual event.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.