Center for Asian Studies

“Become a Gong Fu Panda”

2020 Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp

In Chinese, Gong Fu (功夫) doesn’t only mean Kung Fu, it also means SKILLS and TALENTS. Do you want your children to learn some real Gong Fu? Enroll them in the Become a Gong Fu Panda – 2020 Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp, offered by the Center for Asian Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas. This three-week camp for children 6-15 years old will not only build Chinese language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, but also develop the specific talents in Kung Fu, Calligraphy, Ink and Water Painting, Tai Chi Fan, folk dances, Chinese Yo-yo, crafts and Jumping Ropes. Daily immersion language classes that includes reading Chinese classics such as Three Character Classic and Tang Poems, telling stories, singing songs and tongue twisters enables campers to master the language quickly. Inspiring and hands-on classes bring authentic cultural experiences and enable them to develop talents while having fun!

Camp Time: June 15-July 2, 2020. Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM
Age Groups: Class A: age range 6 – 8            Class B: age range 9 – 11              Class C: age range 12 – 15
Camp Orientation: May 21 (Thursday), 2020, 7:00PM-8:30PM, JO 4.614. For parents and campers to meet with the instructors, be familiar with check-in/out procedures and camp policies, visit classrooms, ask questions and get answers…etc. Both campers and parents are welcome to attend.
Camp Closing Show: July 2, 2020, 2:00pm-3:00pm, JO2.604 (Jonsson Performance Hall). Campers will perform and display what they have learned in the camp. Parents and friends are all welcome to attend. Invitation to parents will be sent by email one week before the closing show.
Camp Location: Camp is held in Eric Jonsson Academic Center (JO), The University of Texas at Dallas. (see campus map). Free parking pass for parents to drop off and pick up campers during the camp time.

Camp Cost: Cost: $250/one week              $450/two weeks               $650/three weeks

Camp cost includes a camp shirt (additional shirts are available for purchase), pizza lunch on Friday (campers must bring their own lunch from Monday to Thursday), materials for calligraphy, painting, crafts and Tai Chi Fan. Discount has already been applied if registering for two or three weeks. For sibling registration discount please contact the camp director. Campers can enroll in one to three weeks, but enrolling in three weeks is highly recommended since the content of each week is different and progressive. Three weeks provides an integral and full program. 

Registration: Registration deadline is June 1. Spots are limited (maximum 20 campers for each class) and filled up very quickly. Please register as early as possible to secure the spot. Register for Gong Fu Panda. Each registration, payment and all required forms must be submitted and processed through the camp’s online registration system. Parents can log back into the system to edit or change their registration information any time before June 1.

Cancellation and Refunds: $5 will be charged for cancellation before June 1(credit card company charges) . $75 for cancellation in June 1-15. No refund for cancellation after June 15.
Questions/More information: For any questions, please contact Sharon Yang by phone 972-883-4860, or by email: Learm more about the Center for Asian Studies at UT Dallas.
Typical Daily Schedule:
Time Activity
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Check-in/morning exercise
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Kung Fu/Table Tennis/Chinese Yo-yo
11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Chinese language
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and recess
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Chinese Calligraphy/painting
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tai Chi Fan/Folk Dance/Jumping Ropes
3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Crafts (paper cutting, Chinese Knots…)
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Check-out
(Schedules are different for different age groups and may be adjusted based on groups and language skills)