Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
YES Foundation is working with scholars from across Harvard University’s professional schools, and their affiliated hospitals, to initiate a Harvard-based working group on the support of cross-cultural individuals and families. This initiative is committed to the enhancement of interdisciplinary discussion, the support of young scholars, and the delivery of public mental health and educational services to new immigrants and international students. The working group is managed by Harvard faculty and comprises scholars, professionals, and practitioners from various fields in multiple institutions and organizations. It aims to have a growing impact through the connection of academia with society, as well as research with practice.
Additionally, based on its past support to the Harvard Graduate School of Education on a project that reviewed socioemotional programs in complex families and different cultural contexts, YES Foundation is currently planning a potential research project with Harvard faculty from the Departments of Education and Medicine. This project focuses on the use of cross-media materials adopted from popular movies and novels, and integrating them with VR technology, so as to promote interdisciplinary learning in K12. This prospective innovative project is envisioned to be of benefit to numerous schools and families across the U.S. and China.
Harvard XMedia Lab
Chinese Early Childhood Bilingual Project
Seminar on Educational Technology and Language Learning
The YES foundation has worked with The XMedia Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Education as the sustaining partner to initiate several educational projects that are envisioned to be of benefit to numerous schools and families across the U.S. and China.
With the support from the YES foundation and many others, the XMedia Lab has integrated cutting-edge research in bilingual education and educational standards set by the China Education Ministry and developed the Cross-discipline/Cross- language (CDCL) instructional framework to deliver effective, engaging, and story-based early childhood Chinese–English bilingual educational programs.
With the strong support from XMedia Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the U.S.-China Youth Education Solutions (YES) Foundation, Doris Sommer, Professor of Literature at Harvard University, and Perry Gao, Co-founder of the Harvard XMedia Lab, co-hosted the "2018 Education Technology and Language Learning Seminar" on November 19 at Harvard University Faculty Club.
Harvard Civic and Moral Education Initiative
Flying Tigers Flying Away, an Off-Broadway Show
The YES foundation is also supporting the Civic and Moral Education Initiative (CMEI), which is a well-known, faculty-led program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that runs regular open colloquia and supports students’ research. It invites both distinguished experts and upcoming young scholars and activists in research, practice, and policy to present their work and to engage in dialogue with others on current and often controversial topics. The audience is broad: It includes students and faculty from local universities, practitioners, educators, and activists.
US-China YES Foundation and the XMedia Lab at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education partnered with Xi to bring the show to the public to promote art education and cultural understanding and exchange. Flying Tigers Flying Away has been developed into a cross-cultural project involving young aspiring actors and student interns from the United States, China (mainland and Taiwan), Japan, and Italy, hoping to leverage the cross-cultural nature of this show by encouraging young people to take insight from history and promote peace and cultural exchange in a new age.