As a newcomer to Denver, I was intrigued by an article in a Chinese newspaper about Denver Chinese School (DCS). I then had the honor to meet Huiliang Liu, an elegant, humorous, and articulate scholar, President and founder of Denver Chinese School.
On a beautiful sunny afternoon, together with DCS staff members and high school students, I attended Mr. Liu’s very informative and inspiring presentation on the history and development of Denver Chinese School to reflect on the past, to scrutinize the current, and to prepare for the future.
DCS was founded in 1998. From originally a single class sheltered in a Chinese church in Aurora, DCS has vigorously and steadily evolved into the largest and most impactful Chinese school in Colorado of 3 campuses with 400 students, 80 staff members and teachers, tens of past and present principals, and hundreds of volunteers. With a strong belief in and a great passion for the promotion of the Chinese language and culture, the DCS team triumph over challenges and turn them into opportunities time and time again, gaining respect and reputation from all aspects of the society. Over the past 20 years, DCS not only functions as a Chinese educational and cultural center, it has become a platform where Chinese Americans work cohesively to serve, enrich, and influence the greater community.
The Chinese New Year Celebration hosted by DCS especially, has become an annual festivity essential for Colorado’s multi culture and a signature of DCS, entertaining thousands of Coloradans, engaging prominent political figures, and providing opportunities for business men and women. 15 years of perseverance unfailingly bestows upon Chinese Americans the warmest greetings of the season.
We sincere appreciate to DCS’ sponsors and volunteers for their continuous support, and great expectation for our next generation to cherish the Chinese heritage and learning opportunities. We anticipate Denver Chinese School taking more important roles in developing and enhancing our communities.
When the presentation was over, it was pitch dark. Cold winter wind could not chill our excitement. Denver Chinese Americans cross their paths at DCS, work in unity, and aspire to the same great cause. Guided by dedicated DCS personnel, immersed in both cultures and equipped with two languages, our next generation carries on with great confidence!
We anticipate closer China – America close cooperation. We pride ourselves in DCS. We wish DCS a bright future!