China Institute @ Your School (Online or In-person)


Through China Institute’s We All Live in the Forbidden City program, we offer a series of standards-based, interactive programs that introduce K-6 students to Chinese history and culture. Children are introduced to the program’s subject matter—developed in conjunction with the award-winning We All Live in the Forbidden City series of children’s books—through animated videos, interactive storytelling, group discussion and creative activities. All workshops are led by the Institute’s experienced educators and are adjusted according to grade level. Using China’s Forbidden City as a lens, the program addresses universal values such as respecting and being inspired by the natural world; understanding the balance between freedom and responsibility; and the importance of leadership and teamwork. Each workshop session is one hour long.

Thanks to our generous supporters, we were able to provide free workshops for public schools in the tri-state area for this school year by February 2023. Currently, we are offering public and private schools at subsidized rates. Up to 30 participants per workshop.

Please contact our Children and Youth Programs Coordinator director Yonglian Xiao at [email protected].

Please fill out the workshop request form and send it back to Yonglian Xiao at [email protected]

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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Workshop #1 - The Palace is like a Big Forest

Workshop #2 - How Are You, Mr. Emperor?

Workshop #3 - The Emperor’s Big Family

Workshop #4 - Bowls of Happiness

Art & Nature in the Forbidden City: A 3-Session Workshop Series