Chinese Studies Program
John Zeidman, a 1979 graduate of Sidwell Friends, forged a new perspective of the world and his life through the study of China. He began studying Chinese language in college, and during his junior year he traveled to Beijing to study abroad at Beijing Normal University. Sadly, not long after arriving in China, John grew ill and died.
After his death, John’s family and friends established the John Fisher Zeidman ’79 Chinese Studies Fund to perpetuate John’s belief that Chinese-American relations will thrive if students begin to study Chinese language, history, and culture at the secondary-school level. Endowed by this fund, the Chinese Studies Program was inaugurated at Sidwell Friends in 1983.
Since its beginning, the Program has grown significantly to include curricula in all divisions and multiple disciplines, long-term exchanges between Sidwell Friends and China, short-term travel to China and the rest of Asia, significant faculty professional development, community events, and outreach to area schools.