On April 4, 2017, students from six LAUSD schools with Mandarin Immersion programs visited the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a special screening of Disneynature's Born in China , a nature documentary that tells the stories of love, survival, struggle, and growth of four families of animals native to China -- golden snub-nosed monkeys, snow leopards, chiru, and, of course, pandas. The film was screened in its original version: Mandarin language voice narration and subtitles, challenging students to put their language skills into practice. After the screening, director Lu Chuan answered students' questions about his film, in both English and Mandarin, and several students presented the esteemed director with their own works of art inspired by his film.
To help students of all levels prepare for the screening, Shanghai Jiao Tong University professor Pan Qianfei, along with Broadway Elementary Mandarin teacher Li Jiabei and the staff of the UCLA Confucius Institute, created an in-depth Youth Mandarin Guide highlighting important vocabulary words and cultural concepts within the film. This guide is also available online for Mandarin teachers to use in their lesson plans.