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A service learning project that sees international students lead classes in Mandarin at a local elementary school promotes active learning among freshmen by placing them in authentic environments with native speakers.

iDKU brings you a selection of the most recent student activities and upcoming events at Duke Kunshan. This edition includes a golden performance, a glamorous gala and a celebration of global cultures.

Hsien-Yao Chee, a sophomore from Malaysia, shares his experience navigating ‘uncharted territory’ in the lab and working alongside experienced academics to uncover a link between sleep duration and chronic kidney disease.

In a recent talk, visiting Duke professor Eric Spana explained his attempts to apply real-world biology to uncover the root of the magical powers on show in J.K. Rowling’s best-selling series of books. The Student Media Center’s Xiaoxi Zhu reports.

Reika Shimomura, who played piano in the group’s debut performance alongside the NYU Shanghai Chamber Orchestra, says the musicians used their shared love of music to produce a powerful show that left the audience ‘electrified.’