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Remarks by the First Lady at Chinese Immersion School Visit

The White House

Office of the First Lady

For Immediate Release

March 04, 2014

Yu Ying Public Charter School Washington, D.C.

1:41 P.M. EST

MRS. OBAMA: (Applause.) Im delighted to be here. I dont know if youve heard, but Im going to take a trip in a couple of weeks to China, and I heard that you all took a very similar trip. Did everybody here go on the trip? How many people went to China? Yes.

Well, you guys are going to help me out with my trip because youre going to prep me. See, I have all of these wonderful policy people that help me prep, but I figured since you actually visited some of the cities that Im going to go to that I would get a good sense of what to expect, what you learned, what you liked, what you didnt like, some of the questions that you think I should ask and be prepared for.

Because I do a lot of international travel, and everywhere I go I try to focus on education. Because one of the things that I want to learn from young people in China is what works for them, what keeps them motivated to keep working hard, studying hard in school. And I also want to take kids from America with me on those trips. If they cant do it physically, I want them to be following what I do.

Because what you guys probably learned is that being able to go to another country and learn about other cultures and traditions, thats a real gift. Not a lot of kids get to do that, but its going to be important as you grow up and you get jobs and you start living in a world that is a very global world. Its important to know about other cultures, other traditions.

And so thats why were here, because you guys are already ahead of the curve. And your school is a model for what hopefully more schools in this country will do to expose kids to other countries. So Im excited to hear what you have to say. Im going to stop talking. My job is to listen now, okay? Take it away.