Michelle Obama will be traveling to China this month along with her daughters Sasha and Malia and her mother Marion Robinson. From March 19-26 the group will visit Beijing, Chengdu, and Xi’an and the First Lady will speak at two high schools and a university. The purpose of the trip will be to encourage the Chinese populace to earnestly invest in their education and the education of their children. Her talks will connect the importance of education with current global issues, such as poverty and climate change, and encourage students to apply their education to resolving such issues. According to Bree Feng, “her message about the importance of education is likely to be well received in China, where many parents place enormous emphasis on their children’s schooling.”
She will be keeping a blog (see her first post here) during her travels and has encouraged students in both USA and China to follow her online as she imparts advice and recounts conversations, experiences, and observations. The group will also visit a number of “historical and cultural” sites, but specifics were not mentioned.