Student Profile: Cara Song
Runkun “Cara” Song, a member of the Chinese Calligrapher’s Association of Zhengzhou City, China, founder and CEO of the non-profit organization New New Star, Corp, and a Top 10 contender of the 2015 “Miss Asia” Pageant US East Coast-Boston, is all of 18 years old.
Three years ago, Cara started studying at Portsmouth Christian Academy as a sophomore where she founded the Chinese Club and served on the school’s student council. When she was 16 years old, she reached International Profession Certification Association Senior Level Chinese Language Teacher status, as well as Level A in Chinese Mandarin and level F in Japanese Test.
This year, as a senior, Cara opened the Chinese Calligraphy workshop at Harvard University during the summer months.
Cara has been doing Chinese calligraphy since she was 6 years old. Combining her passion for calligraphy with a desire to help others in need and preserve traditional Chinese culture, she launched New New Star Corp (NNS) in September 2015. NNS is a US registered non-profit organization with a two-fold purpose to support under-resourced, at-risk, Chinese elementary schools by collecting donations to purchase desperately needed supplies, and also preserve traditional Chinese culture through Chinese language and calligraphy instruction both of which embody the essence of traditional Chinese culture – a culture that is so quickly disappearing in our digital age. To learn more about Cara’s corporation please visit NNS’s official website newnewstar.org
Here in New Hampshire, Cara is promoting awareness of Chinese culture through a class she is teaching at Portsmouth Christian Academy. This course will provide an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of reading, writing, and speaking Mandarin Chinese, as well as learning the art of classical Chinese calligraphy. If interested, you can learn more about the class, dates, and suggested donations HERE. All proceeds will benefit NNS.
You can also see beautiful examples of Cara’s artful calligraphy at PCA’s Lower School as well as exhibits at the Portsmouth Public Library (November 30-December 16) and at the Durham Public Library (February 2-28, Opening Reception on Wednesday, February 3, 6:30-8:00).