Hip Wah Summer ProgramCommunity Subscriber
Hip Wah was founded in 1984 by Kalei Inn Lam and Shirlaine Kee Balwin, who wanted to create a summer enrichment program that encouraged strong self-image and identity through Chinese and Chinese American cultural studies. This included developing Chinese speaking, reading, and writing skills, and providing exposure to Chinese arts and culture. The first program was located at the Berkeley Chinese Community Church in Berkeley, Calif.
Hip Wah was previously located at Redwood Day School in Oakland. This summer it will be at Wildwood Elementary in Piedmont.
Hip Wah is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the East Bay community, with an all-volunteer Board of Directors.
Re: Mandarin Immerson Summer camp
The Hip Wah summer program provides a wonderful camp experience including Chinese culture, arts, music, and Mandarin language instruction. It is NOT immersion, and the level of instruction is fairly low (they assume no prior Mandarin knowledge). Registration takes place in February and many classes fill quickly. This year's program has already started. Elizabeth