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For the traditional Chinese moon festival, teacher Elsa Pan shows eighth-grade students moon cakes like those families all across China eat for the annual autumn festival. Her South Washington County school is one of a growing number across Minnesota to offer Chinese classes. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Interest in Chinese language grows

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Elsa Pan's middle school students were among relatively few Minnesotans to celebrate the Chinese moon festival, eating moon cakes and drinking green tea.

Eleven eighth-grade students in Pan's fourth-period Chinese class at Lake Middle School in Woodbury also watched videos about the autumn festival, picking out Chinese words such as numbers and "water."

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