Zhong Yuan is studying English for a month at Richard Stockton College and is believed to be the college’s first Chinese exchange student.

The 19-year-old public relations and advertising major attends United International College in Zhuhai, China, and is working with Galloway Township-based English as a Second Language teacher Barbara Somers, a college spokesperson said.

Zhong (the surname comes first) is a resident of Zhanjiang, China, which has a sister-city relationship with Atlantic City. He recently met with Mayor Lorenzo Langford, whose trip to China several years ago started the partnership, said India Karavackas, director of Stockton’s Office of International Services.

Zhong, who lived on campus for two weeks, is living this week at Karavackas’ Linwood home and will stay with another staff member next week, Karavackas said.

In March 2010, a similar trip was planned for Mayor Lorenzo Langford and top Atlantic City officials.  It was cancelled later that year when NJ State officials took over Atlantic City government because of its financial difficulties.

Click here for full PressofAtlanticCity.com article of July 30, 2013:


ATLANTIC CITY — Mayor Lorenzo Langford wants to create a partnership between Atlantic City and Asia, and he’s considering doing it in person.

Langford’s spokesman, Kevin Hall, confirmed Thursday that the mayor is discussing a trip to China and Japan, and other local officials said they had been invited to join the journey.