Michelle Obama is the wife of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama. She was born on January 17, 1964 under the Chinese horoscope of the Rabbit 兔 癸 卯 on the South Side of Chicago. She attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago to work at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.
First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters will travel to China and she’s inviting students and classrooms across the U.S. to follow her trip.
During her trip to China, the First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries.
First Lady Michelle will meet with Madame Peng, the spouse of China’s President Xi Jinping. She will visit a university and a high school in Beijing, and a high school in Chengdu as well as visiting important historical and cultural sites in China, and will share with students in the U.S. the stories of the students she meets in China, as well as interesting facts about China’s history and culture — emphasizing the importance of students learning from one another globally.
First Lady Michelle Obama is inviting young people across America to join her. During her trip, Mrs. Obama will meet with students at the Stanford Center at Peking University, Beijing Normal School and Chengdu No. 7 High School to discuss the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries. She’ll also visit historical and cultural sites, from the Great Wall to the Terra Cotta Warriors, and will be sharing it all with you!
Here’s how people in the U.S. — and around the world — can participate and follow along:
- The First Lady’s travel journal: Each day, the First Lady will post a daily travel blog, complete with videos and photos (and you can sign up to get the latest entries delivered to your inbox).
- First Lady Michelle Obama’s “100,000 Strong” China Study Abroad Initiative (2011 Video here)
- Ask the First Lady: In the weeks leading up to the trip, hundreds of young people submitted questions for the First Lady. During the visit, Mrs. Obama will record video responses and engage directly with young people on social media. Use the hashtag #FLOTUSinChina to discuss the trip and ask questions on Twitter or Instagram.
- Read all of the First Lady’s posts at WhiteHouse.gov/First-Lady-China-Trip.
- Follow on social media: You can follow along through the First Lady’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.
More ways to engage online:
- “Exchange for a Day” with Discovery Education: From Peking University in Beijing, the First Lady will answer questions submitted by classrooms around the country, as part of Discovery Education and the White House’s “Of the People” webinar series. Jeff Wood, an American student from D.C. who is currently studying abroad in China, will pose questions to the First Lady on behalf of Discovery Education’s online audience. You can ask questions and watch the event on Tuesday, March 25th at 1:30 p.m. ET.
- PBS Global Learning and Diplomacy Collection: As part of a new collection of resources, students and classrooms around the U.S. can access educational resources and collections about the history and culture of China. Leading up to the visit, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes and the First Lady’s Chief of Staff Tina Tchen participated in a special webinar to answer questions from young people about the trip and China’s rich history and culture.
- CNN iReport Assignment: iReporters in the U.S. and around the world have submitted questions for the First Lady about study abroad. Stay tuned to watch Mrs. Obama answer questions from Beijing.
- Q&A with Youth in China: The U.S. Embassy has invited their social media followers on Chinese microblogging websites Sina and QQ Weibo to post questions for the First Lady. While in China, Mrs. Obama will answer questions about her visit. The First Lady’s responses will be posted in Mandarin on the Embassy’s social media platforms.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s China Itinerary
- First Lady Michelle Obama arrives in Beijing
- First Lady Michelle meets with Madame Peng Liyuan, the First Lady of China
- First Lady Michelle Obama joins First Lady Peng Liyuan at Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend Universities abroad
- First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Forbidden City with First Lady Peng Liyuan
- First Lady Michelle Obama meets with First Lady Peng Liyuan and joins First Lady Peng Liyuan for dinner and a performance
- First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks to students at the Stanford Center at Peking University. Speaking to an audience of American students studying abroad at Peking University and Chinese students who have studied abroad in the United States, Mrs. Obama will discuss the importance of study abroad and other cultural exchanges as well as the stake our two countries have in one another’s success.
- First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a virtual discussion with American youth. During the conversation, Mrs. Obama will highlight the role of technology in enabling students in the United States to connect and collaborate with students around the world.
- First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Summer Palace.
- First Lady Michelle Obama meets with staff and families of the United States Embassy in Beijing.
- First Lady Michelle Obama hosts an education roundtable.
- First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Great Wall of China.
- First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum.
- First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Xi’an City Wall.
- Q+A with First Lady Michelle Obama
- First Lady Michelle Obama visits Chengdu No. 7 High School. During remarks to students, Mrs. Obama will highlight the importance of education in her own life and in the lives of students in both the United States and China.
- First Lady Michelle Obama meets with staff and families of the United States Consulate in Chengdu.
- First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Chengdu Panda Base. The Chengdu Panda Base is currently home to approximately 50 pandas, ranging in age from infancy to full-grown adults. Chinese scientists spend their days working to increase the panda population through research, conservation, and breeding.
- First Lady Michelle Obama departs Chengdu and returns to Washington D.C.