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This session, presented in Chinese and English, highlights four students in the ASU Chinese Language Flagship, a multilevel, undergraduate program for students to achieve superior language proficiency while pursuing degrees in the academic major of their choice. The students, each of whom began studying Mandarin in college, offer a snapshot of this innovative program through brief presentations taken from their own course work. Following a brief overview of the ASU Flagship curriculum, the first presenter draws on his study of contemporary social, environmental and ethical issues to pose the question, “Turning the Desert Green: A Sustainable Landscape for the Future?” The second speaker discusses “Feminism in Buddhism,” which is part of her longer research project for a Flagship course on Chinese Religions. The final presenter, who completed the program last spring and is currently a first-year graduate student and teaching assistant, addresses pedagogical strategies for motivating beginning Chinese language learners.