If the Eye is the Window to Our Soul, Culture is the Window to Our Mind

If the eye is the window to our soul, culture is the window to our mind. I say that not without evidence. After teaching Chinese for almost ten years at this great organization and other institutions, I often get amused and enlightened by my students’ questions.     On a Saturday morning in a private Chinese class, …

Why Cultural Awareness is the Cornerstone of Our Teaching?

Knowing each vocabulary word doesn’t mean you always know what each Chinese expression means. Perhaps this expression goes back to the feudalistic foundation of Chinese culture that big families are the common characteristic, so “big family” is equivalent to calling everybody. We can make a further inference from this expression.

A Chinese Poem To Share Alongside Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb”

Amanda Gorman’s poem, “The Hill We Climb” brought me back to my childhood’s favorite poem of a Chinese poet,He Zhizhang from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.)  Coincidentally, a lot of poetry written in the Tang Dynasty was about the state of affairs at the time.  This one particularly brought me nostalgia, especially when I went …

It’s 2021!

It is very easy for our nervous system to be disrupted because we have gone through a lot in 2020 with the pandemic. I’ve heard of increased cases of anxiety, depression and other mental disorders. This is where I can put my training as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist student into good use.

Stack of various Chinese tea jars with character inscriptions for chinese culture quiz

Chinese Cultural quiz

Here’s a fun and short quiz to gauge your aptitude in Chinese Culture! See how well you score. Don’t worry if you don’t get 100% correct. We offer Chinese Culture courses online to sharpen your cultural knowledge.

Applying for the CSC Chinese Government Scholarship

By Keri Schnabel   Have an interest in learning Chinese? The best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself as much as possible. Imagine an opportunity to study at almost any university in China, on a full scholarship, with housing provided and a stipend to cover most other living expenses! It’s all possible …