Culture & Heritage

Culture defines who we are, whether it’s national culture, regional culture or family culture, we are largely defined by the culture we come from.

Cultural Society is very aware of its importance. On this initiative, Culture & Heritage, we address culture interpersonally, nationally and internationally. At Cultural Society, many of our key members are Chinese-Americans. Not only do we have the unique approach but also the expertise in the area of culture and will give you the first-hand experience from our background. We embrace our unique identity and are willing to share our experience as we journey on to the discovery of learning more about culture together — alongside you and with you!

Please browse through our course offering. If you need any more information about any of the courses, please feel free to contact us at info@csebri.org

Chinese Language Courses

You are not ethnic Chinese but want to get a taste of the world’s second most spoken language. It’s an official language of mainland China, Taiwan and Singapore and one of the six official languages of the United Nations. So it’s not surprising that there are approximately 1.09 million native speakers worldwide. Fun fact: Research suggests that you’ll only need around 2,500 characters to be able to read almost 98 percent of everyday written Chinese. Are you up to this challenge?

This is a series of language and culture courses delivered by Cindy Yuan, an international relations expert living in the Big Apple.


Chinese Cuisine

This course takes the hands-on approach of teaching Chinese cuisine, starting with different techniques including stir-frying, pan-frying, steaming, stewing, etc. The most popular food items, such as dumplings, green onion pancakes, shaomai, steamed buns, and stir-fries will be taught. Suggestions and desired food items or dishes recommended by students will also be taken into consideration. Recipes will be provided for ingredients and preparation, techniques will be displayed with a video clip while nutritional values explained in class. Student are encouraged to share end-products with family members.

Delivered by Yu Luo Rioux, Ph. D., bringing you her latest research range from language acquisition to cross-cultural studies and the cultural geography of China.


Chinese Calligraphy for Children (ages 7-18)

This course integrates the practice of calligraphy into the knowledge of calligraphy related to Chinese characters. Students are not only learning how to write the character, but also understanding the evolution of Chinese characters, different styles of calligraphy, the aesthetics of Chinese characters and its relationship to the Chinese language, and the “four treasures of the study” in the context of the Chinese culture.

Delivered by Yu Luo Rioux, Ph. D., bringing you her latest research range from language acquisition to cross-cultural studies and the cultural geography of China.


Chinese Calligraphy for Adults (ages 18 & up)

This course integrates the practice of calligraphy into the knowledge of calligraphy related to Chinese characters. Students are not only learning how to write the character, but also understanding the evolution of Chinese characters, different styles of calligraphy, the aesthetics of Chinese characters and its relationship to the Chinese language, and the “four treasures of the study” in the context of the Chinese culture.

Delivered by Yu Luo Rioux, Ph. D., bringing you her latest research range from language acquisition to cross-cultural studies and the cultural geography of China.


AP Chinese Preparatory Course

The Advanced Placement (AP ) Chinese preparatory course is a course is for students who have been taking or have taken Chinese in their middle and/or high school years and would like to take this A.P. Chinese exam to get college credits.  This course will prepare you for all parts of the exam including listening & reading comprehension, speaking & writing skills, grammar review and Chinese culture knowledge. 

Delivered by Yu Luo Rioux, Ph. D., bringing you her latest research range from language acquisition to cross-cultural studies and the cultural geography of China.


Chinese Writing

This course is designed for students with a good understanding of the Chinese language and would like to improve communication in writing. Writing skills, choice of words and implications, formats, etiquettes with different genres and styles (including letter, email, business exchange, etc.) will be taught. 

Each week, students are asked to write a short paragraph in the given topic(s), which will be discussed in class.

Delivered by Yu Luo Rioux, Ph. D., bringing you her latest research range from language acquisition to cross-cultural studies and the cultural geography of China.


Chinese Cinema (Spring 2021)

Through the cinema lens, “Chinese Cinema” offers an insight into the socio-economic, cultural as well as political landscape of China. Films of different genres made in Mainland China, Hong Kong as well as Taiwan with English subtitles, and even in the U.S., will be selected to help understand the history, regional differences, daily lives, gender relations, and the value system of the people and the nation.

Delivered by Yu Luo Rioux, Ph. D., bringing you her latest research range from language acquisition to cross-cultural studies and the cultural geography of China.


Tai Chi (Tai Ji) (Spring 2021)

Through the cinema lens, “Chinese Cinema” offers an insight into the socio-economic, cultural as well as political landscape of China. Films of different genres made in Mainland China, Hong Kong as well as Taiwan with English subtitles, and even in the U.S., will be selected to help understand the history, regional differences, daily lives, gender relations, and the value system of the people and the nation.

Delivered by Yu Luo Rioux, Ph. D., bringing you her latest research range from language acquisition to cross-cultural studies and the cultural geography of China.


New Asian Americans Program (Spring 2021)

If you’ve recently immigrated to the United States in the past 5-10 years and feel like you are hitting a bottleneck in assimilating yourself and your family into the American culture, we are here to help you.

In this course, we will provide you with materials and informational resources on citizenship and other immigration-related topics.


Asian American Connections (Spring 2021)

AAC is cultivating the next generation of Asian American professional leaders through mentoring, skills building, and networking. The program pairs Asian American professionals with experienced leaders in their field. As part of the mentoring process, participants will create a personal strategic plan allowing them to identify ways to achieve their professional as well as personal goals.

This is a three month program with four 1:1 mentoring meetings and three mentoring network sessions. Mentors and mentees will meet at least once a month to discuss specific career-building topics. Discussion guides will be provided for each topic.

Contact Us for a free consultation and see which courses are right for you!