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.