American Indian girl won the third place of national Chinese story telling competition in Singapore

Amercian Indian girl Meera came to settle down in Singapore with parents when she was 1-year old. The first language she picked up is Chinese. Her mother arranged her to learn Chinese from a neighbor working as a Chinese language teacher. They make Chinese conversation for two hours every day to practice the speaking and pronunciation.

Nine years later, Meera won the third place of the national Chinese story telling competition in Singapore, with clear articulation and mellow tune. In the past one year, she has won twice the third place in two Chinese speech contests.American Indian girl won the third place of national Chinese story telling competition in Singapore

Meera’s mother Subra understood the importance of Chinese language and started to cultivate the her daughter’s interest in Chinese language. She said, “We hope that she gets the spiritual connection with Chinese culture, especially when people from all over the world gather together, we cannot ignore the multi-culture because of our Indian origin.”

Meera is a fourth-grade student in Anthony girls’ school, studying Chinese as her second language. Since the second grade, she has been always assigned to the best Chinese language class and leading the way. When she joined Chinese drama class, Meera was praised by the teacher of her acting talent.

Meera said, “I like telling stories and won’t feel nervous at the stage. I want to participate in more such competitions in the future.”

Because Meera’s parents can’t speak Chinese, she went to the cram school for Chinese language classes from 4 to 8-year old. When she goes to bazaar with parents, she will grasp the opportunity to practice the dialogue with the vendors. Subra said, “Once we ran into one taxi driver, he insisted on not charging us because he thought Meera’s Chinese is so great.”

At home, as a Hindi language teacher, Subra communicates with Meera in Hindi and Meera’s father in another Indian dialect Konkani to make sure that Meera masters the mother language. Meera can also speak basic Philippine Tagalog and Spanish. Her parents plan to let her study one Chinese dialect such as Hokkien or Teochew.

It is reported that Chinese story telling final match of Singapore national primary schools was held recently in Tao Nan School, with a total participant of 56 schools and 106 students. The competition has marked its 12th anniversary.

Seoul Education Department provides Chinese language sessions to Korean teaching staff

According to South Korea Economy, South Korean teachers who can speak Chinese are able to adapt Chinese students more quickly to South Korean society.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff

Daerim, Garibong in Seoul are the areas for Chinese immigrants, also known as “China Town”. Recently, Department of Education in Seoul has decided to provide Chinese learning courses to the Korean teaching staff near the “China Town” and to encourage all the Korean teachers to learn Chinese language.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff
Daerim metro station in Seoul

In late July this year, Department of Education in Seoul will set 30-hour oral Chinese sessions oriented to 20 academic staff working in the elementary schools, junior and senior high schools. The sessions are mainly targeted to those who are employed at schools where Chinese students dominate or the academic exchange with China is frequent. In addition to the basic Chinese conversation, the sessions include the understanding of Chinese culture, life guidance for students from multicultural families and so forth.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff
Daerim in Seoul

It is reported that on account of the children from Chinese circle not capable of communicating proficiently in Korean or getting adapted to life in South Korea, Education Department of Seoul has made such decision, aiming to eliminate the language barrier with Chinese students and help them rapidly integrate to South Korean schools and social life.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff
a Chinese restaurant in Daerim

The number of new Chinese students has increased sharply in several schools in the charge of South Education Supporting Department of Seoul. A multitude of Korean teachers have met the communication problems with Chinese students due to different language and culture. In reaction to the current situation, South Department of Education offered the relevant training sessions. With the ability to talk with Chinese students smoothly, Korean teaching staff can give better guidance to them.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff
Garibong in Seoul

Besides that, Education Department of Seoul plans to lay down the advanced Chinese sessions in two semesters. In the meantime, related department of South Korea is actively working on Korean language programs for Chinese immigrants and children from multicultural families.

Movie night: “American Dreams in China”

The first time I finished watching this movie, I was feeling so touched, because it reflects what really happened in one Chinese generation that strived to go to US, to study there and tried to settle down by any means.

The movie is about 3 friends, as any student of their generation at that time, who hold one same dream of going to US and meet various difficulties while chasing for that dream. They were very close friends and then apart because of the dream, and finally they again reunited in China and built a successful English language school called “New Dream”. This school helps Chinese teenagers to make their dreams of going to US come true. Before the three co-founders were standing proudly in American stock market for IPO, many story happened with them.

It is said that this stroy is actually telling the real history of China’s largest GMAT, GRE training school “New Oriental”, while the leading actor was interpreting almost similar life of its founder Minhong Yu.

That generation was a hard-working one, many of whom have become successful and are living a decent life in US, but the efforts they put and the pain they went through at that time can only be illustrated in microcosm by this great movie.

This week, one of my Indian friends came to give the sweets, for he has got US Visa and is leaving to Texas next month for further study. In China, the same is also happening. More and more Chinese students go to foreign countries to study and many Chinese families are also applying for immigration to US, Australia, Canada etc.

While the life of next generation is getting better and better, do we still remember to tell them such a story where everybody is struggling for an opportunity to go abroad?