11. Chinese Language and Culture

The Roots of Understanding

A conversation with Cyndy Ning of the Confucius Institute, a professor at the University of Hawaii.

We explore the ways in which China has become an important factor in the business, academic and cultural environment of Hawai’i. Cyndy offers a basic lesson in common, everyday Chinese words and expressions, and talk about the pictorial and inferential nature of understanding Chinese, which helps to understand the roots of a complex language and culture.

Summer studies programs for students wishing to learn and experience Chinese in a dynamic, community environment are profiled. Excepts from an interview with Laurence Brahm, an authority on Chinese culture and business technology, are discussed.

Cyndy Ning is author of several innovative works, including Encounters: Chinese Language & Culture Books. She has served as president and executive director of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA), and president of the Chinese Language Education Association of Hawaii, as well as of the Hawaii Association of Language Teachers. She often teaches the combination of 21st Century skills with language learning. Cyndy holds a PhD in Chinese literature from the University of Michigan.

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