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A Romance of Three Kingdoms

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because witten 600 years ago and set in the Han Dynasty, the story of the Three Kingdoms is perhaps China’s greatest work of historical literature. Now you can immerse yourself in the story of the Three Kingdoms with the popular CCTV production of 84 episodes subtitled in both English and Chinese. Episodes include adventures, exploits and battles of Some of China’s most famous historical figures including Liu Bei, Cao Cao, Zhu Ge Liang, and many more. This complete series pn VCD is an excellent introduction to Chinese history and literature.

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ABC Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs (2003)

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Recommended because this easy-to-use dictionary presents 400 Chinese proverbs alphabetically arranged in Hanyu Pinyin. Includes literal (and when necessary also a figurative) English translation literal and figurative translations, informative cross-referencing of usage, notes on parallels and also comments on the history of the proverbs. Additional data such as brief usage notes, sources, parallel expressions, cross-references, and famous instances of use are provided where available. This publication will prove a significant basic text. This resource was originally recommended by University of Texas-Austin.

Citation: Rohsenow, John. University of Hawaii Press. $18.00

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Alexander II and the Modernization of Russia

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Recommended because Recommended as a brief, but highly readable analysis of Tsar Alexander II (ruled 185Slavic and Eastern Europe-81) and his Great Reforms of Russia. Availability: apparently out of print, but used books can still be obtained from Amazon.com for varying prices.Reviewed by Bill Wolf, August 2003.

Citation: W. E. Mosse (1958)

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Cantonese Listening Tasks (Language Center at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it contains interesting, real-life Cantonese dialogues, with a total of 16 units, each of which consists of two or more dialogues arising from a theme. Included in this site are asking each other about preferences, thoughts, new information, health problems, life experiences, etc. Start by any topic of your interests. Be aware of the fact that all the dialogues are provided with an English gloss, a transcription in Chinese characters and Yale romanisation in order to support learners’ listening and to help them gain more from the dialogues. The site is most suitable for learners from intermediate to advanced level.

China Daily

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Recommended because this China Daily is one of the country’s top news portals today. Topics and materials included in this site are a wide range of news, business information, photos and syndicated cartoons. Start by “Life” since it provides news articles about daily life of people in China or their interests. Be aware of the fact that the front page of this site offers a list of links to E-Papers at the bottom.
Reviewed by Mary Anne Flournoy, 5/13/02; updated by Masataka Kasai, 7/03/03.

China the Beautiful

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Recommended because this site provides audiovisual and map resources. Start by “About ‘China the Beautiful’ and then to China Room. Excellent map section including satellite photos, historical maps, a map of China superimposed on the U.S. Hear poetry read in Chinese. Has on-line Chinese flash cards with pronunciation, parables in English and Chinese, artwork, calligraphy, poetry, classics, novels, science, philosophy / religion, history culture, language, theater / opera, descriptions of holiday, slides. Be aware of the fact that this site is a mega site offering numerous information and materials. Thus, it is recommended for teachers to have particular topic to search before exploring this site. Recommended for high school and middle school.

China West Exchange

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Recommended because China West Exchange offers a place for Westerners to meet and learn about Chinese and for Chinese people to meet and learn about Westerners. Topics and Materials included in this site are free, interactive online Cantonese lessons, Mandarin lessons, and Chinese character lessons. There are also comments on Chinese culture, a discussion board for chatting about Chinese or for meeting pen pals, and links to other Chinese resources. Start by the Overview in the “Chinese Lessons” section on the homepage. Be aware of the fact that users need to register (free of charge) in order to join the discussion forum and pen pal service.

Chinatown-online.com: New York Chinatown

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Recommended because it offers extremely detailed information and links about New York City Chinatown as well as various useful resources of Chinese culture and Chinese language learning. Topics and materials included in this site are news, activities, photos, shopping, sightseeing, eating, etc. Start by the “Chinese Culture” to learn about Chinese zodiac, lunar calendar, festivals, geomancy, ancient jokes, myth & fantacy, and more! Those interested in language learning may also click on the “Learn Chinese” section to find links to many great websites or online tools for learning Chinese. Be aware of the fact that there is also an interesting “Get a Chinese name” tool that Chinese-culture lovers wouldn’t want to miss.

Chinese Characters Dictionary Web

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Recommended because it interlinks several major Chinese character dictionaries on the web at a character-to-character level, allowing visitors to quickly jump across dictionaries to check the same character entry without having to search again for the character. Users can find a character in any of the above dictionaries and follow the blue links, jumping between more than a dozen dictionaries spread across seven countries and four continents. Topics and materials included in this site are dictionaries of Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, Cantonese, Hakka, as well as Chinese characters in Japanese, Korean and Buddhism. Start by typing or pasting Chinese characters or English words in the search bars on the right column of its homepage. This resource was originally recommended by Global East Asia Studies Center at Duke University. Be aware of the fact that there are some Chinese on-line newspaper and magazines available in this site.

Chinese Characters: A Genealogy and Dictionary (1998)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this dictionary is specially designed to help students understand, appreciate and remember Chinese characters. It has the following features: every character entry includes a brief traditional Chinese etymology; genealogical charts highlight the connections between characters, showing the creation of more than 4000 characters from less than 200 simple pictographs and ideographs; Mandarin standards in China and Taiwan are distinguished; simplified forms for each character are given; character entries list all words which use the character in any position, allowing a word to be found even if the first character is unknown; English definitions are referenced in an English-Chinese index; a word pronunciation index allows students to directly search for an overheard word without having to guess the initial character; a stroke count index lists every character by number of strokes.

Citation: Harbaugh, Rick (editor). Zhongwen.Com. $18.95

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Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site created by the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools provides a national network for the exchange of information, ideas and curricular resources related to the teaching of Chinese language and culture in the United States. Topics and materials included in this site are News, Photos, Announcements, and Links which educators should find useful. Start by K-12 Standards, which specifies important “Standards for Chinese Language Learning.”Be aware of the fact that the Teaching Tips section is currently under construction as of August, 2004. This resource was originally recommended by National East Asian Language Resource Center at Ohio State University.

Chinese Resources

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Recommended because it provides a variety of resources for the teaching, learning, and study of Chinese language and culture. Topics and materials included in this site are Texts & Voice (with original Chinese texts and compiled teaching texts for instructional purposes), Images & Realia (with photos and printed materials such as calendars, maps, and atlases), Categorized Links. Start by Teaching Materials in “Links to Other Chinese Text-sites” under the Texts/Voice section. Be aware of the fact that you’d need to see its computing page in order to get information about viewing Big5 or GB on your browser. This resource was originally recommended by National Foreign Language Center at University of Maryland.

Demystifying the Chinese Language

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because those who are teaching world cultures or early civilizations will enjoy using this introduction to written language (including pictographs and ideographs) as you “demystify” written Chinese. Students will create their own symbols to communicate concepts, words, and ideas to others, learn some contemporary and historical Chinese characters, and then apply their knowledge as they read a story written in English and Chinese. This resource is originally recommended by Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Citation: SPICE http://spice.stanford.edu/ldml/viewpub_sp.lasso?id=10035

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Families of the World Series: Families of China

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Recommended because it takes you on a fantastic journey to another country where you view the unique lives of two children and their families. Each video focuses on a different culture, their way of life, family interaction, foods and even celebrations. Join us in our visit to the countryside, cities, communities, schools and homes of two families-from breakfast to bedtime and all the fun-filled activities in between. This resource is originally recommended by Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University.

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Gateway to the Chinese Classics: A Practical Guide to Literary Chinese

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Recommended because for students who want to read Chinese history, philosophy, and literature must first master the difficult language of literary Chinese, or wenyan. The dense poetic language of ancient China is often deliberately ambiguous, to the point that Chinese scholars need commentaries to understand them. The introduction presents the structure of literary Chinese, including grammar, basic vocabulary, cultural notes, translations, and exercises. Professor Faurot has used interesting, original texts in the lessons including poems, selections from Lao Zi, Confucius, Sun Zi, and contemporary idioms. Gateway to the Chinese classics is intended for self-study and classroom use. Upon finishing the book, students will be ready to venture (with a good dictionary) on their own into other classical works.

Citation: Faurot, Jeannette L. China Books and Periodicals, Inc. $15.95

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Glimpses of China: Short Fiction for Chinese Study (1991)

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Recommended because this book is intended for intermediate Chinese language students, Glimpses of China features short (usually one page) stories about life in China, providing interesting texts for reading practice. Taken from the pages of some of China’s leading literary journals with both simplified and traditional characters, vocabulary lists, explanatory notes, and questions for discussion, the stories will bring the readers a deeper understanding of contemporary Chinese culture while increasing their ability to read authentic literature.

Citation: Faurot, Jeannette L. China Books and Periodicals, Inc. $11.95

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Global Chinese Language and Culture Center

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a great site supported by the government of Taiwan, Republic of China for Mandarin teaching, especially for traditional Chinese language, with plenty resources of Chinese language and culture. Topics and materials included in this site are Language Classroom (Chinese, Taiwanese, Hakka) which provides Chinese learning activities for kids and all levels of Chinese learners, E-School (on-line Chinese proficiency test, e-book download, etc.), Culture Experience (historical stories, music, fine arts, etc.), and Taiwan Panorama (natural scenery, tourism). Start by the e-book or select any preferred level of Chinese lessons in the “Chinese” language classroom link. There are also “Educational Resources” and a “Scholar Forum,” which are of great help for Mandarin teachers. Be aware of the fact that there is no explanation for each individual Chinese word; users are required to have certain basic knowledge about Chinese and pinyin system.

Global Voices

Posted by: globaledadmin on Saturday, February 4, 2012

Recommended because Global Voices is an online community of bloggers around the world who are not part of the international mainstream media.  Representing “average” citizens around the world, Global Voices allows perspectives to be shared, encourages freedom of expression, and advocates for the protection of free speech rights. Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Learn Cantonese!

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it offers information for learning colloquial Cantonese (Yue Chinese) as it is spoken by today’s youth in Hong Kong and in overseas communities such as Canada, the United States and Australia. Topics and materials included in this site are basic vocabulary, grammar, thematic vocabulary, resources, etc. which cover all kinds of terms of everyday Cantonese such as animals, body, clothing, colors, food, health, holidays, household items, love, music, movies, occupations, weather, zodiac, etc. Start by the ‘pronunciation guide’ which could be of big help for correct articulation. This site is great for learners from beginner to intermediate levels.

Learning Chinese Online

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Recommended because this impressive web site is full of wonderful links to the articles and resources on Chinese language, tools, online testing, learning materials, audio files, etc. Topics and materials included in this site are Online Schools, Pronunciation, Conversation, Characters, Grammar, Reading, Listening, Dictionaries, Translation, Testing, Chinese programs, Learning Materials, Bookstores, Experiences, CD Title Reviews, Study in China, and Tools for Teachers. Start by Tools for Teachers if you are teaching Chinese and need more teaching materials such as animated Chinese characters. Be aware of the fact that there are always some new added web information about Chinese teaching and learning in the Recommendations this month. This resource was originally recommended by California State University.

Legends of the Monkey King

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this classic Chinese story is all about Monkey King, a most unlikely hero, on a most extraordinary journey. This fantastic 72-minute feature will introduce you to the Monkey King – from how he was born and how he became the king of Fruit & Flower Mountain. Children will watch in amazement as Monkey King always fights the forces of evil by using his magic powers given to him by the Sun God. Originally produced in Chinese by CCTV, this series was China’s most popular animated television series in 1999. Subsequently co-produced in English by CCTV and CINAR Corporation, all the characters now have their own English voices. Chinese children have known and loved the Monkey King for generations, and now your child can share in the fun and classic adventures of this amazing super hero.

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Maps of China

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is a good source of maps of contemporary China from full country maps to provincial maps. Recommended for middle school and high school.
Reviewed by Mary Anne Flournoy 4/17/02.

Marjorie Chan’s ChinaLinks

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Recommended because this site as a huge database has annotated links to over six hundred China- and Chinese language and linguistics-related websites. Topics and materials included in this site are Search Engines, Chinese Studies, E-Texts, & Netnews, Chinese Language Software & Audio/Video Programs, Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Linguistics and Internet Resources, etc. Start by Chink Links 3 and check out links for “Chinese Language Teaching and Learning Resources” if your interest is focused on Chinese language learning and teaching. This resource was originally recommended by National East Asian Language Resource Center at Ohio State University.

Masterworks Chinese Companion: Expressive Literacy through Reading and Composition (2004)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because Masterworks Chinese Companion is founded upon the conviction that in order to learn to write skillfully, a student must first learn to read skillfully–not only in terms of basic comprehension, but also with a deeper appreciation for the techniques found in good writing. Drawing upon 12 short works that are essential to literary culture throughout the Chinese-speaking world, this textbook takes an integrated approach to the complementary arts of reading and writing. Through carefully developed discussion topics, exercises, and special sections on writing-related topics, the author invites students to be thoughtful and creative in responding to the readings, and challenges them to use the readings as models to improve their own composition skills. This text is ideal for students of Chinese at a high-intermediate level of reading or speaking. Its unique approach makes it appropriate for use either as a primary textbook or in conjunction with more grammar-oriented books such as Taiwan Today and A New Text for a Modern China. All lesson material appears in both traditional and simplified characters. This resource was originally recommended by Indiana University Chinese language program.

Citation: Anderson, Qin-Hong. Cheng & Tsui Company. $19.95

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MyCantonese.Net

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this Hong Kong-based site features plenty of useful on-line Cantonese and Mandarin lessons and learning tools. Topics and materials included in this site are ‘Interactive Classrooms which contain various forums and chat rooms for learners to exchange ideas and tips about learning Cantonese, ‘Basic Lessons’ on greeting, daily conversations, congratulation, etc., ‘Tools’ such as dictionaries and ‘Hot Links’ to other popular Cantonese/Mandarin learning sites. Start by ‘Basic Lessons ‘ which provide several free easy audio lessons. Be aware of the fact that some of the forums may require registration for users to browse through. This site is suitable for learners from beginner to intermediate levels.

National Palace Museum (Taiwan)

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Recommended because this award-winning web site not only show the grandeur of Chinese culture and heritage, but also provides opportunities to learn about Chinese arts and literature in a digital way. It is especially good for kids to explore Chinese culture. Topics and materials included in this site are “Collections” with lots of colored images of important art works, books, and documents, some with annotations, and “Library” page which provides information on its special collections of rare books and archival materials as well as full-text databases (free of charge) for major Chinese classics such as 25 Dynastic Histories, T’ang poetry and the Catalog of Ssu k’u ch’uan shu. Start by Explore and Learn or Exhibition to enjoy may of its vivid guides and fun games while learning Chinese culture. This resource was originally recommended by Asian languages and cultures department at UCLA.

Nu Shu: A Hidden Language of Women in China

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it reveals the special secret language and characters created by women in feudal China, who were usually with bound feet and denied educational opportunities and condemned to social isolation. In Jian-yong county in Hunan province, peasant women miraculously developed a separate written language, called Nu Shu, meaning “female writing.” Believing women to be inferior, men disregarded this new script, and it remained unknown for centuries. It wasn’t until the 1960s that Nu Shu caught the attention of Chinese authorities, who suspected that this peculiar writing was a secret code for international espionage.

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Online Chinese Tools

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides plenty of excellent tools and links in learning and using Chinese language and culture. Topics and materials included in this site are tools for learning Chinese, romanization converter, calendar converter, English-Chinese, Chinese-English dictionaries. The Chinese culture section includes Western-Chinese calendar converter, get a Chinese name, Chinese measurements, Chinese numbers, Chinese family relationships and online abacus. Start by Common Questions, which should be of great help to many learners.

Our Twisted Hero (1987)

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Recommended because in this award-winning short novel by an acclaimed Korean author, a 12-year-old boy confronts injustice that marks his life. Thirty years later, Han Pyongt’ae recalls entering his small-town school, after attending a more prestigious school in Seoul, and encountering Om Sokdae, the fifth-grade class monitor who intimidates his peers, dupes his elders, and makes Han’s life miserable for months. For refusing to yield to Om as his classmates do, giving him treats, belongings, and even grades, Han becomes the target of ostracism and the victim in fights, until–finding no support from teacher or parents–he capitulates. It takes a new teacher to bring a new order and to show the contrast between life under dictatorship as orderly and efficient but repressed and life under democracy as messy and loud but free. Winner of the Lee Sang Literary Award in 1987, this is a valuable literary case study that vividly illustrates the power of pressure on individual freedom. Reviewed by Michele Leber ; This novel influenced many college students in the late 80?s and early 90?s. The power relationships appeared in this book insinuate the real political situations in Korea at that time when democratizing movement was in the highest point in contemporary history. The static and dynamic relationships between two main characters, Han Pyongt?ae and Om Sokdae give lots of implications to perspectives on power. And this novel was made into a movie in 1992 and got lots of Korean and International Awards. Reviewed by Sung Choon Park 05/19/02.

Citation: Yi, Mun-yol. Translated by O’Rourke, Kevin New York : Hyperion East. ISBN: 0786866705 Price : $15.37

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Pearls in the shell: best loved short verses from the Chinese language (1998)

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Recommended because it is a unique anthology of the best-loved short verses from the Chinese language, giving the reader vivid insights into Chinese culture and thought. Dramatically illustrated with ancient drawings and exquisitely rendered into everyday English, these imperishable verses read like folk songs or children’s rhymes, yet carrying more profound meaning and showing the humor and wisdom of a race. This resource was originally recommended by University of Texas-Austin.

Citation: Soong, J.S. (editor). Asian Humanities Press. $30.00

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Pinyin Practice

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides free on-line Mandarin pronunciation practice to help learners grasp the correct sound and phonetic symbols of Mandarin Chinese. Topics and materials included in this site are practice questions and quizzes of Mandarin tones, initials and finals. This is a great site for learners of beginner and intermediate levels.

Play and Learn Chinese with Mei Mei

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is a video that entertains while teaching Mandarin Chinese to children. In a bilingual format, Mei Mei intorduces basic topics such as numbers, parts of the body, actions, games, greetings, family, names and ages in a lively, interactive environment. The video features children in action, singing and playing consistent with the Total Physical Response method, the most effective way of teaching a foreign language. Singing along with favorite children’s songs like “Pull the Carrot” will heightn your child’s interest in learning Chinese. Children will want to watch the video over and over, and in the process will pick up Chinese naturally. This resource is originally recommended by Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Sing ‘n Learn Chinese (1998)

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Recommended because Sing ‘n Learn Chinese helps your children learn Mandarin Chinese language through favorite songs sung in China and Taiwan for children of all ages. With 22 traditional and contemporary melodies, they will enjoy learning about greetings, family, animals, numbers, colors and more. Lyrics are written in both traditional and simplified characters and romanized pinyin, with English translation and activity guides included. Fun illustrations promote understanding and enhance learning. Comes with 32 page paperback book and audio cassette or CD.

Citation: Jeng, Trio Jan & Yoon, Selina. Animation Inc. $19.95

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South China Morning Post (Columbia)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site is a online major English language newspaper in Hong Kong. Topics and materials included in this site are current news and events about business, markets, technology, and sports in Hong Kong as well as China, Asia, and world. Be aware of the fact that you need to register to read full stories of articles.
This resource was originally recommended by the East Asian Institute at Columbia University.

South Korea’s Minjung Movement: The Culture and Politics of Dissidence (1995)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is the first work in English to grapple specifically with the nature, impact, and implications of the diverse forms taken by this national development that lies at the center of the last three decades of tumult and change in South Korea. It offers insights from the perspective of Korean and Western experts in a variety of disciplines, including leaders of the movement itself. The minjung (people’s) movement stood in the forefront of the nationwide tide that swept away the military in June 1987 and opened up space for more democratic politics, more responsible economics, and new directions in culture. Yet, as concrete reforms take shape, serious debate has arisen over the identity of the minjung and the values the term represents.
Reviewed by The Center for Korean Studies, School of Hawaiian, Asian & Pacific Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa.

Citation: Wells, Kenneth. (Ed.). Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.

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The Art of Chinese Dance

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Recommended because this video won the Parent’s Choice 2002 Recommended Award. As a fantastic journey into the delightful world of Chinese culture, it is a colorful introduction to the Art of Chinese Dance by one of the most renowned dance company in the world: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. It is an artistically excellent and culturally rich program that can inspire the imagination of the young and old. Based on some of the most vibrant dances seen in Chinese celebration and festivals, The Art of Chinese Dance includes the powerful lion dance with percussion music, the vivacious ribbon dance with long silk ribbons making calligraphic patterns in the air; as well as the beautiful fan dance beguiled by audience all over the world. The Art of Chinese Dance brings the color, pageantry and grandeur of the Chinese culture to your home. The video also includes a short instructional section where the members of the company demonstrate the basic movement and practice of Chinese dance training as well as the significance of concentration, harmony and spirit required to master the art. Parents who wish to work on Chinese dance with their children can follow the dancers to make flower shape with their fingers, step like a Chinese warrior or make up a Chinese dance of their own.

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The Chinese Have a Word for It: The Complete Guide to Chinese Thought and Culture (2000)

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Recommended because this is an ideal introduction to the Chinese language and culture for business people, students, and travelers. It sheds light on the character and personality of the Chinese by examining the meaning, historical significance, and use of more than 300 Chinese expressions. This practical guide will help readers anticipate Chinese behavior and avoid cultural faux pas.

Citation: Boye Lafayette De Mente. McGraw-Hill. $12.57

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Ting: Chinese English Center

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site is an interesting and great place to study basics about Chinese and English, allowing learners to focus on a topic and learn related vocabulary, use the review pages to study pinyin, characters, English, or test their ability to listen and comprehend. Topics and materials included in this site are Conversation Topics, Games and Stuff, Dictionary Search, China Experience, etc. Start by Topics to learn words, phrases and sentences about all kinds of topics such as weather, time, eating, greeting, numbers, jokes, etc., or start by Games and Stuff to play with Counting and Multiplication, Colors, Family Trees, Talking Maps, and Poetry. Be aware of the fact that users may sign up accounts for free to access the Study Center for more information and materials. This resource was originally recommended by University of Maine at Farmington.

UNICEF The State of the World’s Children

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Recommended because of its many resources on the world’s children, their issues and lives.  See reports on the state of the world’s children along with many other publications, information by country, and other topics.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Recommended because this museum, located in Washington, DC, provides comprehensive history, database, photos, stories, and maps about Nazi holocaust. Topics and materials included in this site are resources for teachers (on-line workshop, exemplary lessons, and resource book) and students (on-line activities, encyclopedia, and learning site) discussing holocaust. In addition to Jewish, this site also covers holocaust history of other groups such as Roma (Gypsies), the handicapped, Slavic people (Poles, Russians, and others), Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s witnesses, and homosexuals. Be aware of the useful information that through learning center, other issues related to holocaust such as refugees, Nazi camps, forced labors, Mosaic victims, Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units), rescue, and war crime trials, etc. are also included. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Urban Chinese (2002)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is a unique book, organized for beginning students of Mandarin by a young Western student living in Beijing. Featuring an innovative design and many cultural notes, with five sections that introduce the language, teach radicals, idioms, slang, a useful category usage dictionary, and with many illustrations and sidebars that enhance the text. A great book to satisfy the demands of teachers and students who have complained about the lack of good Chinese learning materials. Capturing the nuances of urban Chinese, the book provides the reader with the vocabulary, and more saliently the usage necessary to effectively operate in 21st Century China. Ideal for textbook adoption as well as self-study and supplementary reading. Urban Chinese is carefully and considerately orchestrated from a brand-new and unique perspective. It gives the reader daily diction not found in average textbooks, and the most frequently used and most up-to-date words associated with all daily topics. There is also a section on Chinese idioms and the stories behind them, and a section on new slangs that include the most up-to-date new terms in Chinese langauge.

Citation: Klayman, Jerry S. & Zhao, Yunfeng. BLCUP Press. $29.95

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