CCBG Events


March - May, 2017 — Chinese-English Conversation Hour


Chinese-English Conversation Hour

This bi-weekly event is designed to gather together learners of Chinese and learners of English and help each other practice conversational Chinese and English. It's a great way to practice, meet fellow language learners, and share each other's knowledge, or simply make a friend! 

This event is open to the community and admission is free. It happens on alternating Tuesdays (day of the week might change in June).

Date: Alternating Tuesdays (excluding weeks with holidays)

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Upcoming dates: 3/14, 3/28, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16, 5/30

Admission: Free (Open to the public)

RSVP: None required

Location: Children's Chinese Book Garden

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March 18TH (sat), 2017 — Guest Speaker: Dr. Cecilia Chang

Dr. Cecilia Chang (2nd from left) with the National AP Chinese Committee.

Dr. Cecilia Chang (2nd from left) with the National AP Chinese Committee.


Everything you want to know about learning chinese beyond middle school — a lecture by dr. cecilia chang

Our oldest students are moving from middle school to high school. What are their paths next?

AP Chinese class? Chinese SAT? How can we benefit from our children's Chinese skills while doing the college applications? How does Chinese language learning look like in college? What are some career paths after college for someone with Chinese skills?

Dr. Chang will be the perfect person to address our questions.

Dr. Chang is a professor of Chinese Language at Williams College. She was the former Co-Chair of the National AP Chinese Committee and the current Chief Reader of the AP Chinese exams. She has been an instructor of the Middlebury Summer Chinese Institute and will its director in the Summer of 2018. Many of her past students graduated and are now in various professions that use their Chinese language skills.   

Date: 3/18/2017 (Saturday)

Time: 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Admission: Free (Open to the public)

RSVP: None required

Location: Children's Chinese Book Garden


OCTober 15TH (sat), 2016 — Learning chinese history with the loi family


What did the loi ancestors do 1,000 years ago?

Kiana and Dylan were two of our former students who studied with us for several years. Their maternal grandfather, Mr. Loi, handed us two of his family history books to decipher. Howard (husband to our teacher, Lei), who has a special interest in studying family history, spent months digging through these books. 

In this presentation, Howard will lead members of the Loi family as well as our teachers, parents and our students through the Loi family history that dates back to over one thousand years ago. We will see how the history of this individual family has intertwined with Chinese history. For examples, why did the Chinese move from the north to the south and even further to the south? Why has education as a personal achievement been so prized in China? And what was the status of women in Chinese hostory and how was it elevated in an individual family?

Sitting down with a family such as the Loi's and to hear about their ancestors is an amazing and unprecedented way to learn about Chinese history.

 

Date & Time: 

10/15 (Sat) @ 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Admission: Free (Open to our students, families, babysitters and friends)

RSVP: None required

Location: Children's Chinese Book Garden

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APRIL 12TH (TUES), 14TH (THURS), & 16th (SAT), 2016 — POETRY WEEK


CCBG'S ANNUAL POETRY EVENT

In celebration of Poetry Month, this April we will again host our annual Poetry Event for all of our students and we welcome all our families and friends to attend. 

The theme this year is: self-created poems written by our students. Our students will be reciting these poems — which they have worked very hard on during the semester — to give us a glimpse of their creative minds through poetic expression. 

 

Dates & Times: 

4/12 (Tues) @ 5:30pm to 6:00pm

4/14 (Thurs) @ 5:30pm to 6:00pm

4/16 (Sat) AM class: 11:20am to 11:50am

4/16 (Sat) PM class: 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Admission: Free (Open to our students, families, babysitters and friends)

RSVP: None required

Location: Children's Chinese Book Garden


JUNE 9TH (TUES), 11TH (THURS), & 13th (SAT), 2015 — ccbg gathering


Last day of class family gathering

During the last class, our students want to share with families something of their choice related to Chinese. It may be a Chinese dance, or some reading. It will also be a chance for us to say goodbye for the long summer. So, just like the poetry event, we invite you to join us for half and hour. 

 

Dates & Times: 

6/9 (Tues) @ 5:30pm to 6:00pm

6/11 (Thurs) @ 5:30pm to 6:00pm

6/13 (Sat) AM class @ 11:30am to 12 noon

6/13 (Sat) PM class @ 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Admission: Free (Open to our students, families, babysitters and friends)

RSVP: None required

Location: Children's Chinese Book Garden


APRIL 28th (tues) & 30th (thurs), May 2nd (sat), 2015 — Poetry week

"Ri Ke"—All rights reserved by Duku Publisher

"Ri Ke"—All rights reserved by Duku Publisher


ccbg's annual poetry event

The theme this year are Chinese poems from about 100 years ago. Our children will recite works from this collection of Ancient Poems as well as from their own creations. 

For a deeper understanding of this special collection of Ancient Poems, please refer to Dr. Jia's latest essay introducing them, and to get a taste of a few sample poems.

Dates & Times: 

4/28 (Tues) @ 5:30pm to 6:00pm

4/30 (Thurs) @ 5:30pm to 6:00pm

5/2 (Sat) AM class: 11:40am to 12:10pm

5/2 (Sat) PM class: 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Admission: Free (Open to our students, families, babysitters and friends)

RSVP: None required

Location: Children's Chinese Book Garden


April 15th, 2015 (Wed) — GUEST SPEAKER

Professor Xu Xin

Professor Xu Xin

About the Speaker:

Xu Xin is China's leading Judaic scholar and a professor at Nanjing University. He has founded an Institute for Jewish and Israel Studies where he created Master and PhD programs on Jewish history and culture in China. He has published numerous articles on Judaic topics; edited the Chinese edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica; authored many books on the subjects of Jewish history and communities in China. He was the first Chinese scholar to introduce modern Hebrew literature to Chinese readers and has translated many books from English to Chinese. Among them is "The Defiant: A True Story of Escape, Survival & Resistance" by Shalom Yoran, a compelling first-hand account of the Jewish resistance to the Nazis during World War II.

For a full biography of Professor Xu Xin, please visit his Wikipedia page


Into the Chinese Mind Through the Jewish Mind

Why are Chinese people so intrigued by Jews and what does this tell us about how Chinese people think?

If you are a Westerner visiting China, whether you are Jewish or not, among the most frequent questions you may be asked by the Chinese are about Jews. 

"Why did Hitler try to eliminate the Jews?"

"Why have the Jews thrived in spite of this?"

Now, let's turn the questions around.

"Why are Chinese people so intrigued by the Jews?"

Would the answer shed light on how the Chinese think and what they value? So, if you are keen on arriving at an enlightened understanding of the Chinese mind in this matter, a lucrative path seems to be through an understanding of their obsession with the Jewish experiences.

Who to better guide us through this path than Professor Xu Xin of Nanjing University of China? Join us for a talk & discussion panel with Professor Xu in between his engagements with NYU and Harvard University.


Guest Speaker: Professor Xu Xin of Nanjing University of China 

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 @ 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Admission: Free

RSVP:

Seats are limited. Please email us at chinese.book.garden@gmail.com or call us at 212.868.8180 to make a reservation.

Location: Children's Chinese Book Garden