Connecting Cultures

October 9, 2013

What was the first Chinese movie you ever saw? Unless you’re over 108 years old, it probably wasn’t The Battle of Mt. Dingjun, the very first Chinese film made in 1905.

October 3, 2013

How many English language movies have you watched this year?  What about Chinese language movies?  When thinking about movies, it’s easy to focus on Hollywood.  However, China is the second biggest movie market in the world, and

September 20, 2013

In American society today, finding your significant other can be as easy as going online.  Internet dating sites can be found that meet anyone’s needs, whether they be religious, hobby-based or anything else you can think of!

September 11, 2013

In the movie Beijing Bicycle (十七岁的单车) viewers will learn, among other things, the importance of having a bike in Chinese cities. But in a country changing so quickly, is this still the case?

September 5, 2013

In the previous blog series, we introduced English words that have an origin in Chinese and

August 28, 2013

If you missed Part 1 of this blog series about the origin of English words, follow the link to catch up on some English words that come

August 22, 2013

Students aren’t the only ones moving around at the end of summer.  Ghosts are too!

August 15, 2013

Many of us are in the habit of thinking about culture as something that affects language, but have you ever considered how the way we talk and communicate can affect the way we think and act?

August 8, 2013

As the month of Ramadan comes to an end, Muslims all over the world will begin preparations for the annual holiday Eid ul-Fitr which signals the end of Ramadan. Eid ul-Fitr is known by several names – the Sugar Feast, the Sweet Fest, or the Lesser Eid.

July 30, 2013

Heat waves have already hit many cities across the United States this summer, so what better way to lessen the side effects of heat than by eating something nice and cold?