Readings in Chinese Culture Series

Weijia Huang, Qun Ao

Chinese Reading Comprehesion essays for language learning and cultural comparison

The Readings in Chinese Culture Series reinforces students' grasp of Chinese vocabulary and grammar and strengthens their understanding of Chinese culture through a graded series of classical and contemporary essays. The combination of language learning and cultural emphasis found in these texts makes them ideal tools to prepare for the AP* and other standardized tests. The Readings in Chinese Culture Series can supplement any Mandarin Chinese textbook or be used by independent learners. Each text contains ten 500-700 character essays, printed in simplified and traditional characters on facing pages, as well as vocabulary lists, related words related words and expressions, and exercises specific to each lesson. 

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The Sky Is Bright with Stars and Other Essays (Paperback, Simplified & Traditional)

How Far Away Is the Sun? and Other Essays (Paperback, Simplified & Traditional)

The Moon Is Always Beautiful and Other Essays (Paperback, Simplified & Traditional)

Where Does the Wind Blow? and Other Essays

Watching the Clouds Go By and Other Essays


...important learning companions that deepen cultural and linguistic knowledge for all students of Chinese.

— FLANC Newsletter
About the Author(s)

Weijia Huang is a Lecturer of Chinese language at Boston University with a BA in Chinese Language and Literature and MA in History of Chinese Language with a research field in Chinese Paleography. He is also a columnist for the magazine of The World of Chinese.

Qun Ao is an Associate Professor of Chinese language at the United States Military Academy, West Point. She received Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education with a Major in Second Language Acquisition and Linguistics. She is certified a Tester and Trainer by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for assessing students in Oral Proficiency Interview for US Academia and Government sectors.

Both have co-published extensively in the field of Chinese language and culture, Chinese paleography, pedagogy of Chinese characters, and teachers’ training. Sample titles include The Sky is Bright with Stars (2012), The Moon is Always Beautiful (2008), How Far Away is the Sun (2007), Chinese Language and Culture (2002), Chinese Philology: Knowledge and Issues (2009), and Illustration of the Radicals of Chinese Characters (2008).