August 27, 2013
My Chinese is at an advanced level. My reading/writing is probably a bit better than my listening/speaking.
I am willing to participate in any event where I can speak and hear Chinese. As I apply for jobs and ponder an eventual return to China, I do not want to lose my language abilities. I would be interested in learning more about cooking Chinese dishes, playing Chinese games (I have a Chinese chess set, but no idea how to play), and talking about Chinese politics and foreign affairs. I am relatively new to the DC area, so I would love to meet others who speak Chinese and are interested in Chinese culture, cuisine, politics, etc.
I think this group will provide me an opportunity to meet with other Chinese speakers who have similar interests and backgrounds as myself.
While I am originally from Chicago, I grew up in Roswell, GA. I began studying Mandarin Chinese when I entered college in 2009. I spent my final year of college participating in intensive language programs in China through the Boren Scholarship. In Fall 2012, I lived in Nanjing, where I studied language and culture and carried out fieldwork on education reform and policy decentralization in China. In Spring 2013, I lived and studied in Kunming, writing my final Mandarin-language thesis on China's nuclear doctrine and PLA military modernization. At the moment, I am independently maintaining my reading/writing through reading Chinese versions of books such as Henry Kissinger's "On China" and other resources from my time abroad. However, I have not been speaking/hearing Chinese as much as I want to. Hopefully, I can speak more Chinese through the meet-up group.
I have studied Chinese fore almost 5 years and am hoping to maintain my language ability by speaking Mandarin with some fun people!