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Christian C.

Location:

Washington, DC

Member since:

August 27, 2013

What are your favorite Chinese dishes and foods?

生煎包子!

How would you describe your level of Chinese? (Eg it's my native language OR I don't speak it OR I learned some dialect from my family but little Mandarin, OR I can speak a few words, simple conversations, etc.)

My Chinese is at an advanced level. My reading/writing is probably a bit better than my listening/speaking.

What kind of events and activities would you be interested in? What would you like to do at our events?

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.

What could this group provide for you that no other Meetup could?

I think this group will provide me an opportunity to meet with other Chinese speakers who have similar interests and backgrounds as myself.

Where did you grow up? How did you learn Chinese? Tell us your story.

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.

Introduction

I have studied Chinese fore almost 5 years and am hoping to maintain my language ability by speaking Mandarin with some fun people!


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