The Mandarin “Lunch and Learn 午间中文” is a free, online, monthly ‘Read-Aloud’ series for Chinese language learners of all levels.
Join us to learn and practice Mandarin, while engaging with Chinese literature, poetry, history and more with fellow enthusiasts.
Participants will enjoy live, interactive learning sessions with our language and cultural experts from home.
Each session will start with a read-aloud in Mandarin of a carefully selected poem which represents both a touchstone to Chinese culture as well as text for practicing Mandarin language and pronunciation.
Fall/Winter 2020 Schedule
Current Session Educators
Shenzhan Liao (host): Head of School of Chinese Studies at China Institute.
Maya Zhang (guest speaker): A language expert and educator teaching extensively at the United Nations, China Institute, and schools in the U.S. and internationally, Ms. Zhang will share her passion of Chinese culture and knowledge on the pictographic Chinese characters with our participants.
Wanling Zhang (guest speaker): Ms. Zhang is Director of Education at China Institute, in charge of the Adult Language and Studio Programs. A passionate tea lover with years of experience in tea tasting and tea meditation (Zen), Ms. Zhang will share tips of Chinese tea culture and traditional tea rituals.
Yong Zhao: Yong Zhao is the Co-Founder and CEO of Junzi Kitchen. Yong was born and raised in Liaoning, northeast of China. He received a Bachelor degree from Yuanpei School at Peking University, and then received a MESc and attended the doctoral program in environmental science at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. In 2014, Yong co-founded junzi kitchen and has been leading the team as CEO ever since. Being the mastermind and visionary of junzi kitchen, Yong Zhao is harnessing the tide of quick-service Chinese food with his quickly expanding restaurant concept and leading the omnichannel shift in eating with innovative solutions such as ghost kitchen. With locations in New Haven and Manhattan, the team most recently opened their fourth store near Bryant Park, New York, and the first delivery-only location at SoHo.
Recordings of all programs are available on China Institute’s special YouTube playlist.