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.
The December 18 session will feature a special guest who will talk about one of China’s most expressive and historic instruments!
Shenzhan Liao (host): Head of School of Chinese Studies at China Institute.
Zhou Yi: Praised for her “breathtaking” meticulous technique and expressiveness by the Washington Post, pipa/qin soloist and educator, Zhou Yi graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China. She is the artistic director of the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of NY.
Zhou Yi’s select performances include: Tan Dunʼs Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig Germany; Young Peopleʼs Concert with the New York Philharmonic; Bun-Ching Lamʼs Song of the Pipa and Sudden Thunder with the Sinfonieorchester Münster; Zuqiang Wuʼs Sisters of the Grassland with the Ohio Youngstown Symphony Orchestra; guest qin artist with the San Francisco Opera in Bright Shengʼs Dream of the Red Chamber; guest pipa and qin artist with the Santa Fe Opera in Huang Ruoʼs Dr. Sun Yatsen.
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.
Recordings of all programs are available on China Institute’s special YouTube playlist.