Learn­ing Chi­nese

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - YOUTH - Sto­ries of Diplo­mats’ Chi­nese Class, Bi­og­ra­phy,

Mas­ter­ing Chi­nese is a dream of many for­eign­ers who live and work in China, es­pe­cially diplo­mats. Now a book, ti­tled

about how they learn the lan­guage is out. It has been com­piled by the Bei­jing Lan­guage and Cul­tural Cen­ter for Diplo­matic Mis­sions. Founded in 1956, the cen­ter has so far re­ceived 20,000 stu­dents, mostly em­bassy staff mem­bers and their fam­i­lies, from more than 100 coun­tries and re­gions. Some well-known stu­dents in­clude for­mer US pres­i­dent George H.W. Bush, the late In­dian pres­i­dent Kocheril Ra­man Narayanan and the princess of Thai­land Maha Chakri Sirind­horn. The sto­ries are told by teach­ers, re­call­ing their stu­dents’ hard work, cul­tural anec­dotes and how the diplo­mats sur­vived learn­ing Chi­nese — one of the hardest lan­guages in the world. mod­ern twist in Wukong:

an on­line book. “This is the world I’ve come to, fought for and loved. I don’t care how it would end.” The cry of Wukong in­flu­enced read­ers when it was first pub­lished on­line in the early 2000s and is re­garded as a mile­stone in Chi­nese on­line lit­er­a­ture. The story has been adapted into a film, which will be re­leased in July. A printed ver­sion of the book has also been pub­lished with be­hind-the-scene sto­ries of the film. Gourmets mustn’t miss the re­vised ver­sion of

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