Diana Ser

Ms. Diana Ser is a jour­nal­ist and me­dia per­son­al­ity, as well as a sup­porter of the “Speak Man­darin” cam­paign

Portfolio - - IN THIS ISSUE - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY CHINO SARDEA

I’ve been in­ter­ested in Man­darin from a very young age, and when I was 13 years old,

I was lucky to at­tend a Spe­cial As­sis­tance Plan School. In Sin­ga­pore, that means I stud­ied both English and Chi­nese, which is my mother tongue, as my first lan­guages. Be­ing bi-cul­tural and bi-lin­gual has helped me to form my own iden­tity as I grew up, as it helps me guide my chil­dren to­day. Pro­fes­sion­ally, be­ing bilin­gual has brought me many op­por­tu­ni­ties, and with China ris­ing as an eco­nomic power, it makes more sense than ever to keep im­prov­ing my pro­fi­ciency in the Chi­nese lan­guage. When I’m driv­ing, for ex­am­ple, I lis­ten to pod­casts in Chi­nese lan­guage or the news on the lo­cal Chi­nese ra­dio sta­tion. In Novem­ber 2016, I launched my web­site, www.di­anaser.com, to bring to­gether a com­mu­nity of par­ents with young chil­dren who are com­mit­ted to nur­tur­ing bilin­gual­ism from a very young age. Af­ter six months of manag­ing the web­site, I re­al­ized that as a ‘one-woman-show’ so­cial (me­dia) is much faster in de­liv­er­ing con­tent and en­gag­ing my fol­low­ers. If I find out about a Chi­nese read­ing pro­gram even at the last minute, I’m still able to share it on so­cial me­dia, and urge par­ents to bring their chil­dren over. On In­sta­gram and Face­book peo­ple can fol­low my page, Crazy About Chi­nese. I also ac­cept in­vi­ta­tions to speak in schools or at ‘Speak Man­darin’ cam­paign events, try­ing to en­cour­age par­ents that although it’s tough, they should never give up en­cour­ag­ing their chil­dren to learn Chi­nese. What keeps me go­ing? My hus­band calls this my very ex­pen­sive hobby, but I call it my na­tional ser­vice – that’s how I was brought up by my Chi­nese school. P Watch Ms. Diana Ser talk about the ben­e­fits of bilin­gual­ism in a video on www.port­fo­liomagsg.com Shot on lo­ca­tion at Mont­blanc Bou­tique, Raf­fles City Shop­ping Cen­tre. Ms. Ser is wear­ing Mont­blanc Bo­heme Au­to­matic Date watch, and Mont­blanc Bo­heme Moon­gar­den Ear­rings with Akoya pearls. Writ­ing In­stru­ment: Mont­blanc Aug­mented Pa­per Set. Ms. Ser is a Friend of Mont­blanc.

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