Category Archives: Books

Let’s Go Guang! reviewed in Booklist

Aha!Chinese just earned bragging rights! Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, gave our Mandarin language DVD for kids, “Let’s Go Guang! Volume I: Meet Guang, the Chinese Dragon,” a glowing review. Booklist called the DVD, along with … Continue reading

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Chinese Author Feature: Li Miao Lovett

Li Miao Lovett‘s debut novel, In the Lap of the Gods, tells what happens when the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest on the Yangtze River, uproots villagers as their homes and histories become submerged. The story follows a poor … Continue reading

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Dreaming in Chinese with Deborah Fallows

Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language is the title of a 2010 memoir by Deborah Fallows, an American who  went with her husband to live in China for three years. Fallows has a Ph.D. in linguistics, … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year learning activities for kids

Are you searching for Chinese New Year ideas for teaching your classroom or kids about the festive holiday and its traditions? Here are some activities and books: To print a lucky money envelope to fold, click here. To print a … Continue reading

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Kid Lit: books about Chinese New Year

If you’re a teacher or parent who wants to share the magic of Chinese New Year through literature, consider reading these delightful illustrated books. Click on any selection below for further description or purchase. Sam and the Lucky Money by … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review: The Ugly Vegetables

In The Ugly Vegetables, written and illustrated by Grace Lin, a young girl plants a garden with her mother. While their neighbors’ gardens bloom with pretty “poppies and peonies and petunias,” the girl’s garden is full of vegetables that grow … Continue reading

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Chinese Menu Decoder

If you’re traveling to China and need help with translation while dining out, or you just want to practice with your family, you can print out this handy menu decoder from Budget Travel Magazine. Written by Jen Lin-Liu, author of … Continue reading

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Beyond The Joy Luck Club

Most American readers are familiar with Amy Tan’s 1989 best-selling novel, The Joy Luck Club. If you haven’t read the book, you’ve probably seen the ’93 film adaptation of Tan’s screenplay. The story juxtaposes the contemporary lives of four Chinese … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Workshop: China’s Southwest Himalayas

If you’re a writer interested in travel to China, you may want to join this retreat designed to help writers refine their skills. The 11-day stay in Yunnan Province will combine focused workshops with local excursions and cultural encounters in … Continue reading

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Chinese Author Feature: Ying Chang Compestine

Ying Chang Compestine is the author of Revolution is Not a Dinner Party, which was selected for the One Book/One Community Program in San Mateo County, CA. The Young Adult novel, published in 2007 and now out in paperback, is … Continue reading

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