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Why Chinese?

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My High School offered Chinese as a Foreign Language but only to ethnically Chinese students.I understand why they did it that way now but I was so envious at the time.

 

I don't understand why they did that. Telling people what they should or shouldn't learn based on the way they look? Come on...

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Sheesh, I only went to the supermarket and we've got half a page of posts and an embryonic discussion on ethnolinguistic politics...

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Sheesh, I only went to the supermarket and we've got half a page of posts and an embryonic discussion on ethnolinguistic politics...

 

What kind of admin are you, leaving us all alone for such a long time?  :P

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I don't understand why they did that. Telling people what they should or shouldn't learn based on the way they look? Come on...

 

I think it was because the class was focused on learning the characters and grammar with the assumption that Chinese kids know the language already and don't need to spend time on learning how to pronounce the tones and stuff. I know in my university they divided the chinese classes and there was a section for 'heritage' speakers.

 

It really sucks but I think it was just easier for them to do. I also believe that they made that class so that the chinese speakers who were in ESL (not saying all of them were) wouldn't have to struggle to work on their english while also learning another language like french or spanish. But this was just me. I didn't press too into it after I was told that I needed to be chinese to take the class. lol.

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Similar to Roddy - when I graduated in 2006 I wanted to do anything but think about a serious career or going straight to grad school. I'd had a blast studying abroad, and wanted to do that again and get paid. After a few false starts with other countries where I'd missed deadlines or would have visa issues, I found out that nearly any American with a pulse could get a job a few weeks before starting.

 

Landed in Shenzhen for a year of fun and blew it with the Chinese - just figured it was too hard and I was going back to the US a year later, anyway. After a year of teaching English and fucking around, I decided to get serious career-wise - but further north in China. Started to take my Chinese a bit more seriously once I saw a real, live, walking, talking laowai speaking decent Chinese.

 

Been in China on and off ever since, with an even greater hunger to return each time I leave... hell of a good ride, language included.

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