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Learning Languages Is More Than Just About Communication

(Jennifer Hakes/Yinghua Academy)
Education

An interview with Chris Livaccari, whose new book touts the many virtues of multilingualism

How Learning Chinese Helped Chad Lewis Succeed in the NFL

Chad Lewis poses with a group of middle school students in China. (Chad Lewis)
Current AffairsEducation

Three-time NFL pro-bowler describes how he learned Chinese and how the experience boosted his career as a professional athlete.

Why Language Immersion Works Well for Young Children

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Research shows that learning a second language as a young child provides lifelong benefits.

The Extraordinary Benefits of Multilingualism

Zainab Akanda/Flickr
Education

Learning a second language is about more than getting ahead — it teaches a whole new way of thinking.

From Chairman Mao to Kung Fu Panda: Wu Man Reflects on Playing the Pipa

Musician Wu Man holds her pipa. (Stephen Kahn)
ArtsEducation

The acclaimed traditional Chinese musician discusses learning her craft amid the Cultural Revolution, and how she's sought to bridge cultures through music.

#TBT: In 2014, Mandarin Students Show Off Their Singing Chops

Students from Riverview International Academy perform at the 2014 National Chinese Language Conference on May 8, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
Current AffairsEducation

Each week, we'll reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. This week: A performance from the 2014 National Chinese Language Conference in Los Angeles.

Asia Society's Most Popular YouTube Videos in 2015

A look back at Asia Society's most popular videos in 2015 shows India dominating the viewership.
Multimedia

One thing is clear from looking back at Asia Society's most popular 2015 videos: India clips won the year. What were your favorite videos?

Video: The Tonal Beauty of Mandarin, Expressed Through A-Capella Fruit

The Great LOL of China episode 12: Chinese Tones
Current AffairsEducation

In the 12th episode of The Great LOL of China comedy series, Jesse Appell and friends illustrate through song the beautiful (albeit confusing) Chinese tones. 

Video: Did You Bring Small Bills?

The Great LOL of China episode 11: Small Bills
Current AffairsEducation

At restaurants in the Middle Kingdom, big denominations of cash are not welcome.

Video: The Rich World of Cheap Chinese Food

The Great LOL of China episode 10: Same Food New Style
Current AffairsEducation

In the tenth episode of The Great LOL of China comedy series, Jesse explores the wonderful world of homestyle Chinese cooking, which can taste a whole lot better than the fare at China’s most expensive restaurants. So what if China’s most basic dishes got the high-end advertising campaign they deserve?