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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

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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.

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?

Video: Battle of the Weibo Bots

The Great LOL of China episode 9: Social Media Madness
Current AffairsEducation

In the ninth episode of The Great LOL of China comedy series, Jesse Appell laments all the fake "bot" followers his show is attracting. So he hits the streets of Beijing to dredge up real fans.

Video: The Meaning Behind 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon' and Other Four Word Chinese Phrases

The Great LOL of China episode 8: Chengyu Game Show
Education

In the eighth episode of The Great LOL of China comedy series, game show contestants try to make sense of Chinese "chengyu" — four word phrases with deep meanings attached to them.

Video: 'Smacking Horse Butt' and Untangling China's Most Colorful Slang

The Great LOL of China episode 7: Chinese Slang
Education

In the seventh episode of The Great LOL of China comedy series, students learn that Chinese words often aren't quite what they appear to be.