New Ways of Seeing: How Multilingualism Opens Our Eyes and Trains Our Minds for a Complex World
An Asia Society Publication
Multilingualism is a key aspect of life for most people in the world—and has been throughout history—and is a rich source of engagement, playfulness, and joy. It's something that enriches one's life and should be celebrated for what it truly is: a core part of any person's education, cultural identity, and sense of self. In New Ways of Seeing, Chris Livaccari, an educator and former diplomat, makes an eloquent case for language learning as a means to enhance and deepen students' capacity for processing information and analyzing the shape of the world.
Several chapters of the book have been released in previous issues of our newsletter, Chinese Language Matters; you can link to these below.
Foreword by Milton Chen
A Nation of Extremes, and a National Crisis
Seeing with “Other Eyes”
The DNA of Language
Toward a Paradigm Shift
Why Titles Matter
Student as Linguist
Student as Diplomat
The “Chinese Room”
Linguists and Diplomats Confronting Stereotypes
What Does It Mean to Be “Fluent” in a Language?
Getting Back to Patterns
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About the Author
Christopher M. Livaccari is an educator, author, and former U.S. diplomat who held postings in Tokyo and Shanghai. He is currently Chinese program director and elementary school principal at International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto, California, and senior advisor for China Learning Initiatives at Asia Society.
He is the co-author of Structures of Mandarin Chinese for Speakers of English and the Chinese for Tomorrow series. Chris is a lifelong learner of Classical and modern Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, among other languages.
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About New Ways of Seeing
New Ways of Seeing is a new publication by Chris Livaccari, senior advisor for China Learning Initiatives, that makes an eloquent case for language learning as a means to enhance and deepen students’ capacity for processing information and analyzing the shape of the world.