Chinese Language in Our Modern World


Educator Nights

As Chinese becomes a more desired means of communication for business, it has also become popular in the performing and visual arts communities. Globally recognized artists, such as Wu Guanzhong and Ai Weiwei, and recent international collaborations like I SING BEIJING, have added to the visibility of this language for use in creative expression.

This workshop will examine the language’s usage around the world, the development of Mandarin Romanization, and common challenges in translation between Chinese and English. Recommended for teachers and students of Chinese, this educational experience will also be of interest to anyone intrigued by Chinese culture, the history of language, and the importance of exchanging ideas in contemporary society.

Attendees will receive a ticket to David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, presented by Black Lab Theatre, at 7:30 pm in the Asia Society Texas Center’s Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater.



Reception: 4:00 pm
Program: 4:30 pm
Performance: 7:30 pm


About the Presenter

Chris Livaccari is the Director for Education and Chinese Language Initiatives at Asia Society. A Chinese and Japanese language educator and former U.S. Foreign Service officer who held postings at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan and the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai, China, he is the co-author of the Chinese for Tomorrow textbook series and Structures of Mandarin Chinese for Speakers of English (Peking University Press). He studied Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature at Columbia University and holds advanced degrees from the University of Chicago and New York University.


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Education Programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible in part by Nancy C. Allen, JP Morgan Chase, and the Reliant Energy Charitable Foundation.

Event Details

Thu 16 May 2013
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
1370 Southmore Blvd. Houston, TX 77004 713.496.9901
Asia Society members $25; nonmembers $30. All sales final.
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