Chinese New Year celebration provides fun and facts on benefits of Mandarin fluency

02.26.2014 | By Andrea Vasquez

HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College South Campus office of student life recently held a Lunar New Year Celebration event to entertain students on a different cultural aspect of celebrating the New Year, along with presenting facts about the benefits of learning Mandarin Chinese.

Facilitated by San Jacinto College professor Zhiqun Song’s Mandarin level one and two classes, student life staff decorated the student center with Chinese lanterns, while Song’s classes held different activities including traditional Chinese paper cutting, martial arts demonstrations, singing, folk dancing, and a fashion show. Along with the students’ performances and activities, Song and fellow professor Qin Riley, also helped with calligraphy artwork writing students’ names in Chinese characters.

Students also received information on the advantages of being fluent in Mandarin. Several informational displays showed facts about how being proficient in Mandarin will open many doors in today’s global industries. According to the classes’ research, many companies, especially those involved with any international commerce aspect, post positions daily which require Mandarin speakers and translators. Having this skill not only increases your marketability, but their research also found that any degree combined with fluency in Mandarin means definite job security.

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