I grew up speaking Mandarin as a child in Taiwan, and when my family immigrated to the U.S., my parents insisted “No English!” in the house. They knew learning English wasn’t going to be a problem for me and my brothers – the danger was forgetting Chinese.
Fast-forward a few decades, and history is repeating itself. I have two amazing children with my wonderful husband who’s also Chinese-American, and their first language was Mandarin. That’s all they got during their first two years or so of life! But now, my pre-schooler and kindergartener prefer speaking English and struggle to remember simple Chinese words.
My efforts to find Mandarin enrichment programs for them uncovered a lack of local options. My only choices were to take them into Manhattan every week or drop them off for multiple hours on weekends. I didn’t want to do either, and I couldn’t believe that children in Hoboken can take classes in pretty much anything – except the world’s most widely spoken language.
I wanted a program that would re-ignite my children’s interest in Chinese. Engaging teachers who would teach through songs, art and crafts, games, and stories. A nurturing environment where they would learn alongside peers and experience Chinese as the community language.
This is what Mandarin Mission is all about. Please join us as we open up a world of possibilities through highly engaging and stimulating classes for your young learners.
In my other life, I am a marketing executive with 15+ years of experience working in the U.S. and China for publicly traded e-commerce, finance, and technology firms. I hold a Master of Science in Magazine Publishing from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wellesley College.