Loving Rudyard Kipling’s JUNGLE BOOK 森林王子 Forest King (Disney version) or 《丛林之书》 literally Jungle Book with our 6y/o http://t.co/AxKRQ0Oy2J
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) December 5, 2014
We celebrated our 6y/o’s birthday early with 爷爷奶奶 Yéyé nǎinai grandma and grandpa. Gifts were mittens, a headlamp and Chinese checkers!
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) December 7, 2014
Recently our 2y/o learned “I LOVE YOU 我爱你” in English. I always ask her, “What does that mean? 什么意思？” Her answer? “I love you too. 我也爱你.”
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) December 7, 2014
So cold lately. Our 2y/o shows me her hands and fingers saying in Chinglish: “爸爸，没有cups! Daddy, no 杯子.” I’m thinking “cups” means “gloves.”
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) December 11, 2014
Read to our 2y/o and 6y/o a great book for storytime called "Ling Cho and his 3 Friends." http://t.co/bZT9NouI6i Love the rhyming and moral.
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) November 19, 2014
2y/o Evening Routine: Shower. PJs. Couch for milk. I've been using Arnold Schwarzenegger's voice in Chinglish: “GET TO THE 沙发 Shāfā!"
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) November 18, 2014
Why You Should Hire Bilinguals Even If You Don't Need Their Language Skills | Inc http://t.co/0oNe5hIttR
— Magnus and MingXing (@MandMX) November 22, 2014
Since December I’ve been a reading maniac. I studied a bit how to speed read and this year I’ve already read 7 books. My goal was to read 12 books this year, one per month. Not amazing, not shocking but an attainable goal none the less. I have quite diverse interests so each book is more and more interesting and unique.
When returning library books one day in my local library I happened upon the “NEW BOOK” shelf and one book caught my eye. The title appealed to my American nationalism even though I was sure after I read who the author was (a British man) it wouldn’t be that clear of a winner in this contest. The author, Geoff Dyer was somewhat difficult to look up online since there are other accomplished writers with his name but put together with his employer (Financial Times, the creme colored website) one can easily find his writings.
Flipping through the table of contents I found the topics to be right up my alley since I recently finished a Master’s degree in East Asian studies from the University of Leeds. I thought, “This would be a great book to read next but it’s probably not up to date.” Glancing at the copyright page I found that yes, indeed it was up to date, at least as up to date as books can be nowadays. Thanking the library gods who granted me such a forward thinking local library to purchase this book and have it displayed, I quickly took it out and started reading it.
The first part of the book about China’s naval expansion was truly fascinating. Mr. Dyer went into depth on the history, which I love, and the different areas of Southeast Asia that China is getting involved with. The WWII story of Ramree Island off of Burma, which I didn’t know anything about, fascinated many a friend and relative of mine after I relayed the story a number of times. If you don’t know about it I won’t ruin it here but any Hollywood people out there need to adapt that story into a real life horror movie!
The second part about China’s nationalism was also really an excited part. He seamlessly intertwines history with current events along with exclusive conversations with important people in China about these issues. Many times reading through those pages I had remembered reading something about a story online somewhere since I try to keep up with what is going on with China and the news. But the best part about it is he was able to not only inform me what the end result of those stories were but also put them in a larger context which was important.
Finally the third part of his book really challenged my geeky economic side. Over the years I’ve been learning more and more about economics and how countries in east Asia work economically and his explanations about China taking on the dollar was really eye-opening. That information about how Beijing won’t make the RenMinBi a world currency like the dollar is not exactly the kind of information many Americans know or would agree with. But his expertise in this area is reliable.
If you are a person like me who reads news about China and tries to keep up with the discussions going on, then you will love this book as it touches on all the most important issues going on in our world and in that corner of the world. Those issues are: history, economics, politics and nationalism.
Here are other links to reviews of his book and you can purchase his book by clicking on the picture above!
Can China Win the Contest of the Century?: War on the Rocks
In July 2013 I had the privilege of working for the US Department of Defense in their Strategic Languages section and assisted others in teaching the future of America the Chinese language. In other words, I worked at a Chinese Immersion Summer Camp for kids called StarTalk. It was a blast and we did a comic recently about the experience that I thought might need some explanation. So without further ado here is COMIC EXPLAINED: 5 Things Often Said During Chinese Immersion Summer Camp
We’re pretty excited! We’ve published our 2nd Kindle book, another collection of our boy’s bilingual tweets! You can follow us on Twitter @MandMx and follow his tweets now but we’ve made it easier for you! We’ve collected his second year. You see our boy speaks both English and Chinese and some of the stuff he says is funny or interesting or touching. We tweet it out and it’s fun for many out there who are interested in Chinese/English study and also bilingual studies in a bi-cultural family. Here’s from the Amazon page:
“A year’s worth of our son’s bilingual tweets on Twitter. Follow us on @MandMx He speaks both English and Chinese and his bilingual communication is funny and interesting in both Chinese and English. Magnus is an American Cartoonist and Teacher and Ming Xing is a Shanghainese world traveler and Businesswoman.”
We’re pretty excited. Won’t you spread the word and help support this website and the work we do?! Head over and buy the book! It’s at a super cheap price and it’s fun reading. While you’re at it you can also buy our 1st book! Bilingual Chinese/English Tweets 1: An MandMx.com Collection
Here’s our post announcing the first book!
The other day I brainstormed ideas for Christmas songs and movies with a Chinese twist. Twitter makes it easy to post simple ideas so I shared them with the twittersphere. If you can think of anymore, that would be great. Use the HASHTAG #ChineseChristmasClassics