Hi guys....just curious..

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aki

Hi guys....just curious..

Postby aki » Tue Feb 20, 2001 3:39 am

what makes u guys interested in learning chinese?
I'm was born in Hong Kong and now living in Toronto and i found some CBC(Canadian Born Chinese) really have no interested in learning their own language and they don't even know how to write theri own names~>.<~

Jack

Re: Hi guys....just curious..

Postby Jack » Tue Mar 13, 2001 1:12 am

: what makes u guys interested in learning chinese?
: I'm was born in Hong Kong and now living in Toronto and i found some CBC(Canadian Born Chinese) really have no interested in learning their own language and they don't even know how to write theri own names~>.<~

Jack

Re: Hi guys....just curious..

Postby Jack » Tue Mar 13, 2001 1:27 am

Well, Interests vary, no shame in not trying to learn something that doesn't have a benefit. Heck, I don't have any desire to learn Gaelic.
I have a daughter-in-law who was born in the US, her parents came from HK about 1970. Her mom & dad are really great, but there is somewhat of a language barrier. I found out from some well informed Chinese acquaintences that, if you want to learn Chinese in this age, go with Mandarin. Absolutely right - even HK residents are starting to convert. I don't plan to do any international travel, or apply at the UN, I just want to meet my good friends Kim and Mai halfway. I started working on it (almost all books are from England - big surprise, eh?) and was amazed that it reminded me of learning chemistry - very organized, and it's actually fun, and tough! (I hear laughing!). English is tough for ANYone to learn (even Americans).
Hope this helps....... Jack

P

Re: Hi guys....just curious..

Postby P » Sun May 13, 2001 1:40 am

That's just a perception. Alot of cbc's are passionate about their own culture. Not everyone can perfect it, but do have tremendous amounts of interests in learning it. I definitely agree that there are some who are more westernized which is quite sad, but most of em aren't.

H Sam

About Canadian-born Chinese.

Postby H Sam » Wed Jun 13, 2001 3:57 pm

I'm am first-generation Canadian-born Chinese. Many of my Canadian-born friends speak poor Cantonese and cannot read nor write. I managed to maintain a good speaking ability because I am forced to speak Cantonese at home since my Mom cannot speak English. A also have cousins who are second-generation American-born Chinese who cannot speak any Cantonese at all.
I have discovered that many Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan consider Canadian-born Chinese (CBC) to be very strange since many of us cannot speak, read, nor write Chinese. Moreover, many don't seem to have the slightest interest to learn Chinese either. I am one of these who actually took time to study and learn Chinese. I studied in Mandarin in Beijing for almost 2 years to learn about my ancestry and my native language.
I have also discovered that many Chinese immigrants mis-understand CBC's and don't understand us. I was born and grew up in Canada. My most fluent language is English. Although I speak Chinese at home to my parents and eat Chinese food, I speak English outside and eat Canadian food outside my home. My culture is very different from Chinese immigrants. I have both a Canadian Culture (learned from growing up in Canada) and a Chinese Culture (learned from my parents).
However, because I am Chinese, many immigrants assume that I know everything about the Chinese Language and Culture. This assumption is completely wrong since I grew up in Canada. I only have a limited knowledge of Chinese Culture. I only know what is taught by my parents. It is best to think of CBC's as ordinary Canadians who happen to have Chinese blood. There are many CBC's who are not familiar with Chinese Culture because they were never taught by their parents.
I hope that my short description will allow many Chinese Immigrants to understand us a little more.
H Sam
: Well, Interests vary, no shame in not trying to learn something that doesn't have a benefit. Heck, I don't have any desire to learn Gaelic.
: I have a daughter-in-law who was born in the US, her parents came from HK about 1970. Her mom & dad are really great, but there is somewhat of a language barrier. I found out from some well informed Chinese acquaintences that, if you want to learn Chinese in this age, go with Mandarin. Absolutely right - even HK residents are starting to convert. I don't plan to do any international travel, or apply at the UN, I just want to meet my good friends Kim and Mai halfway. I started working on it (almost all books are from England - big surprise, eh?) and was amazed that it reminded me of learning chemistry - very organized, and it's actually fun, and tough! (I hear laughing!). English is tough for ANYone to learn (even Americans).
: Hope this helps....... Jack


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