Understanding Chinese culture is essential if you want to provide the best possible service to your Chinese guests. Check out this introduction to major aspects of Chinese culture.
On February 21, International Mother Language Day will be celebrating that fact. The term “mother language” is a calque, literally a word-for-word translation of common terms such as the French langue maternelle or the Spanish lengua maternal. It also evokes three English near-synonyms: mother tongue, native language, and first language.
Often the first speech a baby ever hears, a mother tongue is the language in which an infant was mothered (or “parented,” to use a more inclusive term) … comforted, sung to, and loved. The mother tongue/native language/first language is not consciously learned. It tends to bring with it an increased level of comfort and recognition, and even affects how its speakers learn other languages.
Recent decades have seen a sharp increase in global population movement, motivated by factors that include economic opportunity, education, adventure, and escape from oppressive conditions or natural disasters. As a result, huge numbers of people find […]
Although the Western world’s New Year’s celebration has passed, the Chinese calendar tells us that during the fourth weekend of January (27th to 29th) we approach the beginning of a new lunar year, the year of the Rooster. It is a traditional cultural celebration to welcome the New Year with specialty dishes and rituals in order to cultivate good fortune. According to the Chinese zodiac, the Rooster represents the tenth of twelve cycles and 2017 is a fire-Rooster year, a combination that recurs every 60 years.
Prosperity is the main wish behind many of the Chinese New Year’s customs, especially the distribution of red envelopes, which usually contain cash or precious giftable items, such as gold or jewelry. The colour red symbolizes yang – protection, good fortune and positive energy. Acknowledged as a tradition-heavy community, Chinese-Canadians make sure they celebrate the New Year’s festivities the right way, among friends and […]