My ties with my native Chinese culture remain as strong as ever. I visit my relatives in Taiwan regularly almost every summer and have traveled throughout China. And to everyone’s continuing surprise, I have yet to forget how to speak Mandarin. Nevertheless, twelve years in America has made its impressions upon me as well. I am as “American” as anyone my age. The songs I listen to, the sports I play, and the way I speak are all a reflection of that. In short, I am a combination of both East and West.
If one wants to find a word containing the element jī that means “opportunity” (., a favorable juncture of circumstances, or a good chance for advancement), one needs to look elsewhere than wēijī , which means precisely “crisis” (viz., a dangerous, critical moment). One might choose, for instance, zhuǎnjī (“turn” + “incipient moment” = “favorable turn; turn for the better”), liángjī (“excellent” + “incipient moment” = “opportunity” [!!]), or hǎo shíjī (“good” + “time” + “incipient moment” = “favorable opportunity”).
St. Louis Modern Chinese School (STLMCS) will celebrate its 20th anniversary on September 20th, 2017. There is nothing short of amazing about the formation of the school and what it has become 20 years later. STLMCS is a community school. It was formed 20 years ago by a group of dedicated parents who felt the Chinese language and culture education was essential to the growth of their children. Without any government funding, the school started with private donations and volunteered teachers. Roughly 10 years ago, the school bought its 3-story school building and expanded its mission to offer Chinese language and cultural classes to students from all walks of life.