Chinese Language

Chairs: Blaine Johnson 

Do you work on--or are you interested in working on--issues related to the Chinese-speaking world? Are you looking to practice your professional Chinese with other advanced students of the language? YPFP's Chinese Language Discussion Group is a group of young Chinese-speaking professionals who are doing just that! 

We hold our two monthly meetings in Mandarin Chinese: one weekday study session and one weekend lunch at an area Chinese restaurant. Our study sessions began as a support group for those of us trying to follow syllabi from the American Mandarin Society's China Syllabi Project on our own: Each month we prepare several readings, from Chinese government documents to English analysis/ commentary, and our group members sign up in advance to act as discussants. During the session, we present in Chinese on what we read, share new vocabulary, refine our arguments, and learn from one another. Topics include China's foreign policy, economy and more! 

Our 中文桌子 focus on seeking out good Chinese food across the DMV--and of course, eating it while speaking Chinese together. Welcome you to join us and/ or suggest new places to explore!

Membership Criteria: 

  • Professional or near-professional proficiency speaking, listening and reading Mandarin Chinese (recommend HSK 6, college-level or professional experience with the language)
  • Ability to communicate in the language on a range of abstract topics 
  •  Commitment to attending meetings on a regular basis
  • Ability to contribute to discussion of sensitive topics in a civil manner