Chinese language classes experience Chinese culture through field trip

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Chinese language classes experience Chinese culture through field trip

The Thien Hau Temple is a well-known Buddhist temple in Los Angeles Chinatown. The temple is dedicated to Mazu, the Chinese goddess of the sea. Photographer: Haley Kerner '16

The Thien Hau Temple is a well-known Buddhist temple in Los Angeles Chinatown. The temple is dedicated to Mazu, the Chinese goddess of the sea. Photographer: Haley Kerner '16

The Thien Hau Temple is a well-known Buddhist temple in Los Angeles Chinatown. The temple is dedicated to Mazu, the Chinese goddess of the sea. Photographer: Haley Kerner '16

The Thien Hau Temple is a well-known Buddhist temple in Los Angeles Chinatown. The temple is dedicated to Mazu, the Chinese goddess of the sea. Photographer: Haley Kerner '16

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Archer’s Chinese language classes took a field trip on April 9 to Thien Hau Temple, a boba shop and the Chinese American Museum to learn about Chinese history and culture.

For a week prior to going on the field trip, students in the Chinese classes were assigned to research different portions of the trip.

Some students researched the history of the Thien Hau Temple, while another student research the history of boba tea. The students then shared their research on the day of the field trip.

“I learned about many different Chinese Taoist gods and their importance to Chinese culture” Chinese student Iman Hussein ’16 said.

After visiting the temple, the classes ordered boba from a tea shop in Chinese.

“At first it was really scary to order in Chinese because I thought I would get it wrong, but the guy at the boba shop was really nice and helped me correct my Chinese,” Kimia Khatibi ’16 said.

The students finished their day at the Chinese American Museum, where they learned about the experiences and hardships the Chinese American immigrants had to face.

“It was very interesting, we learned about the different businesses the Chinese set up in Los Angeles and their influence on the movie business,” Khatibi ’16 said.

“I am so glad that [the students] have this great opportunity learning Chinese culture and history outside of the classroom,” Chinese language teacher Pei-Ying Gosselin said.

 

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