China Week 2011

Leaping into the new year

By Marilyn Smulders - January 31, 2011

Zach Chartier, Austin Zhang and Raye Lee have started the
Dalhousie Chinese Society. (Danny Abriel Photo)

A bulletin board in Shao-Pin Luo’s office is covered with postcards from around the world—notes from former students on their post-degree travels. Most are written in English, but there are some in Chinese too, which impresses and delights their former professor.

“I love that my Chinese class meant at lot to them and that they keep in touch,” says a proud Dr. Luo.

Dalhousie began small with Chinese studies, offering one class in beginner’s Mandarin for 33 students five years ago. Since then, the program has grown considerably; there are now about 120 students taking Mandarin at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. As well, there’s a class in Asian Cinema taught by filmphile Simon Kow, professor of humanities at the University of King’s College, and a new class in Chinese culture to be introduced next year.

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