Among the typical general education courses offered during Sterling College’s interterm session, one particular class stood out this year. From Jan. 8-25, eleven students had the unique opportunity to dive into the culture of East Asia in a Chinese class.
The course, taught by Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Wai-Foong Hong, involved the students learning how to read, write and speak up to 300 characters of the Chinese language in the modern Pinyin system, including simple question-and-answer dialogue and how to write in Chinese calligraphy with a traditional brush. They also gained experience in Chinese culture, philosophy and history.
Hong was born in Malaysia and has family ties to China. She can speak Mandarin and three other Chinese dialects. She began teaching biology courses at S