An Interview with My Son on Learning His Heritage Language-Chinese

An Interview with My Son on Learning His Heritage Language-Chinese

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  I am delighted to see the schools and libraries have shared various resources with children, parents and educators.  When I lived in Hawaii the celebration of heritage culture seems so natural and it seems like it is a part of everyday life.  My kids are one of the many HAPA kids at schools.  “Hapa” is a Hawaiian pidgin word used to describe mixed-race people — primarily, though not exclusively, those […]

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Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with Children

Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with Children

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of the culture and history of Asian-Pacific Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month originated as a congressional bill in 1978 and in 1992 it was expanded from a week to a month-long celebration. This is a good time to learn something new about the diversity of Asian-Pacific cultures or to reflect on your culture with your child if you are descended from […]

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Time to Sing a New Song in Mandarin: 好想你 hǎo xiǎng nǐ I Miss You

Time to Sing a New Song in Mandarin: 好想你 hǎo xiǎng nǐ  I Miss You

Singing is always a great way to get the children move around and have fun.  I know I always do.  When I do the kids follow.  What a relaxing method to engage the kids!  Music is a fantastic tool to learn a language. Do you like karaoke?  Have you been to a karaoke party?  Many families have their own karaoke equipment at home.  There are karaoke apps available as well so you can sing when you are […]

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Meet Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou, Performing Artist & Educator

Meet Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou, Performing Artist & Educator

Watch the fun and interactive conversation I have with Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou, folksonger, performing artist, and educator on Miss Panda Chinese YouTube channel!  You will be amazed by what resource Daria has to offer for you and your children at home or at school.  Daria is an incredible children’s performer who has traveled the globe to share music that inspires, empowers and is just plain fun!  Her knowledge about world music, cultures, languages and beyond will lead you […]

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Let’s Learn the Color Words in Mandarin Chinese!

Let's Learn the Color Words in Mandarin Chinese!

Spring is a fun time to learn or review all the color words in Mandarin Chinese!  Have you dyed some Easter eggs?  How about an Easter egg hunt?  Do you know all the colors of the jelly beans?  Have a fun and sweet time learning and repeating all the color words. When we dye the Easter eggs we see all the colors and we can say the names of each color.  What colors do you see in […]

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Chinese Lantern Festival – Yuán xiāo jié – 元宵節 Lanterns and Tradition

Chinese Lantern Festival  - Yuán xiāo jié - 元宵節 Lanterns and Tradition

  This year Yuán xiāo jié – 元宵節 – Lantern Festival is on February 22 (2016). It  is the fifteenth day of the lunar new year and it is time to carry the lanterns and celebrate the last day of the Lunar New Year festivities. The Lantern Festival marks the end of the fifteen days of Chinese New Year celebration. Families eat sweet or salty sticky rice balls known as “tang yuan” 湯圓 or “yuan xiao” 元宵 […]

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Fun in the Kitchen: Let’s Make Chinese Dumplings

Fun in the Kitchen: Let's Make Chinese Dumplings

Fun in the Kitchen with Miss Panda!   Let’s Make Traditional Chinese Dumplings 餃子= jiaǒ zi = dumpling “Do you know dumplings, 餃子|饺子 jiǎo zi, are called 元寶|元宝 yuán bǎo during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration? Dumplings are called 元寶|元宝 yuán bǎo because the shape of a dumpling resembles the gold ingot in Ancient China. It represents wealth!”   Dumplings are delicious!  I love to make dumplings with my kids.  They have created dumplings in different […]

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Valentine’s Day: LOVE 愛 Aiˋ ㄞˋ Craft Fun with Printables

Valentine's Day: LOVE 愛  Aiˋ ㄞˋ Craft Fun with Printables

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?  Are you going to make some special cookies?  Are you going to make special cards for your friends?  Miss Panda and Multicultural Kids Blog have a collection of circle toppers in multiple languages for you to choose from and to create your cards.   Here are the printable sets in traditional Chinese characters and pinyin as well as in simplified Chinese characters and pinyin.  We celebrate Valentine’s Day here in the […]

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12 Chinese New Year and Culture Books

12 Chinese New Year and Culture Books

Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar and in Chinese it is called the Lunar New Year 農曆年 or Spring Festival 春節.  This year Chinese New Year begins on February 8th and we are celebrating the year of the Monkey!  I am planning a Chinese New Year cultural presentation for children.  The neighborhood library has asked me for a list of my favorite books about Chinese New Year and culture I would like to share […]

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6 Things I Love About Bilingual Kids…

6 Things I Love About Bilingual Kids...

  Love and laughter are a wonderful part of the bilingual journey. Along the way I’ve discovered these secrets of bilingual kids!   Here are 6 things I love about bilingual kids: 1.  They are curious in two languages. When they see something new they always want to know more about it, what to call it, and why. 2.  Their sense of humor is doubled – at least. They tell jokes in two languages, and even in […]

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