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Chinese classes booming at Pasadena City College

October 11, 2011 |  6:05 pm

Chinese calligraphy class at PCC.

A Pasadena City College program that teaches Chinese language and culture is growing in popularity and prestige.

Once consisting of only four classes, the college’s Chinese Language Program now offers 18. The school plans to further expand the program next semester to include study abroad opportunities and a special course on doing business in China.

PCC is also the only school in Southern California authorized to administer the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, an international Mandarin Chinese proficiency exam required by the People’s Republic of China for those who wish to work or study there.

China’s growing influence in the global economy appears to be driving intense local interest in learning Mandarin — especially among older students who are professionals in various fields, Professor Cathy Wei told the Pasadena Sun.

--Joe Piasecki, Times Community News


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Photo:Michelle Tang, 18, fourth from left, and other students take a Chinese calligraphy class at PCC in Pasadena on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. The class is part of PCC's Chinese Language Program. Credit: Cheryl A. Guerrero)