I am Grace Wong, and I’m thrilled to be with you here on ChinesePod! I work mostly in the customer service area, but recently several people have suggested I take a more active role and even try to get in front of the camera. So, I have decided to get out front and center so that I can become more involved with ChinesePod. I’m so excited!
I’ve always enjoyed learning online with CPod and I can’t wait to get know all of you in the ChinesePod community better. One of my new responsibilities as Community Manager will be to help host and setup MeetUps around the globe. We will have our first one in North Florida and then will be rolling them out in other areas throughout the year. Feel free to email me directly at Grace@chinesepod.com or message me in the forum if you would like to have one in your area.
So, let me tell you a little about me. I was born in America, but my mother’s parents are from Hunan and Tainan. My dad is from West Virginia. My mom fell in love with my Dad and he whisked her away to American and then came me!
I was born in the USA but my heart is in China! My favorite thing to do there is eat! I love food – It’s a big motivator for me. One time my godmother bribed me with 粽子zòngzi to get me to let her pull my tooth out!
Hmmm.. looking back at my childhood the most vibrant memories I have involve piano and art – and FOOD!
I fought against the piano. I have many not-so-happy-memories of the piano with me throwing a fit on the piano bench, tears on the keys and the book thrown on the floor. Thankfully my parents saw my love of art and allowed me to quit the tortuous piano lessons. It wasn’t expected of a Chinese mother to support her daughter’s pursuit of art, especially over the piano. I was fortunate to have been heard and encouraged.
Fast forward many years later, I went to college and majored in Fine Arts and minored in Chinese and Photography. Chinese has always been a part of my life, but it wasn’t until college that I fell in love with it. Chinese was so obtainable and I love being around people from China or who chose to learn this language. I’ve been committed to the language ever since. Check out this video of the Five W Questions in Chinese!
I have spent years teaching Chinese to children and adults alike. My first opportunity teaching the language was with adopted children from China. I was so impressed how their parents made it a priority for these kids to learn to speak their native tongue. Then I created crash courses for companies which set up offices in Asia or had business in China.
I enjoyed teaching children and adults alike. As an elementary school teacher, I established the Chinese program at my school! It’s amazing to see the drive these young children have to pursue this language on their own. I attacked Chinese much as I did the piano when I was a child – it wasn’t an activity I was jumping up and down to do. I can’t quite pinpoint what it was that I didn’t enjoy about it, however now that I’m all grown up, I realize I want to demystify Chinese and show everyone what an accessible language this is!
All of my mom’s family are still in Asia. While I wish we were closer, it has given me the opportunity to travel there often to visit. What a wonderful culture, steeped in tradition and history!
My family in Asia is so precious to me and I consider it my second home. I always cry as I leave my family there and wish I could stay longer.
I have traveled to the far east annually throughout my adult life and every time I go, I unlock new mysteries. I am excited about many more trips to come and the new cultural experiences to be had.
I can’t wait to do our ChinesePod meetups all around the world with subscribers like you!
Thanks for being part of the ChinesePod Community! I look forward to hearing from you!