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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

When Is Moon Festival 2013?

Moon Festival or popularly known as Mid Autumn Festival 2013 will be celebrated on September 19, 2013

Learn more about the background of the Moon Festival here and know about the beautiful and meaningful story behind the celebration.

We have compiled a list of Moon Festival celebrations in the US and Canada for 2013:

Seventh Annual National Day an Mid Chinese -Autumn Celebration
Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Memorial Union Arizona Ballroom, ASU Tempe Campus
Please join the ASU Confucius Institute and the Arizona Chinese United Association (ACUA) for the 7th Arizona Chinese National Day/Mid-Autumn celebration event.  Winning and outstanding drawings and photos from two ASU CI contests will be exhibited at this celebration. 
This event is free and open to the public. 

Celebrate Chinese Culture Underneath a Full Moon

The 10th Annual Chinese Moon Festival
Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm 
| Free | Heritage House | 8193 Magnolia Ave., Riverside

San Francisco Chinatown
Presented by the SF Chinatown Merchants Association   
At&t Autumn Moon Festival Street Fair 
September 14th - 15th, 2013 /11am-6pm

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Chinatown

Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Central & West Plaza
943-951 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Monday, August 26, 2013

A Great & Affordable Learning Chinese Book for Babies

The most common problems that parents who want to teach their kids Chinese have is looking for affordable learning Chinese books. ChildBook.com addresses that problem by providing quality learning materials for parents and teachers to use for their kids and students.

Here are few of my suggestions on great and affordable learning Chinese books for kids and babies:

Baby Learns Chinese, DVD, Level 1,2,3 & Flashcards Bundle Blue
List Price: $86.56 
Our Price: $56.80 
You save $29.76!

(14 reviews)

This DVD set teaches 140+ Chinese words

DVD1- Body, Counting, Shapes and Colors

DVD2- Fruits and Food
DVD3- Farm Animals and Wild Animals
Flashcards I
  • The Doman method, used in the DVD, has proven countless times, yes, babies can learn to read!
  • Babies can read because Chinese characters are just like pictures!
See sample video clip inside

Kids Learn Chinese Phonics, DVD, Level 1,2,3 & Flashcards Bundle Red Baby Learns Chinese
List Price: $86.56 
Our Price: $56.80 
You save $29.76!

(3 reviews)

  • Great way to Learn Chinese phonics!
  • The Doman method, used in the DVD, has been proven countless times to work for Learning to read at a young age.
  • The next step after Baby Learns Chinese DVD Series.
See sample video clip

Step by Step to Success:  Vehicles, Ships & Planes.  Simplified Chinese, English.  Paperback, 46 pages
Step by Step to Success: Vehicles, Ships & Planes. Simplified Chinese, Pinyin, English. Paperback, 46 pages
Our Price: $4.95

(2 reviews)

  • Colorful pictures of vehicles, ships and planes
  • 34 pages.  Paperback
  • Simplified Chinese , Pinyin, English, 46 pages

Busy Busy Baby Bear (Wo Zhen Bang Series) Simplified, Softcover.  36 pages
Busy Busy Baby Bear (Wo Zhen Bang Series) Simplified, Softcover. 36 pages
Our Price: $3.95

Busy Busy Baby Bear (Wo Zhen Bang Series) Simplified, Softcover. 36 pages

Baby Bear is very messy and chaotic learning to make breakfast.. .
With writing exercise at the end.

With focus on learning the hand radical.

The Wo Zhen Bang Series is for little kids ready to learn to read and write Chinese characters. These amusing stories feature a writing exercise of radicals in the end.  After your child goes through the entire series, your child will be able to master around 20 Chinese characters with little effort.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Aircraft Carriers in the Pacific

 India just launched their first one that will be ready in 2018. And Japan launched a destroyer in name only, that is an aircraft carrier. And rumors are China is building a 2nd one.

My view is Aircraft Carriers are becoming the status symbol of the 21st century, as Dreadnoughts were of the early 20th century.

My view is drones, which do not need a super carrier, and the increased risk of aircraft carriers to hyper velocity missiles, as well as ballistic missiles (ASBM) that target Aircraft Carriers.


Japan’s Aggressive Diplomacy Alienates Rivals & Friends Alike - Via Meadia

Hours after First Nuclear Sub, India Unveils First Home-Built Aircraft Carrier - Via Meadia

Asian Aircraft Carrier Race -- China Vs. India Vs. Japan - Forbes

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Air Pollution Choking Chinese Tourism

I can understand this. China is a country I would love to visit, but I do worry about food and air pollution.

Air Pollution Choking Chinese Tourism - Via Meadia

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Chinese Valentine's Day 2013: August 13, 2013



Happy Chinese Valentine's Day! 

August 13, 2013 is this year's Chinese Valentine's Day. It's a great day to teach your kids about the Chinese Valentine's day celebration. This Chinese festival is also called Qixi Festival or Qipao Festival.

This day marks the Chinese legendary story where the young couple, cowherd and weaver girl meets in the sky to celebrate their love for each other. Their love were forbidden and to separate them, both were exiled to opposite directions of the Universe but once a year, the magpies who took pity on them forms a bridge between two Universe so the cowhere and the weaver girl could meet. This falls on the seventh night of the seventh moon which coined the term Double Seventh Festival.

Read more in details the story of the Cowherd and the Weaver girl here.

Give your students a nice Chinese Valentine's day treat with our Free Coloring Pages here.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Map of Vice in 1885 in SF's Chinatown

Amazing what can be found on the Internet!

A Map of Vice in San Francisco's Chinatown, 1885 - Slate


Monday, August 5, 2013

College Debt - Value Varies

Great article! A point not mentioned, was about 50% of people who start college, do not finish. The completion rate depends on the college. A key point is the person going to college needs to know why they are going. To just get a college degree, for most people, is not a good answer.

For some, college not worth the debt: Column - USA Today

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Lenovo Laptop Hinge Issues

I bought some Lenevo Laptops for my employees, but they seem to have a hinge issue. It's a shame, since I have such great memories of a ThinkPad that is super heavy duty. The hinge issue looks like a design defect with too much stress being put on 1 screw located near the left hinge.

The laptop in question is only a couple of months old. I have owned / used laptops for over 15 years, and I have never seen this type of issue. I have probably had at least 10 laptops.

Anyway, Lenovo Tech Support's answer is they will fix it, but if there is any evidence of dropping they will charge you.

So should I try that, or get it fixed by a local repair place for around $100? And the question is how long will it take Lenovo to repair.

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Learning Chinese Books & Chinese Reading Materials

School days are coming and you must be in the look out for effective and helpful learning Chinese books- textbooks, workbooks, story books and so on to help your child master a second language. 

You can be one of the two types of parents right now. Either you know what your child needs (based on the school curriculum) or you have absolutely no idea. Either way, I can definitely help you. I've been on this road many times and  I know what Chinese books fit what age. 

I've categorized the Chinese textbooks and resources that I sell at www.childbook.com according to age for easy access. 

For 0-2 years old, Chinese learning materials that I can suggest are as follows: 

  • Mandy and Pandy book series
  • Guess How Much I Love You
  • I Love You like Crazy Cakes
  • Elmer's Colors

  • For 3-5 years old, I can suggest the following Chinese reading materials: 

    40 Chinese Songs CD and Book #4, Hardcover - Chinese Children's Picture Book and CD in Mandarin and Traditional Characters with Bo Po Mo
    Fishing Song, 40 Chinese Children Songs CD and Book #4, Hardcover
    Our Price: $19.99

    (5 reviews)
    40 Nursery Rhymes and Children Songs in Mandarin
    • Great introduction for children on the sound and tone of Chinese language
    • Colorful picture book for young Children learning Bo Po Mo
    • Traditional Chinese Characters
    Set includes audio CD and book
    Mandy and Pandy Play - "Ni Hao Ma" and "Let's Count" Board Book with CD
    Bundle of Mandy and Pandy Books (2 books w CD)
    Our Price: $25.99
    Sale Price: $22.99
    You save $3.00!

    (3 reviews)

    BOOK 1: Mandy & Pandy say "Ni Hao Ma"

    Mandy and Pandy teach their audience how to say the popular phrase "Ni Hao Ma?" = "How are you?"

    BOOK 2: Mandy & Pandy Play "Let's Count"

    Mandy & Pandy go around the neighborhood and practice counting in Chinese. 

    Chinese Children Songs, 12 CD's, #3, Mandarin
    Chinese Children Songs Around The World, 12 CD's, Mandarin, #3
    List Price: $39.99
    Our Price: $29.99
    Sale Price: $24.99
    You save $15.00!

    Children Songs Around The World
    • 12 CD set, Mandarin
    • Total of 194 songs
    • Crystal Palace
    • Great selection for children to sing along
    Nursery Rhymes, Song and Dance #1 (2 CDs)
    Nursery Rhymes, Song and Dance #1 (2 CDs)
    Our Price: $19.99
    Sale Price: $14.99
    You save $5.00!

    A favorite of ChildBook customers, enjoyed by the kids.
    Chinese Nursery Rhymes that your kids will truly love!
    Let them learn the songs by playing it often as their background while they color, draw or even when they're playing.

    123 Animal Songs CD and Book, Traditional Chinese
    Our Price: $19.99
    Sale Price: $14.99
    You save $5.00!

    Let kids listen and sing along with numbers and animals while learning Chinese
    • Colorful and cute illustrations
    • For children ages 4-7 years old
    • includes 1 hardcover book and 1 CD

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