SOC Cultural Anthropology
For my summary essay I have chosen the article An American School Immerses Itself in All Things Chinese written by Jane Peterson for New York Times. In this article the matters of bilingualism and cultural anthropology are closely connected. The author tells about an American-Chinese school which pays great attention to the development of such feature as bilingualism in its pupils. This process is performed by many native Chinese speakers who contribute to a better studying process and achievement of bigger success by the students. Those students who do not want to forget the knowledge attained in school can sing up for online courses and improve the knowledge even after leaning the school. It goes without saying that becoming bilingual is not an easy task but it contributes greatly to becoming mentally and culturally developed, it helps a person to feel a part of two cultures and enrich the world perception, appreciation and understanding. The importance of bilingualism appears only in the case when a person is really bilingual and not only knows two languages, but when uses them for communication and everyday life. Language is the source of culture and this is the thing which creates the nation, its traditions and customs, helps to give the feeling of accessory to a certain culture and people. Bilingualism is highly useful and gives a lot of opportunities to people who possess this feature. The matter of bilingualism is highly topical for me as being an international student and having a child I know this process from my person experience and understand the importance of bringing up the child in the atmosphere of accessory to both cultures and both languages – native and foreign.
The article was published in On October 27, 2014 in the International New York Times.
Peterson, Jane. “An American School Immerses Itself in All Things Chinese”. The New York Times. 26 Oct. 2014. Web. 19. Jan. 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/education/an-american-school-immerses-itself-in-all-things-chinese.html