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Coffee Hour: China

Author:Author unknown, Issue: July 1999, Topic: Coffee hour

As part of its activities, the Tsukuba Information Center sponsors a bilingual discussion group the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 pm, with invited guests giving a presentation from their area of expertise or experience. This month, we are pleased to have Ms. Zhang Hong, who is a graduate student in information science and electronics at Tsukuba University.

She writes the following as an introduction to her program: I wonder how much you know about my country China. Though you live in a country close to China, you may be surprised when you realize how little you know about China. Please come and join us in a quiz game about Chinese culture and customs. This is a good chance for you to learn some Chinese conversation too. Letís begin with Ni-hao. I have been studying ballet since I was six, and so I would also like to perform Chinese dance and teach you a few steps. Letís begin with yi (1), er (2), san (3). It will be good exercise and great fun!

The Coffee Hour is meant to be an informal exchange of information and opinions. English and Japanese are both used with efforts made to make sure those who can't understand one or the other are able to at least get the gist of the conversation. Likewise, you don't need to commit yourself to the entire two hours and can come and go freely. So drop by, whether for a short time or for the entire two hours, and enjoy some free refreshments along with a stimulating discussion.

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