San Antonio Chinese Culture Institute (SACCI) is dedicated to serving as a link for introducing Chinese language and culture throughout the greater San Antonio community. To that end, we provide the following community news informing you about activities that are going on that promote Chinese culture. (If you or your organization has news of potential interest to the Chinese learning community, please let us know.)
We encourage our students to optimize their learning through extracurricular exposure. We suggest watching Chinese movies, making Chinese friends, listening to Chinese songs, and utilizing the Internet. Here are some helpful resources for Chinese language acquisition:
Each Chinese calendar year has an animal associated with it, in a cycle of 12. (The image at the upper left corner of this page - courtesy internchina.com - shows the animals of the Chinese zodiac.) Chinese legend has it that the Jade Emperor wanted to help his people keep track of time. So, he invited all the animals to participate in a race, promising to name a year after each of the first 12 animals who won the race. Here’s a link to a video of the Chinese Zodiac Story, with some lovely Chinese painting illustrations.
Students at the nonprofit SACCI’s weekend Chinese school in San Antonio learn about Chinese culture and history through use of authentic materials and resources written in traditional Chinese.