While being a teenage teacher has his moments, receiving invitation to an appreciation dinner incites a rather satisfying feeling. Granted, the honor to such exclusive banquet comes from the endeavor to promote Chinese heritage in spite of hardship, because having money spent on food for teachers is exactly what Guanghua Chinese School (GHCS) would want.
Social commentary is something that you often see me write about in my experiences. Personally speaking, explaining the “delicious” food at this banquet for the teachers would be quite minuscule. I’ve been to China ergo I’ve experienced far superior dishes. So while I would enjoy describing the process of crunching down on some fried shrimps with salt and pepper, I do believe a better use of time should be given to unfolding some of my thoughts regarding GHCS.
GHCS has always been run on self-reliance and a slight annual tuition fee for classes. Its goal is to promote Chinese education to local families. Over the years it has gained quite the support. Evidence of this can be seen in the ever expanding classes and number of new students and also in the growth of the recent Chinese New Year Gala. While I do not have any numbers to support this claim, it’s safe to say participants at the gala were not lacking in any sort. In fact, a friend of mine even brought a small jazz band from his high school for filling performances in between set changes, symbolizing the expansion of GHCS into other areas.
Another great example is the somewhat recent opening of the Greater Philadelphia Chinese Cultural Center (GPCCC), which I had helped write a mission statement (more of a paragraph) for. Inviting not only Chinese but anyone who wishes to learn more about our culture, the GPCCC is a decent success.
As of right now, you’re probably thinking: There hasn’t been much “commentary”. Well, here it comes.
For as long as GHCS existed, most students enrolled in Chinese classes hold a tough unfavorableness towards their parents. Not only do they disfavor spending an entire Sunday afternoon in a classroom locked with other kids not enjoying their time, but they also are given “homework” with no real consequences, which to some essentially obligates them to not do it.
An idea of reluctance sprouts into the mindset of unfavorableness. Weekends would not be looked forward to but rather dreaded. Once high school sets in, kids who challenge themselves have a difficult time to keep up with.
And so on and so forth.
光华中文学校教师(Teachers of GHCS 02/17/2019)
(Graduates of GHCS 02/17/2019)
高二—高四学生(10th—12th Kids 02/17/2019)
(Volunteers of GHCS 02/17/2019)
(Andrew and Jazz Band @ CNY Gala of GHCS 01/27/2019)