This site is intended for Chinese language students of all levels and currently reflects the work of 4th year, or Advanced level, students in the CHN 400 The Changing Face of China and CHN 401 Media China classes. But this doesn’t mean that a first or second year student can’t read its contents. You can with the help of an online reader. There many available for free. If you use Firefox as your browser you can use Perapera-kun or Nciku (N词库). Google Chrome browsers can also use Perapera-kun (Chrome). In addition, there is Youdao Dictionary （有道词典）for both PC and a beta version for the MAC. Like Nciku, it is also compatible with iPhone and iPad. PC users can also install the very convenient loqu8 iCE6. Once you enable one of these programs in your browser you can scroll your mouse over the unfamiliar word and see a translation. If you do not wish to add plug-ins to your browser, Rikai lets you copy the page into its browser and a translation pops up as you scroll your mouse over words. Technology develops fast, so you may find that the internet readers haven’t updated their technology as fast as the browsers. You should be able to find a solution with a quick internet search if the above suggestions don’t work.
For more information on how to read Chinese online as well as input Chinese, consult Pinyin Joe’s Chinese Computing Help Desk.
This site is divided into 3 columns. On the left are RSS feeds on domestic and international news from mainland China, Taiwan, and the US new sources. The column in the middle are original essays by Union College Chinese language students. These essays are either descriptive, narrative, expository or persuasive in nature. The topics reflect the issues discussed in class. The right hand column are tweets from students in the class who have been asked to post frequently on current events in their daily lives and in the world.
The purpose of the blog is to integrate student language learning with the world around them, hence the three columns interconnect.