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“‘What do you mean I speak better Mandarin than you? I’m American!’: Heritage Mandarin Speakers in Taipei, Taiwan”

November 25, 2008

The Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies presents a talk by Foreign Language Education PhD candidate Daniel Steve Villarreal .

Monday, December 1, 12-1pm
E. P. Schoch building – EPS 1.128
University of Texas at Austin

Dan Villarreal, Ph.D. Candidate in Foreign Language Education, has been traveling to Taipei, Taiwan for work, language study, and fun for the last couple of years. While studying at the Mandarin Training Center of National Taiwan Normal University in the summer of 2007, he noticed that were a lot of students from Mandarin-speaking families studying there as well. His curiosity turned into an exploratory study in which he sought to find out why Chinese people would travel to another Asian country to study their own language, and what makes some of them more skilled at Mandarin than others. Dan’s presentation is a combination of his fledgling steps toward a dissertation and “How I Spent My Summer (and Christmas) Vacation(s).”

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