Category Archives: Cultural Tips

Chinese Guest-Host Relations

In China, there is a greater emphasis on pleasing the guest than respecting the ways of the host. For example, in the West it would be rude for a guest to not ask permission to smoke inside a home, whereas … Continue reading

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Like K-Pop? Try C-pop!

We’ve all heard of K-Pop. PSY’s song “Gangam Style” made sure of that. While not as well known, China’s pop music is growing. C-pop is divided into three main subgenres: cantopop, mandopop, and hokkien pop. Cantopop is a contraction of … Continue reading

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The Music of Vietnam: Traditional Instruments

Traditional Vietnamese instruments are a diverse array of string, wind, and percussion instruments that create syncretistic music. Traditional Vietnamese music bears Chinese influences and, to a lesser extent, Korean, Mongolian, and Japanese influences. Here are some great clips of traditional … Continue reading

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Learn More About This Beautiful, Empowering Chinese Garment…

When people think of Chinese traditional wear, their minds often jump to the Cheongsam, also known as the Qipao. It originated in the Manchurian dynasty, evolving until it reached its peak of popularity during 1912 to 1949. The Cheongsam, a … Continue reading

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BCLC’s Top Picks of Chinese Poetry

1. Thoughts in the Silent Night — Li Bai 李白《静夜思》 床前明月光, 疑是地上霜。 举头望明月, 低头思故乡。   Translated by Yang Xianyi & Dai Naidie   Beside my bed a pool of light— Is it hoarfrost on the ground? I lift my eyes … Continue reading

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The 5 Best Places to Visit in Vietnam

Once you’ve taken a few of our Vietnamese classes, you’ll have the language skills and knowledge to take you where you want to go. Keep reading for BCLC’s list of top places to visit! 1. Hạ Long Bay.  The site, … Continue reading

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A Dose of Chinese Culture: Shadow Puppets

Photo credit: Ernie Reyes One of the most vibrant aspects of Chinese theater is shadow puppetry. Legend has it that shadow puppetry originated during the Han Dynasty, when Emperor Han Wudi was heartbroken at the sudden death of his favorite … Continue reading

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Chinese Cultural Tips: Dining at a Banquet

Want to dine with your Chinese colleagues or business partners? Here are a few tips that we at BCLC have prepared for you so that you can bridge the cultural divide when sharing a meal. 1. Following cues Follow what … Continue reading

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The Culture of China: Yeh-Shen, a Cinderella Story

Image source: traditions.cultural-china.com Throughout history we have honored the stories and traditions of our ancestors, by handing them down from generation to generation, mother to daughter, father to son. Each culture has its own unique history, but some stories bridge … Continue reading

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Try some phở noodles!

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Making phở for your friends and family is a great way to explore Vietnamese culture and share it with your loved ones! This dish is a personal favorite of our language instructors! A Vietnamese staple, phở has been around since … Continue reading

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