China has the fastest growing economy on earth and will likely become the largest market for products in the twenty-first century. Skilled speakers of Chinese will find employment in various fields such as business, government, international relations, tourism, education, computer technology, translation and much more.

Chinese has been spoken and written longer than any other language still in use in the world. Chinese calligraphy and brush painting are widely practiced in China today and inspire numerous artists both inside and outside the country. Similarly, Chinese medicine, qigong, and martial arts have attracted a huge following in most parts of the world. The Chinese language is an essential tool for understanding China’s ancient civilization.

Learning Chinese is particularly useful for those living in Vancouver, which has one of the highest concentrations of people of Chinese origin in North America. In our city, Chinese traditions continue to affect the lives of many.