Saturday mornings, in my family, are reserved for Chinese school. It may sound tedious, but it is a part of my life that I cherish. I have been going to Chinese school since Pre-K. It is hard to think back and know that I have been learning about my culture and language for nearly 12+ years.
Today, I took the official practice Chinese with Listening Subject SAT at my Chinese school. The first part of the test consisted of a 10 question (with answers) survey. How long have you been attending Chinese school? Why do you come to Chinese school? (Translated from Chinese to English). Questions like these made me realize how much I appreciate having the knowledge of Chinese and how much I would benefit from it in the future. Sure, knowing an extra language can look good on a résumé and can fulfill the second language requirement, but I think that being fluent in that extra language is more important. I study Spanish at school and I sometimes cannot help but think that it is hard. Although I have learned Spanish since first grade, my knowledge of it is far far away from my knowledge of Chinese. Communicating at home with my parents is part of the reason why because I have practice speaking and using the language. When my Chinese school announced that they were eliminating twelfth grade because of funding issues, I was heartbroken. I wanted to graduate my senior year, because I wanted to continue to look forward to coming to Chinese school every Saturday.
I am thankful to be given the opportunity to understand my culture and heritage in depth. Learning now can be a painful experience, but it will be rewarding in the future. Chinese for me is not a learn-and-forget thing. It is my life, and I will love it forever.