May 16th, 2010

literacy development in Chinese

Hi all,

thanks so much for your feedback/comments re: my last post, on continuing with Chinese learning.

I'll be leaving in about a month, from Taiwan back to the US - and I think I'll be taking a job in California, so I hope that would help me stay immersed in the Chinese culture and community that is present in this state (I guess that would still depend on the city as well, though.)

My main concern is, I definitely DON'T want to go back to school, to earn any extra degrees in linguistics or Chinese literature. But, i DO still want to keep learning Chinese, to read and write, solely for my own sake and personal goal. I just hope that this goal would not necessitate going through academia. With constant practice and study, as part of my daily schedule, I'd like to think it's possible - even enrolling in classes, would this help?

It seems like classes in the US, what I've heard from others anyway - the students emerge being able to read and write, better than they can speak - and that would be fine with me, as right now my main goal is to advance my reading/writing abilities.
daisuke ?
  • karcy

Definition of 'umbrella revolution'?


I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I want to know what the phrase "umbrella revolution" means. This the the context that the phrase occurred in:

An umbrella revolution is swelling outside of the main tally centre at Dewan Suarah (Suarah Hall), with 200 people standing in the rain to show their support for [Democratic Action Party]'s Wong Ho Leng. Around 200 cops estimated in area, but no untoward incidents so far.

It is part of a live report covering a recent election process in a city.

I've Googled and found many references to the phrase 'umbrella revolution', but no definitions. I've checked several online dictionaries, including OneLook, The Free Dictionary, Babylon, and even Urban Dictionary, but there are no definitions. Was this merely an odd expression chosen by the journalist, or does it have any meanings that I am unaware of?