The Year of the Rat begins Jan. 25. Chinese New Year is a traditional holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar, commemorating the first day of spring. It is also the time of the year for family reunion. “Missouri State has many Chinese students, faculty and staff on campus who might not be able to celebrate this tradition with their families overseas,” … [Read more...] about The Bear family celebrates Chinese New Year
Hundreds of third through sixth grade students from the local area will take a journey on Sept. 25. They will visit the International Culture Fair, hosted by Missouri State University’s modern and classical languages department. “It’s essentially a trip around the world,” said Dr. Heidi Backes, coordinator of the event. “Students get a bag and a … [Read more...] about Take children on world tour at International Culture Fair
When you think about the word Gothic, you imagine dark, foreboding and mysterious circumstances. In literature, it is all of those things. Dr. Heidi Backes says it is often constructed to tell a tale about the underlying sociopolitical environment or economy. Backes, assistant professor in the modern and classical languages department at Missouri State University, shares about … [Read more...] about Ghost stories or sociopolitical statement?
Acquiring a new language develops an appreciation of other cultures. Even if you never travel to a country that speaks that language or have an occasion to use the language in daily life, you understand more about the people and the way they operate by learning how they communicate. Kelly Schlinder, coordinator of the Foreign Language Institute and German instructor at Missouri … [Read more...] about Summer camps for kids teach language, culture
Asian communities worldwide will ring in the Year of the Dog Feb. 16 with loud and colorful celebrations lasting 15 days. Missouri State University will host a lineup of events on campus Feb. 17-24 to mark the holiday. “Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, focuses on family reunion. It’s the most important holiday in China and widely celebrated in … [Read more...] about It’s time to welcome the Lunar New Year