Chinese House

Chinese House

Introduction

William & Mary Chinese House is a place where you can get benefits of living and breathing Chinese language and culture. The Chinese House offers around-the-clock Chinese study in various forms: tea talk, movie night, celebration of Chinese holidays, cooking lessons and much more. Currently there are 23 residents living in Chinese House. Most of them are learning Chinese, spanning intermediate and advanced levels.

Address: Preston Hall 1st Floor, Randolph Complex, 500A Ukrop Way

There are three ways to get insider news of Chinese House:

Activities

1. Tea Talk

One hour per week for each level: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Students usually come to practice spoken Chinese while drinking tea. Beginning level focuses on tone correction and practical phrases; intermediate level emphasizes on smooth dialogues in daily life; advanced level covers free talk, real language and culture interpretation. Different kinds of tea (green tea, flower tea, etc.), Chinese candies and snacks are served each time. Meeting schedule can be found here.

2. Movie Nights

Chinese House screens various genres of Chinese movies every month, such as action (kongfu), drama, documentary, etc. Detailed schedule is on calendar

3. Chinese Holidays Celebration

Chinese House plans parties around Chinese holidays, for instance, Harvest Moon festival, Spring Festival and Lantern Festival. Special Chinese food is usually served.

4. Cooking Class

Chinese cooking classes are offered once per month. Participants will learn to cook authentic Chinese dishes.

5. Cultural & Social Events      

Cultural and social events, such as calligraphy and painting workshop, Taiji, board game night, Chinese music night and ping pong/volleyball competition, will be organized every month.

6. Other Special Events

There are several special events held by all language houses throughout the academic year. These events are open to all language house residents and students on campus.

  • Open House for Family Weekend
  • International Dinner
  • Open House for Language House Application
  • International Dessert Night

The Chinese House welcomes you!

Experience the Chinese culture through immersion in the Chinese House, located on the first floor of Preston Hall in the Randolph Complex. Our in-house tutor leads conversation and tutoring hours, along with social activities such as cooking and movie nights.  

Please visit the Chinese House Blog site for more detailed information.

If you would like to join the activities or inquire about living in the Chinese House you may contact the Chinese Language House Tutor, Yue Lin and check the bulletin board located on the third floor of Washington Hall. Students who wish to apply should visit the Special Interest Housing section of Residence Life's website or contact Sharon Palma in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures.