World Languages


Sign Language Interpreters—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight 24 min.

What is it like to be a sign language interpreter? In this Career Q&A video interview, Cindy Shapiro talks about her career path, what she does on the job, and the keys to success interpreting sign language. She also offers candid advice on breaking into the profession as well as insight into the industry’s biggest challenges and how the field may change in the next ten years.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Siege of Puebla, Tragedy and Heroism 45 min.

This program tells the story as the Siege of Puebla - between March and May 1863, the city of Puebla was under siege for 62 days and nights, which featured barricades in the streets and fighting spilling over into local residences.In Spanish.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2013

May 5th: Glory of Mexico 51 min.

This program tells the story of Cinco de Mayo - in particular the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862 - which marks a turning point in the resistance against French occupation, a resounding win by the Mexican army led by Ignacio Zaragoza. Coming after Mexico's civil war, the struggle against the French invasion helped develop a sense of national unity and pride that is celebrated today.In Spanish.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2012

Education, Education: What Does an Education Get You?—Why Poverty? 66 min.

When the Chinese government privatized universities in 1997 education became a commodity, with some institutions charging the equivalent of 60 years of income in exchange for a college degree. And while many saw the steep cost as a good investment, the system now produces more than 2 million graduates every year who join the “ant tribe”—a battalion of recent grads unable to find work. This program...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2012

New to Our Collection! Hooked on Huayu (Series 2): Episode 5 23 min.

Host Melissa Hyak meets a singer-artist who shows how classical Chinese poetry can be interpreted in sand. Together, they meet a Chinese traditional dancer to pick up the steps of hong-chou wu before crossing knives in a food-carving competition.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2011

New to Our Collection! Hooked on Huayu (Series 2): Episode 6 24 min.

In this episode, Melissa Hyak meets Vanessa Shih, hailed as the most beautiful career diplomat from Taiwan. Melissa bravely takes Ms Shih on in a Chinese riddle competition during the Mid-Autumn Festival, with questions ranging from Song dynasty poems to local TV programs. How will Melissa fare against the former Taiwan government spokesperson in this challenge? The Representative of Taipei also i...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2011

New to Our Collection! Hooked on Huayu (Series 2): Episode 7 23 min.

In this episode we challenge a Chinese scholar from Thailand to combine fashion and Chinese in a creative way. And art-restorer Zhang Yan learns the art of brewing a famous tea from her hometown, Hangzhou—a tea that has won praise from Emperor Qian Long, and even saved his empress’ life.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2011

New to Our Collection! Hooked on Huayu (Series 2): Episode 8 23 min.

In this last episode of Hooked on Huayu, Melissa is inspired by the teachings of Confucius. Her guest is Professor Koh Hock Kiat, Director of the Confucius Institute, who shows us how Confucius was not all about sage sayings. Together, they learn gongfu from martial arts world champion Vincent Ng and attempt to master a unique musical instrument: the hulu-si. Also catch Melissa and Professor Koh i...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2011

New to Our Collection! Hooked on Huayu (Series 2) 184 min.

In season two of the bilingual series Hooked on Huayu, Channel NewsAsia news anchor Melissa Hyak once again takes on the role of language explorer. She meets people from diverse cultures and tongues who share a common love for the Chinese language.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2011

New to Our Collection! Hooked on Huayu (Series 2): Episode 1 24 min.

In the debut episode of season 2, presenter Melissa Hyak travels to Shanghai, China, to soak in the atmosphere of everything “huayu”! She meets a fellow presenter from the local news station and is issued the challenge of reading a piece of news in Mandarin. Together, they meet a young internet user who teaches them a thing or two about the evolving internet language in China, before proceeding to...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2011