Announcing the Publication
The Chopsticks-Fork Principle x 2
A Bilingual Reader
Cathy Bao Bean & Dongdong Chen
for advancing the teaching & learning of
教 & 学
English & Chinese
英 & 汉
Language & Culture
语言 & 文
Culture hides much more than it reveals, and strangely what it hides,
it hides most effectively from its own participants.
-- Edward Hall,The Silent Language
We have developed a unique, bilingual, cross-cultural reader composed of personal, often humorous, stories followed by innovative as well as more standard exercises to help you become more proficient in your second language and culture while better understanding your first.
The goal of foreign language education to raise translingual and transcultural competence is achieved through The Chopsticks-Fork Principle in that “familiar” events— like traveling, the first day at school and birthdays—are seen through “foreign” lenses tinted with good humor. In the process, both CFL and EFL learners can appreciate both the target and native culture. To this end, stories from Cathy Bao Bean’s Chinese-American life and book, The Chopsticks-Fork Principle, A Memoir and Manual are presented in English even as they are interpreted and re-presented in Chinese by Dongdong Chen whose linguistic training and teaching expertise pedagogically enrich the narrative. By revealing the text and context in two languages and cultural settings, the impact of the “5 Cs”—Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons and Communities—are at least doubled.
Understanding how Cathy Bao Bean learned to talk, analyze, laugh and cry about being bicultural will prepare you, as it did her, to travel in a multicultural world. By acquiring these techniques, it is our hope that you will also learn how to talk, analyze, laugh and cry about your own experiences.
Sincerely, Cathy Bao Bean and DongDong Chen
（The Silent Language）
我们用筷子-叉子的原则实现外语教学的最终目的--提高跨语言和跨文化的能力。习以为常的事件，诸如旅行、开学第一天仪式、生日聚会用“外国人的”角度和幽默的色彩一一剖析，使以英语和汉语为外语的学习者可以更好地欣赏外语和母语文化。为此，包圭漪（Cathy Bao Bean）根据其美籍华人的生活阅历及英文著作
The Chopsticks-Fork Principle, A Memoir and Manual编写了十一个故事，陈东东（Dongdong Chen)根据其语言学训练和教学经验用中文重现这些轶事哲理。这种用双语揭示文化的方法极大地体现了美国外语协会的五大外语教学目标：沟通、文化、贯连、对比、社区。
To purchase, please send a check or money order payable to “Chopsticks-Fork” to:
Cathy Bao Bean
357 Main Street
Blairstown, NJ 07825
for The Chopsticks-Fork Principle, A Bilingual Reader, the amount is:
$59.95 per copy
$ 3.50 for the first copy and $.70 for each additional copy for USPS media mailing
plus $4.20 sales tax per copy if mailing to a NJ address
for The Chopsticks-Fork Principle, A Memoir and Manual, the amount is:
$20.00 per copy
$ 2.50 for the first copy and $.70 for each additional copy for USPS media mailing
plus $1.40 sales tax per copy if mailing to a NJ address
For more information, please email at cathy at cathybaobean dot com (after transcribing to email address format).