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B&R young professionals | Chuu Eindayae: "Myanmar's most beautiful Chinese teacher" in Guangdong

2019-April-24       Source: Newsgd.com

Chuu Eindayae from Myanmar is a student on the Masters of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages program at the Jinan University College of Chinese Language and Culture in Guangzhou.

Editor's Note: The second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) will be held in Beijing from April 25th to 27th, 2019. In the six years since its inception, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has had a far-reaching and profound impact on the world. The BRI has played an important role in promoting closer ties between countries, and boosting global growth.

Five young expats from five continents that have been living and working in Guangdong during the past six years gave exclusive interviews to Nanfang Daily and News GD. Below is one of their five stories.

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Chuu Eindayae from Myanmar is a student on the Masters of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages program at the Jinan University College of Chinese Language and Culture in Guangzhou. Being able to speak Mandarin fluently, Eindayae is often mistaken for a native-born Chinese. She started to learn Chinese at a clinic of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Born in 1992 in Rangoon, Myanmar, Chuu Eindayae is the fourth generation of Chinese Burmese. She lived in the city's 'Chinatown' growing up and always wanted to study Chinese.

Chuu Eindayae sings her idol Jay Chou’s song in the campus. [Photo/Nanfang Plus]

After her finals, Eindayae applied for a part-time job as a Chinese-Burmese interpreter in a Chinese acupuncture clinic. She had never formally studied Chinese before, but she was given a chance to try out because of her enthusiasm.

During the probation period, Eindayae received a lot of guidance and support from her colleagues. Within a year she was able to speak Mandarin confidently.

It was then that she found out China and Myanmar were working more and more closely in terms of economic development and trade, and that being able to speak Chinese could increase her chances of getting hired in Rangoon.

Chuu Eindayae in the campus. [Photo/Nanfang Plus]

Therefore, she made her decision: to give up on her college plans, and take on a work-study program, getting a job in a Chinese enterprise. In the mean time, she went to a local Confucius Institute to continue her study of Chinese twice a week.

By this point, her Chinese was getting better and better. In 2012, she won the first prize in the 'Chinese Bridge' World University Students Chinese Competition Myanmar division and was invited to watch the final in China.

This was another turning point in Eindayae's life. It was during this, her first time visiting China, that she made friends with people who were learning Chinese from all over the world. After the competition, she realized the importance of Chinese and got the idea of becoming a Chinese teacher.

Chuu Eindayae in the campus. [Photo/Nanfang Plus]

It took Eindayae just one year to pass the requisite exams and gain the HSK level VI certificate as well as a teaching certification. She then became a Chinese teacher and gained a reputation as being "the most beautiful Chinese teacher in Myanmar".

In her spare time, Eindayae tutors Chinese, is a hostess and singer. Every week, she teaches orphans in the temple and the children of ethnic Chinese living next door to learn Chinese for free.

Still not fully satisfied with her Chinese, Eindayae applied for a Masters in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages at Jinan University in 2017. She got admitted with a full scholarship. Later, she took part in the China Central Television's program 'Speak to the world'.

Chuu Eindayae shows traditional Burmese clothing to the camera. [Photo/Nanfang Plus]

Eindayae pointed out Chinese is becoming more and more popular around the world, that an increasing number of people are learning Chinese, especially the people in Myanmar.

After studying in Guangdong for over a year, Eindayae said she has got used to the food in Guangdong, the convenience of mobile payment, the metro system and high-speed railways. Late last year, she brought her parents and brother to China for a holiday.

Chuu Eindayae points out her hometown on the map. [Photo/Nanfang Plus]

Eindayae told us that she really likes China, and hates to leave, but she wants to make the Chinese language an even stronger bridge between the people of both countries. She currently plans to return to her country to continue teaching Chinese after graduation.

Reporters: Ma Limin, Hu Liangguang

Video & photography: Zheng Yijian, Zhang Ziwang

Video editing: Zhou Xinyu, Luo Binhao, Li Jiajing, Zhang Qingliang (Intern)

English version: Monica Liu

English editor: Simon Haywood

Editor: Monica Liu

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