What Confucius said that the things that human greatly desire are comprehended in “eat and drink” is the basic human desire accepted as natural (民以食为天). No other culture is as food-conscious as that of the Chinese. It is such an integral part of Chinese culture that no family gathering could be considered complete without sharing a meal together. This course is a continuation of “The modern Chinese Family (Integrated Chinese Part 1 Level 1)”. The course is not intended to do a comprehensive survey of cultural aspects of food in China. Instead we will explore opportunities and situations where students will gain insights into the cultural aspects of food in China while practicing spoken and written Mandarin Chinese taught in a more meaningful and situational way. Students will continue to study new vocabulary, sentence patterns, grammar points, read and write the basic Chinese characters. At the end of the course students are expected to master an additional 300-400 essential vocabulary words, to write short essays, to create skits about their daily lives. Ginger Lin will sign for this course.