MandarinArts is live!
Updated: Sep 2, 2018
I still can't believe I'm typing this. It was just a little over a month ago that we decided to push forward with MandarinArts, and here I am now sitting on my much loved (very comfy too I might add) outdoor daybed, at twilight, looking out into the hollywood hills, writing about the website being live.
The last couple of months have been a bit of a whirlwind. The search to find a mandarin enrichment school for Eddison and Allura has been so excruciating, and the results so dismal, I just knew in my gut I was doing the right thing. They say every great business idea begins with a hunch and some kind of pain (or, did I just make this up?), but boy oh boy was the process painful. Never thought it would be so difficult to find a cool mandarin school for the kiddos. But perhaps therein lies the problem, "cool" and "mandarin school" are antonyms. They are like oil and water. They just don't coexist. Well, at least not till now. MandarinArts will change all this.
Our mission is to create the first hip (yea I said it) mandarin school for kids. Actually, it 's not even a school. It's a studio space for kids to hang out and absorb mandarin (like osmosis) in a non-threatening way. They'll absorb it while learning to dance, while learning an instrument, while hanging out with other kids playacting and having fun. Yea, they'll be taught from books and have story times too, but that's not the point. The point is they will learn in the most organic way possible. They'll spend time in an inspirational studio, doing fun stuff, making music and dancing their way to mandarin literacy. And parents like me? Well, we'll be hanging out in style too, in our own little hip parents lounge, drinking coffee and catching up on our life. What's not to like? For the workaholic parents (I raise my hand here), we can finally take a break from parenting and catch up on work emails, knowing our kids are having a good time while picking up a second language.
Sounds like a dream. Well, it's the dream I'm going to spend the next year bringing to life. MandarinArts, here I come. My kids (and many others I hope) can thank me later.