Chinese Biographies First Edition

These engaging biographies of Chinese cultural icons were specifically designed for students who have mastered 350-700 characters. Pinyin annotation facilitates the reading process, making Chinese character texts accessible at the earliest stages of learning. Touching on contemporary cultural issues, these biographies and their related online activities encourage students to think, speak and write in Chinese as they learn about Jeremy Lin, Yao Ming, and others. Perfect for classroom instruction or independent reading.
This series, "Chinese Biographies", chronicles the lives of pop culture icons with connections to the Chinese-speaking world. Learning about world-renowned personalities from fields such as sports, music, and fashion helps engage student interest, while reading practice will boost their confidence and enjoyment of the language.

Targeted at North American high school and college language learners, this award-winning series of readers focuses on international celebrities like Jay Chao and Vera Wang to maintain a cultural context relevant to American students.
Pinyin annotation accompanies the simplified Chinese characters so beginning-to intermediate-level students can read without the aid of a dictionary for pronunciation. Unlike other readers at this level, the pinyin is separated by word rather than syllable, giving students a better understanding of how Chinese characters come together to form words and sentences.

These engaging biographies of are designed for students who have mastered 350 to 700 characters. Each chapter is preceded and followed by comprehension questions to facilitate dialogue between teachers and students. The Companion Website,, includes additional exercises to improve students’ grammar and vocabulary. With access to audio, class handouts, and more, these texts are ideal readers for both classroom instruction and independent learning.