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Hirondelle is half French half Chinese.  She speaks French and is studying Mandarin at University and she hopes to pass on her linguistic and cultural knowledge to her daughter.
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LISTENING TO MUMMY'S MANDARIN
By Hirondelle Chatelard
Hirondelle is learning Mandarin as a way of feeling closer to her Chinese heritage. Her main cultural influences have come from Britain where she was brought up and going to a French school because of her French father. She now feels that it is important to connect more with her Chinese roots. Having a Chinese mother meant going on frequent trips to China to visit relatives, but it’s only as and adult that she has a much greater desire to understand Mandarin. Hirondelle has a young daughter herself now and she feels a huge desire to share and pass on her cultural roots to her.