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.