Maegan Jong, who grew up in the Chicago area, was raised by Taiwanese immigrants. Maegan watched her older sister teach Mandarin at the Schaumburg retirement community, “Friendship Village,” as well as performed traditional Chinese dance for the residents herself, gaining an appreciation for the elders openness to new experiences and cultures, as well as a certainty that age should not be factor that bars the door to further learning. Maegan has since gone on to teach Mandarin herself, incorporating fun and varied techniques to make the experience a good one for the elders at Friendship Village.
- Maegan Jong has learned at a very young age about “the importance and beauty of sharing and learning.”
- Maegan, who is a sophomore at Fremd High School, explained that her parents immigrated from Taiwan, and, thus, she grew up in a Mandarin Chinese-speaking household.
- Maegan’s classes were full of fun and a careful balance of “language and culture,” she said.
“Maegan Jong has learned at a very young age about “the importance and beauty of sharing and learning.” The 15-year-old resident of Palatine spent the summer teaching Mandarin to residents of Friendship Village, a retirement community in Schaumburg.”