Aged 35 | Born 1982
About the Speaker
"I was born in China, in Northern China, Liaoning Province, Dalian. It is a small city, about 4 million people. When I was young most people were fishing, and some manufacturing and tourist industries. Now we have raw materials, coal underground. My father is a retired police officer and my mother was an accountant. I learned English when I was 10 years old. My parents don’t speak English at all."
This kit contains all the elements of a full Accent Kit
About Dalian, Liaoning, China
China is a republic in East Asia. It is the third largest and the most populous country in the world. It also has the largest number of neighbours (14) sharing its 22,000km land borders namely: North Korea, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. Chinese is spoken in various dialects, the chief of which is Mandarin.
Liaoning is the southernmost part of Manchuria, in the country’s north east. It has Highlands in the west, plains in the middle and hills in the east. It has the largest provincial economy in the northeast of China. It borders Russia to the east, North Korea to the southeast, the Chinese provinces of Liaoning to the south and Heilongjiang to the north, and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to the west.
Dalian is a major city and seaport in the south of Liaoning and one of the most heavily developed industrial areas of China. It has one of the finest harbours on the East Asian coast, and as such has been a focus of invasion and takeover. It has variously been ruled or administered by the British, the Qing Dynasty, the Japanese, the Russians and the Republic of China. It is a tourist destination in its own right, with beaches, resorts, zoos, seafood, shopping, Russian and Japanese heritage architecture, and streetcars.
The Dalian Economic & Technological Development Zone was established in September 1984, as one of the first of the China National Economic and Technological Development Zones. Most of the businesses in the Dalian ETDZ are factories owned by foreign enterprises, especially from Japan, South Korea and the United States. The region around Dalian also produces three-quarters of China’s exported apples and peaches.