From her days as a television presenter on Channel NewsAsia to her current role as the host of the CNA produced series Talking Point, which airs on Channel 5, Diana Ser (MMC’02) has always been a staple of Singaporean TV.
But while she has always been shown on camera presenting in English, the veteran TV personality is equally proficient in Chinese as well.
In fact, she is highly passionate about the language. In 2017, she started her own online portal - Crazy About Chinese - to encourage parents to nurture a love for Chinese in their children.
In the following video, Ser shares her inspiration for starting Crazy About Chinese, which came about after witnessing her children’s obsession over a Chinese television programme.
“When the children are young, the home environment still plays a part. They need to be in an environment where Chinese is spoken, or where they can listen to Mandarin on a somewhat consistent basis.”
Diana Ser (MMC'02), veteran TV presenter and founder of Crazy About Chinese
Realising that children could learn the language in a fun, interactive manner, the 47-year-old decided to start up an online platform that could help parents be more involved in engaging their children in Chinese.
“When the children are young, the home environment still plays a part. They need to be in an environment where Chinese is spoken, or where they can listen to Mandarin on a somewhat consistent basis,” said Ser, who earned a Master’s degree in Mass Communication at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.
Crazy About Chinese was then borne out of a desire to build a social community where parents could exchange ideas and help each other out in teaching their children Chinese, she added.
Likening it to a support system, Ser said: “I think as a parent, it is a scary situation for me because native Chinese are learning English really well. So what used to be our advantage may not be so anymore moving forward.
“Singaporeans, including our kids, are still reluctant to embrace Mandarin.”