Singapore-based edtech startup Yumcha Studios creates silly cartoons, bilingual books and language-learning apps that build kids’ cultural confidence and competence in a globalized world. Dim Sum Warriors, Yumcha Studios’ flagship property, has launched a Bilingual Learning System that combines books, apps, reading evaluation tech and live-streamed cartooning sessions.

The creators of the critically-acclaimed Dim Sum Warriors® graphic novels (published by Scholastic) and the giant musical adaptation that toured 25 major cities in China are now offering a new FREE PROGRAMME for families who are looking for an enjoyable way for their kids to deepen their Chinese learning experience.

Aimed at kids from kindergarten to Primary 5/5th grade, the Dim Sum Warriors Bilingual Comic JAM is a FREE bilingual chat-and-draw-along session which builds vocabulary as well as creativity and is run via Facebook on the following dates and times: November 7th, 14th 21st and 28th, as well as December 5th, 12th and 9th at 10.30 am (Singapore time (UTC+8)).

Each session is hosted by award-winning filmmakers and the creators of the Dim Sum Warriors bilingual children’s storybooks and graphic novels Colin Goh (cartoonist of New York Times bestselling books) and Dr. Woo Yen Yen (who’s also an education professor with a doctorate from Columbia University’s Teachers College), together with a guest Chinese teacher.

Every session starts with a reading from the popular Little Dim Sum Warriors bilingual storybook series, followed by a draw-along, where kids follow Colin in visualizing keywords and phrases in creative (and funny) ways.

Throughout the drawing segment, we chat—bilingually—in a relaxed way that also reinforces the vocabulary-building. We end the session with Colin drawing anything the kids request—which is always a crazy, giggly experience! 

“Too many kids we know think of Chinese as only this exam hurdle they must get past. Aside from their textbooks, these kids never read Chinese books and are often even afraid to speak it. That has been my experience with learning Chinese” says Colin. “We wanted a way to decrease their fear, and also for them to see the fun and creative potential in the language.”

“The JAM is adapted from the highly popular bilingual cartooning workshops that Colin has been running at the invitation of select international schools, reaching thousands of students,” says Yen Yen, who is currently stationed in Taipei. “Due to the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we decided to take our sessions online. We’ve been running these for a few months now, and the feedback has been consistently excellent. We’ve even been told that whole families join in for some quality creative time!”

Interested families can sign up for the FREE sessions via this link: https://www.dimsumwarriors.com/introsession

Stimulating intellect with creativity

The Bilingual Comic JAM is part of Yumcha Studios’ Dim Sum Warriors 点心侠® integrated bilingual learning system that improves learners’ English and Chinese simultaneously, and also builds cultural confidence, global competence and creativity.

“What a lot of people don’t know is that drawing has a lot of benefits for reading and writing. It trains the mind to focus, gets kids to express their imagination, and helps them find their own voicesall highly important skills for the 21st century,” explains Yen Yen.

Designed by education experts and award-winning creatives, the system combines cutting-edge literacy research with hilarious multilingual comics featuring adorable characters, a mobile app with vocabulary building games and reading-recognition tech that provides feedback on fluency and pronunciation, and live streaming  jam sessions.

The system is tailored to meet the OECD’s new PISA Global Competence Framework and is certified for high pedagogical quality by Education Alliance Finland, one of the world’s leading edtech impact verification services. 

The brains behind Yumcha Studios

Dr. Woo Yen Yen

The principals of Yumcha Studios are Dr. Woo Yen Yen and Colin Goh, the creators of the Dim Sum Warriors graphic novel series about Kung fu-fighting dumplings published by Scholastic, and the writers of a giant stage musical adaptation with music by a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer that has toured 25 major cities in China.

Yen Yen obtained her doctorate from Columbia University‘s prestigious Teachers College, and has worked as a professor at Long Island University in New York and National Central University in Taiwan, specialising in curriculum development as well as multimedia production. 

Colin Goh

Colin is a professional cartoonist whose work includes the New York Times bestsellers Search Inside Yourself and Joy On Demand. He is also an attorney with qualifications in New York, Singapore and England. 

Together, Yen Yen and Colin are also multiple international award-winning filmmakers whose critically-acclaimed feature Singapore Dreaming has played at prestigious festivals and venues worldwide and is currently on Netflix and iTunes.

Follow Dim Sim Warriors on social media for updates on dates and more information. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DimSumWarriors/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dimsumwarriors/?hl=en