According to the Epoch Times, the field of Chinese education has been gradually valued in America since 1997. At that time, approximately 275 schools provided Chinese courses. With time passing by, the number of people learning Chinese has soared. In 2007, Chinese courses mushroomed in over one hundred countries and an estimated 30 million of people worldwide was learning Chinese. In 2014, the numbers greatly increased up to 100 million all over the world, which is more than three times as many as the one in 2007. With the irresistible trend of learning Chinese, Professor Wu, an adjunct professor in New York University (NYU), claimed that it is an era of Chinese in the near future (Ji, 2015). David Graddol, an authority on linguistics, supported the statement by saying that Chinese is the must-learn language in the world. In addition, David William Donald Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, suggested that the time that children spend learning Chinese should be increased.
“China has over 5000 years of history and has roughly 1.3 billion people, which equates to approximately one fifth of the global population; the significance of knowing Mandarin and understanding China in this world is more obvious than not” (Shao, 2015). After all, the potential and influence of a market have everything to do with its population.