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Welcome to ACE Forum

ACE Forum (better known as “Wossing” from the nineties) is a one-stop traditional learning center in the heart of Chinatown.  Small interactive groups or private pairing is the hallmark of activities here.  Our original Wossing Center was established in 1991 on Mott Street Chinatown – then a one-room shop where four partners took turns to teach English, Spanish, Math or Cantonese, play the erhu, or have a document translated as we rushed you on your way to the courthouse. Today, ACE Forum resides at 243 Grand Street in the hub of the newer side of Chinatown, a 3-storey tenement building that provides all manner of genuine no-frill learning.  In addition, we have become an All-Chinese consulting station  at the global crossroad of America, China and Southeast Asia. Besides year-round classess in Chinese language (Mandarin, Cantonese and more) and a wide range of music and cultural arts lessons, we also provide Chinese translators, interpreters, tour guides & entertainers to serve on-site events and functions, conduct market research and focus groups   for Chinese interest groups, assist American students seeking study-abroad or field-trip programs to China and Southeast Asia, and  provide Chinese induction programs to  professionals looking for transition to Beijing, Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur.  Within the local community ACE Forum provides after-school classes and weekend tutoring following the New York State K-12 curriculum.

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 Join up! This page shows only a sampling of our past programs.  Please visit ACE Bulletin for full details of our  upcoming courses and events; you could sign up for most things instantly as you browse but feel free to call or write us any time with questions. Read more »

Cantonese Talk & Taste, Thu Apr 10

This is an afternoon of light hearted introduction to “swing” Cantonese around the food theme courtesy of Mencius Society for the Arts! With Prof K.K. Chui (NYU Asian Studies Department, cultural anthropologist Julie Tay & down home ABC Chef of Hip Hop Chow Eric Kwan, participants will explore the gusto and humor of Cantonese culture with focus on taste, texture & smell. Admission is Free. Apri 10, Thu 3:30-4:30P. For reservations, visit Read more »

Nonya Food Talk & Taste - Apr 26th

Come explore with Singaporean practical anthropologist Julie Tay the unique flavors & ways of her native Peranakan/Nonya Chinese culture (drawing on inter-mingling w/polynesian elements). This afternoon offers a discussive window into the unique culture & spices of post colonial Singapore-Malaysia along chewing on S.E. Asian snacks & pithy slang from a mixture of Chinese dialects & Malay. (Admission: $38.00. Minimum 3 to start.) Read more »

Chinese Writing for Health! - May 11th

In line with a culture that can turn written characters into an altar of worship, this seminar session demonstrates the direct nourishment of the Chinese brush to body and mind. Come survey what Chinese calligraphy is all about from the flickering of your fingers to the flow of the character finally resting in the satisfaction of  balance and quiet deliberation. Participants can learn to write their heart-felt wishes and come away energized in Read more »


As part of AiCenter’s 6th (Wossing’s 19th) anniversary celebration, we are honored to present Grace Young and her latest cookbook STIR-FRYING TO THE SKY’S EDGE.  Over the years, author and Chinese food expert Young (also a life time Cantonese student) has given this center’s boundless support and inspiration; this June 6th, we will get together to eat something, learn something, and especially share in her fresh insights and the newest Read more »

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