Themed China-India stone statue art exhibition opens today

Ancient China-India stone statues exhibition opens today

“Brahma eastern soil, Twin lotus flowers – 400-700 AD India-China sculpture art exhibition” opened in Sichuan Museum on September 29th. India’s 56 pieces (sets) and 103 pieces (sets) of statues are formally unveiled to the public. The exhibition, jointly organized by Sichuan Museum, Palace Museum and Indian National Museum and assisted by Fujian Museum and Zhejiang Province Museum, relive the significant development period of over 1500 years ago in China and India.

Ancient China-India stone statues exhibition opens today

The last stop of the whole exhibition, of which the curation took more than 3 years, was in Sichuan Museum, following Palace Museum, Fujian Museum and Zhejiang Province Museum, and will last for about 3 months. The rich collections from more than 20 cultural heritage units will be exhibited in the same place, including the symbolic stone statues and few bronze and clay ones from Indian Gupta and post Gupta period, and from Chinese Northern Wei Dynasty to early period of Tang Dynasty, which gives a rare grand feast of art in recent years.

Ancient China-India stone statues exhibition opens today

From 400-700 AD, Gupta Dynasty was gradually getting powerful. It was the rare unified dynasty in Indian history and known as the “Golden period”. At the same time, China was in its transmission era from the Northern and Southern Dynasties to early Tang Dynasty, which formed the cultural diversity and became the herald of art in the flourishing Tang Dynasty. The ancient Chinese and Indian masterpieces, mainly stone statues, were displayed in Sichuan province, where the most Chinese stone grottos are located, which witnesses a long history of cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Ancient China-India stone statues exhibition opens today

The exhibition is open from September 29th 2017 to January 7th 2018. In order to better show the Chinese Indian statues select to the public, Sichuan Museum has delayed the closing time till 9 PM. Tourists can get the tickets with their ID cards or other valid documents and it is free to visit.

Greek Minister of Culture and Sports: I want to start learning Chinese

In April launched “Greece-China 2017 Year of Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation in Creative Industries”. At present, Greek Minister of Culture and Sports Lydia Koniordou is paying a week-long visit in China.

Greek Minister of Culture and Sports: I want to start learning Chinese

Her first debut in front of the whole world was in the opening ceremony of 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She is a Greek national actress, who has portrayed on the stage Medea and a series of wonderful figures in the history of Greek dramas. She has a profound theoretical knowledge, teaches and directs ancient Greek dramas in University of Oxford, New York University and Shanghai Theater Academy.

Greek Minister of Culture and Sports: I want to start learning Chinese

When it comes to drama, she shared her professional opinion, “Ancient Greek drama and Chinese Beijing Opera are both an art integrated with music, poetry and dance. There are plenty of similarities and differences in theater performance for the two countries, which shows us the meaning and the reason of our dialogue and exchange. I have started teaching ancient Greek drama in Shanghai Theater Academy, and I was looking for dialogues and communication on theater stage between the two ancient civilizations.”

Greek Minister of Culture and Sports: I want to start learning Chinese

Lydia Koniordou regards as important the China visit, “China and Greece are two parallelly existing great ancient civilizations. The mutual exchange between two civilizations will surely benefit each other. Chinese is a charming language, which can take us back to human memory of countless generations ago and enrich the sensation experience. I try to start learning Chinese and I would like to use such language to learn about Chinese culture and to communicate with Chinese people.”

Greek Minister of Culture and Sports: I want to start learning Chinese

Her first Chinese language mentor is Tong Luo, famous translator Niansheng Luo’s granddaughter. Niangsheng Luo, translator of the Complete Work of Ancient Greek Drama; Jinling Luo, famous director of a series of ancient and modern Greek dramas such as Medea and Supper; Tong Luo, owner of Qian He Culture Center and director of recently staged Greek drama Oedipus Rex; three generations in Luo family constitute the cultural inheritance sequence between China and Greece. Lydia’s Chinese language learning journey is just “unique”.

Greek Minister of Culture and Sports: I want to start learning Chinese

Lydia’s China visit begins from Shanghai, followed by Dunhuang, a city blended with eastern and western civilization, then to China’s capital Beijing. The journey is to trace the cultural history of “One Belt One Road” and to explore one foreign language through the dramas and murals. It is believed that the journey will bring her brand new life experience and with a Chinese-speaking Greek minister of culture, the cultural exchange between two ancient civilizations will step forward onto another even more broad stage.

American Indian girl won the third place of national Chinese story telling competition in Singapore

Amercian Indian girl Meera came to settle down in Singapore with parents when she was 1-year old. The first language she picked up is Chinese. Her mother arranged her to learn Chinese from a neighbor working as a Chinese language teacher. They make Chinese conversation for two hours every day to practice the speaking and pronunciation.

Nine years later, Meera won the third place of the national Chinese story telling competition in Singapore, with clear articulation and mellow tune. In the past one year, she has won twice the third place in two Chinese speech contests.American Indian girl won the third place of national Chinese story telling competition in Singapore

Meera’s mother Subra understood the importance of Chinese language and started to cultivate the her daughter’s interest in Chinese language. She said, “We hope that she gets the spiritual connection with Chinese culture, especially when people from all over the world gather together, we cannot ignore the multi-culture because of our Indian origin.”

Meera is a fourth-grade student in Anthony girls’ school, studying Chinese as her second language. Since the second grade, she has been always assigned to the best Chinese language class and leading the way. When she joined Chinese drama class, Meera was praised by the teacher of her acting talent.

Meera said, “I like telling stories and won’t feel nervous at the stage. I want to participate in more such competitions in the future.”

Because Meera’s parents can’t speak Chinese, she went to the cram school for Chinese language classes from 4 to 8-year old. When she goes to bazaar with parents, she will grasp the opportunity to practice the dialogue with the vendors. Subra said, “Once we ran into one taxi driver, he insisted on not charging us because he thought Meera’s Chinese is so great.”

At home, as a Hindi language teacher, Subra communicates with Meera in Hindi and Meera’s father in another Indian dialect Konkani to make sure that Meera masters the mother language. Meera can also speak basic Philippine Tagalog and Spanish. Her parents plan to let her study one Chinese dialect such as Hokkien or Teochew.

It is reported that Chinese story telling final match of Singapore national primary schools was held recently in Tao Nan School, with a total participant of 56 schools and 106 students. The competition has marked its 12th anniversary.

Wales Chinese language teaching project forum held in Confucius Institute at Cardiff University

Wales Chinese language teaching project forum held in Confucius Institute at Cardiff University

Recently, 9th Wales Chinese teaching project forum was held in Confucius Institute at UK’s Cardiff University. 32 language teaching heads from Confucius Institutes at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Bangor University and the primary and secondary schools in Wales, were present at the forum.

The forum, taking “Gather strength, Improve together” as topic, aimed to sum up Chinese teaching experience and achievement in the past half a year and to overcome the difficulties encountered in local Chinese teaching, which facilitate the integration of the Chinese language to Welsh language teaching system and determine the future development plan of Chinese teaching projects in the primary and secondary schools of Wales.

The forum opening ceremony was presided by Rachel Williams, primary and secondary teaching project manager of Confucius Institute at Cardiff University, and Chinese dean Yubei Zhou delivered a welcome speech. Rachel made a comprehensive summary of the development of Chinese language teaching in Wales over the past eight years. She emphasized the important support from Chinese national Hanban and Welsh government for Chinese language teaching. She also pointed out that the focus of Chinese teaching in primary and secondary schools in the coming years will be cultivating local Chinese language teachers.

Later on, some Confucius classroom directors discussed one after another about the impact of globalization on school education. They said that language teaching plays a vital role in helping better adapt the local citizen to the new circumstances. The development of Chinese language teaching has set up a communication bridge between Wales and China, which benefits the regional development in the long term.

After one day of a heated discussion, the delegates proposed many methods of localizing Chinese language teaching, for instance, drawing the reasonable teaching outline, providing teachers with a probation period, attracting parents on Chinese teaching and so forth. They also made an agreement on intercollegiate and regional (e.g. with England) exchange and cooperation. The delegates generally believe that improving communication channels and strengthening the publicity can effectively promote Chinese language and culture in Wales.

It is understood that Confucius Institute at Cardiff University places a great importance on Chinese teaching in the local primary and secondary schools since its establishment. So far, more and more schools in Wales have absorbed Chinese teaching into Welsh Baccalaureate. Welsh government has also given a strong support for Chinese teaching.

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

On July 16, Chinese Consulate of Calcutta, cooperated with Chinese language school in Calcutta, successfully held Chinese language competition of Sino-Indian Friendship Cup this year. Zhanwu Ma, consul-general of China in Calcutta, Subrata Mukherjee, Indian West Bengal village autonomy and development minister and Madan Saraff, founder and chairman of Chinese language school in Calcutta attended the activity.

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

Zhanwu Ma, in his speech, appreciated the efforts of Chinese language school of Calcutta for 8 years on the Chinese language education and congratulated its collaboration with Yunnan Normal University on setting up the first Confucius classroom in eastern India. He said, with the rapid development of sino-indian relation and the frequent communication in the fields as culture, economy and trade etc., learning Chinese language has turned to be more and more meaningful, which can not only help understand better China and Chinese culture, but also benefit individual career development in the future. In recent years, Indian friends have the increasing need of learning Chinese language and the craze for Chinese language has swept over the Indian eastern areas. Young students are the future of India as well as the future of sino-indian friendship. Zhanwu Ma hopes that Indian students study hard to speak good Chinese and strive to enhance the mutual understanding and friendship between China and India and to promote the relation between two countries into more in-depth development. He was also invited to practice Tai Chi on the scene.

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

Minister Mukherjee expressed his appreciation to the head of Chinese language school in Calcutta for his many years of hard work and claimed that Chinese education in this school is the precious resource in West Bengal and had built up the friendship bridge between India and China. The state government will support any suggestions relevant to the development of West Bengal.

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

Mr. Saraff thanked the Chinese consulate for the long time support and said that Chinese school would take the Confucius classroom as an opportunity to further improve the Chinese language teaching level and place more emphasis on Indo-Chinese communication and friendship between two countries.

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

The competition was divided into two parts, namely speech and performance. In the speech part, the contestants need to give an impromptu speech according to the topic drawn by lot while in the performance part, the contestants wonderfully presented their Chinese language level and Chinese culture they understand with poetry reading, singing and dancing, painting, short play, drama and other forms.

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

Seoul Education Department provides Chinese language sessions to Korean teaching staff

According to South Korea Economy, South Korean teachers who can speak Chinese are able to adapt Chinese students more quickly to South Korean society.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff

Daerim, Garibong in Seoul are the areas for Chinese immigrants, also known as “China Town”. Recently, Department of Education in Seoul has decided to provide Chinese learning courses to the Korean teaching staff near the “China Town” and to encourage all the Korean teachers to learn Chinese language.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff
Daerim metro station in Seoul

In late July this year, Department of Education in Seoul will set 30-hour oral Chinese sessions oriented to 20 academic staff working in the elementary schools, junior and senior high schools. The sessions are mainly targeted to those who are employed at schools where Chinese students dominate or the academic exchange with China is frequent. In addition to the basic Chinese conversation, the sessions include the understanding of Chinese culture, life guidance for students from multicultural families and so forth.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff
Daerim in Seoul

It is reported that on account of the children from Chinese circle not capable of communicating proficiently in Korean or getting adapted to life in South Korea, Education Department of Seoul has made such decision, aiming to eliminate the language barrier with Chinese students and help them rapidly integrate to South Korean schools and social life.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff
a Chinese restaurant in Daerim

The number of new Chinese students has increased sharply in several schools in the charge of South Education Supporting Department of Seoul. A multitude of Korean teachers have met the communication problems with Chinese students due to different language and culture. In reaction to the current situation, South Department of Education offered the relevant training sessions. With the ability to talk with Chinese students smoothly, Korean teaching staff can give better guidance to them.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff
Garibong in Seoul

Besides that, Education Department of Seoul plans to lay down the advanced Chinese sessions in two semesters. In the meantime, related department of South Korea is actively working on Korean language programs for Chinese immigrants and children from multicultural families.

“Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition held in Mauritius

“Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition held in Mauritius“Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition held in Mauritius

According to the news released by Chinese Ministry of Culture, the 15th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students was successfully held in Chinese culture center of Mauritius. Mr. Yanqun Song, cultural counsellor of Chinese Embassy and director of Chinese culture center in Mauritius attended the activities and delivered a speech.

Mr. Song said that language is a bridge of communication, learning Chinese will open up a door for the future and help students to realize their dreams. Chinese culture center in Mauritius has been engaged in promoting Chinese teaching and aims to accentuate the cultural exchange and friendship between two countries.

Under the support of Mauritian Ministry of Education, Chinese culture center in Mauritius widely launched the advertising campaign through the mainstream media and Facebook, with 14 competitors signed up, primarily from several local colleges such as University of Mauritius, Institute of Gandhi. Five contestants got shortlisted after the initial selection. The competition took “Dream lights up the future” as theme and was divided into speech, talent show and Chinese culture quiz. The competition jury was comprised of the course experts and Chinese teachers dispatched by National Hanban in China.

After two rounds of fierce competition, David and Mary, respectively from Open University of Mauritius and University of Mauritius, stood out. In their speeches, David hoped to learn well Chinese, understand Chinese culture, make a lot of Chinese friends and even meet the Chinese girl in life when he was young, while Mary said that young people should have dreams and not rely on luck but themselves for a bright future. The excellent speeches and talent shows such calligraphy and paintings had deeply impressed the spectators and the judges.

Each contestant was awarded certificates and prizes by Mr. Song at the end of the competition. A host of young spectators wished to learn Chinese and know more about China and Chinese culture.

Filipino-Chinese students join Mandarin summer camp in Quanzhou

On 18 April, 104 Filipino-Chinese students from Chinese language Summer Camp 2016, with their 5 leading teachers, reached Quanzhou Normal University and started their Chinese learning journey for a period of 55 days.

Filipino-Chinese students from Chinese language Summer Camp 2016

During their stay, Quanzhou Normal University will offer several basic courses such as Chinese intensive reading, listening and speaking, reading, writing and so, as well as some skill courses such as folk customs, music, dance, Chinese film appreciation. In addition, trainings and sightseeing activities specialised in Chinese tradition are provided to the studnets, for instance, Southern Fujian culture presentation, calligraphy and Chinese Kung Fu, Quanzhou Culture tour, inter-college fellowship activity and natural local scenery tour. Through learning and cultural exchange in the camp, the students will gain a better understanding of Quanzhou city and the profound Chinese culture, which will strengthen the affection on their ancestral home. Filipino-Chinese students from Chinese language Summer Camp 2016

It is reported that the Chinese language summer camp for Filipino-Chinese students is hosted by China Overseas Exchange Association and COEA of Fujian province, sponsored by Mr. Yongcai Chan, famous overseas Chinese leader and honorary chairman of Quanzhou Normal University. The camp has been held 15 times since 2001, benefitting over millions of students. For Quanzhou Normal University this is the 6th succesfully organised summer camp in the campus.

paper cutting in Chinese Summer Camp

Craze of northern France in Chinese study

Confucius Institute in Artois University (Université d’Artois) was founded in France in 2008. The establishment of the organization is to create a cross-cultural communication platform and is open to all sections of society. In February 2015, the 1st session of China Arts Festival (Arts Chine) will soon be open here. Chinese opera, cultural exhibitions, as well as a series of cultural lectures will be displayed to the students with the support of their vice-president Stephen Rowley.

Craze in Chinese study in northern France

Aims to popularize Chinese culture

Stephen Rowley said, “To teach Chinese language, to organize Chinese language proficiency test and to train the Chinese teachers in France are the main goal of Confucius Institute. We will also hold someseminars, related courses and practice activities. Students can participate in the activities such as
Chinese calligraphy, music, Tai Chi, oriental cooking and Chinese drama. China plays a very important role
in the strategic layout of the university. We offer enlightenment courses of Chinese culture for the extracurricular activities. So far in France, Arras is the only city that Chinese courses are offered from primary schools to doctoral courses.” According to the vice-president of Artois University, more than 200 students there are learning Chinese and many others are already studying in China. Some of them are doing internships in China and some already settled down. In addition, the university plans to organize one summer camp, “We will invite Chinese students to stay for one month in Artois University. They will live together with French students here and get exposed to local French culture.”


Why would French people be interested in Chinese?

English language is still in the dominant position by far, but we have already seen a new force coming from Chinese language, which is the positive impact from the world’s largest economy and at the same time has attracted the attention of many French students. French students like Chinese life, some of them do business and settle down in China. Artois University will introduce a new Master degree of Chinese language (le chinois, langue étrangère) in September 2015.