Ambassador Chen Jinghua Attends the Mid-autumn Festival Gathering at the Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

[Source]    The Chinese Embassy in Jamaica [Time]    2010-10-12 15:57:00 

On September 22, at the invitation of the Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Ambassador Chen Jinghua spent the Mid-autumn Festival together with the students from the Chinese class of the school and people from all walks of life who are enthusiastic about Chinese culture. The President of Mona Campus Gordon Shirley, the Director-General of the Department of Language and Literature Zangutayu, the Jamaican Director of the Confucius Institute Andrew Holness, Chief Editor of Jamaica Observer, Columnists from Jamaica Gleaner and other guests also attended this event.

Ambassador Chen first extended his best regards of Mid-autumn Festival to students from the Chinese class and friends from all walks of life and expressed his wish for the continuing success of the Confucius Institute. Chen told the audience that Mid-autumn Festival is a wonderful moment for Chinese families to get together, which reinforces the wish for a happy life according to traditional Chinese folk custom. In addition, he told the audience some beautiful folk stories, such as Chang’e flying to the moon. According to him, these folk tales are a wonderful method for poets and literary men to express their emotions by describing natural objects. Chen also said he was very pleased to see that a growing number of friends from Jamaica are showing a deep interest in Chinese language and culture. He also hoped they would make a great contribution to promoting the friendship between the two countries and their peoples, by getting to know China in a more accurate, objective and comprehensive way.

President Gordon Shirley gave a review of the preparatory process for the establishment of this Confucius Institute and expressed his belief that building the Confucius Institute would allow local people to learn Chinese, get to know more about China and promote friendship with the concerted effort of the two governments and both partner schools.

Director Holness hosted this event and recited Su Shi's famous poem Prelude to Water Melody---When &Where Is the Moon while students were taking every opportunity to practice Chinese. Quite a few of the guests here tasted mooncakes for the first time. Jamaica’s Corporation of Public Broadcasting presented a special Mid-autumn Festival documentary in accompaniment with the event called ‘The Week of Legacy’ in Jamaica that is aimed at highlighting Jamaica as a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country. A ‘Chinese Film Week’ will be held by the Confucius Institute very soon.