“Learning about China” Activity Kicks off at Children's Library

[Source]    Confucius Classroom at Novosibirsk State University [Time]    2010-11-17 17:45:46 

Novosibirsk, November 14th, 2010—the Confucius Classroom at Novosibirsk State University hosted a Children's Culture Festival entitled “Learning about China” at the Children’s Library in of Novosibirsk, which attracted a large number of children and their parents. The exhibition hall was festooned with Chinese-style decorations: red lanterns, Chinese knots, Beijing opera masks, Chinese calligraphy and painting works as well as dozens of photos taken by foreign students during their visit to China. Russian books about Chinese history and culture were displayed on one side of the hall while Chinese textbooks for children recommended by Hanban were placed in a special cabinet. The activity was intended to demonstrate the institute’s efforts to promote Chinese language among local primary and secondary schools based on teaching Chinese in university, so as to help more Russians learn something about Chinese culture and foster their interest in learning Chinese language.

The book exhibition started at 3 p.m. Oparina Nina, Curator of the Children’s Library, first delivered a speech to express her support and welcome the guests to the exhibition. Julia Azarenka, one of the directors of the Confucius Classroom, served as hostess. She gave an introduction to general information about China and Chinese culture by using multimedia software “Kung Fu and Calligraphy” provided by the classroom’s Chinese Culture Center. Afterward, Chinese teachers sang Chinese folk songs together with their students.

The “Song of Paper Boy” played by a Russian child called Soprunov Matvei warmed up the atmosphere. The visitors began to have a taste of Chinese culture: the parents looked over various books and inquired about Chinese courses for children; the children took an active part in various programs— some trying to write Chinese characters with brushes; some learning to make Chinese knots; some learning to make paper-cuts; others enjoying Chinese tea ceremony.

When night fell, the activity came to a successful end with expected results. From the children who were reluctant to leave, we believe that the seeds of Sino-Russian friendship have been planted.