Drawing Our Hearts Closer -----------An World Expo Photo Exhibition held at the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe [Time]    2010-12-09 15:12:00 

On the morning of November 6th ,2010 a distinctive culture class with the ‘2010 Shanghai World Expo’ as its theme was held at the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe. The class marked the official opening of the Xinhua Gallery hosted by Xinhua News Agency in Harare, capital of Zimbabwe.


Xin Shunkang, Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Minister of Information,, volunteer Chinese language teachers of the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe and students studying various majors at the University of Zimbabwe were in attendance at the opening ceremony. Ambassador Xin mentioned in his brief speech that the pictures, as a showcase for mutual respect between the two peoples and their constantly developing friendship, serve as a window for mutual understanding between young students from both countries.

The 100 plus pictures at the exhibition drew roughly 1,000 visitors, teachers and students from the University of Zimbabwe. Photographers took pictures of smiling African faces radiating confidence and beauty, and moments of Sino-Zimbabwean friendship, both of which will be preserved forever. Amongst those photographic works, pictures exhibiting primitive African styles and local folk styles of Zimbabwe were most popular. After appreciating the pictures, one female student, clearly moved, said: These pictures have strengthened my relationship with China. Even though I have not been to Shanghai before, I feel as if I have visited the Shanghai Expo after appreciating these pictures. Additionally, the picture exhibition also allowed for me to gain a detailed, all-round understanding of the Zimbabwean exhibition hall. I really feel grateful for this exhibition.’

Volunteer teachers preferred to view the event as a vivid, lively culture class. A Chinese language volunteer teacher said:’ There are a variety of ways for students to get to know about China through our day to day teaching, but it is the first time to use the format of a photographic exhibition depicting an ongoing or recently passed grand international event in China. Through viewing these pictures, students not only had a chance to appreciate an exotic culture, but also to witness the sparks of knowledge resulting from the collision of two cultures.