Confucius Institute at Kansai Gaidai University Launches 3rd Lecture on Chinese National Situation

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Kansai Gaidai University [Time]    2010-12-23 10:59:39 

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Osaka, Dec. 4th—the 3rd lecture on the Chinese national situation was successfully held at the Confucius Institute at Kansai Gaidai University. The lecture was composed of two parts, with Deputy Director of the Institute, Deng Yunling giving a speech entitled ‘Modern Chinese People’s Understanding about Love and Marriage’. The chair of the activity started interaction with the audience as soon as he appeared on the scene. Three girls from China, Japan and the USA, wearing hats and miniskirts, required the audience to guess their nationalities. In the cheerful atmosphere, their performance demonstrated people’s different marriage concepts and senses of value in different time periods. Starting from the idea of ‘a gentle and graceful girl is a gentleman’s good spouse’ as illustrated in ‘The Book of Songs’, Deputy Director Deng analyzed the changes of Chinese people’s concept on marriage from ancient times to modern times. His lecture covered all of the details, from the forced marriage such as ‘the command of parents and the good offices of a go-between’ and ‘marry a cock and follow the cock, marry a dog and follow the dog’, which means a woman should stick with the man she marries through good times and bad. On the modern front, he discussed free marriage after the establishment of contemporary China, and to the multiple marriage choices of modern people since the establishment of the policy of opening up and reform, such as ‘a wife at home, some lovers outside’, ‘international romantic relations’, ‘love affair between an older girl and a younger boy’, as well as the ‘Dink’ (dual income, no kids) concept etc.

In his speech, Deputy Director Deng cited many aphorisms and well-known sayings concerning Chinese marriage, invoking thoughts of home as well as interactions from overseas Chinese students. With many pictures, photos, music and songs accompanying different concepts of marriage in different time periods as demonstrated in the PPT, the lecture was full of warmth and cheerfulness, which not only enabled students to have a better understanding about the changing concepts on marriage of Chinese people, but also help them learn some simple, practical and beautiful Chinese sentences and popular sayings. Professor Zheng Tiangang, Head of the Chinese teaching training center of the Institute also gave a speech entitled ‘Taichi and Thinking in Chinese Traditional Philosophy’

As a mark of Chinese culture, taichi enjoys wide popularity all over the world. Professor Zheng, with his impressive artistic and literary achievements, has practiced Taichi for more than 10 years. He presented his unique cultural thinking on taichi from the philosophical perspective to the attentive audience.

Starting with a simple taichi picture, Professor Zheng lectured on the importance of the ‘yin-yang’ concept in traditional Chinese culture. He first expounded on the relationship between ‘The Book of Changes’ and taichi, and then talked about the mutual independence and mutual transformations between objects and states recognized in Chinese culture. Taichi is the best, as well as the only practice that is capable of linking the traditional Chinese Daoist and Confucian culture, which are the core of the most ancient philosophical ideas of Chinese culture. After his lecture, the audience not only gained a preliminary understanding about Chinese martial arts, but also had a first hand experience on the philosophical thinking style demonstrated in Taichi.

Professor Zheng’s personal demonstration won warm applause from the audience.

In the one and a half hour speech, more than 30 students from the USA, Canada, Germany, Japan and other countries, experienced close contact with Chinese culture from different perspectives, including the changing concepts on marriage of Chinese people and the practice of taichi which embodies deep traditional Chinese philosophy.