The Confucius Institute at Amur State University of Humanities and Pedagogy Hosts a Welcome the Spring Festival· Taste Chinese Delicious Food Event

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Amur State University of Humanities and Pedagogy [Time]    2011-02-11 15:32:58 

On 2011 Chinese New Year's Eve, a Welcome the Spring Festival, Taste Chinese Delicious Food event was hosted by the Confucius Institute at Amur State University of Humanities and Pedagogy. The event was designed to show the entire process of how Chinese people make dumplings, allowing all the students (more than 30) at the Confucius Institute to participate group by group. There was a great Chinese Spring Festival atmosphere: from the ceiling hung two big red lanterns, to the door and walls on which red 'fu' characters and various kinds of Chinese knots were hung and pasted. These settings brought people a sense of excitement, festivity and made for a lively atmosphere. The Chinese teachers showed students the whole process of making dumplings, starting from the cutting of vegetables, mixing of fillings, making of dough, forming of the dumplings, and boiling all the way to eating. All of these processes were refreshing and interesting for the Russian people. Besides making dumplings, teachers and students also prepared several typical Chinese dishes, including dried tofu slices, Chinese sausages, spicy fungus and fried potato slices. Prior to the event, the Chinese language teachers carefully designed the wall papers, on which they wrote Chinese sayings about the delicious food and Spring Festival. During the event, teachers took every chance possible to explain related Chinese characters, their usages as well as Spring Festival customs to the students. Teachers taught with great patience and combined study with fun; students listened to them with great interest and were eager to participate. Students learnt how to make Chinese food whilst studying Chinese characters and gaining cultural knowledge related to the delicacies. This combination of learning and practical activities had a favorable effect. Reporters from media outlets, including Russian Television (Local News Channel of Komsomolsk, Amur) and Far Eastern Russia News, conducted live reports at the scene of the event.