Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School Represented at Phuket Folk Culture Festival

[Source]    Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School [Time]    2011-07-18 10:21:36 
 

Phuket, July 15th-16th—“Phuket Returns to the Ancients” Folk Culture Festival was held in Phuket, Thailand. Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School was represented at Phuket Folk Culture Festival, offering a zither (a 21-or 25-stringed plucked instrument) performance, Beijing opera and a rich cultural book fair for the enjoyment of Phuket locals.


An old Chinese person visiting book fair held by Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School

As early as the beginning of 20th century, many Chinese merchants had taken the trouble of traveling a long distance to Phuket, living and raising a family fortune there. They built temples and ancestral halls here, bringing Chinese culture to Phuket. Nowadays, the people in Phuket hold an annual Folk Culture Festival in memory of ancestors and for the purpose of popularizing traditional culture. The theme of the Culture Festival for this year was “returning to the ancients”.

Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School performed the elaborately prepared Beijing opera “Face Changing” for the opening ceremony of the Culture Festival, in keeping with the festival’s theme. The performance was warmly welcomed by local citizens. Zhang Yixin, a volunteer teacher at Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School performed zither music A Fishing Boat Song at Dusk and Dance of the Yao People, bringing a quality of richness to the activity.


A student from Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School performing Beijing opera “face changing”

Besides cultural performances, Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School also held a book fair related to Chinese culture. The book fair’s theme was “A Chinese Cultural Tour”. Dozens of kinds of visual-products, multi-media teaching materials, reading materials in addition to Chinese teaching materials and reference books-more than one hundred in total- were on display. The book fair took place in front of the first Chinese temple in Phuket – Doumugong (Bang Neow Shrine) and a great many tourists that had been to the temple to pray were drawn to the book fair. As it is a Chinese temple, many of those visiting to pray were Chinese and overseas Chinese people. A 90-year old Chinese man took his granddaughter to visit the book fair. He took the books printed with Chinese characters, reading and saying in not slightly broken Chinese, “I am more than 90 years old and not able to speak Chinese very well. I hope my granddaughter can learn Chinese well. We should not forget our roots.”


A volunteer teacher from Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School playing the zither at the Culture Festival

Since its establishment on July 31th, 2009, Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School in the southwest of Thailand has been actively engaged in developing Chinese teaching and Chinese culture promotional activities. Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School was greatly involved in this year’s Phuket Folk Culture Festival, with the aim of integrating itself with the lives of local people more effectively. It was welcomed by locals in and around Phuket.

By Lu Yushan, Zhang Yixin