Confucius Institute at USP successfully held the guest lecture
– Appreciation of Chinese Music and the Language of Poetry

[Source]    Confucius Institute at USP [Time]    2012-10-16 14:53:20 

On 17th September 2012, the Confucius Institute at USP successfully held the guest lectures “Appreciation of Chinese Music” and “The Language of Poetry” at the Laucala Campus of USP.

The lecturer, Ms. Carol Yao, brought us a banquet of music. Ms. Yao graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music of China and majored in Piano Performing. She has taught music overseas for many years and has rich experience in music teaching.

Starting with the bone flute, Ms. Yao explained the origin, development of Chinese music and its merging with Western music. When explaining the Chinese instruments, she used branches to demonstrate how the Chinese ancients made and designed instruments to be in tune with the standard pitch. The audience all marveled at the wisdom the Chinese ancients showed in the instruments design several thousand years ago. They became immersed in the beautiful music world created by the music videos that Ms Yao played. There were beautiful Guqin, Erhu, lute, Guzheng and flute musical pieces. Ms. Yao also demonstrated how the Chinese music merged with the Western music, how they formed an orchestra with Chinese instruments, and how to play piano using the methods of playing lute and Guzheng.

As part of the activities of the inauguration of the Confucius Institute at USP, this lecture introduced the history and unique characteristics of Chinese music. Music has no national boundaries; the communication through music will enhance the communication between people of China and the South Pacific Region.

On 18th September 2012, the lecture “The Language of Poetry” was held.

The lecturer was Professor Sudesh Mishra, who is a famous poet. Professor Mishra was born in Fiji and educated in Fiji and Australia. He has taught in many famous universities in the world, and has published four books of poems, several critical monographs and plays. He won many international prizes in the field of poetry and was on the editorial board of four international journals. He is now the Head of the School of Languages, Arts and Media at USP, and a member of the Board of Advisors of Confucius Institute at USP.

Professor Mishra believes that poetry is simply the place where language militates against its own condition of exhaustion; it is, therefore, the place where language renews itself, and, in so doing, pays homage to its own potentiality. He used many vivid examples to illustrate the potentiality. The audience heard about the poems of Li Po, a famous poet in Tang Dynasty of China, American poems, Japanese poems and some poems by the lecturer himself. They all appreciated and appraised the potentiality and meaningful context the language itself showed.

As part of the activities of the Inauguration of the Confucius Institute at USP, this lecture introduced Chinese poetry culture to the people of the South Pacific, and raised much interest from them in Chinese poetry and literature. They also appreciated the succinctness of the Chinese language.