Fourth Conference on Chinese Cinema Held by University of South Carolina and Beijing Language and Culture University

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina [Time]    2014-02-07 13:39:26 
 


Wang Yongli, Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director-General of Hanban, delivering a speech


Cui Xiliang, President of Beijing Language and Culture University, delivering a speech


Prof. Liu Xun delivering a speech


Prof. Ye Tan delivering a speech

On December 9, 2013, the Fourth Conference on Chinese Cinema with a theme of “Teaching Chinese Language and Culture with Chinese Films in the Age of Globalization” was opened in the Run Run Shaw Lecture Hall of Beijing Language and Culture University. The conference was sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters(Hanban), and co-organized by Beijing Language and Culture University and the University of South Carolina in collaboration with the China Film Archive, the International College of Beijing Film Academy, the Documentary Center at Beijing Normal University, Beijing World Publishing Corporation, the Press of Beijing Language and Culture University, the magazine Chinese Film Market, and (Wanjuan) Research and Development Base of Chinese International Film and Television Resources.

Prof. Fu Jiwei, Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute Office at Beijing Language and Culture University, chaired the opening ceremony. Wang Yongli, Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director-General of Hanban, Prof. Cui Xiliang, President of Beijing Language and Culture University, Prof. Liu Xun from Beijing Language and Culture University, addressed the opening ceremony. Nearly a hundred Chinese and foreign experts and scholars attended the conference.

The discussions of the Conference on Chinese Cinema this year were divided into three categories: “The Theory and Practice in Teaching Chinese Language with Chinese Films”, “The Theory and Practice in Promoting Chinese Culture with Chinese Films”, and “The Best Ways to Share Chinese Film Resources”. Prof. Liang Yanmin from Beijing Language and Culture University made a presentation on “The Selection and Application of Movies – from the Perspective of a Chinese Language Teacher”. Prof. Ren Youmei from the University of Hawaii delivered a keynote speech on “Global Chinese: Feature Films, Documentaries and Chinese Language Teaching”. Prof. Yang Shizhen from Guangzhou University made an analysis on “The Functional Orientation and Type Selection of Films and Television Works in Confucius Classrooms”.

During the conference, the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina and Beijing Language and Culture University organized three film screenings: Growing Secrets – Primary School by Prof. Zhang Tongdao from Beijing Normal University; The Song of Phoenix by Wu Tianming, a famous fourth generation director of China; Feng Shui, an acclaimed film by Prof. Wang Jing from Beijing Film Academy. The three directors and the producer of The Song of Phoenix Ms. Luo Xueying were invited to the conference to tell the touching stories behind the films. Hundreds of people attended the screenings. Many spectators said that the screenings gave them an unprecedented experience of watching films. The close contact with the creators of these movies made them feel more acutely the power of Chinese cinema.

As a featured event of the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina, the Conference on Chinese Cinema has been held four times so far. This year, the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina, for the first time, chose to hold this international symposium on cinema and the film screenings in China. Supported by Confucius Institute Headquarters(Hanban) and in collaboration with Beijing Language and Culture University, the conference, with the theme of teaching Chinese language through Chinese films, provided Chinese and foreign experts and scholars with a platform for exchanges, and offered ideas for the promotion of Chinese language and culture overseas.

By Wei Ran