SCI hosts China in My Heart Painting and Writing Competition and China-themed Christmas Evening Party

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield [Time]    2015-02-05 17:07:30 

On December 6 and 9, 2014, the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield (SCI) hosted two Chinese cultural activities with the themes of “China in my heart” and “celebrating Christmas”, which attracted a total of 320-plus participants.

On December 6, the Mandarin Language Courses for Children and Parents of the SCI organized the “China in My Heart” Painting and Writing Competition. Younger students showed what China was like in their mind via their own paintings. Lanterns, fireworks, the Great Wall, the Five-starred Red Flag, Chinese-style pavilions, terraces and towers, pandas, bamboos, goldfish, the Chinese dragon, and the phoenix – all these Chinese elements were included in their works and presented to teachers and students. Amelie, one of the students there, cleverly drew all the Chinese elements she’d known on the paper, making her work a China-themed “symphony”. Her painting was applauded by the viewers present.

China in Amelie’s heart

Older students expressed their personal understanding and praise of China via their pens. “Whenever I think of China, the first image that pops into my head is the rooster-shaped map.” “China in my heart is a beautiful place. She has the hometown that I miss every single day.” “Speaking of China, I will think of my grandparents living there. They always make many delicious dishes for me.” “Every year I come back to China with my parents. We’ve traveled to many different places there. This summer I went to the Great Wall, so now I can proudly say that I am a ‘true man’.”

A student’s composition in Chinese

On December 9, the Sino-English Corner (SEC) of the SCI held a China-themed Christmas Evening Party. Attendees included the SEC members, students of the School of East Asian Studies and adult students of the Confucius Institute and Confucius Classrooms.

China-themed Christmas Evening Party held by the Sino-English Corner of the SCI

The students made Christmas cards and “trees” by using the skills of traditional Chinese paper-cutting, origami, calligraphy and painting, and then they wrote their Christmas greetings and wishes on the cards. “I want to send this Christmas tree to my mom as a Christmas gift,” said one of the students, “It is actually the Chinese character of ‘春’ (spring), but it looks like a Christmas tree.”

Students learning Chinese paper-cutting

Dumpling-making was the most popular activity at the party. Many students sat around the three tables where the dumplings were made, kneading dough, rolling dough skins, making fillings and sealing up wrappers. Amid laughter and chats, each activity seemed so interesting that everyone wanted to give it a try. After dinner a Q&A game was played, in which Chinese students were supposed to answer questions concerning British culture and British students were supposed to answer questions concerning Chinese language, culture and society. Everyone had a fascinating night with exchanges, discussions and wishes. They all commended the party and said, “We are so glad that we came to this party. It offers us a whole new experience different from what we have got in our classes, and it’s really enlightening.”

Students learning traditional Chinese painting


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