Confucius Institute at the University of Milan offering A Bite of China at Expo Milano 2015, Italy

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the University of Milan [Time]    2015-06-04 17:23:01 

On May 2, the “African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival” took place as an important part of Expo Milano 2015, to which the

Confucius Institute at the University of Milan was invited. The Confucius Institute held a lecture with a creative theme of “When Films Meet Chinese Food”, attracting more than 100 people.

The lecture presented video clips from three well-known Chinese films, namely Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman, Stephen Chow’s The God of Cookery and Tsui Hark’s The Chinese Feast. The audience watched with strong interest and from time to time discussed the plots with one another. As delicate Chinese food appeared in the film scenes, they all gasped with admiration.

Film expert Clarissa Forte said that the old Chinese saying “Drinking, eating and intercourse between men and women are all basic desires in human nature.” perfectly reveals the fundamental needs of the human life. The history of food actually reflects both the changes of our lives and the progress of our society, and therefore in many movies people’s longing and pursuit for happiness are often expressed via the images of food, she added.

Of course, merely watching the food in films was far from enough. The Confucius Institute considerately offered many genuine Chinese snacks. While eating the tasty food, the audience was learning how to make these snacks themselves. Some gave a thumbs-up in a rather happy mood. One Italian audience said that his Chinese friend once recommended him a documentary called A Bite of China, which was like an encyclopedia of Chinese food. He hasn’t watched it yet, but luckily he had some real Chinese food here today. And he really couldn’t be happier.

Photographed/Written by Talia/Chen Hao


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