Teaching site of the Confucius Institute at University of San Francisco Quito held an exhibition themed on Chinese culture

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at University of San Francisco Quito [Time]    2015-07-06 16:28:06 
 

On June 25th, the Guayaquil teaching site of the Confucius Institute at University of San Francisco Quito, Ecuador and the local American School of Guayaquil co-hosted an exhibition entitled “China of a Thousand Colors (Exposición China de mil Colores)”, attracting a total of 240 students. Roger West, President of American School of Guayaquil, Ma Jun, Consul of Chinese Consulate in Ecuador, and Dong Jingping, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, also attended the event and gave speeches.

This exhibition aimed to show teachers and students of American School of Guayaquil the life of Ecuadorians of Chinese origin and their attachment to China, so as to exhibit the genuine Chinese culture, break the local people’s stereotype of it and thus inspire them to respect other cultures.

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The Guayaquil teaching site set up five booths, featuring Chinese calligraphy, paper-cuts, Chinese tea art, and Taijiquan (an internal Chinese martial art) and demonstration of Chinese language teaching. The exhibition showed the charm of Chinese culture by means of explanation, presentation, practice and Q & A. Many students were deeply attracted to Chinese calligraphy, and as if they had found a treasure, they held the paper on which were their Chinese names written by Confucius Institute teachers.  

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At the Chinese tea art booth, it amazed the visitors that drinking tea is also an art. At the Taijiquan booth, the teachers guided the students through every gesture and movement of the martial art. And at the paper-cut booth, the attentive audience under instruction finally made their first paper-cut works through hands-on experience.

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This exhibition was designed as a feast of Chinese culture by the Confucius Institute at University of San Francisco Quito together with the American School of Guayaquil. It helped to spread Chinese culture by giving a taste of its profundity and long history to students of the local well-known middle school. It also laid the foundation for future Chinese language teaching at middle schools.

 
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