Over 20 American principals visit Chinese character culture center at a primary school
On the afternoon of November 14th, the Funiu Road Primary School in Zhongyuan District, the city of Zhengzhou, welcomed a group of special guests (pictured above), who were over 20 American principals from the “Chinese Bridge - American Principals’ China Tour” organized by Hanban. They were deeply impressed by the profound and extensive culture of Chinese characters when visiting the Chinese character culture center at this primary school.
At around 2 p.m., American principals, guided by the interpreter，enthusiastically paid a visit to the quaint Chinese character culture center featuring strong Chinese flavor, where they not only learned the ancient tale of Cang Jie inventing Chinese characters and the wonder of “one piece of oracle bone surprising the world”, but also understood the origin of “descendants of Yan and Huang emperors” and the “legend of Lei Zu”. This visit offered them an opportunity to unearth the roots of Chinese education in the “Six Arts” (the six practical disciplines for students to promote all-around development) and discover the history of Chinese characters in bamboo and wooden slips. The American principals were thrilled to know the origin, development and stories of Chinese characters, gasping with admiration for the time-honored history of traditional Chinese culture.
Later, the American principals listened to the stories of Chinese characters “Zhong (central as its literal meaning), Guo (country as its literal meaning), Ren (person as its literal meaning)” told by the hostess “Sister Lulu” in the Story Castle and experienced such traditional Chinese culture as Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy, seal cutting and skills in playing Chinese musical instruments in the Rainbow Art Gallery.
It is learned that the “Chinese Bridge - American Principals’ China Tour” is launched by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in partnership with the College Board in the U.S. in an effort to further promote Chinese language teaching in the U.S. and facilitate Sino-American educational exchanges and cooperation. This event deepens their understanding of the development of the culture of Chinese characters.
Story by Tan Ping and Liu Xiaoyin; photos by Xu Junwen