Confucius Institute at Phuket Holds 10th Anniversary Celebration
On Dec. 14th, the Confucius Institute at Phuket, Prince of Songkhla University held a celebration for its 10th anniversary. Thawornwat Kongkeaw, representative of Governor of Phuket government, Wang Huijuan, Deputy Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in Songkhla and Director of Phuket Consular Office, Ouyang Hua, Vice President of Shanghai University, Puwadon Butrat, Vice President of Phuket Campus of Prince of Songkla University, Sontaya Anakasiri, Thai Director of the Confucius Institute, Kan Huaiwei, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute and people from all walks of life in southern Thailand were present.
At the beginning of the celebration, Kongkeaw stated in the opening speech that having taken roots in Phuket, the Confucius Institute has become a luxuriant tree of Thailand-China friendship. It is hoped that the Confucius Institute can continuously serve as a link of language and cultural exchanges between Thailand and China.
Thawornwat Kongkeaw, representative of Governor of Phuket government delivering a speech.
Wang noted in her speech that as an international coastal city with comfortable living environment, Phuket has attracted many tourists and friends from all over the world. She believed that the Confucius Institute at Phuket can further improve Phuket’s international standing while serving a Chinese language educator in the local area, and demonstrate the excellent spirit of modern Chinese.
Ms.Wang Huijuan delivering her speech.
In his speech, Ouyang mentioned that in Dec. 2006, the convening of the first council meeting between Shanghai University and Prince of Songkla University marked the formal establishment of the Confucius Institute at Phuket. After ten years of construction and with the support from all parties, the Confucius Institute has made steady progress. It has accommodated local demands, blended in local cooperation, expanded areas, served the people and forged excellent language and cultural exchange programs. The institute has also made remarkable achievements in China-Thailand education and culture cooperation. Shanghai University will continue its support to the Confucius Institute at Phuket and set “Innovation, Cooperation, Inclusiveness, and Sharing” as the goal for further development.
Ouyang Hua, Vice President of Shanghai University delivering his speech.
Afterwards, witnessed by present guests, Kongkeaw and Wang unveiled the newly-built bronze statue of Confucius and held a worship ceremony, which was the first statue of Confucius in southern Thailand.
Unveiling Ceremony of the Statue of Confucius.
Group Photo in front of the Statue of Confucius.
The 10th anniversary celebration started with the chanting of Di Zi Gui (Standards for being a Good Pupil and Child). Student representatives from Phuket Wittayalai School and Satree Phuket School jointly gave a Confucius-themed performance. Teachers of the Confucius Institute at Phuket led the students to perform the worshipping music Da Tong Song (Song of Great Harmony), which reflected the historical process of Confucianism gradually spreading to the south. What is noteworthy is that Director Kan and Guo Fengyang, Chairman of Chinese Temples Association recited Confucius in Thai language and Chinese respectively to welcome friends and honored guests from afar.
Teachers of the Confucius Institute performing Da Tong Song (Song of Great Harmony) together with students.
After the show, Director Kan led the guests to visit the building of the Confucius Institute at Phuket, the 10th anniversary achievements exhibition and the exhibition of students’ works. “When I see these texts and pictures about the ten-year progress, I felt as if these splendid moments had just happened yesterday. I believe all the teachers in Confucius Institute, current or former, would feel the same way,” She said.
Guests visiting the 10th anniversary achievements exhibition wall of Confucius Institute at Phuket.
At that day, the Confucius Institute at Phuket also set up a music zone, a book zone, a Kung Fu zone and a food zone to respectively display Chinese cultures, such as Pipa (Chinese lute), Guzheng (Chinese zither), calligraphy, Tai Chi, tea art, and etc. The experience zones were seething with people. Guests with great enthusiasm actively took part in these activities.
Ms. Wang Huijuan, Deputy Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in Songkhla and Director of Phuket Consular Office, and the delegation led by Ouyang Hua, Vice President of Shanghai University took photos with Director KAN Huaiwei and others.
It takes ten years for a tree to grow to its full height, but a hundred for a generation of good men to mature. As one of the “Outstanding Confucius Institutes in 2016”, Confucius Institute at Phuket will adhere to the principles of basing on the university, serving the community, meeting the real needs and achieving integrated development, further promote Chinese language education and cultural communication, expand its own brand and scale effects, give full play to advantages, take deep root in the university and thus open up a promising future with a global vision.
Story by Sun Yidan
Photos by Fang Hengkun & Sun Yidan