Newsletter: Confucius Institute Leading “China Fever” in Northeastern Brazil
Recife, the capital of the state of Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil and the fifth largest city of the country, is well-known for its beautiful beaches and passionate music “frevo”. The model Confucius Institute at the University of Pernambuco (UPE) is now taking root and germinating here, making local people who have no idea about China begin to accept and appreciate China.
On the evening of Mar. 7th, in the newly renovated teaching building, the teachers and students of the model Confucius Institute at the UPE sang the song “Great China” and performed Chinese folk dancing to celebrate that the Confucius Institute has got its own premises for teaching and recreation.
On Mar. 7th, the teachers of the Confucius Institute performing Taiji Fan at the launch ceremony of the exclusive premises of the model Confucius Institute at the UPE.
The newly renovated and exclusive premises of the model Confucius Institute at the UPE possess a detached courtyard and various teaching facilities. There are classrooms, offices, an auditorium and a recreational center. “The launching of the exclusive premises is of great significance to our institute,” said Wang Hongliang, Chinese Director of the model Confucius Institute at the UPE. “To be a model Confucius Institute, one of the important factors to consider is possession of exclusive teaching facilities. From this point, we are in the forefront among the Confucius Institutes in South America.”
With China’s ever-increasing international influence, more and more overseas people begin to accept and appreciate Chinese language and culture. At present, most Confucius Institutes are attached to local universities and carry out teaching activities in their classrooms, and only a few Confucius Institutes have their own teaching facilities.
The institute is the second model Confucius Institute in South America. “We now have eight full-time teachers and more than 200 officially registered students. Located in northeastern Brazil, the institute doesn't enjoy advantages in terms of the geographical location compared with such cities as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. However the construction and influence of our Confucius Institute are not inferior at all,” said Wang Hongliang.
“Since the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the UPE, Chinese and Brazilian directors as well as the teachers and students of the institute have made unremitting efforts to actively popularize Chinese language and culture and have been committed to cultural exchanges between China and Brazil, yielding fruitful results,” said Li Feiyue, the Chinese Consul General in Recife, to the journalist while attending the launch ceremony of the exclusive premises of the Confucius Institute.
On Mar. 7th, Li Feiyue, Chinese Consul General in Recife addressing the launch ceremony of the exclusive premises of the model Confucius Institute at the UPE.
Since its establishment in 2013, the Confucius Institute at the UPE has held rich and colorful activities, which were warmly welcomed by local people. In December 2013, the Confucius Institute held a Chinese Culture Week to introduce Chinese calligraphy, painting, delicacy, and film and television arts to the citizens of Recife. In June 2015, the Confucius Institute successively set up two Confucius Classrooms in other local universities, which was the first time in then Brazil. In November, 2015, the Confucius Institute held “Three Tours” at Paraíba State University, namely, Tour of Culture, Tour of Arts, and Tour of Teaching Materials. In 2016, the Confucius Institute successfully hosted the Brazilian final of the 15th “Chinese Bridge”－Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students.
“I have witnessed every bit of the Confucius Institute at the UPE since its establishment, and the people of Recife have also turned from knowing little about China in the past to accepting and appreciating China today,” said El Dior Vilar, Brazilian Director of the Confucius Institute. “I am very delighted to become a member of the institute, and I am grateful to all the teachers and students for their endeavors in this process.”
Liang Yong, Deputy Party Secretary of the Central University of Finance and Economics－Chinese organizer of the Confucius Institute at the UPE, said, “Chinese language and culture are increasingly popular among Brazilian people, which is just an embodiment of China’s soft power. The international influence of China no longer manifests itself in politics and economy alone, but also in Chinese culture.”
On Mar. 7th, Liang Yong, Deputy Party Secretary of the Central University of Finance and Economics addressing the launch ceremony of the exclusive premises of the model Confucius Institute at the UPE.
“Confucius Institutes are only one aspect of the cultural communication between China and the rest of the world. The international influence of China benefits a number of other scientific and cultural exchanges as well and these exchanges will further give China’s influence a leg-up”, said Liang Yong.
(Story by Zhang Wuyue, Xinhua News Agency, Recife, Brazil, Mar. 8th)