Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University Again Brings Cultural Exchange Event into Military Camps of Countries Along “Belt and Road”
During the "International Day" event held by the Thai Navy on Mar. 23rd, representatives from the Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University and Chinese military had interactive communications with around 300 naval officers from 9 countries along the “Belt and Road”, including Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Malaysia. Senis Tungsubut, Rear Admiral of the Thai Navy, also attended the event.
Introducing China’s national conditions on the “International Day”
Actors from Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University and Chinese military officers on stage on the “International Day”
The military officers first listened to an introduction to China’s national conditions and then watched a group singing of Chinese opera performed by students from the Confucius Institute. In particular, excerpts from the Peking opera Ding Jun Shan and the Huangmei opera Emperor’s Female Son-in-law won resounding applause. When informed that those actors were students of the Confucius Institute, the military officers said they are willing to learn Chinese in the Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University.
Senis Tungsubut, Rear Admiral of Thai Navy, trying Chinese calligraphy
The Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University set up a variety of activities for presenting and experiencing the Chinese culture in this event. For example, the officers, under the guidance of the teachers from the Confucius Institute, could actually hold a writing brush and experience the mystery of Chinese calligraphy in the "booth of calligraphy experience". The teachers wrote down the officers’ Chinese names and presented the names to them together with other Chinese blessing including words meaning "good luck", "happy birthday".
Soldiers also like handkerchief spinning
In the “ethnic art workshop”, the officers beat gongs and sounded drums with excitement and experienced lion dance amidst drumbeat. In the “Chinese conversation corner”, the teachers from the Confucius Institute taught expressions for daily use on site, and for a moment, “Nihao” (meaning “hello”), “Xiexie” (meaning “thank you”) and “Zaijian” (meaning “goodbye”) could be heard everywhere around the site.
Officers performing lion dance
Rear Admiral Senis Tungsubut also came to the Confucius Institute booth where he picked up the bamboo strips engraved with China's The Art of War by Sun Tzu and listened to the teacher’s introduction. He admired the military strategies of the ancient Chinese people, and spoke highly of the cultural activities designed by the Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University for the “International Day”, saying that they were as always excellent over the years. He hoped that, there would be deeper cooperation between Thai military and the Confucius Institute in more areas in the future so that the charm of the Chinese culture and the Chinese language could affect more servicemen.
Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University presenting bamboo strips engraved with The Art of War to Naval Command and Staff College
The Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University has been holding events in the Thai military camps for three consecutive years. In doing so, they provide officers of the Navies, Armies and Air Forces from countries along the “Belt and Road” with training of the Chinese language and cultural activities that have been well received. Director Wen Xiangyu says that the Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University is the only Confucius Institute in Thailand that has entered the Thai military community to communicate with soldiers from countries along the “Belt and Road”. This is also pioneering work of the Confucius Institute in constantly expanding into other areas on the basis of "teacher training" as its characteristics.
Story by Liu Xiuyuan