The United Nations Holds 2017 “Chinese Night”

[Source]    UN Chinese Language Programme [Time]    2017-05-11 09:30:00 

On the evening of May 3rd, “Chinese Night” was successfully held once again at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters. Chinese language learners in the UN gathered together to celebrate the successful implementation of the UN Chinese Language Programme in China in 2017. Xu Yongji, Counselor of Education Office of the Chinese Consulate General in New York, Qiao Zhe, Consul of the Chinese Consulate General in New York, Zhao Wenshu and Cheng Aimin, Dean and Former Dean of Institute for International Students in Nanjing University, Tang Xing, President of Beijing Grouphorse Translations Co., Ltd, which is the member of the UN Global Compact, and more than one hundred UN diplomats, teachers of the Confucius Institutes in New York as well as members of UNSRC Chinese Book Club attended the event.

Dr. He Yong, group leader of the UN Chinese Language Teaching Center introduced the UN program in China, played the video reviewing the previous years and stated that the program has provided precious opportunities and broad platform for thousands of the UN diplomats and employees to have field studies in China and to know about Chinese culture during the thirteen years since its implementation.

The attending guests

Xu Yongji expressed in his speech that China, since ancient times, has always laid great emphasis on the exchanges and learning of different cultures in various countries, and the language serves as the most important means of communication in mutual understanding among different cultures. By the end of 2016, 521 Confucius Institutes and 1073 Confucius Classrooms have been set up globally. Meanwhile, the number of foreign students from 205 different countries studying in China has reached up to 440,000. The Chinese Ministry of Education, Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban and Chinese Consulate General in New York will continue to spare no efforts to support the research and training program of the UN Chinese Language Programme in China and other programs of promoting Chinese language and culture in a bid to maintain and strengthen the friendship and understanding between China and other countries.

The scene of the event

During the event, Ma Lin, lute performer and China’s Top Ten Outstanding Young People, Pang Xuan, American Chinese mezzo-soprano singer, and Lu Meixu, American Chinese cellist were specially invited to present a spectacular concert for the guests. They performed in live The Misty Rain of Jiang-Nan, Moon Set with Flowers Flying in the wind, Knitting Flower Baskets, The Swan, Salut d'Amour and many other well-known Chinese and foreign songs. Their superb and brilliant skills won the high praises of the audience.

The Chinese Lute Performance

Chinese, as one of the six UN official languages, enjoys a special and significant position in this multilateral international organization. In order to continuously improve the status of Chinese and promote a wider use of Chinese in the UN, the UN Chinese Language Teaching Center and UNSRC Chinese Book Club will be unremittingly committed to promoting Chinese language and culture.

(UN Chinese Language Programme; Photo source: website of Education Office of the Chinese Consulate General of in New York)


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