2017 Chinese Culture Month Inaugurates in Bangladesh

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Dhaka University, Bangladesh [Time]    2017-06-02 18:42:45 

On May 25th, the “First 2017 Chinese Culture Month—Chinese Photo Exhibition and Chinese Film Tour”, co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh and the Confucius Institute at University of Dhaka and organized by Bangladesh-China Friendship Center (BCFC), inaugurated at Bangladesh Shipakala Academy.

Distinguished Guests cutting the ribbon for the event

Ma Mingqiang, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh, Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University, Muhammad Azizul Haque, former Bangladeshi Ambassador to China, and Delwar Hossain, President of BCFC, attended the opening ceremony. Nearly 200 people, including representatives of Chinese-funded enterprises, Chinese and foreign directors of the Confucius Institute at Dhaka University, and teachers and students of schools participating in the Chinese Film Tour were present. Sun Yan, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh presided over the ceremony.

Ma Mingqiang pointed out in his speech that Chinese language was helpful for the Bangladeshis to know about China. Each year, a large number of Bangladeshi students received Chinese government scholarships for studying in China. He believed that exchanges between China and Bangladesh would be closer and broader in the future.

Ma Mingqiang, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh delivering an opening speech

Arefin Siddique also shared with the audience that he experienced, when in China, the mixture of various national cultures and witnessed the Muslim and non-Muslim people living a happy and harmonious life together. He said that China and Bangladesh had a long history of contacts while cultural exchanges played a vital role in promoting friendship between the two countries. He stated that both Chinese living in Bangladesh and Bangladeshis living in China are the messengers of cultural exchanges.

Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University delivering a speech

He believed that the Confucius Institute at Dhaka University would help young Bangladeshis improve their language ability and experience Chinese culture. These young people, in turn, would strengthen relations between China and Bangladesh and hand down Sino-Bangladeshi friendship from generation to generation.

The Chinese Photo Exhibition, with the theme of “Silk Road•Life•Building”, was held at the art gallery in Bangladesh Shipakala Academy and Bangladesh-China Friendship Center from May 25th to 28th. From the photos, Bangladeshi people could learn about Chinese customs and the development of China in recent years.

Guests visiting the Chinese Photo Exhibition

Local people visiting the exhibition

The one-month-long Chinese Film Tour, with the theme of “Telling Chinese Stories on Golden Land”, was held in Dhaka University, Bangladesh Open University, American International University-Bangladesh, Bangladesh Islamic University, Chinese learning centers of several private Chinese language schools, and Chinese-funded enterprises in Bangladesh. After watching Chinese films with different topics, such as Chinese youth’s lives, Chinese kung fu, Chinese cuisine and Chinese customs, the Bangladeshis could have a better knowledge of China. Therefore, bilateral exchanges, different cooperation fields and friendship could be strengthened.

After the ribbon cutting, guests paid a visit to the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh, showing great interest in the well-selected photos.

Story by Cui Aihui