Chinese Culture Festival Filled with Cheerful Laughter

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington [Time]    2017-08-21 16:00:59 
 

On 11th August, 2017, a Chinese Culture Festival - ‘Discover China’ was held in Patea Area School.

This activity was arranged by Hu Xiwen, who is a Mandarin Language Assistant of Confucius Institute at Victoria University and based in Patea. She invited other four MLAs to support her with this festival. They are Yang Jia, Kang NI, Wei Tianxin from Whangnui and Lu Yinyin from Palmerston North.

Nearly 200 students and parents attended this cultural activity. They were from Patea Area School, Whenuakura School, Kakaramea School and St Joseph’s School, four schools in South Taranaki.

At the beginning, all the students in Patea Area School performed a Haka and powhiri to welcome all the visitors from other places. Then, Yang Jia, Mandarin Language Assistant from Whangnui, performed a Kungfu show, winning bursts of applause from the audience. After the welcome, the students began their activity rotation. There were six activities: bracelet-weaving, paper-cutting, Peking Opera mask, dumpling making and Chinese Kungfu. Under the guidance of all the MLAs, both students and parents were soon busy experiencing all the activities and enjoying this special cultural day. They successfully made their own Chinese bracelet, Chinese paper-cutting, Peking Opera mask and yummy dumplings. Some students who were keen on Chinese martial arts also learned the Chinese martial arts five-step fist.


On 11th August, a Chinese Culture Festival - ‘Discover China’ was held in Patea Area School, student display their Peking Opera mask works


On 11th August, a Chinese Culture Festival - ‘Discover China’ was held in Patea Area School, one student and her parent are making Peking Opera mask

Finally, Nicola Ngarewa, the principal in Patea Area School, expressed her great appreciation to all the MLAs’ dedication and support. This was the first Chinese Festival in South Taranaki. All the students and parents loved it. Because of this festival, New Zealand people in this area have become more aware of and accepting of Chinese culture. All the MLAs were very proud of their accomplishments.


On 11th August, a Chinese Culture Festival - ‘Discover China’ was held in Patea Area School, student display their paper-cutting works


On 11th August, a Chinese Culture Festival - ‘Discover China’ was held in Patea Area School, one students are tasting yummy dumplings


On 11th August, a Chinese Culture Festival - ‘Discover China’ was held in Patea Area School, student keen to Chinese martial arts five-step

The Chinese Festival ended in the cheerful laughter. But it is not the final ending, instead it is just the beginning of Chinese culture in this area.

This activity was sponsored by New Zealand Asian Foundation. Patricia Roche, MLAs Programme Coordinator from Confucius Institute of Victoria University, and Sean O’Connor from New Zealand Asian Foundation also attended South Taranaki’s first Chinese Festival.

 
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