“Monkey King” Visits Confucius Institute at University of Malaya and Talks about Monkey King’s Cultural Journey to the West

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Malaya [Time]    2017-11-29 16:30:53 
 

On the evening of November 21st, Liu Xiao Ling Tong, a well-known Chinese performing artist, visited the Confucius Institute at the University of Malaya and delivered a speech titled The Close Ties between Liu Xiao Ling Tong and Malaysia — Monkey King’s Cultural Journey to the West to over 300 fans of Journey to the West, including college students and local residents.

In his speech, Liu first reviewed his close ties with Malaysia during the last three decades and then expounded on the figure of Sun Wukong. He viewed Sun as an image integrating the elements of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism, and it is a cultural symbol of the Chinese nation and embodies the profoundness of traditional Chinese culture.


Liu Xiao Ling Tong delivering a speech

Liu Xiao Ling Tong said that he has played the role of Monkey King for the first half of his life and wishes to spend the rest of his life spreading the “monkey culture” of China. He defined that the key of ‘monkey culture’ lies in that a person must spare no efforts to pursue excellence. Take the four protagonists in Journey to the West as examples, each is irreplaceable and only needs to make arduous efforts in what he is adept at.

With the example of Sun Wukong growing from a Stone Monkey to a Victorious Fighting Buddha, Liu motivated the college students present to learn traditional Chinese culture, make innovations and breakthroughs boldly through struggle and maintain a positive attitude towards life. In addition, Liu also made an impromptu monkey cudgel play, winning rounds of applause from the audience.


Liu making an impromptu performance


Participants

Chen Zhong, Chinese Director of Confucius Institute at the University of Malaya stated that Journey to the West is a model for the spreading of Chinese culture and that it sets a precedent for cross-cultural communication, echoing the purpose of the Confucius Institute to some extent.

 
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