The 2018 “Open Day- Experience China” Event Successfully Held in New York

[Source] [Time]    2018-05-15 09:47:33 

On the afternoon of May 3rd, local time, in the mild breeze of spring, the Chinese Consulate General in New York on the bank of the Hudson River welcomed a group of US children. Accompanied by their teachers and parents, students in holiday costumes from around 20 primary and middle schools joyfully joined the third open day activity for US teachers and students held by the Chinese Consulate General in New York.

The theme of the open day activity is “Experience China”. Over 280 participants were in high spirits when experiencing traditional Chinese cultural activities such as Chinese calligraphy, paper-cutting, the competition of using chopsticks, paper folding, making Chinese knots, crossword puzzles and playing the guzheng (Chinese zither). Students from Harbor County School sang “Let’s Paddle Together” and “Little White Boat” while students from Montville Township High School sang the song of “Rap about Chinese Drama Masks”, and students from the Sunshine School, a Chinese school for children of diplomatic personnel in the Consulate General, read the Chinese tradition classics “Three Character Classic”, “Thousand Character Classic” and “Di Zi Gui”. All these wonderful activities and performances kindled the US children’s enthusiasm of learning Chinese, understanding China and experiencing the culture of China.

US high school students playing the Chinese swords at the 2018 “Experience China” open day activity of the Chinese Consulate General in New York.

US high school students performing “Rap about Chinese Drama Masks” at the 2018 “Experience China” open day activity of the Chinese Consulate General in New York

In his speech, Michael Prayor, Superintendent of New York School District, introduced that early this year, he had led a group of primary school and secondary school headmasters in his district for exchanges to visit China. Having witnessed the development achievements of China, they have enhanced their understanding of Chinese culture and are all willing to make contributions to cultural exchanges and common development between China and the US. Justyna Rogozinska and James Brischetta from New Utrecht High School shared their own stories of learning Chinese with strong interest and special feeling for Chinese culture.

Appropriate learning method is the prerequisite of learning Chinese. Wang Na, a Chinese teacher from the Confucius Institute at Alfred University, Upstate New York, gave an interesting class in the activity. She taught students Chinese through lively activities, attracting active participation. Wu Zhongbei, an associate professor from music department of the university, instructed over 180 US students who were attracted by the beautiful sound of guzheng to play melodies for two hours.

Associate Professor Wu Zhongbei from Alfred University instructing US students who participated in the “Experience China” open day activity to play Guzheng.

Zhang Qiyue, Consul General of Chinese Consulate General in New York and Xu Yongji, Counselor of Education attended the open day activity. Zhang Qiyue expressed in her speech that as a platform of promoting China-US people-to-people and cultural exchanges and inspiring students from secondary and primary schools to learn Chinese and understand Chinese culture, the “Experience China” open day activity shows the achievements and promotes enthusiasm of US students in learning Chinese culture and language , as well as builds a bridge for communication between Chinese and US teenagers.

The “Experience China” open day activity held by the Chinese Consulate General in New York has gained great support from organizations including the Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban,Confucius Institute at China Institute, Confucius Institute at Pace University, Confucius Institute at Alfred University,Confucius Institute for Business at the State University of New York (SUNY), Confucius Institute at SUNY College of Optometry, Confucius Institute for Global Finance at Baruch College of the City University of New York, Confucius Institute at Temple University, and the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York. All these Chinese teaching organizations have not only provided various experiencing projects for this activity but also sent dozens of teachers and volunteers to instruct students on the learning experience.

(Story by Li Xiaohong,, New York, May 3rd)


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