Chinese Language Blooming in Brazil for Past Decade
—10th Anniversary of Confucius Institute at Sao Paulo State University in Brazil

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Sao Paulo State University in Brazil [Time]    2018-10-04 09:24:34 

On September 17th, local time, the Confucius Institute at Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), jointly established by Hubei University and UNESP, celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Aldo Rebelo, Chief Secretary of the Civil House of the State of São Paulo, Sandro Valentini, President of UNESP, Jézio Gutierre, President of the Editora UNESP Foundation, Chen Peijie, Consul General of China in São Paulo, Jiang Tao, Vice President of Hubei University, and Chinese and Brazilian directors of the Confucius Institute attended and addressed the event. Nearly 200 people were also presented at the event, including the president delegation and the Dragon and Lion Art Troupe of Hubei University, presidents of all UNESP campuses, representatives of local Chinese-funded enterprises, Chinese associations and the teachers and students of the Confucius Institute.

Making Joint Efforts to Nurture More Talents

In his speech, Rebelo congratulated the Confucius Institute on its 10th anniversary. He said that since its establishment, the Confucius Institute has had an important influence on São Paulo people’s learning of Chinese language and understanding of Chinese culture, and played a vital role in promoting Chinese language and culture. It has injected new vitality into the development of China-Brazil relations. The Confucius Institute at UNESP has now emerged as an important window for deepening the friendship between the two countries. It is believed that through the Institute—a cultural and educational platform, more Brazilian students will be nurtured into all-rounded talents to enhance the relationship between the two countries.

Aldo Rebelo delivering a speech

In her speech, Chen Peijie praised the Confucius Institute’s important contributions to promoting Chinese language teaching and Chinese culture in the past decade, and also spoke highly of the pioneering and leading role of the Confucius Institute and its affiliated teaching sites. She believes that as the first Confucius Institute in Brazil, the Confucius Institute at UNESP has been not only promoting Chinese teaching and Chinese culture, but also hosting and participating in many local activities for the public, thereby representing an important part of the cultural landscape of São Paulo and even Brazil as a whole. As a result, it has deepened the exchanges and integration of Chinese and Brazilian cultures, and given full play to the concept of “harmony in diversity”.

Chen Peijie delivering a speech

Jiang Tao said that the Confucius Institute at UNESP has provided professional Chinese language teaching services to more than 10,000 Brazilian students in the past decade. It has stimulated local people’s enthusiasm for learning Chinese language and understanding Chinese culture, kept up the momentum of the “Chinese craze” in São Paulo, and also cultivated batches of talents who will strengthen China-Brazil friendship and serve as a bridge for local cultural exchanges between China and Brazil. He expressed his gratitude to the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), the Consulate General and UNESP for their support and assistance. He said Hubei University is willing to continue to work with UNESP. He believes that the further advanced cooperation between the two sides will inject more impetus into the new development of the Confucius Institute as it embarks on a new journey.

Jiang Tao delivering a speech

Flying Dragon and Jumping Lion Celebrate This Anniversary

The Dragon and Lion Art Troupe of Hubei University presented martial arts, dance, folk music and other eye-popping performances for the celebration, which won high praises from all the guests present.

The performance named The Charm of the Blue and White Porcelain combined patterns of the blue and white porcelain with Chinese classical costumes, and included dance and Tai Chi movements accompanied by the performance of Chinese national musical instrument Guzheng. During this performance, the troupe also presented the work written by calligraphy teachers of the School of Art and Design at Hubei University entitled “Harmony, Cooperation and Coexistence”, implying that the two universities should engage in cooperation and coordination, share resources, and embark on a harmonious development path featuring coexistence and mutual benefits.

The performance The Charm of the Blue and White Porcelain

Calligraphy work - “Harmony, Cooperation and Coexistence”

The audience experienced the quintessence of Wudang, namely, the integration of nature and man through the performance called Wudang Tai Chi featuring Tai Chi Bagua and swordsmanship.

Wudang Tai Chi

Students of the Confucius Institute sang the song “Across the Ocean to See You”, perfectly fitting the occasion as the leader delegation and the tour group of Hubei University traveled to Brazil to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute.

The song “Across the Ocean to See You”

In the end, teachers and students of the Confucius Institute chorused the song “Today Is Your Birthday”, pushing the atmosphere of the ceremony to a new high.

Chorusing the song “Today Is Your Birthday”

Forging Ahead Into Future and Gaining Greater Success Based on Previous Achievements

On November 26th, 2008, the first Confucius Institute in Brazil, the Confucius Institute at UNESP, was inaugurated. In June 2009, Li Xiangkun, the first Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute from Hubei University, and the first Chinese teacher sent by Hanban to Brazil arrived in the country to officially launch the program of Chinese teaching courses. After nearly 10 years of development, the Confucius Institute has opened 16 affiliated Chinese teaching sites in 13 cities in the State of São Paulo and São Luís in the State of Maranhão. The cumulative number of registered students exceeds 11,000, over 400 of whom went to study in China under the Confucius Institute Scholarship Program. The Confucius Institute at UNESP earned the title of “Global Advanced Confucius Institute” in 2010, 2012 and 2016 respectively.

In order to enrich the Chinese curriculum and attract more Brazilian citizens who are interested in Chinese language courses and Chinese culture, the Confucius Institute also offers various short courses such as Chinese Expressions for Tourists, Tai Chi, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Painting and China Business Environment Seminar.

While focusing on Chinese language teaching, the Confucius Institute has also held a series of high-quality and high-level branded cultural activities, such as the Chinese New Year Celebration, the São Paulo Chinese New Year Lantern Festival, the Festa Junina featuring a combination of both western and eastern characteristics, the Painting Exhibition themed The Analects, the Chinese Percussion Music Concert, São Paulo International Book Biennial, Chinese Enterprise Human Resources Conference and São Paulo Chinese Film Festival.

The Confucius Institute at UNESP has taken on the role of a bridge and a bond connecting various universities and colleges, different regions as well as the two countries. It has been actively seeking other external contacts and cooperation, playing a pivotal role in promoting Chinese culture in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. The Confucius Institute hopes to keep on improving the quality of Chinese language teaching in the future, enriching its core value, exploring more forms of running and management, and holding more high-quality branded cultural activities, so as to make new contributions to enhancing exchanges and cooperation between the two universities, as well as the friendship between the Chinese and Brazilian people.

Story by Huang Mu Qianzi