“A Grand Stage to Display Chinese Talents”

[Source]    People’s Daily [Time]    2018-10-11 16:34:57 

Vietnamese Students performing Chinese folk dance “March of Floral Spring”

Recently, the Confucius Institute of Hanoi University held the first Talent Contest of Chinese Language for Vietnamese Students in North Vietnam at its auditorium. Du Qingyun, Vietnamese Director of the Institute, surprised everyone by offering competitors with the privilege to be recommended as candidates for the scholarship provided by the Confucius Institute, and their universities would have the opportunity to participate in the 2019 Summer Camp in China.

The Chinese-style performance portrayed a poetic picture about the scenery in South China, presenting a variety of cultural images like the oil-paper painted with bright red blossoms and green willows, and the peach blossom painted in ink. A medley of singing and dancing named Hong Zhao Yuan was dynamic with a combination of trilling vocals in Beijing Opera style and fashionable elements of folk songs. The classic dance A Laughter from the Seas showed the romance between a lady in white and a heroic warrior.

Qin Xiaohe, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute of Hanoi University, introduced to the journalist that the 12 wonderful programs stood out from 28 candidate shows.

After fierce competition, the first prize was awarded to the women group dance named “Yi Bandu”, performed by students from the School of Foreign Languages. Wu Yuling, the leader of Foreign Languages School, Thai Nguyen university, Deputy Director of the department of Chinese language, told the journalist that by participating in Chinese Talents Show, students can improve their Chinese proficiency, while experiencing Chinese culture. “A variety of cultural activities provide us with a platform to show Chinese talents, which opens a window for those non-Chinese-major young Vietnamese to approach to Chinese culture.” Said Ruan Yuying, a student of Hanoi University and Director of situation play “Where Did the Time Go”.

Nguyen Thi Cuc Phuong, Vice Rector of Hanoi University and Chairman of the Council of the Confucius Institute at the university, said that since its establishment, the Confucius Institute at Hanoi University has been constantly devoted to promoting Chinese cultural communication between Vietnam and China and improving Chinese language culture. The contest is one of the series of activities of the Confucius Institute Day in 2018. During this year’s event, the Institute also held other cultural activities—lion dancing, which brought laughter to Vietnamese children, Chinese knots-making and brush writing which render the features of Chinese characters.

“Confucius Institute bridges Vietnamese college students and Chinese culture,” Ruan Yinghao, a student of Hanoi University who starred in the music drama “Love Story”, said. The teachers and volunteers from the Confucius Institute have contributed to creating opportunities for our better command of Chinese language and knowledge of Chinese culture.”

(Story and photo by Liu Gang, People’s Daily, Page 3, October 2nd, 2018)

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