Chinese Immersion Day in Christchurch, New Zealand

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury [Time]    2019-10-02 16:43:11 

On September 21th, local time, Chinese Immersion Day, jointly organized by the Confucius institute of the University of Canterbury (CIUC) in New Zealand, Christchurch City Libraries and Chinese Language Teachers Association of New Zealand (Canterbury), was held at Tūranga Central Library, kicking off the 6th "New Zealand Chinese Language Week". Jimmy Chen, Christchurch City Councilor, Aurelia Arona, Kaitakawaenga in Māori Services for Christchurch City Libraries, and Wang Zhijian, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate-General in Christchurch, attended and addressed the opening ceremony.

The ceremony

Consul General Wang Zhijian, in his speech, reviewed the development of Chinese language teaching in the South Island of New Zealand in the past year, fully affirming the efforts made by all sectors of the community of South Island, and encouraging young students in South Island to seize the opportunity to learn Chinese, so as to have more potential for personal development and contribute to the cause of the China-New Zealand friendship.

Wang Zhijian addressing the participants

At the event, the teachers from the Confucius Institute presented several performances such as Chinese traditional dance, pipa solo, martial arts. Participants experienced traditional blowing painting, calligraphy, paper cutting, gobang, chopsticks, Chinese knot and other cultural activities.

Blowing to paint

Practicing calligraphy

So far, it is for five times that the New Zealand Chinese Language Week has been held.

Story by Xie Yafang; Photo by Zhu Qiping