About Sharing Bike—Confucius China Studies Lecture in Chinese Program for Foreign Diplomats

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2019-10-18 17:41:52 

On the morning of October 13th, the 19th Confucius China Studies Lecture in the Chinese Program for Foreign Diplomats (CFFD) officially began. This is a new development following the traditional Chinese culture research and studies month. Four Ph.D. students in the Confucius China Studies Program would share upon invitation their thoughts on cultural phenomena and hot topics from their own perspectives as foreign Chinese language learners, presenting a more vivid, real and three-dimensional picture of Chinese culture and contemporary Chinese society to foreign diplomats studying at the CFFD. This event marks the first time in the past 10 years that the CFFD has invited foreign Chinese learners to give lectures to foreign diplomats.

Bounpasong, who comes from Laos and once worked for Ministry of Finance of Laos, is the first lecturer. Sponsored by the Confucius China Studies Program, he is now pursuing his doctoral degree in Chinese-Lao Translation at Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation in Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU). Themed on sharing bike, his lecture started with an introduction of the invention and development of bikes and then discussed how China introduced bicycles into the country and became a bike kingdom. He also dived into how the industry gradually evolved from government-managed docked bike-sharing to dockless and QR code-scanning bike-sharing under the background of “Internet +” and “Internet of Things +”. The lecture ended with a heated discussion on the advantages and disadvantages as well as prospects of sharing bike based on their personal experiences. This lecture was well received among the students and they are looking forward to the next lecture.

The Confucius China Studies Lecture contains four lectures and the following three will be themed on “QR-code in China”, “China Railways” and “Suzhou Classical Gardens” and will be respectively given by Yang Anna (Poland), a PhD candidate in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) Program in BFSU, Giap Thi Vinh (Vietnam), a PhD candidate in International Law Studies in BFSU, and Ramziya Fazdalova (Russia), a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and Cross-cultural Studies in BFSU.


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