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“I Have a Chinese Name”

Date: August, 19, 2015 10:54 Age: 2 yrs

“I Have a Chinese Name”

The 14th of August is the annual Emalus USP open day. The Confucius Classroom of USP put up various cultural experience activities: Malapoa College students sharing their trip experience in China, learning Chinese, opera mask coloring, food tasting, to name some of them. 

The most eye-catching one is the Chinese lion dance. The two “lions” were sometimes pacing around, sometimes teasing each other, and finally competing for a red envelop with lucky money and a lettuce (The Chinese sound of lettuce is similar to the sound of prosperity). People around were all cheering with the rhythm of the big drum.

In the afternoon, Madam Zhao Yan, the wife of Chinese Ambassador, and other Embassy staff came to the Confucius Classroom tent. They brought with them delicate Chinese art works to display. Mrs. Ambassador even brought her own work of paper cutting, and taught the students step by step this traditional Chinese art. She’s soon surrounded by many interested students. After they learned paper cutting, they asked Madam Zhao to write their names in Chinese. When they got the Chinese characters of their names, they called over more of their friends, saying “I have a Chinese name”.

The whole day event ended with three Vanuatu students from the Chinese social class singing a Chinese song named “Sweet” with four Chinese doctors from Central hospital. The majority of the audience laughed when they heard the strange foreign words, but they would all bring home a sweet memory of the diversified Chinese culture.

“我有中文名字了”

8月14日是瓦努阿图艾玛卢校区一年一度的开放日。孔子课堂举办了一系列文化体验活动:请Malapoa学校刚从中国回来的学生来交流、学说中国话、涂京剧脸谱、美食品尝,等等。

最吸引眼球的是中国舞狮。两只“狮子”一会儿踱步,一会儿打斗,最后共同争抢一个红包和一颗生菜(生菜和“生财”谐音)。观众们都跟着鼓点儿欢呼。

下午,中国大使夫人赵彦和其他使馆人员来到孔子课堂的展台,他们带来了精美的中国工艺品展示。大使夫人还带来了她亲手制作的剪纸作品,并一步一步的教大家怎样剪纸。她很快就被一大批感兴趣的学生围住了。学完剪纸,学生们纷纷让赵女士给他们写他们的中文名字。当看到他们的名字用中文写出来时,他们都高兴地说,“我有中文名字了。”并很快叫来了更多的伙伴。

全天的活动以一首中文歌曲结束。汉语社会班的三名当地学生和来自中国医疗队的四名大夫一起上台合唱了中国歌曲《甜蜜蜜》。大部分听众被这完全听不懂的歌曲逗笑了,但这一天对多姿多彩的中国文化的记忆将伴随他们很久。

 


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