Cultural Courses by Chinese Volunteer Teachers at CI-UoM, July 2018

During winter break (June-July 2018), a series of cultural courses started on the UoM campus. The courses include Taiji, Calligraphy, and Chinese Singing, and they open the doors to further understand Chinese culture.

The teacher started the Taiji course with boxing, into which he integrated Fan dancing. So the performance of Taiji mixed strength and power of boxing with the elegance and natural grace of dance; the reconciliation of two opposing forces, the oneness before duality such as yin-yang in Chinese philosophy.

 

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Plate 1. The practice of Taiji by staff of UoM in the gynamasium of the University.

 

Calligraphy is the traditional art of Chinese characters. It is an aesthetically pleasing form of writing which has high esteem in Chinese cultural sphere. The CI-UoM volunteer teacher first introduced a brief history of calligraphy. In the primary schools of China, calligraphy is a compulsory course because it can help to cultivate students’ personality when they practice the traditional art of writing. Under the instruction CI teacher, students can now write quite well.

 

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Plate 2. The practice of Calligraphy by staff of UoM with the encouragement of CI teacher.

 

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Plate 3. Staff of UoM practicing calligraphy on newspaper.

 

Chinese poetry is poetry written, spoken, or chanted in the Chinese language. Poetry, like calligraphy, has been held in extremely high regard in China. In Chinese culture, poetry has provided a forum for both public and private expressions of deep emotion, offering an insight into the inner life of Chinese people.

CI students find it difficult to learn ancient Chinese poems by heart. So singing the ancient poems help the CI students to remember the poems. They not only learn to sing Chinese songs but also enjoy the rhythm of the poems.

 

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Plate 4. Staff of UoM attending Chinese Poetry classes and reciting Chinese poems.

 

 

Photo Exhibition of Zhejiang Province, China, at POWA, UoM, 17-19 June 2018

A photo exhibition was held by Confucius Institute at UoM in the Auditorium of the University of Mauritius from 17th to 19th June 2018.  

The exhibition attracted many students and staff of UoM, and local people. The visitors were impressed by the beautiful sceneries of Zhejiang province, as captured by the photos. It also depicts the effort of the Chinese government to provide green spaces in cities, towns and other populated areas. Zhejiang province has a substantially high green cover and has a sound ecological environment.

Zhejiang province consists mostly of hills, which account for about 70% of its total area. There are a few prominent mountains such as mounts Yandang and Tianmu. Most of the valleys and plains are found along the coastline and rivers. The north of the province lies just south of the Yangtze Delta, and consists of plains around the cities of Hangzhou, Jiaxing, and Huzhou, where the Grand Canal of China enters from the northern border to end at Hangzhou. Another relatively flat area is found along the Qu River around the cities of Quzhou and Jinhua. Major rivers include the Qiangtang and Qu Rivers. Well-known lakes include the West Lake of Hangzhou and the South Lake of Jiaxing. Zhejiang has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons 1.

On 19th of June 2018, H.E Mr. Che Jun, Secretary of CPC, Zhejiang Provincial Government attended the photo exhibition in the company of Mauritian CI Director, Naraindra Kistamah and Chinese CI Director, Tan Xudong. H.E. Mr. Che Jun was delighted to see all the familiar pictures of Zhejiang province and he was eager to explain the photos to the Chancellor of UoM and other distinguished members of the audience. H.E. Mr. Che Jun hopes that students of UoM come to study at universities of Zhejiang province and to discover the culture and promote the relationship between Mauritius and China.

1Source: Wikipedia, Aug 2018

 

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His Excellency Che Jun, Secretary of CPC, Zhejiang Provincial Government, highlighting geographical features of Zhejiang province to Dr Louis Jean Claude Autrey, Chancellor of the University of Mauritius, under the watchful eyes of the Chinese Director of CI-UoM, Associate Professor Tan Xudong. 

 

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 Chinese Director of CI-UoM, Associate Professor Tan Xudong, explaining the meaning and significance of the photos during the exhibition.

 

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The general public attending the photo exhibition at the auditorium of UoM.

 

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Students of UoM attending the photo exhibition at the auditorium of UoM.

 

 

Presentation of Chinese Tea Art at LUX* Resort Hotel - 30 May 2018

On 30th of May 2018, Confucius Institute at University of Mauritius presented the Chinese tea art at Lux Resort hotel, Belle-Mare. Associate Professor Naraindra Kistamah, Mauritian Director of CI hosted the activity. Staff of LUX* hotel and Chinese volunteer teachers attended the presentation.

Dr. Kistamah first introduced the important part of Chinese Culture in Chinese language teaching, saying that language is the carrier of culture and plays an important role in cultural exchange. Cultural activities can help arouse more interest in language learning.

Assoc. Professor Tan Xudong, Chinese Director of CI made a presentation on Chinese tea. He first expounded on the history of tea and tea making in China. And later he introduced the five main teas of China, the role tea plays in Chinese culture and the advantages of drinking tea.

The Chinese volunteer teacher demonstrated the art of making tea, and it was well appreciated by the audience. The staff of LUX* Resort hotel are fairly well acquainted with the art of making tea and the different varieties of tea since there is a tea house at the hotel. The presentation reinforced their knowledge of tea, the place it holds in Chines culture and the art of making and drinking tea.

Download the presentation >> (A copy of is available in the ‘Library’ under the ‘Service’ tab./ accessible to Students & Staff only)

 

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Plate 1. Assoc. Prof. Naraindra Kistamah, Mauritian CI-UoM Director, introducing the presenter of the ‘tea talk’, Assoc. Prof. Tan Xudong, Chinese CI-UoM Director.

 

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Plate 2. Assoc. Prof. Tan Xudong, Chinese CI-UoM Director, delivering his talk about tea and its importance in Chinese culture.

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Plate 3. The Chinese Volunteer Teacher, He Jiahuan (Ms Maggie), giving a demonstration on the art of making and drinking tea.

 

 

Celebration of Spring Festival at University of Mauritius, hosted by CI-UoM, 09 Feb 2018

Confucius Institute at University of Mauritius hosted the Chinese New Year Celebration at the auditorium of the University of Mauritius. The Chinese New Year also known as the Spring Festival is celebrated in China over a number of days and in Mauritius, the Spring Festival is celebrated with enthusiasm by the sino-Mauritian community and enjoyed by all the communities. The Chinese New Year day is a public holiday in Mauritius.

People clean their homes to welcome the Spring Festival. They put up the red posters with poetic verses on it to their doors, Chinese New Year pictures on their walls, and decorate their homes with red lanterns. It is also a time to reunite with relatives and many people visit their families at this time of the year. In the evening of the Spring Festival Eve, they would set off fireworks and firecrackers, hoping to cast away any bad luck and bring forth good luck. Children often receive “luck” money or red packet, also knownas hóngbāo’ in Mandarin. People wear new clothes and send Chinese New Year greetings to each other. Various activities such as beating drums and striking gongs, as well as dragon and lion dances, are all part of the festivities.

The global celebrations are an explosion of light and sound - involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers, and watching traditional lion dances. We try to replicate this moment at the University of Mauritius on this special occasion.

This year, according to the Chinese Zodiac, it is the year of DOG. It is said that anyone born in a dog year will be communicative, serious, and responsible in the workplace.

Confucius at University of Mauritius (CI-UoM) wish everyone a joyful, prosperous and healthy Chinese New Year. GONG XI FA CHAI !!!