Hanfu Workshop at DASED, University of Mauritius, Nov 2018

A Hanfu workshop was hosted at the Department of Applied Sustainability and Enterprise Development (DASED), Faculty of Engineering from 06 to 09 Nov 2018. The workshop was organized by DASED and CI-UoM in collaboration with Zhejiang Sci-Tech University (ZSTU). The Head of DASED, Dr Sabrina Ramsamy-Iranah, welcomed the Professors from ZSTU and thanked them for their valuable time and sharing their experience with students of Fashion Technology of UoM. The workshop was about the history, evolution and design of ‘Hanfu’. The term ‘Hanfu’ refers to the historical and traditional clothing of the Han people. Han Chinese are the predominant ethnic group of China.

Hanfu was very popular in the main settlement of the Han community prior to the 17th century, with “Huaxia-Han” culture as the background, and the Chinese ceremonial culture as the leading ideology. Through the natural process of evolution, Hanfu has assumed an obvious Chinese national character which is distinct from other national traditional clothing and accessories systems. Hanfu blends outstanding craftsmanship with aesthetic techniques such as dyeing, weaving and embroidery. Through Hanfu, one can learn more about the profoundness and richness of Chinese culture.

It was a great opportunity for the students of Fashion Technology of DASED to understand the evolution of Hanfu, the styles and characteristics of Hanfu across historical dynasties, the application of Hanfu elements in modern ready-to-wear, Hanfu related accessories, pattern making and the traditional ways of sewing Hanfu.

Professor Zhao Liyan and Professor Hu of the College of Materials and Textiles, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University (ZSTU) gave lectures on the evolution of Hanfu, and the types and characteristics of Hanfu. They also talked about the research and innovative design of Han Dynasty costumes. Professor Dong Xubo and Professor Fu Lei introduced common pattern structures of Hanfu and the traditional sewing processes, along with draping and the way Hanfu should be worn.
At the end of the workshop, the students, with the help of the four Professors from ZSTU, held a departmental exhibition to display the different costumes designed and sewn by the participants of the workshop.

The students of Fashion Technology thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Associate Professor Dinesh Hurreeram, believed that the experience acquired would serve the students well to further their studies in the field of fashion.

 

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Plate 1. Directors of CI-UoM, dressed in traditional Han costumes, giving a welcoming speech to the students of Fashion Technology, DASED, in the presence of the Head of DASED (far left).


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Plate 2. Prof Hu of ZSTU giving a presentation to the students on the evolution of Hanfu


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Plate 3. Students showing proudly their modern designs based on Han traditional costumes


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Plate 4. Prof Dong showing the students Chinese needlework


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Plate 5. Students of Fashion Technology, DASED, practicing Chinese needlework


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Plate 6. Student giving meticulous attention to detail of designed work to be exhibited

 

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Plate 7. Professors from ZSTU and students of Fashion Technology, DASED, for a group photo of the exhibition of their works


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Plate 8. CI-UoM Director thanking the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, second from right, for his support and the four Professors from ZSTU (centre) for the successful workshop.

 

 

Culture Tour by ‘The Tour Group of Confucius Institute”, Oct 2018

On 26th October 2018, Confucius Institute at University of Mauritius was very pleased to welcome and host “The Tour Group of CI”. The event, held in the Auditorium of University of Mauritius, was sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters/HANBAN and organized by Dalian University.

Dalian University holds a Conservatory of Music which was founded in 2001 following a merger of the Art Department of Normal College of Dalian University (1987) and the Music Department of Dalian University (1995). The Conservatory has now 8 departments: Music Education; Dance; Western Orchestral Instruments; Ethnic Orchestral Instruments; Piano; Vocal Music; Literature & Art Conducting; and Music Theory. It also has one Music and Dance Art Research Unit. The Conservatory has extensive academic exchange activities both nationally and internationally. 

The theme of the tour was “Sentiment Rhyme of China” and covered a series of Traditional Chinese performances. The performances started with a dance named “Region with Rivers in Dream”. The dance presented the audience with a beautiful scenery of Southeast China of which the rivulets around the houses are the defining characteristics; the sounds of streams and cranes merging together. 

The second performance was a bamboo flute solo played by Yu Lei and the theme was ‘Tone of Peking Opera’. The music uses the ‘expressive flutes to imitate the familiar singing voices of Peking Opera.’ Next was the female solo artist, Feng Lina, whose powerful voice seemed natural through the song ‘Jasmine Flowers’, the lyrics of which expresses ‘the simple and honest feeling between men and women by praising the jasmine flowers.’ Other performances included ‘fan dance’ which reflects ‘the elegant and gentle demeanor of Chinese women. Fan has a history of more than 3000 yrs in China; the Zhong Ruan Ensemble played ‘Camel Bell on the Silk Road’ using the ruan which is a traditional Chinese plucked string instrument. Its four strings were formerly made of silk but have now been replaced by steel.

Solo artist, Qu Guofeng, played the suona, a musical instrument which looks like a trumpet. In the Northwest of China, the farmers usually play suona to express their joy when they have good harvests or marry their girls. Yangko dance is very popular with farmers in the North of China. The dancers present different postures to express different moods. The audience were thrilled with the high and bright timbre of the instrument.

The fantastic performances presented by the students and teachers of Dalian University were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience; staff and students of the University of Mauritius, representatives from Cultural Center of China, ABC Company, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, CI students, and the public. The two CI Directors warmly thanked all the students and teachers from Dalian University for such wonderful performances and for taking us on this magnificent tour of Chinese culture.

 

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Plate 1. Dance performance entitled “Region with Rivers in Dream”

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Plate 2. Flutist, Yu Lei, performing the solo ‘Tone of Peking Opera’

 

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Plate 3. Singer Feng Lina’s magnificent interpretation of the song ‘Jasmine Flowers’

 

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Plate 4. Artists performing a ‘fan dance’ to reflect ‘the elegant and gentle demeanor of Chinese women

 

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Zhong Ruan Ensemble playing ‘Camel Bell on the Silk Road’

 

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Liu Yue playing the erhu, a two-stringed bowed musical instrument

 

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. Solo artist, Qu Guofeng, playing the suona, a musical instrument which resembles a trumpet.

 

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Yanko dance is one of the most traditional dance forms in China. ‘Dance for Happy Days’ expresses people’s desire to be happy and prosperous.

 

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Exchange of gifts between Vice-President of Dalian University, Professor Bai Dan and CI Director of CI-UoM, Associate Professor Naraindra Kistamah

 

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Group photo of artists from Dalian University and two hosts for the show in the company of Vice President of Dalian University and CI-UoM Directors.

The Celebration of Confucius Institute Day - 29th Sept 2018

On 29th of September 2018, students of Confucius Institute at University of Mauritius gathered at the R. Burrenchobay Lecture Theater (RBLT) to celebrate Confucius Institute Day.

The well-attended celebration started with Mr. Tan Xudong’s speech on the development of CI since its establishment in December of 2016 and the reason why Confucius Institute Day is celebrated. This was followed by the amazing performance of CI students and children from the Academy of Integrated and Sustainable Development (AISD). Ancient Chinese poems were recited with unique rhymes, and the recitation was enjoyed by the large audience. The kids from AISD sang and danced under the guidance of their Chinese teachers, and the performances produced warm applauses from the gathering.

Calligraphy show was mingled with elegant dance performances and the audience could appreciate two different forms of art shining on and complementing each other. Tai chi boxing and tai chi fan presented different characters of Chinese culture – martial art of China not only serves to defend oneself but also to build, with aesthetic charm, human bodies and spirit. Audience and CI-UoM students had a fabulous time, appreciating a different culture, promoting friendship and enjoying the prime time of one family!

At the end of the celebration, Mr. Naraindra Kistamah thanked the Chinese teachers, especially the volunteers, for their passion at work. It showed through the fantastic performance of the participants and the jubilant celebration of Confucius Institute Day. He also thanked the participative audience, and all the partners of Confucius Institute at UoM for making it a perfect activity day filled with sharing, caring and fun.

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Plate 1. Ms Shenaz Burkutally, CI-UoM student and Mr Zhao Liang (Leo), Volunteer Chinese teacher, hosting the show on the occasion of the celebration of Confucius Day

 

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Plate 2. Singing performance by CI-UoM students accompanied by volunteer teacher, Ms He Jiahuan (Maggie) (far right)

 

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Plate 3 Demonstration of the art of Calligraphy by CI-UoM students under the watchful eyes of volunteer teacher, Maggie.

 

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Plate 4. Tai chi fan performance by CI-UoM students under the guidance of volunteer teacher, Leo (centre).

 

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Plate 5. Tai chi performance by CI-UoM students under the guidance of volunteer teacher, Ms Zhang Menting (Melodie).

 

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Plate 6. Award of certificates to CI-UoM students for completion of Mandarin Language courses

 

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Plate 7. A section of the audience at the celebration of Confucius Day at UoM!

 

 

Talk on ‘Silk and Silk Road’ at Lux Resort Hotel, Belle-Mare, 19 Sept 2018

On 19th of September 2018, Confucius Institute at University of Mauritius held a talk on Silk and Silk Road at Lux Resort Hotel, Belle-Mare. Both Directors of Confucius Institute attended the activity.

Director of CI-UoM and academic staff/consultant in the field of Textile Technology, Associate Professor Naraindra Kistamah, delivered the talk on the origin and history of the silk fibre, the development of silk production in China, the basic processes in the manufacture of silk fabric and the value of silk as a luxury fibre in the apparel industry. He also detailed the history of the Silk Road connecting China to many parts of the world, thousands of years ago. Dr. Kistamah also mentioned the "One Belt and One Road" initiative proposed by the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, in 2013.

About 20 students of Confucius Institute and staff from Lux Resort Hotel attended the activity. It is hoped that the audience now have a better understanding of the silk fibre, the Silk Road and the B&R Initiative. They find that more and more Chinese tourists visit Mauritius and their hotel, and that the learning of Mandarin language and Chinese culture is a necessity for a more intimate service at the hotel.

LUX* Resort hotel makes use of silk and other natural fibres to create elegant ambience in most of its suites and proposes silk products such as ‘pareos’, scarves, ties, printed shirts, blouses and other lingerie in the shop.

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Plate 1. CI-UoM Director, Naraindra Kistamah, delivering his talk to staff of LUX* Resort Hotel, Belle-Mare, in the company of Mr Tan Xudong, Chinese Director of CI-UoM

 

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Plate 2. Associate Professor Kistamah giving the reasons as to why silk is known as the ‘Queen of all Fibres’

 

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 !!!