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Building an Exchange Bridge, Minzu University of China Tour Group Performs in Vanuatu

Oct 08,2018

Source: Propaganda Department

Published: 2018-10-08

Editor: Pan Yimei
Photographer: Liu Jia

Building an Exchange Bridge

News Network News "This will continue to enhance mutual understanding and friendship, which is of great significance for deepening the exchanges and cooperation between China and Vanuatu." Zhou Haicheng, Chinese Ambassador to Vanuatu, believes that the "Splendid China· Charming Minda" dedicated to cultural exchanges encompassing Chinese minority nationalities is a project that brings Chinese culture to the rest of the world stage, showing the latest image of China while spreading knowledge of its colorful national culture.

On October 3, together with the Confucius Institute at Oceania the Minzu University of China Art group appeared in Vanuatu. The performance of excellent culture of many ethnic groups in China was held in a 1000-person lecture hall at the Vanuatu National Convention Center, which was in fact built by China. The end of the show also marked the successful conclusion of the tour jointly sponsored by Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) and the Minzu University of China titles “Splendid China· Charming Minda – A China's Minority Culture Outward Exchange Project”.

Government officials such as the Vanuatu Interior Minister Andrew Napert, the Commander of the Mobile Forces and the Acting Police Director, as well as couples from Australia and New Zealand in Vanuatu High School attended the show. Furthermore, Malapoa College, Central School, Vila East School, South Pacific University Emalus Campus students and overseas Chinese, Chinese-funded institutions and representatives of China's aided medical team all enjoyed the show together.

“The performances are wonderful, and through them local people can get in touch with the Chinese customs and understand Chinese culture.” Zhou Haicheng emphasized that the “seeds” of mutual understanding and mutual trust were thoroughly spread into the hearts of the students at Vanuatu University." This is conducive to the continuous development of strategic partnerships between China and the United States for mutual respect and common development."

Wang Xiaoshi, the director of the Confucius Classroom at the Vanuatu Emarus Campus of the Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific said that middle school students accounted for about 70% of the audience. Among them, 300 teachers and students at the Malapo School accounted for the largest portions.

“My students are excited to watch the show.” Simons, the acting principal of the Marapo School, spoke highly of the performance and believed that the music and dance performances with Chinese characteristics set up a bridge for in-depth cultural exchanges between China and Vanuatu. Furthermore, they provide an opportunity for Vanuatu University students to understand Chinese culture. "We are particularly looking forward to the next show hopefully coming soon."

"I want to study in China!" For local middle school and high school students, China is beyond expections. However, for Wang Huili (English name Maryan), a student in the field of education at the University of South Pacific Emalus, studying in China is a near-term goal. She said that learning Chinese would be difficult at first, but then it will be a matter of course. “I want to get in touch with the new culture, and China has attracted me first.” Wang Huili said that although it takes a lot of time and energy to volunteer to participate in the organization, it is necessary to make up the class immediately after the performance. “But the Chinese language environment will be more accessible and I can strengthen my studies. This is what I want!"

According to the data of the Chinese Embassy in Vanuatu, for the Pacific island countries with a population of less than 300,000, hundreds of outstanding students have gone to China to study. Furthermore, nearly 1,000 people have gone to China to participate in various trainings organized by the Chinese. .

“The relationship with China is friendly and stable, and various scholarships have attracted more and more people from the country to learn Chinese.” Wang Xiaoshi introduced that since establishment in 2015, the Confucius Classroom at the Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific, Vanuatu Emapus, has been installed on the campus ever since. Community classes (primary and intermediate), children's classes, and Nantai University credit courses were held, and Chinese classes were also offered at the Malapo School and the Vera Eastern School. In addition to Chinese classes, Chinese cooking and Chinese medicine experiences were also opened. Tai Chi Chuan and many other short-term cultural classes were also held. The total number of students has exceeded 1,000.

"Cultural exchanges and people's hearts are of great significance to the deepening of friendship between the people of China and our country." An audience member by the name of Ben said that he likes the Dai's double dance "Love Su Kuan". "This dance is so close to my life experience!"

"The audience of Vanuatu is the most enthusiastic audience that the tour group has encountered so far." Hu Huazheng, head of the tour group, said that Minzu University of China is a window to show the world the charm of the Chinese nation. “The tour will let the world know more about all of China.” (Liu Jia Photography)

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