In the afternoon of October 31, 2018, Class A1 held a culture experience event with the theme “I have a ‘China FACE’”.
In the beginning, the teacher briefly introduced the history of Peking Opera, the role of actors in Beijing Opera, the characteristics of mask in Beijing Opera, as well as its meaning. After having a general understanding about Beijing Opera mask, an interactive question and answer session was conducted.
After that the students began to paint their own masks. Some of them painted their masks according to the characters of Beijing Opera. Some students made innovative design on their masks, they also painted WeChat icon and their country's map, indicating that WeChat connected the whole world. Some painted a white face of Cao Cao, some used the stacking of multi-layer paint to draw a 3D version of the mask. Students’ face paintings were beautiful with fine brushwork and clean strokes.
Finally, we listened to the music of Shuochanglianpu(a Chinese song about Beijing Opera). We took selfies and group photos and later on cleaned up the classroom.
The event gave students a preliminary understanding of Peking Opera and cultivated their interest in mask culture. I hope they are more and more fond of Chinese culture and fall in love with China.
On the afternoon of November 21, in classroom 414 ，Dong12 Building , at the request of the students, Class A2 carried out the fourth cultural activity of the semester ——watch the action film on Chinese culture, the movie called Chinese zodiac. The film mainly tells the story of Jackie Chan playing Jack looking around for the four animal heads lost in the zodiac of Old Summer Palace, giving up money, trying to save the national treasure, and finally returning the recovered treasure to the country.
After the event, everyone said: Jackie Chan is famous in the world for his Chinese kung fu films, and class members are very interested in Jackie Chan's Chinese films. The film shows the culture and history of China under the vivid humor and thrilling stimulus. The film also appeals for fairness and peace, showing the backbone of the modern Chinese people. Everyone watched the film with relish.
On the afternoon of November 29th, Class B1 held the fourth cultural activity in the fall semester of 2018 in D9-A103. A Chinese film- You Are the Apple of My Eye was shown to the students.
The subtitle of this Chinese film is relatively simple. Without subtitles, I took my classmates to see the film. At the beginning, some students did not understand it very well, but the more they watch, the more interested they are. The students all laughed when seeing the funny plots. Because it's a film about youth, it can arouse everyone's sympathy. Through this film, I hope that students can study harder and cherish time.
On the afternoon of November 29th, the B2 class international students of our school held a cultural event with the theme of “Watch the Sichuan Opera face change, paint the featured mask” in the A104 classroom of East 9th Teaching Building. Because it is a long-awaited event for international students, the scene is very lively and the atmosphere is very warm.
After the teacher showed the students a video of the Sichuan Opera face and the Peking Opera, the students had a strong interest in mask, and each of them took a blank mask and wanted to try. As a result, the teacher began to explain the relevant knowledge of the face to the students. The students listened very carefully and asked questions from time to time. Then the teacher began to explain the painting process and precautions of mask in detail. In the actual stage of the students' operation, along with the song "Rap Mask ", the students began to draw their own faces with the rhythm. At the same time, the teacher provides relevant guidance to students in terms of color and lines. After 45 minutes of the completion of the regulations, the students have asked to complete their mask for a few more minutes, and several students have creatively drawn their own country's mask.
At the end of the event, the students took photos with their mobile phones happily and asked for more activities to experience Chinese culture and be interesting in the future.
On November 21, 2018, Class B3 organized a film cultural activity at the strong request of students.
Because the students are very fond of and familiar with Jackie Chan, the Chinese kungfu superstar, they chose the movie "Twelve Zodiac" starring Jackie Chan. The film is set in Yuanmingyuan, which was destroyed by the Eight-Power Allied Forces at the end of the Qing Dynasty. It tells the adventure story of the bronze heads of the twelve Zodiacs scattered around the world and recovered by Jackie Chan's crew.
The plot of the film is exciting, compact and rich in cultural connotations. The film contains three languages, Chinese, English and French, which are the main languages for students to watch and understand.
Finally, the film viewing activities were successfully concluded before the end of the class, and the teachers were expected to share more relevant film resources after class, and expressed great expectation for the next cultural activities.
On the afternoon of November 20th, class C1 watched the Chinese animation Monkey King Hero is Back, which is adapted from Journey to the West, one of the four masterpieces of China. The main purpose of this activity is to let international students experience the unique charm of the combination of Chinese culture and Chinese animation.
First of all, the teacher introduced the story content of Journey to the West to the students, and asked them about their understanding of the characters. Then, the teacher led everyone to watch the film. During the process of watching the film, students enjoyed themselves very much, and made laughter and discussions from time to time.
At last, the teacher made a simple summary and asked about everyone's experience of watching movies. One student said, we all know that the Monkey King is a great hero who can demolish demons, but did not think he would be so lonely. Another student said that he was more interested in many Chinese elements in the animation, such as shadow puppetry and Peking Opera, than in the plot.
On the afternoon of November 27th, class C1 held a unique Chinese tea culture experience activity in the classroom of D12. The main purpose of this activity is to help international students get in touch with the charm of Chinese tea culture from zero distance.
First of all, the teacher introduced six kinds of tea and ten famous types of tea in China by PPT. And by watching video, students could understand the history of Chinese tea culture. Then, the teacher introduced the name and use of each tea set to everyone, explained the whole process of making tea, and demonstrated in person, making West Lake Dragon Well tea for everyone to taste. Next, the students had tried, each of them chose different kinds of tea to experience, students communicated with each other, had fun.
This activity was very successful, which enhanced the students' understanding of Chinese tea culture and improved their cultural and artistic accomplishment. After the end of the course, the students also took back the remaining several kinds of tea to their dormitory. They wanted to continue tasting Chinese tea after class and have a deep understanding of Chinese tea culture.
In the afternoon of November 1, C2 held a cultural activity themed “The embroidery” in classroom D9-A105. The main purpose of this activity is to let international students have a preliminary understanding of Chinese embroidery art, and make their own embroidery works of Chinese zodiac through hands-on practice.
First, the teacher used PPT to introduce the meaning, status and classification of embroidery. Embroidery is not simply sewing clothes with a needle and thread. It is an ancient Chinese handicraft with a history of more than 2,000 years. With the development of history, Suzhou embroidery, Guangdong embroidery, Hunan embroidery and Sichuan embroidery, known as the “four famous embroidery”, have been produced successively.
Next, the teacher took out prepared embroider material of Chinese zodiac, everybody chose the zodiac according to their interests or actual situation, and couldn’t wait to start their own creation.
As a thread could be divided into 6 strands, we could use 3 strands when making cross-stitch, so we needed to divide a thread into two parts and then put them into the pinhole respectively. This process was still a little difficult and requires enough patience. Then filled the corresponding color block with a needle and thread, we guided each other, created a harmonious atmosphere.
As the class time is limited, only a part of embroidery was made. We proposed to take back to complete their own work in spare time. Finally, the activity ended with a happy photo.
On the afternoon of November 15, C2 watched the movie “CZ12” in D9-A105. As the traditional Chinese zodiac sign has been mentioned in class before, we also made embroidery for the last cultural activity, this time I took them to watch a film with relevant themes. This helped them to have a deeper understanding of Chinese zodiac culture and establish a sense of identity with Chinese cultural relics.
“CZ12” is an action adventure film, is Jackie Chan’s 101st film. It tells the story of Jack, who is paid a huge sum of money by Lawrence, an international dealer of cultural relics, to search around for the last four animal heads lost in the Summer Palace. In the process of searching treasures, they experienced a series of breathtaking situation, Jack dissolved one by one. After getting the animal heads, Jack was moved by the patriotic feelings of Professor Guan and his daughter, he gave up money at the last minute, and turned to help Coco to save the national treasure. Finally, the animal heads were returned to China.
There are a lot of English and French dialogues in this film, and the Chinese dialogues are also equipped with English subtitles, so the difficulty is appropriate. In the process of watching the film, they were often amused by the scenes, and sometimes laughed at the actors’ substandard French.
Students said such films are very interesting and they wanted to learn Chinese by watching interesting films or TV programs in their spare time.
On the afternoon of November 29, C2 held a cultural activity with the theme of “tea on the tip of your tongue” in D9-A105. The teachers and students had a pleasant afternoon.
Firstly, the teacher introduced six kinds of tea leaves in China to the students, namely green tea, black tea, oolong, white tea, yellow tea and dark green tea. In addition, we introduced the familiar varieties of these six kinds of tea, such as biluochun, lapsang souchong, da hung pao, gongmei, Junshan silver needle and Anhua dark tea. Then the teacher explained the components of the tea set that we used.
After knowing the basic information, the teacher began to demonstrate the process of making tea to the students. First, put the right amount of black tea in the covered bowl, poured the boiling water from the teapot into the covered bowl, closed the lid, and waited for a few seconds. Then, put the tea drain on the justice cup, held the covered bowl in one hand, tilted the lid, and poured the tea into the justice cup. Before tasting tea formally, we could pour the tea soup in the justice cup into the fragrance-smelling cup, and feel the aroma of the tea with nose.
Familiar with the process of making tea, students were eager to have a try. They sat in front of the tea set to show their skills. While we were making tea and tasting tea, we enjoyed the crosstalk video broadcast on the computer by the way and enjoyed the happy winter time.
On October 27, 2018, the early morning sunshine blew away the sudden arrival of air conditioning in the past few days, and the golden leaves marked a good time in autumn. In the beautiful Ma'anshan Forest Park, students from Korea, Mongolia, Iran and other countries are enjoying the scenery, cuisine and culture of China.
At 9 o'clock in the morning, the entire D class of international students and several courses of teachers gathered in the Yuyuan Community of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. After that, several boys led the team, and everyone either rode a bicycle or rode an electric car to the Ma'anshan Forest Park.
Around 9:30, all the teachers and students arrived at the park. After parking at the designated point, everyone walked into the park and visited the scenic spot. On the way, several teachers used as guides for the students. They not only introduced the scenery where they saw it, but also explained some traditional cultural knowledge to the students. The students said that the scenery of the Ma'anshan Forest Park is very beautiful and the traditional Chinese culture was charming.
During lunch time, We barbecued together in the barbecue area, “do it yourself and have a lot of fun”. Meanwhile, everyone also felt the "Chinese cuisine on the tip of the tongue" in this process, and praise one after another.
The barbecue lasted about three hours, after which the students proposed that teachers and students play games together. Of course, the teachers did not quit, decisively joined and played a number of small games with Chinese characteristics and benefited the students.
Until sunset, everyone showed an unsatisfactory look. But as it was getting dark, the teachers insisted on taking the students back to school because of the safety problems. On the way back, everyone was very happy, singing and laughing, as if they were closer than before.
In order to enrich the after-school life of international students in China and improve their perception of Chinese culture, Class D held this “Watching Chinese Film” cultural activity. It is hoped that international students will be able to get in touch with and appreciate the essence of Chinese culture by watching Chinese movies in person.
At 3:40 pm on November 15, 2018, after a busy day of study life, Class D students began their long-awaited movie watching. The Chinese film selected for this event was Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This is a martial arts action film directed by Ang Lee. Although it is relatively old, its classicity is indelible, and its position in the history of Chinese film is beyond doubt. Choosing such a film to show students will give students a deeper understanding of the traditional Chinese "Kung Fu" elements and "Chivalry" values.
The students showed great interest about the film at the beginning, especially Mongolian students. Maybe they have the innate "wild" spirit in their blood. They have a strong interest in the martial arts plot and chivalrous spirit in the movies. When they couldn't help but imitate the moments in the movie, it showed their love and recognition of Chinese culture.
After watching the movie, several Korean students said that they had not seen the film for the first time and were very familiar with the plot, but they all said that they had seen the film so many times and still thought it was wonderful, and said they liked "Chinese Kungfu".
Many Chinese films contain Chinese cultural elements. After watching the movies, students also expressed that such activities were very interesting. They hoped that teachers would recommend more and better Chinese movies to them in the future.