Chinese Culture Shines on the 4th Brazos Valley Worldfest ---- CI at Texas A&M University Brought Ch
On Nov.13th, 2010, the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University brought an engaging Chinese language and culture exhibit to the 4th Brazos Valley Worldfest.
The CI booth was largely popular among the children attending Worldfest because of the zodiac temporary tattoos that the booth offered. From 10 am to 5 pm, there was a constant flow of both children and parents, waiting in line to get Chinese Zodiac charts and a Chinese zodiac or Beijing Opera mask temporary tattoo applied to their faces and hands. Hundreds of CI temporary tattoos were given away.
In an effort to engage and teach young children about China’s geography and language, this year the CI developed a China Geography Puzzle game and a Chinese Phrase game. As prizes for participation, the CI gave out Chinese language bookmarks from Hanban and the Three Start Mound key chains from the Consulate-General in Houston, which the children loved.
It was not only children who enjoyed the exhibit. To provide a cultural platform for adolescents and adults, the CI also created three other exhibits: Chinese Book Exhibit, Chinese Relics Exhibit and an Interactive Multimedia China Culture Center. The Chinese Book Exhibit included books such as classic works of ancient philosophers, Chinese ethnic groups, Chinese history, etc. The relics table exhibited copies of ancient utensils such as bronze wares and carved red lacquer wares. The Interactive Multimedia China Culture Center gave participants the opportunity to read and listen to information on Chinese cultural forms such as Chinese philosopher’s ideology, Chinese history, martial arts, painting, calligraphy, and movies. The equipment – the LCD touch screen, the matched computer, and the related software—was provided by Hanban.
Because Chinese martial arts are quite popular in the United States, the CI specifically arranged two martial arts performances. The first performance, in the morning, was given by the teacher and students from CI’s Community Taichi class. The second performance was given in the afternoon by Master Shaojun Lv, a professor of martial arts at the Beijing Physical Education University. During the performance, Master Lv taught the audience some of the 24 Tai Chi forms. The audience enjoyed the interactive portion of the performance.
In addition to the activities already mentioned, the TAMU CI also supported the Chinese Student and Scholar’s Association (CSSA) in their demonstration of Chinese calligraphy, Chinese paintings, Chinese ethic costumes, and Chinese pop music. Together CI and CSSA presented a diverse and engaging Chinese culture feast to residents of Brazos valley and the community of Texas A&M University.
The annually Brazos Valley Worldfest was launched in 2007. It is one of the biggest international cultural events in the area. This year the attendance was 6,000.（by Chen Wenjuan, photos by Amanda Zuccarini）
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