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和而不同,異量之美——看西外外教如何解鎖文化差異

2018-01-12 牛栎珺 胡文宁

 

 

   中西融合    

   文化活動    

  外國友人到中國之後,culture shock隨之而來。但西外的外教似乎更容易適應中國的文化和生活。 

Why?? 

雖然文化差異我們無法改變,但在西外,“中西融合,和而不同”是我們一直不變的追求。 

文化活動

Chinese culture is broad and profound. The splendid civilization of five thousand years has been admired by the world. During this holiday season, when people were ready to welcome a new year, the Foreign Affairs Office of Xiwai and Art Center held an interesting cultural activity for foreign teachers of Xiwai on December 29th, 2017.  Entitled Speech Contest My Understanding of Chinese Culture”,it also included interactive activities such as Paper cutting, fan painting and ladle mask painting, which were organized to enrich the foreign teacherspersonal life and cultivate their interest in Chinese culture.

After enjoying the wonderful Chinese traditional instrumental music performed by several students and teachers, the speech contest started officially. Carlos Tamayo was the host for this contest.The judges were: Monika Pan, Enrico Piccinini , Emanuel Ruiz , Steven Herring , Michelle Wang and Pony Ma. Foreign teachers who participated in this contest shared their understanding of China and Chinese culture.

For example, Mark Wilkinson told the audience what he learned about China from TV when he was a kid, assuming that Chinese culture amounted to Chinese Kongfu. When he arrived in China, however, he then started to better appreciate the richness and diversity of Chinese culture.

Kurt Goetzinger introduced some traditional Chinese festivals, such as the Spring festival and Tomb-Sweeping Day. He also shared his trip to Tibet with the audience.

Natalie Couch discussed the differences between Chinese peoplesand American peoplesattachments to their families that she found from an investigation, emphasizing that Chinese people put greater values on their elder family members.

 

Eric Williams presented the evolution of Chinese characters. Then he demonstrated his passion for Chinese characters and wrote his Chinese name---WeiLian, which won everyones praise.

David Sanchez's fluency in Chinese was very impressive. He said that if people want to understand Chinese culture better, they need to learn Chinese well. Then he sang a cheerful Chinese song which activated the atmosphere, so he finally won the first prize!


Rachel Smith told the story of Mulan and the influence of that character on herself. She also expressed her love for Chinese culture. Charmaine Carstens, wearing a beautiful Chinese cheongsam, said that in China, and especially at Xiwai, she could feel the warmth of a family.

Some of the contesters speeches were inspirational and some were moving; Some made people laugh and some made people think. In general, everyones speech was unique and all of them were great!

After the contest, the foreign teachers also experienced a series of Chinese traditional folk arts, including paper cutting, fan painting and ladle mask painting.The foreign teachers were very creative and their work received compliments from the instructors. Lets enjoy the masterpieces of our teachers!

Comments from Eric Williams:

I am really glad I participated in the Chinese Culture event. I like the speeches my fellow teachers gave! It was so interesting to learn what their experiences have been living in this exciting country.

中文版


20171229日,西外外事办和艺术中心联合为外教举办了一场内容丰富有趣的文化活動:“演讲比赛——我心中的中国文化”和体验中国传统文化活動:国画、马勺、剪纸。我们邀您共看西外外教如何解锁中国文化!

中國文化源遠流長且博大精深,但很多外教對中國文化的認識還停留在電視節目裏所謂的“中國印象”。

外教Mark Wilkinson對此深有感觸。小時候他認爲中國文化就等于中國功夫。誰知來中國之後才發現,中國文化何其悠久,何其豐富多彩。

 漢字是中國文化的一大“代言”。

Eric Williams老師向大家介紹了漢字的演變過程,展示了他對漢字的熱愛。他在黑板上寫下了他的中文名字---威廉,方方正正的字,雖然筆畫複雜,但他寫得很是認真,帶著一種對文化的虔誠。

David Sanchez老師流利的中文令人刮目相看。他談到如果想更好地了解中國文化,就要把中文學好。爲了展示自己的中文水平,他即興高歌一曲,贏來無數掌聲!

外教們的演講打開了我們認識中西文化又一新的大門,也讓我們認識到了文化差異的積極意義,更讓在場的中教不由地升起一股民族文化自豪感。

外教們還體驗了一系列的中國傳統民間藝術的創作,有剪紙,畫扇面和畫馬勺臉譜。

Do they look like hard-working students when they focus on their work?

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