Festival highlights culture

first_imgPerformers showcased weeks of preparation Friday during the Chinese program’s fourth Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration, which featured song performances, dance performances and story-telling in the student lounge in the Coleman-Morse Center. Students taking Chinese, international students from China and students interested in the Chinese culture attended the celebration. The Chinese program, part of Notre Dame’s Department of East Asian Languages and Culture, has hosted the Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration in 2008, 2009 and 2010 but was not able to plan for it during the years 2011 and 2012. Chinese associate teaching professor Chengxu Yin said the event was a “great success” with “overwhelmingly positive” student feedback in the past. “There are two primary goals in organizing this event. First, we take advantage of this opportunity to introduce an important Chinese cultural tradition to our language students [as] we present the history of the Mid-Autumn Festival to our students,” Yin said. “As part of the celebration, we give our students the opportunity to taste moon cakes. Students give some performances in Chinese, thereby combining learning with entertainment.” “Our second goal is to provide students with an opportunity to get to know each other and all the Chinese faculty and to build a larger learning community early on in the academic year.” In an interview conducted in Chinese, assistant professional specialist Congcong Ma said the event succeeded in its goal of fostering student-teacher relationships.   “The event encouraged student to voluntarily showcase their acts and it allowed teachers to discover their students’ talents,” Ma said. “[The event also] publicized the Chinese program, offered the students a learning platform for Chinese culture and increased students’ focus, therefore inspiring eagerness to learn.” The celebration included dance performances, including a Tibetan Dance of “Love Song of Kangding” performed by visiting guest lecturers Xiaosha Wei and Yuan Xiao and visiting assistant professional specialist Wei Wang. Chinese literature associate professor Liangyan Ge told the audience the legend of the Mid-Autumn Festival, and every participant drew a numbered slip to enter the raffle for a chance to win a prize. Food was served at the end of the celebration, including moon cakes which are traditionally part of the Festival. “The most successful part of the celebration was the ‘edutainment’ (educational entertainment), allowing the students to understand Chinese culture and learn facts in a fun environment,” Ma said. “Next year’s celebration will most likely have a change in venue [since] the lounge in the Coleman-Morse [Center] was a little too small and students in the very back could not hear clearly. At the same time, we look to increase the variety of performances.” Sophomore Christopher Rhyne, a psychology and Chinese major, said he would attend the event again if they held it next year. “The shows and the games were all nice to watch and fun,” Rhyne said. “However, I wish the host spoke a little louder [because] it was hard to hear. I also wished they had more seating.” Senior Chinese and political science major and poverty studies minor Dominic Romeo said he was impressed by the commitment of those involved with the event.  “The willingness of everybody involved to give up their Friday evenings to celebrate this event speaks volumes about the uniqueness of the Notre Dame Chinese [program] and the enthusiasm of its students,” Romeo said. Chinese Program coordinator and associate professor, Yongping Zhu said he appreciates the support from the Office for Undergraduate Studies, the College of Arts and Letters.sthe Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Center for thf Study of Languages and Culture. “I also appreciate my colleagues, other Chinese instructors and some students for their great efforts for this event,” Zhu said. “They have done a lot for the event.” Contact Wei Lin at [email protected]last_img read more

Chinese tourists will break the record in outbound travel during the Spring Festival this year

first_img“The fact that the Chinese are willing to spend more money and time on travel is proof of the rise in living standards and incomeSaid Peng Liang, an employee of Trip.com’s tourist data research center. “As more Chinese travel abroad on vacation, the world will also benefit from Chinese development”, He concludes. Better wages and a simpler way to start a business through startups drive the middle class in China, but also in many other parts of the world. After allocating money to basic living needs, middle-class families spend their hard-earned money on travel, a luxury in the past. Source / photo: Chinese Internet Information Center; Travel Daily Media; Pixabay Chinese tourists are the drivers of the travel industry. By 2030, two-thirds of the global middle class is projected to live in Asia. In the next 10 years, the number of middle-class people will increase fivefold, to 3,2 billion, and will be the largest group of consumers, reports Travel Daily Media. The Chinese made 2019 million outbound trips during the 6,3 Spring Festival holidays, up nearly 12,5 percent from the same period last year. Ninety percent of Trip.com users have chosen high-quality travel products and services. Tourists prefer private tourist groups with tour guides and flexible driving schedules. Chinese tourists will travel to several overseas destinations during their holidays during the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) in 2020, according to a report published by China’s largest online travel agency Trip.com Group. Chinese Internet Information Center. Thanks to the warm climate, Australia and New Zealand were among the most popular destinations for Chinese tourists during that period. Trips to Italy, the UK, Spain, Russia, France and the United Arab Emirates are also bestsellers, the report said. “Chinese tourists have booked trips to 419 overseas cities, to over 100 countries and regions, during a seven-day vacation starting on January 24, 2020.”, It is stated in the report of Trip.com, and it is added that both figures are new records for the company.last_img read more

Kansas City Chiefs beat San Francisco 49ers 30-21 to win Super Bowl LIV

first_imgAdvertisement 8wtsv0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4alWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eatbp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9lWould you ever consider trying this?😱wg1aCan your students do this? 🌚xaj9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Kansas City Chiefs have now become the Super Bowl Champion after fifty years. Patrick Mahomes led Chiefs defeated San Francisco 49ers 30-21 to win Super Bowl 54.Advertisement SB LIV took place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. In the fourth quarter, Chiefs were down by 10 points. However, a surge from Mahome’s offence and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter led the Chiefs to their first win in half a century.Advertisement Mahomes didn’t look like his usual self in the second and third quarter as she threw 2 interceptions. Mahomes completed 26 of 41 passes for 286 yards. He scored two rushing touchdowns in the process.Damien Williams ran for 133 yards and scored two touchdowns in the process. Meanwhile, other running backs like Tyreek Hill ran for 105 receiving yards and Sammy Watkins for 98 receiving yards.On the other hand, a big reason behind such a victory from Chiefs is because of the head coach Andy Reid. The 61-year old has coached for 21-years. He spent 14-years being the head coach of Philadelphia Eagles and 7-years coaching the Cheifs. Under his tenure, the Eagles and Cheifs have collectively reached the playoffs 15 times. He also has 207 regular-season wins and 14 playoff wins. This is only his second SB win. His previous came in 1997 when he coached the Green Bay Packers.“I’m humbled by it,” Reid said during Super Bowl week. “Very humbled by it. I have great guys here. Friends likewise around the league. Been doing it a long time. This is about this team, the guys that have worked so hard to get where they are. The players, the coaches, the organization. It’s a team effort even getting to this position.”US President Donald Trump also took to twitter to congratulate Cheifs on their victory.“Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game and a fantastic comeback under immense pressure. We are proud of you and the Great State of Missouri. You are true Champions!,” Trump tweeted.ALSO READ:NBA Recap, 13/3/19 – LeBron and Lakers cruise past Bulls Advertisementlast_img read more