The "Chinese Bridge" (a Chinese cultural transmission program) winter camp of Communication University of Zhejiang (CUZ) was concluded with success on Monday (Jan. 10th). A total of 1,288 overseas campers from Germany, Spain, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. have participated in the 20-day event online.
"I am so interested in China and Chinese, and I am eager to learn Chinese history and culture. I want to be a teacher in the future. I have harvested a lot from this winter camp," commented Khong Ngoc Dinh, 9-year-old girl from Vietnam.
42-year-old "Russian Grandma" Leshukova Natalia was another active camper. She joined in the winter camp as she wanted to walk out of her comfort zone. "Chinese learning was really very difficult, however I encouraged myself to keep going. In the end I have learnt a lot from phonetics and calligraphy classes," said Natalia.
Jin Jing, director of the project, has been committed to teaching Chinese and promoting traditional Chinese culture for ten years and has found the soaring enthusiasm for learning Chinese and Chinese culture among foreigners. "More and more foreigners enroll for such Chinese classes as they really think Chinese culture is interesting, although they came for the sake of doing business ten years ago."
"It's worth mentioning that the number of foreign campers enrolled this year is 10 times more than last year. And it's quite interesting that the courses that interest them most are paper cutting, Beijing Opera mask painting and seals carving. The courses share the common characteristic of being relatively easy to learn and keeping their own work," Jin Jing said.
CUZ organized the event to offer the oversea students an access to the in-depth understanding of the Chinese culture and communications. Aside from basic the Chinese learning, the camp also offers cultural experience courses on traditional Chinese opera, folk songs, calligraphy, etiquette, painting, seal carving art, tea ceremony, Guqin and ancient poetry, as well as some broadcasting courses like impromptu oral expression, the art of broadcasting, Chinese film and television dubbing.