At the beginning of every semester, we will have a banquet to welcome new and returning students, introduce the teachers and staff, and enjoy reconnecting after a busy time off.
This year we will eat at 津门一串 (jīn mén yí chuàn) on Friday, March 11th, from 5:30-8pm. The address to the restaurant is: 河西区气象台路72号 Hexi District, QiXiangTaiLu #72, but it’s quite famous so most taxi drivers should already know it by the name.
Please sign up in the office or email us with your intentions by March 10th.
See you there and hope you’re hungry!
(Note: Cost for part-time students and/or friends is 50RMB)
This past week New Century took us to culture center where we got the chance to observe classic Chinese artwork being made. Not only did we get to watch some professionals paint, but we also got to hear the stories behind each of the paintings. From these stories, I learned the real meaning behind several symbols that I often see in Chinese paintings. For example, one can often spot a fish because the Chinese word for fish sounds like part of the Chinese word for prosperous. My favorite painting depicted four children pulling a large carrot out of the ground together and read “齐心协力”, which essentially means teamwork.
On top of this, we also got the chance to learn about woodblock printing and even try it out for ourselves. Using a woodblock that depicted an ancient Chinese market, we first coated it with a layer of black ink, and then pressed the image onto a large sheet of paper to produce our own piece of art. The image was far more detailed than I had originally imagined, and we then got to watch as the teacher skillfully began to paint the outline we had just made, giving it life. Overall, I enjoyed how the subtleties and details of these Chinese paintings often had profound meaning and made me appreciate even more the richness of Chinese culture. —–Austin
Last week some teachers and students went to a factory. This factory makes the so-called New Year pictures. These are a kind of pictures that Chinese people will put on the wall during Spring Festival. In the pictures there are a lot of things that represent, or are related to, happiness. For example, fish, cranes, boys and lotus. At that factory we were able to see how these pictures are made. They use a wooden block in which a picture is carved. Then they use a brush to put ink on the carved picture. After that they put paper on the wooden block and the picture will last on the paper. In this way they can make a lot of pictures in a short time. Then there are several people who are busy colouring the pictures.
For us foreigners it was interesting to know how these very famous New Year pictures are made. —Christel
It’s the middle of winter, what better time to talk about travel!
CRUISE SHIP – 邮轮
[kruz ʃɪp] – yóu lún
Want to relive the epic Titanic journey as Jack and Rose? Maybe looking for a luxurious honeymoon voyage? A cruise ship would be your best bet. Mostly safe and largely expensive; the food and accommodations are amazing. Best places to take a cruise: Mediterranean Sea, Caribbean Sea, South China Sea, Alaska
January 15th, 3:30-5:00, School
Mahjong (Chinese: 麻将; pinyin: má jiàng) is a game for four players that originated in China. This time a teacher will teach you to play Mahjong.
First the teacher will introduce Mahjong briefly. Then she will teach you how to play Mahjong and you will have a chance to play Mahjong yourself.
This activity will provide you an opportunity to learn how to play Mahjong and learn more about Chinese culture. If you would like to participate, please sign up in the office or email or call us at firstname.lastname@example.org
December 19, 2015 2:00-4:30pm
Daniel has been working in Tianjin on culture interaction through sports programs for several years. He founded a football team here with more than 30 local football players. He also organized various training activities to introduce American athletes or speakers to his Chinese students and friends. To cross-culture interaction, he is making practical and functional contribution to both American and Chinese communities.
If you are interested in this activity , please sign up in the office by December 11 or email email@example.com
Please note : This activity is free for everyone.
December 4th, 2015 12:30 – 2pm
On Friday, December 4th, we will have our next Chinese Table. This time we will go to eat hot pot which is a very famous Chinese food. If you want to join us, please sign your name on the chart in the office by Thursday afternoon, November 27th.
If you are unable to personally sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office with your intentions.
Restaurant: 天香火锅 Tian Xiang (Hot Pot)
Address: 平泉道 Ping Quan Dao
Please note : Part-time students cost 50 RMB