On October 29, the Confucius Institute in Edmonton hosted a Chinese Culture Day for 35 students from Riverbend Junior High School. They are studying in the Chinese Language and Culture program. This is the first year that Riverbend School introduced the program. The Chinese teacher hoped that exposure to Chinese culture will inspire the students’ interest and passion for learning Chinese.
After listening to a brief introduction about the CIE by director Cameron Mah and taking a tour of the CIE, the students took part in the variety of Chinese culture activities such as 5-animal exercises, handkerchief dance, shuttlecock, dough art, and paper cutting. They showed a great interest in these activities. We received positive feedback from the students as they described the experience as “fun”, “amazing”, and “awesome”.
In the past ten years, the CIE hosted Chinese Culture Day for students from Edmonton, St. Albert, Red Deer, Calgary, and as far as Whitehorse in Yukon. In order to support curriculum and provide culture support to schools, the CIE also provides the free culture workshops for schools such as dough art, paper cutting, Chinese knots, Chinese painting, calligraphy, Tai Chi, etc. Last year the CIE served over 10,000 district students.