Communication: understanding China, starting with printing and seismograph
Xinhua News Agency, Canberra, November 6th, by wire: learn about China, starting with printing and seismograph
Xinhua News Agency reporter Bai Xu Yue Dongxing
From paper umbrellas to merchant ships, from engraving printing to looms, from catapults to seismographs to Cuju, Australian primary and secondary school students have an unimaginable understanding of ancient Chinese culture.
On June 6, 87 students from 15 primary and secondary schools in Canberra won prizes in the Panda Competition at the Chinese Embassy in Australia for their handicrafts.
Carol Kyle, the organizer of the event and chairman of the Capital Regional Branch of the Australia-China Friendship Association, said: "every year our themes are different, but they are all related to China, and students can learn about different aspects of China in the course of their creation. After doing research, you will also be more interested in a particular field. Last year's theme was' Chinese Classical Musical Instruments', while this year is' Ancient Chinese inventions'. I know that ancient Chinese inventions are not only 'four great inventions', so students have a lot of room for creation. "
Kyle said they received more than 500 entries this year. She believes that learning another culture can broaden your horizons and better understand the world.
Nathaniel Sekum, a 12-year-old sixth grader at Morson Elementary School, made a engraving printer and used it to print the Chinese characters "Printing was invented in China." He says his interest in China began in kindergarten and that he has now learned Chinese for 67 years.
"We think it's very good for him to learn a foreign language from an early age," said Keith Sekum, Sekum's father. "the earlier you start, the more solid you learn."
Samantha Gray, 8, works on a paper boat full of silk and porcelain. "it took her about a month to finish the work." Her mother said. She says she has learned a lot with her children, such as ancient Chinese shipbuilding and the history of ancient Chinese commerce with overseas countries.
Gray's brother Kenneth, also from Morson Elementary School, won the special prize in the competition. His work is a seismograph painted with gold paint, modeled on the seismograph of Zhang Heng, a scientist in the Eastern Han Dynasty. "China is a fast-growing country, and there are a lot of interesting inventions." He said.
Both Gray and Kenneth are learning Chinese. "over the past two or three decades, China has had a great influence on Australia, and increasing our understanding of China is a good start to their future development." Their father Colin Gray said. He believes that learning languages and cultures can enhance cross-cultural understanding.
Yang Zhi, Minister Culture Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Australia, said: "from the works, we can see that the children are very attentive, creative and imaginative. They have consulted a lot of materials and read a lot of books. The process of participating in the competition itself is a process of familiarity with Chinese culture. "
"the competition will stimulate the enthusiasm of the children participating in the activities to understand Chinese culture, and through them, they can also stimulate their families and teachers' interest in Chinese culture, and then encourage the education authorities to strengthen Chinese teaching," Yang said. "
The Panda Competition, which began in 1995, was named for its first event with the theme of China's national treasure, the giant panda. The event, organized by the Capital region Branch of the Australia-China Friendship Association, is a promotion of Chinese culture in primary and secondary schools in the Australian capital region. It aims to enable young Australians to learn more about Chinese culture and deepen mutual understanding between the people of the two countries. We will promote cultural exchanges between the two countries.