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Chinese corner: Beijing Opera face painting

This Spring a group of students from the Prince of Songkla University in Thailand visited Ganzhou city and lived on campus at JUST on a Chinese language programme.

As part of an initiative to promote Chinese culture, the Faculty of Foreign Studies held a special Chinese Corner* based on the masks of the Beijing Opera. More accurately translated as “types of facial makeup”, the different markings of a face, or ‘mask’, indicate the character, their role in their play and are of vital importance to Beijing Opera along with costume and gestures.

If you are interested in this article then read the review of ‘King of Masks’, a fantastic film on face-changing; a special kind of skill within Chinese theatre, unique to Sichuan.

The university invited the foreign teachers to come and learn a bit more about the different masks and facial painting. I was unsure about having the face paint applied to my own face but jumped at the chance to try it out on a student

Here’s some of the results!

What do you know about any of these masks? Can you add some information and insight? Please use the comments box below!

* English corner is a popular extra curricular activity across schools, college and universities in China. Students are encouraged to form English-speaking environments and will talk on a subject over the duration, usually in an outdoor area or place which breaks down student teacher, or eastern/western boundries.

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A Visit To The Ganzhou Shahe Wulonggou, Hakka Park/ 赣州市沙河五龙客家风情园

 

Competition: Famous Landmark

Each class was asked to pick a famous international tourist destination and to design, plan, build a miniature model of the landmark. The materials used for the actual model had to be recycled and the landmark recognisable. Bellow are pictures of the participants and event which was held at Jiangxi University of Science and Technology Located in Ganzhou City.

每个班都被要求选择一个著名的国际旅游目的地,然后设计,规划,建设一个具有里程碑意义的微缩模型。在实际的模型中所用的材料必须被回收,地标必须是可识别的。以下是在赣州江西理工大学所举行的参与者和事件的图片。

 

Wednesday Class 1:

First Place: The Brandenburg Gate in Germany

Second Place: Eiffel Tower in France

 

Wednesday Class 2:

First Place: The Parthenon in Greece

Second Place: Mount Fuji in Japan

Wednesday Class 3:

First Place: The Taj Mahal in India

Second Place: Tower Bridge

 

Thursday Class 4:

 

First Place: The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Second Place: Saint Basil's Cathedral

 

Friday Class 1:

 

 

Bellow are the pictures from all the classes that took part in this Competition.

 

My Spring Festival by 张晏淇

Former student and Business English graduate 张晏淇 recalls this year’s Spring Festival:

从前的一个学生,商务英语专业的毕业生,张晏淇,回顾今年的春节:

My name is Wayne. I graduated from HuangHuai University. I remember what were my feelings clearly when I came to Zhengzhou after the graduation ceremony. Lone, helpless, unfamiliar, far from home and I started my very first steps toward finding a job.

我的名字是韦恩。我毕业于黄淮学院。我清楚的记得毕业仪式以后,我来到郑州时的感受。孤独,无助的,陌生的,远离了家乡,我开始了我找工作的第一步。

 

The Chinese character 'Fu'

The city’s life is quite different from that in university. The hardness and tiredness is what I don’t like to mention. I was beat almost every day. However, thank goodness. Now I am working in a big company while my dream is coming more and more reachable and clear.

在城市里的生活是完全不同于大学的。困难和疲劳是我不喜欢提及的事。几乎每天我都有被打败了的感觉。不过,谢天谢地。现在我在一家大公司工作,而我的梦想变得越来越清晰可触。

 

Half a year has passed by, I embraced my first sweet spring festival, which I never thought would be a luxurious festival for me since I work.

半年过去了,我迎来了我第一个甜蜜的春节,这是我从来没有想过的事,因为自从我开始工作,节日对我来说将会是一件奢侈的事。

 

For the Snake year, I went home with my girlfriend to unwind myself from each part of my muscle. Before the Spring Festival Eve, I helped my mother to buy and store much meat , steamed buns, and vegetables naturally. For the first time, I found it meaningful. For the first time, I found my mum so beautiful with glow in her face after picking the goods.

因为是蛇年,我跟我女朋友一起回家,好好的放松一下自己。在春节前夕,我帮妈妈买了很多的肉,包子和新鲜蔬菜储存起来。这是第一次,我觉得它很有意义。这也是第一次,我发现我的妈妈在挑选到商品后,她的脸上焕发出的神采是如此美丽。

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The 2012 Singing Competition

A few weeks ago the annual singing competition was held on Main Campus. On my birthday I went to watch and support my students. Here’s a video of English Major Class Two (second/sophomore year) singing beautifully the song 军港之夜 (Night at the Naval Port), a song about being at sea. Listen for the calming, melancholy waves of the music. I found this song eerily haunting and it stayed with me all day. They were the only group with musical accompaniment, listen out for how they tune to the piano. Class Two came second in the judges marks but they deserve special credit as I believe they should have won … … or maybe I am bias. The proof is in the listening …

几个星期前,年度歌唱比赛的主校区举行。在我的生日那天,我去观看了,并支持我的学生。这里有一个英语专业二班的视频,(第二/大二)是他们在唱一首优美的歌(军港之夜),一首关于在海上的歌。听起来平静,忧郁的音乐浪潮。我发现这首歌奇妙的地方,它的旋律一直伴随着我一整天。他们是唯一一个用乐器伴奏的班级,可以听的出他们是如何调整钢琴的。二班被评为第二名,但我相信他们应该赢得他们应得的特殊奖励… …也许这是我的偏见。你听一下就知道我为什么这么说了……

 English major, Class 3 singing their hearts out …

英语专业,三班唱出了他们的心声,

 Great costumes Class 1!

英语一班,很棒的服饰!

International Trade, Class 2

国贸二班

I want you to meet …

I asked the English Major second year group (class 2) to introduce me to some inspirational people. Here were some of their most interesting responses:

我要求英语专业二年级组(2班)给我介绍一些鼓舞人心的人物。这里是一些最有趣的回答:

 

“This summer I read a book called If I had sight for three days which is written by Helen Keller. She described the picture of real, natural and great life. Though she is blind and deaf, she didn’t give up on herself. With the help of her teacher she made great progress and left our generation a big heritage. We are all proud of that.

“今年夏天,我读了一本书叫,假如给我三天光明,这是由海伦凯勒写的。她描述了一幅真实,自然,美好生活的画面,虽然她是又瞎又聋,但是她并没有放弃自己。在她的老师的帮助下,她取得了很大的进展,并且留给我们这一代人一笔丰富的财富,我们都为此感到自豪。

Before I went home from JUST, I was going to buy a book. My friend suggested that I buy this great book. She said she learnt much from it and it may give me some inspiration and be worth reading.

在我从江西理工大学回家之前,我打算买一本书。我的朋友建议我买这本精彩的书。她说,她学到了很多东西,而且它可以给我一些启发,值得一读。

I admire her persistence and talented, positive spirit.

我很佩服她的毅力和才华以及积极进取的精神。

If I could meet her, I will give her a warm hug and communicate with her about her life and her attitudes toward life. Firstly I want to let her touch the water again, because the word ‘water‘ is her first known word. Then I want to see the sunrise and sit with her.”

如果我能遇到她,我会给她一个温暖的拥抱,并且和她聊一下关于她的生活以及她对生活的态度。首先,我想让她再次触碰一下水,因为’水’字是她的第一个认识的字。然后,我想和她一起看日出。”

Written by Du Yu

作者,杜玉

Chinese poet Lǐ Qīngzhào

I would like to introduce you to Li QingZhao.

我想给你介绍李清照

Why do you like this person? Li QingZhao is a famous composer of poetry in the Song Dynasty. She is famous as “the first talented woman” in Chinese history. She wrote many famous poems.

你为什么喜欢这个人?李清照是宋代著名的词人。在中国历史上,她以“第一才女”闻名。她写过很多著名的诗词。

What is this person known for? She is known for creating poems and the theory of the poem.

这个人以什么闻名?她以写诗以及创造了诗歌学闻名。

How and when did you first become aware of this person? In primary school, one time, I learnt her poem so that’s when I became aware of her.

你第一次注意到这个人是什么时候,是如何注意到的?那是在小学,有一次,我学到了她的词,那个时候我开始注意她的。

What’s your favourite thing they’ve done? Poetry. Her poems are full of patriotism and literary artistic talent.

她们做过的事中,你最喜欢哪一件?诗词。她的诗词中饱含了爱国主义情怀以及文学艺术天赋。

What qualities in this person do you most admire / do you see in yourself / or are opposite from your character? She is a patriotic an talented person. She created many famous poems and made a great impression on the history of poetry. I am also patriotic and I am eager to be a talented person.

你最钦佩这个人的什么品质?在你的性格中你想到了相似的还是相反的?她是一个爱国的,有才华的人。她创造了很多著名的诗词并且在诗词的历史上有很大的影响。我也很爱国,而且我也想变成一个有才华的人。

How would you treat or host your guest? Appreciate her poems and taste a cup of tea. We can take a small trip such as climbing mountains and see beautiful views.

要是她变成你的客人,你会如何接待她?赞美她的诗词,和她喝一杯咖啡。我们可以一起去小小的旅行,比如爬山,然后一起看美丽的风景。

Written by Hu YaTing

作者,胡雅婷

Actress, singer and hostess Xiè Nà

I would like to introduce you to Xie Na. [English name NaNa]

我想给你介绍谢娜。{英文名是NaNa}

Why do you like this person? She went through many painful experiences but she changed all the failure and tears into the happiness which she has been passing to us on the stage and in the books she wrote. She never shows sadness, although there are tears for thanksgiving. She is over 30 years old but she still keeps active and energetic.

你为什么喜欢这个人?她曾经有过很多惨痛的经历,但是她把所有的失败有眼泪都转化成了快乐,就好像她在书中和舞台上展现给我们看的一样。尽管有时候她会因为感恩而流泪,但是她从不表露出悲伤。她已经30多岁了,但是她依旧充满活力和能量。

What is this person known for? She is a famous TV hostess. She hosts some famous programmes such as Happy Camp, Advance Bravely, Adult Ceremony and Mango Training Camp. Almost every young person knows her well. She wrote some books such as Na Xie Nian Hua and Na Mo Kuai Le. She also sings and acts.

这个人因什么而闻名?她是著名的电视节目主持人。她主持了很多有名的节目,比如快乐大本营,勇敢向前冲,成人仪式以及芒果训练营。几乎每一个年轻人都知道她。她还写了几本书,比如那些年华和那么快乐。她也唱歌,演戏。

How and when did you first become aware of this person? When I was in middle school. My classmates were crazy about Happy Camp. And my roommates had kept talking about her all the time. I tried it once and begun to love her and her stage style. Many people said she is too crazy and just like a funny monkey! If you knew what she had experienced, you wouldn’t say that!!!

你第一次注意到这个人是什么时候,怎么会注意到的?在初中的时候,我的同学非常喜欢快乐大本营。我的室友不停地谈论她。我试着看过一次,然后就开始喜欢她以及她在舞台上的风格了。许多人说她太疯了简直就像一只搞笑的猴子!如果你知道她经历过什么,你就不会那样说了!!!

What’s your favourite thing they’ve done? I love her quote, “Be simple and happy” best. Happy Camp, which she hosts really adds laughter to my days. When you are sad and down it really works to watch her programmes or read her books. Furthermore, recently she hosted an imitation show called BaiBianDaKaKiu.

你最喜欢的他们做过的事是什么?我最喜欢她的座右铭,“做简单快乐的人”。她主持的快乐大本营的确给我的生活增加了很多欢乐。当你悲伤或者情绪低落的时候,看她的节目或者读她的书真的会有效果。而且,最近她主持了一场模拟秀叫做百变大咖秀。

What qualities in this person do you most admire / do you see in yourself / or are opposite from your character?  She is always upbeat and strong-willed. She has kept working hard so that frequently she only sleeps for 4 or 5 hours a day. But keeping a thanksgiving heart is the quality I most admire. She is always thinking of others who help her, even somebody who behind the scenes who is doing some washing or cleaning.

你最欣赏她什么品质?在你的性格中能找到相似的吗?还是相反的?她永远是那么乐观,有坚强的意志。她一直努力工作,所以她经常一天只睡4或5个小时。但是,保持一颗感恩的心,是我最欣赏的品质。她总是想着那些帮过她的人,甚至是那些在幕后做一些清洗工作的人。

How would you treat or host your guest? I really want to hold an awards party for her and look back at all the sorrow and pain she ever suffered and all her achievements she has gained.  We could watch movies that she was in and we could sing songs which she wrote. Of course, I want to discuss the books she wrote with her. At the end of the day I want to stand for every young heart to thank her for bringing us so much laughter and active power all the time.

要是让她成为你的客人,你会怎么样接待她?我真的很想帮她主持一场颁奖大会,回顾她所经历的悲伤痛苦以及她所获得的成就。我们可以一起看她演的电影,一起唱她写的歌。当然啦,我想和她一起讨论她写的书。最后一天的时候,我想代表每一个年轻人感谢她一直带给我们快乐,带给我们积极的能量。

written by Zhu SuoYing

作者,朱娑颖

I would like to introduce you to Shi TieSheng

我想要给你介绍史铁生

Why do you like this person? He is an excellent writer. I remember he once said his occupation is sick and amateur. He fought against illness and achieved lots of excellent works from a hospital bed. I think he is a person who has tenacious vitality.

你为什么喜欢这个人?他是一个很优秀的作家。我记得他曾经说过他的业余职业就是生病。他在病床上和疾病作斗争,同时也获得过很多工作上的成就。我认为他是一个有顽强生命力的人。

What is this person known for? He is known for his works. He is writing his soul and some of his works are about his feeling for his illness but he never gave up, never showed his dissatisfaction about fate and he pays his attention to the common part.

这个人以什么而闻名?他因他的工作而闻名。他写的是关于他的灵魂的书,以及一些关于他对他的病痛的感觉,但是他从不放弃自己,从不表现出对命运的不满,他把注意力放在普通的地方。

How and when did you first become aware of this person? When I was in junior high school I borrowed a book from my cousin. There are lots of famous proses and when I noticed 我与地坛 (I and the Temple of Earth) I was shocked.

你第一次注意到这个人是什么时候,是怎么样注意到的?当我在高中的时候,我从我表姐那里借了一本书。有很多有名的散文,当我看到《我和地坛》的时候我被震撼了。

What’s your favourite thing they’ve done? The favourite thing is how he says his occupation is sick, amateur as though the sentence has a little humour but it is the truth.

他们做的事中你最喜欢什么?最喜欢他说他的业余职业是生病,虽然这句话带了一点幽默感,但是它却是事实。

What qualities in this person do you most admire / do you see in yourself / or are opposite from your character? His attitude toward his illness and his persistence in writing. I think it is the opposite from my character. When I have a cold I feel uncomfortable. I would have a rest and a bad mood and never do anything significant. I should learn from him, whenever doing things significantly and I’ll forget the bad things.

你最欣赏她什么品质?在你的性格中能找到相似的吗?还是相反的?他对他疾病的态度以及他对写作的坚持。我想这和我的性格是相反的。当我感冒不舒服的时候,我会心情不好需要休息,做不了任何事。我应该向他学习,无论什么时候都要做点显著的事,然后忘记那些不好的事。

How would you treat or host your guest? I would just talk about some questions about life, about writing and learn from him if possible. I think like him he would not like some entertainment, just some topics about writing, about the thinking of life will be ok.

如果他是你的客人,你会怎么接待他?我应该只会问一些关于人生的问题,要是可以的话跟他学习写作。我觉得他应该不会喜欢娱乐活动,只是一些写作,人生的问题应该还是可以的。

written by Li HuiQing

作者,李慧清

I would like to introduce you to Deng Chao.

我想给你介绍邓超

Why do you like this person? If I like someone, I don’t care what he or she looks like or any other things. I like Deng CHao, to say exactly, I like his character. He is a bold person, brave, confident, not afraid to say what he feels or show his feelings and dares to do anything. If he loves someone he will protect them with his best. He is a real person in my heart. I like people like him.

你为什么喜欢这个人?如果我喜欢某个人的话,我不会关心他或者她的外貌或是其他的什么。我喜欢邓超,直接的说,我喜欢他的性格。他是一个胆大的人,他很勇敢,自信,不怕表达自己的感受,告诉别人自己的想法,而且敢于做任何事。要是他爱上了某个人的话,他会拼尽全力保护她。在我心里他是个很真实的人。我喜欢人们喜欢他。

What is this person known for? He is known for his bravery. He is really brave. He behaves like a scoundrel but he does good things.

这个人因什么而闻名?他因为勇敢而闻名。他是真的很勇敢。他的行为像一个无赖,但他做的事都是好事。

How and when did you first become aware of this person? I became aware of Deng Chao when I first saw his TV play Tian Mi Mi in my junior middle school. I also saw a lot of his TV plays and movies. He is really excellent.

你第一次注意到这个人是什么时候,怎么会注意到的?我注意到邓超是我在初中的时候,那个时候我第一次看他演的电视剧甜蜜蜜。后来我也看了很多他演的电视剧和电影。他真的是个很优秀的人。

What’s your favourite thing they’ve done? I like to see the plot when he takes his girlfriend to do any crazy, dangerous and interesting things in his films He protects her and gives her a lot of care. He values his friendship and protects his brothers with his life.

他们做的所有的事中,你最喜欢哪一件?我喜欢看电影中他带他的女朋友做那些疯狂的,危险的却又有趣的事时的情景。他保护她,特别关心她。他用他的生命保护他的兄弟以及他们之间的友谊。

What qualities in this person do you most admire / do you see in yourself / or are opposite from your character? I admire his character, he is brave but I am rabbit-y. He dares to do anything he wants but I can’t be like him. I feel afraid. I want to be a person like him. Sometimes I think I wish I were a boy.

你最欣赏她什么品质?在你的性格中能找到相似的吗?还是相反的?我欣赏他的品质,他很勇敢,我却很胆小。他敢于做一切他想做的事,但我却不能像他一样。我感到害怕。我想要成为像他那样的人。有时候我希望自己是一个男生。

How would you treat or host your guest? I want to have a seat with him and eat ice cream together.

要是他变成你的客人,你会怎么招待他?我想要和坐在一起吃冰激凌。

written by Han MengMeng

作者,韩孟孟


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