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Pidu Traditional Chinese Culture Service Team Goes Abroad to Spread Chinese Culture

From:Chengdu DailyInput Date:2017-12-08 〖Font:Big Medium Small〗〖 Print 〗〖 78 viewer 〗〖 Close

 

“Pidu District Traditional Chinese Culture Service Team”, under Rongcheng Jinqiu Voluntary Service Team, has not only been spreading traditional Chinese culture in Pidu District, but also promoting a cultural Pidu across China since its foundation last year. Recently, with the support from Pidu District Committee Bureau of Retired Veteran Cadres and Pidu District Retired Cadres Party Working Committee, Pidu District Traditional Chinese Culture Service Team was invited to take part in the “Belt and Road ASEAN Tour” – Thailand Stop. During the leg in Thailand, Pidu Traditional Chinese Culture Service Team, representing China, exported traditional Chinese culture to the outside world and was highly recognized by ASEAN+6 Trade Promotion Association and Thailand International Chamber of Commerce. The team members felt very proud.

 

On September 20, the reporter interviewed Ms. Zhai Wanhong, Deputy Leader of Pidu District Traditional Chinese Culture Service Team, who had just returned from the tour. It is quite appropriate to describe Ms. Zhai as a “talented woman with her elegance coming from good education”. Ms. Zhai said that as she engaged in formative education and research of traditional Chinese culture for children in Pidu District, she opened Xingqian School and Hongdeyuan Traditional Chinese Culture Enlightenment Center, with an ideal to cultivate “global citizens with both Eastern and Western cultural qualities, scientific thinking, creativity and international horizon”. In her school, hundreds of children in Pidu District appreciate famous paintings and calligraphy works by domestic and foreign men of letters handed down from ancient times, listen to a variety of elegant and famous pieces of Eastern and Western music, and read classic books of wisdom including One Thousand Character Primer, Enlightenment of Rhythm, The Great Learning, The Doctrine of the Mean, Confucian Analects and The Classic of the Way's Virtues, everyday, and even some foreign children study at Hongdeyuan Traditional Chinese Culture Enlightenment Center through online courses. In December 2016, supported by Pidu District Committee Bureau of Retired Veteran Cadres and Pidu District Retired Cadres Party Working Committee, Pidu District Traditional Chinese Culture Service Team was established. With the mission and responsibility to transmit traditional Chinese culture, the Team engaged and brought together Zhai Hongyuan and other specialists and scholars in traditional Chinese culture who study and spread traditional Chinese culture in Pidu District, with a view to enriching the cultural aspect of Pidu District as a new urban area and innovation and startup highland, nourishing Pidu with traditional Chinese culture and promoting cultural Pidu to the world. In the last March, Pidu District Traditional Chinese Culture Service Team was invited to take part in an international cultural exchange event in Qufu, Shandong. During the event, some veteran specialists introduced Pidu to the specialists present. These veteran comrades’ speeches and presentation were highly appraised by the specialists present at the event. This reinforced their responsibility for and boosted their confidence in spreading traditional Chinese culture. Later on September 7, at the invitation of the “Belt and Road ASEAN Tour” – Thailand Stop and supported by Pidu District Retired Cadres Party Working Committee, the Team went abroad to transmit traditional Chinese culture loaded with honors.

The “Belt and Road ASEAN Tour” – Thailand Stop has attracted more than one hundred guests from Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and other places. The “Belt and Road” Initiative fits the common needs of countries along the routes, and opens a new window of opportunity for these countries to complement each other’s advantages and pursue openness and development. Thus, it is a new platform for international cooperation. The tour in Thailand of the Team led by Zhai Yuanhong was warmly received by Thailand, and Ms. Zhai has been arranged to deliver special lectures on traditional Chinese culture. At the scene, Thai kids followed Hongdeyuan online class to recite some parts of Dawn of Spring, learning poems in Tang Dynasty through lively activities, and experienced the beauty of poems in traditional Chinese culture in a happy learning atmosphere by reading aloud and playing Chinese character games for kids. They learnt to read 10 Chinese characters rapidly. Ms. Zhai Yuanhong said, as China has become the second largest economy in the world today, lots of countries set their eyes on China, and the world has never been so longing for listening to the voice from China and seeking answers and solutions in Chinese wisdom. Kindheartedness, peace, beauty and virtue, beauty of diversity and one world in harmony advocated by the whole world can be explained by the sentence “In practicing the rules of propriety, it is harmony that is prized,” being temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous, as well as benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, wisdom and trust in traditional Chinese culture. However, the best instrument to understand Chinese culture is Chinese language and words, and the best stage to learn Chinese language and words is the childhood stage. Therefore, Ms. Zhai took part in the “Belt and Road ASEAN Tour” – Thailand Stop on behalf of Pidu District Traditional Chinese Culture Service Team for the purposes of promoting the importance of traditional Chinese culture in enlightenment education in early childhood, sharing her teaching experience in traditional Chinese culture with other countries, sharing high-quality educational resources and jointly advancing the development of the basic education of Chinese language across the world.