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Chinese Corners keep on building

16 December 2020

Chinese corner - residences

December saw Cardiff Confucius Institute’s third online Chinese Corner, this time with a focus on architecture.

The event, entitled ‘The Genius of Traditional Chinese Residences’, allowed attendees to learn how Chinese philosophy has influenced the way Chinese homes are built, as well as how they function. Being held via Zoom also allowed for interaction with other participants and Confucius Institute teachers in small group discussions, in addition to listening to the plenary session. This format has proved very popular for learners who enjoy the opportunity the mix of formal and informal learning opportunities.

“An interactive and always surprising way of learning about Chinese culture and language” - Luisa Pèrcopo

‘The Genius of Traditional Chinese Residences’ was led by Mandarin tutor Jie Chen. Jie has a wealth of knowledge on the subject, having studied architecture in Tianjin University and Xiamen University and gained a Master’s degree in the History and Theory of Architecture. During the event, participants were able to consider and discuss how the Chinese have built their homes, and how this reflects on their culture and impacts their daily lives.

“Chinese architecture was put into the context of history, geography, culture and philosophy (Confucianism and Taoism) which was really interesting. Photos and diagrams were really good.” - Chris Burns

Chinese Corners are for anyone interested in learning more about China, its cultures and language. Previous topics have included history, etymology, festivals and special events, and an introduction to Mandarin. Cardiff Confucius Institute have been holding these events online since July, kicking off with a talk called See China from your Sofa. The presentation covered a range of cultural activities including famous sites, historic cities and local cuisines.

Following the successful transition of our Chinese Corner talks from in-person to online delivery, we will be continuing the series online next year, starting with ‘New Year, Spring Festival and other Main Festivals in China’ on 20 January.

Other events planned for 2021 are:

  • Social life in Modern China – 24 February
  • Education in China – 24 March
  • Geography & Travel in China – 5 May

We look forward to welcoming you to our 2021 series of talks from the comfort of your own home!

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