In conjunction with the Lantern Festival, the Confucius Institute at SEGi University held the 2nd Online Spring Festival Couplets Writing by Chinese and Malaysian Youths cultural activity on 15 February 2022.
The activity started with a performance by Malaysian primary and secondary school students, followed by the welcoming speeches of Mr Zhao Chang Tao, Education Counsellor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia and Mr Norman Chu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of SEGi University.
Then, Dr An Fu Yong, Chinese Director of Confucius Institute at SEGi University, introduced the Chinese New Year customs in China to Malaysian and Chinese students. He also held a quiz for the students, which helped them understand the differences and similarities between Chinese New Year customs in Malaysia and China.
Next, a lucky draw session added to the warm, interactive atmosphere of the activity.
Entering the main session of the activity, the famous calligrapher, Mr Huang Chengli from Hainan Normal University’s Faculty of Arts, demonstrated Spring Festival couplets’ writing methods in various fonts to the students. In the demonstration, he shared knowledge of Chinese calligraphy and Spring Festival couplets.
Under Huang’s guidance, the Malaysian and Chinese students wrote Spring Festival couplets enthusiastically. Some even wrote well wishes, such as “Happy Lantern Festival”. Soon after, together with the activity’s judges, Huang chose seven Malaysian students and eight Chinese students as recipients of the “Spring Festival Couplet Calligraphy Art Award”.
The activity concluded with the Malaysian and Chinese students exchanging Chinese New Year greetings.
The 2nd Online Spring Festival Couplets Writing by Chinese and Malaysian Youths cultural activity was jointly organised by Confucius Institute at SEGi University and Hainan Calligraphy Research Institute. Among the co-organisers were SEGi University International Students Society, Peninsula International School Australia and EU Education Centre, .
Around 500 students from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and China’s Hainan, Hunan, Hebei, and Guangdong provinces participated in the cultural activity.
Volunteer teachers at the Confucius Institute of SEGi University Du Ling Long and Xu You Dan co-hosted the event.
In addition, Dr Lydia Foong, Local Director of Confucius Institute at SEGi University, SEGi University lecturer Guo Zi Wei, the management and teachers from Peninsula International School Australia and EU Education Centre Kuala lumpur, and volunteer teacher at Confucius Institute of SEGi University Wei Tong had contributed to the success of the cultural activity.