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American Primary and Secondary School Students Participate the Open Day of the Consulate General to Experience China

On the afternoon of September 26, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York is full of laughter and excitement. Nearly 300 US primary and secondary school teachers and students from more than 10 schools in New York City and New Jersey came to participate in Experience China 2019, the Open Day of Consulate General. They perceived Chinese culture and celebrated China's National Day together.

Consul General Huang Ping warmly welcomed the students to visit the consulate on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Huang Ping said that the event, which has been held for many years, aimed to provide primary and secondary students in New York and surrounding areas with an opportunity to increase their interest in learning Chinese, and to get closer to and understand China. China is an ancient civilization with a history of 5,000 years and has its own unique culture. Learning Chinese is of great significance to understanding China.

Huang ping said that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the United States. China and the United States are two great countries and their relations are one of the most important bilateral relations in the world. A sound china-us relationship will not only benefit the two countries’ people but also contribute to the world’s stability and prosperity. Mutual understanding and trust between the people of China and America are very important to the friendship between the two countries. Huang Ping wished the youth more opportunities to learn and understand the history of Chinese culture to understand and appreciate Chinese cultural traditions and the development philosophy. He hoped the students to be the bridge of communication between the two countries and folk ambassadors of the China-US friendship by boosting the healthy and stable development of China-US relations when they grow up to benefit the people of the two countries and the world.

At the activity site, students learned paper cutting and compared their works with each other with great interest. Under the guidance of He Hongyi, a master of paper-cutting, some of them cut out the Chinese character “Zhong”, which is the Chinese name of China, some cut out the more complicated character “Mei”, which is part of the name of US. Some students can cut out the smiling faces of pandas. They were all excited by the new skills.

Middle school students from Long Island lined up for playing table tennis with Consul General Huang Ping. Table tennis also became the star event of that night, many students scrambled to show their skills, until the teacher urged them to go back home.

Tong Feiming, a former athlete of the Chinese national table tennis team and a table tennis coach at Yale University, told the students about “Ping-pong Diplomacy”, the ice-breaking story of China-US relations. According to her, China and the United States overcame numerous obstacles and achieved mutual exchanges and understanding over 40 years ago, shows that the two countries’ people always have the same beautiful expectations and aspirations for China-US relations. Today, the younger generation of the two countries should learn from this spirit and work together to promote mutual understanding and friendly cooperation between the two countries.

The fans of Chinese calligraphy sat around the table and concentrated on writing Chinese characters with ink brushes, feeling the beauty and charm of calligraphy and Chinese characters. They were happy to show their most satisfactory works.

Many American students first heard about Wing Chun, a form of Chinese martial art. They gathered in a circle to learn the basic boxing and philosophy in Chinese Kung Fu from coach Chen Guodeng.

Alice Snyder from Port Jefferson Middle School recited the poem I love you, China in normative Chinese, expressing her love and yearning for China and moving the audience deeply.

The students from the Sunshine School of the Consulate General joined activities of American students and presented the inspiring March of the Volunteers chorus.

Pupils from Harbor County Day School sang Meow Meow Meow and Let the world filled with love, drawing cheers from the audience with their earnest and cute performances.

All of the nine daughters from the Berat family learn Chinese. The oldest sister has started her studies at NYU Shanghai. The other eight sisters attended the event to perform the chorus Invisible Wings.

In addition to the cultural feast, the Consulate also cooked authentic Kung Pao chicken, Flavored beef tendon, Yangzhou fried rice, and Sesame rice balls, enabling the American students to taste a bite of China from afar. Students enjoyed and praised the meal.

With the theme of celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States, the Open Day has elaborately designed a variety of experience programs that reflect Chinese culture and combine education with fun. In a relaxed and lively atmosphere, students learn about Chinese history and culture, taste Chinese food, enhance their interest and motivation in learning Chinese, and have a more intuitive and clear understanding of contemporary China. Teachers and students who participated in the event were satisfied with these wonderful and fruitful activities.

Confucius Institute at China Institute, Pace University and New York Confucius Institute for Global Finance at Baruch College sent many teachers and volunteers to guide students on the spot.

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