On Wednesday, March 28, The Asian Studies Chinese Language Program organized a Volunteer Appreciation Night to show acknowledgement to all the wonderful volunteers who contributed to our program this school year. The volunteers were all fantastic helpers and demonstrated their exceptional work for all our events. We want to express our gratitude and appreciate their time devotion. With great recognition, we extend our thanks for all of your wonderful service!
On Saturday, March 17, the annual “Chinese Bridge” Mandarin Speech Contest was held in downtown Vancouver at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). The speech contest was organized by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver and this annual event congregated university and college students all across the province of British Columbia. It promoted multiculturalism as the contestants all came from different cultural backgrounds and all strived to learn the Chinese language. Participating institutions include UBC, SFU, UVic, BCIT and many other universities and colleges.
On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, the UBC Chinese Poetry Society held the first seminar on how to compose Chinese metrical poems at the Asian Centre. The seminar targeted four main topics: poem structure, rhyme scheme, ping-ze / level and oblique tones and antithesis. The audience was engaged and enthusiastically discussed on the related topics. They also shared their experience of composing Chinese metrical poems, and benefited a lot.
On Monday, March 5th, the Chinese Language Program hosted the 2018 UBC Lantern Festival Chinese Poetry Gala to celebrate the traditional festival in the Asian Centre. This was the first time the Chinese Language Program hosted a Chinese classical poetry-themed event, and it was a great success.
In Chinese tradition, poetry has consistently been held in extremely high regard, often providing a format and a forum for both public and private expressions of deep emotion. In addition, poems reveal the inner life of their composers to an audience of peers, readers, and scholars. Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, the UBC Chinese Poetry Society (UCPS) will offer a series of lectures to help its members master the basic skills of composing Chinese metrical poems, and promote excellence in reading and appreciation of Chinese poetry as well.