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SIECA Movie night and Language corner
Time:2018-05-30 11:28 Source:未知 Author:stuex  Click:


SIECA’s Movie Night & Language Corner was held on the evening of May 20th, 2018. The aim is to build a cultural communication bridge between foreign and Chinese students, as well as to provide the two parties with a more comprehensive understanding of Chinese culture.
After 1 hour, at approximately 6:40 p.m., the activity began as most participants arrived. At first, the activity leader offered three movies for participants to choose from. They were: ‘The Joy Luck Club’, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, and ‘China From Above’. Among them one was a documentary about Chinese culture, and the rest two were movies related to Chinese family and philosophy. After the voting session, we finally picked the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which was about Chinese wuxia, love, and Taoism. The movie was directed by Ang Lee, a prestigious director who is well known to people. As is universally acknowledged, his works always involve a lot about personal growth and the relationship between self and the world. As a result, under no circumstances can people find it easy to completely understand his movies. But that night, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon touched the heart of many students. One of the exchange students even strongly suggested us holding such an activity again.
Then the communication began, during which students shared their views about the movie. As they got more familiar with each other, they also extended topics to their attitudes towards movie, their favorite food and their unique experiences. 
Some talked about their hometown- Changsha in Hunan Province: the famous spicy food there, the famous Hunan television show- the happy camp, and the education system there. Some expressed their confusion about Chinese philosophies like Confucianism and Taoism: What is the difference between the two schools? How do those doctrines affect the way Chinese people behave daily? Why does Chinese people do not believe in gods or ghosts currently? Despite some occasional mistakes on pronunciation or grammar and awkward expressions, the communication went smoothly in a relaxing atmosphere.
Some students added friends on WeChat or QQ during the communication, expanding their friend circle. Lastly, after enjoying the 40-minute communication, the activity came to an end. Everyone stood together, shoulder to shoulder, to take an ending picture. ‘3, 2, 1!’ The camera made all the smiling faces and joy to remain.
The touched feelings caused by the movie and the laughs with joy during the communication from both Chinese and foreign students showed their mutual understanding of different cultures and languages. It fits for the spirit of SIECA exactly: the global village. There are no boundaries among nations or cultures. The only thing that does matter is the common empathy of human beings. We are looking forward to the next activity to bring more surprises about cultural exchange.
-Edited by SIECA Bobby Hou