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(Hello Africa) Rich Chinese culture surprises Rwandan culture lovers-Xinhua News Agency

Local students (R) serving Chinese tea to visitors at the Chinese Culture Exhibition hosted by the Confucius Institute at the Lemera Campus of the University of Rwanda, School of Education, Kigali, Rwanda, September 23, 2022 (Photo by Cyril Ndegeya/Xinhua) )

A crowd, mostly made up of young people, braved the scorching sun in Rwanda’s capital Kigali on Friday to visit a Chinese cultural exhibition at the University of Rwanda featuring Chinese literature, calligraphy, dance music and traditional costumes. , cooking, and Chinese kung fu.

Kigali, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) — Under the scorching sun on Friday in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, a crowd of mostly young people visited an exhibition of Chinese culture at the University of Rwanda, where China The show included literature, calligraphy and dance music. , traditional costumes, cooking in Chinese Kung Fu.

The afternoon kicked off with a frenzied display of Kungu Fu or martial arts, followed by a rapid crowd-pleasing cultural exhibition. Participants, both boys and girls, wowed the crowd with their energetic and tactical moves.

Attendees at a show hosted by the Confucius Institute at the Lemera Campus of the Faculty of Education, University of Rwanda, saw some standing and others sitting on the lawn.

A few meters away, crowds flocked to traditional Chinese costumes on display. This is also one of the most popular activities at the exhibition.

Visitors included college students, community members, and middle school students from selected schools in the city.

Didasienne Mgwaneza, a food science and technology student at the University of Rwanda’s Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, said Chinese costumes were “particularly beautiful,” while Crop Science student Marie Rain Ninawabera said she was impressed by the martial arts. Told.

Visitors were able to walk from booth to booth, asking questions of booth managers about Chinese cultural expressions and experiencing them firsthand.

The institute invited selected students taking Chinese lessons to participate in explaining Chinese culture to visitors. At one booth, Chinese paper drawings were hotly contested.

As an added bonus, visitors were also able to take home gifts after participating in various challenges set at the exhibition.

Participants were given several challenges such as blessing words, Chinese songs, calligraphy, boxing, paper cutting, Chinese crafts, and tea making.

One of the participating students, Desire Rukund Gakuru, told the Xinhua News Agency, “It’s an honor to be able to tell my fellow students and the community about Chinese culture.” We are very happy and excited.”

Gakul, 26, participated in teaching people how to draw on paper.

It was my first exhibition, but I enjoyed it. A public health student began taking Chinese lessons in 2018, but was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local students taste Chinese tea while visiting the Chinese Culture Exhibition hosted by the Confucius Institute at the Lemera Campus, Faculty of Education, University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda, September 23, 2022. (Photo by Cyril Ndegeya/Xinhua)

I especially like Chinese tea and art. He hopes that learning Chinese will help him land a translation job, but it could also give him an edge when seeking an education scholarship to China.

Ketia Muhizi, a seventh grade schoolgirl at Green Hills Academy, admitted she didn’t know much about Chinese culture at first. “The exhibition was insightful because we learned a lot about Chinese culture. It’s great! We can understand its influence around the world,” she said. .

“Chinese culture is a treasure trove worth exploring and today’s event is a good opportunity for all of us,” said Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda Wang Xuekun on the occasion. “The future China-Rwanda relationship will definitely develop as long as the two countries maintain a sense of affinity,” he said.

Wang welcomes Rwanda as an open and dynamic society, ready to explore foreign cultures.

Citing patriotism and unity of diversity, the Ambassador said that the cultures of China and Rwanda are close to each other.

“Patriotism is an important feature of Chinese culture. Chinese people love their country and are proud of their culture. It’s always the top consensus of the Chinese people.At this level, we are the same and we understand you,” he said, adding that each Rwandan he knows has a deep passion for his country and its culture. I added that I have

Zen Guanyu, director of the Confucius Institute of the University of Rwanda, said language and culture sometimes move together.

“We invited the surrounding community to join us so that we could see, touch and feel the experience. For example, junior high school students taking Chinese classes learn Chinese from textbooks. But the exhibition gives them a chance to see the culture,” he said.