By Brandon Choy
Ten Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC) students received first-hand experience of Chinese arts and craft during their visit to Shandong province from May 19 to 25, 2018.
They had an opportunity to observe the art of paper-cutting, Chinese calligraphy and the traditional pottery-making process, as well as get up-close and personal with a gourd artist as part of the exchange programme hosted by Jinan Engineering Vocational Technology College.
HCUC deputy vice chancellor and School of Chinese Studies dean, Dr Ooi Bee Peng, who accompanied the students throughout the programme said that besides fostering a closer relationship between the two institutes, the week-long exchange programme also focused on Chinese culture and the traditional arts.
“Students and lecturers from different departments of Jinan Engineering Vocational Technology College participated in this programme on a voluntary basis to organise a series of activities including the Literature and Arts Night.
“This programme has not only broadened the students’ knowledge, but it has also given them an opportunity to personally experience the cultural heritage of Shandong,” she said.
Diploma in Mass Communication third-year student, Loo Zi Xian said he was glad to be given the opportunity to participate in the exchange programme to experience the richness of traditional Chinese culture.
“I have never been abroad before. Hence, it is a precious experience to spend time with the students in Jinan and learn their culture,” he said.
A trip to Shandong would not be complete without seeing the birthplace of Confucius. Not only were the HCUC’s students taken to see the Master’s birthplace, but they also visited the family temple and mausoleum.