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Global Cultural Phenomenon “If You Are The One” Enables Australians To Better Understand Modern China
Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne
Following on the from sold out “Understanding Modern China Through If You Are The One” panel discussion in 2015, the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne held its hugely anticipated follow up event on March 1st to a packed out theatre of over 450 people. Following on from the recent Australian specials hosted by local TV station, SBS 2, the event was titled “If You Are the One Australian Special - Stories From Backstage."
Dr Han Jing, Director of the SBS Subtitle Department, who has translated all 150 episodes of the show in Australia opened the discussion and explored why the show has become a cultural phenomenon in Australia and the modern day attitudes to dating and marriage in today’s China. Dr Han gave an insight into the world of translation and how SBS was involved the process of getting the Australian episode to air. Dr Han’s translations are a major reason why the show is so popular in Australia and received a warm response from the audience.
The event also featured previous participants from the show, Wu Zhengzhen, a contestant in 2011 as well as recent Australian Special contestants Clarissa Belanti and Thomas Tang who shared their unique experiences backstage. In an emotional moment Wu Zhengzhen explained her love story of meeting her now husband and father of their child through the show. With so many “If You Are The One” fans in the audience, they took extreme pleasure in the Q&A section, and were able to ask many of the superstars the questions they’d be dying to ask. A highlight included a question from a seven year old girl who is learning Chinese in primary school, who asked for language learning tips off Clarissa.
Through shows like “If You Are The One” we hope that Australians will be able to have an increased understanding of modern China, just as Chinese viewers were able to gain an insight into modern Australian society through the Australian Specials.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its establishment in 2017. Therefore, we would like to invite our past and current students to explore their relationship with China from their own perspective. We encourage all of current and past students to enter the competition for the chance to win a free air ticket to China! Please see the full details via the link or speak to your teacher and/or CI staff member.
Chinese Beginners course on Collins Street (Chinese 1A) for Term 2 will run from April 27-June 29 and is now open for enrolment. We encourage booking early as this class has limited space. For more information please contact Linlin Lu on 90358204. We thank the Bank of Melbourne for their generous support of this program. .
“大山是外国人，但不是外人”——中国观众对大山的电视形象再熟悉不过。近两年这位来自加拿大的“国际幽人”将中国的单口相声和西方的stand- up comedy相结合，结果就是他的纯中文单口喜剧专场《大山侃大山》。在这里大山讲的都是台下鲜为人知的故事，分享近30年在中西文化之间的喜剧人生，让 观众耳目一新。原来“现场版”的大山比电视上的更精彩，更可乐！
Dashan is a household name in China, the only non-Chinese performer to have appeared 4 times on the CCTV Spring Festival Gala — the world’s most-watched TV program with an annual audience of over 800 million. He’s now helping to bring stand-up to China with this ground-breaking show, sharing hilarious behind-the-scene stories of his 30 years between East & West.
After 10 years based in Bouverie Street, CI would like to inform everyone that from December 19, 2016 it will relocate to a new office. Please note the new address is:
Level 1, Peter McPhee Centre, 272-278 Faraday Street, Carlton, 3053.
We look forward to welcoming you to our new office in 2017!