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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.
Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne’s 10th Anniversary Celebration- An evening with Nanjing University’s Traditional Chinese Music Orchestra
The Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne presents a 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert by the renowned Nanjing University Traditional Chinese Music Orchestra on August 24th. This performance will form part of NJU Orchestra's Australian tour, where they will perform 9 times across 4 states and territories. The evening will also include the announcement of the winner of the Xiamen Airlines photo competition who will receive a free ticket to China. Please join us for an evening of traditional Chinese music and celebration with friends of the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne.
Need to improve your basic language skills when engaging with Chinese business partners? This introductory session is designed to help small business staff who have either never learned or are just beginning to learn communication skills in Chinese. Learn basic greetings, an understanding of pronunciation and simple phrases for use in a business context. This event is part of the Victorian Government's Small Business Festival on August 17, 12-2pm.
Registrations and expressions of interest for the 2017 China Tour are due by August 11th 2017. This tour offers a fantastic opportunity for students and young professionals (aged 18-30) to learn about Chinese language and culture and the modern Chinese economy through a Nanjing University language short-course and business visits. The tour also includes a number of briefings and visits in the Yangtze River Delta region. The tour includes visits to Hangzhou, the host city of the 2016 G20 and small business centre of China, Nanjing, China’s ancient capital and place of one of China’s Top 5 Universities (Nanjing University) and Shanghai, the international financial and commercial centre of China.
Full details here.
Register your interest by paying the deposit via the Asialink E-cart.
We are proud to continue our Business Beginners Chinese Language Course in Term 3 in partnership with the Bank of Melbourne, which will run from July 20-September 21.
Please find the details below: Level: Chinese Business Beginners (no previous language learning required) Date: July 20-September 21 2017 (Thursdays).
Where: Bank of Melbourne, Level 2, 525 Collins St, Melbourne. Cost: $438 for new students. $394 for CI returning students, UoM alumni and Bank of Melbourne stakeholders (includes textbook, GST and course materials)
Register: via the Asialink E-Cart
Questions and enquiries: Ms. Linlin Lu 90358204.
Confucius Institute Term 3 Chinese Beginners Language Courses. Interested in studying Chinese? Term 3 courses at the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne will run from July 17 -September 23. A wide range of Mandarin Chinese classes will be on offer, at all levels and are open to the general public. For more information please visit the Confucius Institute website or contact Ms. Linlin Lu.