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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.
“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!
The 2017 Confucius Institute Art Study Tour offers a fantastic opportunity to learn about Chinese arts and culture through a study tour to Shanghai, Nanjing and Suzhou, led by accomplished Chinese-Australian painter Mr. Xu Huawen. The tour will include gallery visits, exchanges with local artists and a cultural institutions. The tour is open to anyone with an interest in the arts or Chinese culture. You do not need to be enrolled at the University of Melbourne or have studied Chinese arts previously to join this tour.
For more information please contact Lianying Hao on 90358204. Please contact Lianying to register your interest.
The Confucius Institute is a proud supporter of the Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship Program.
We are pleased to announce the next round will be open from 6 February - 11 March 2017.
The Victorian Government Hamer Scholarships Program is a language and cultural immersion program designed to build the Asia-engagement capabilities of Victorians and to help strengthen cultural awareness and partnerships between Victoria and Asia. The program provides scholarships for Victorians to undertake intensive language study at nominated universities or institutions in China (which includes CI's partner university, Nanjing University), Indonesia, Japan and Korea.
2017 Confucius Institute Scholarships are also open for application. To learn more please contact Lianying Hao via email or on 90358204.
Have you been looking to kick start your Chinese language journey?
Our annual summer intensive Chinese language course will begin on January 3rd. Classes will be held from Monday to Friday for 2 hours per day. A range of courses will be open to the public, including a new beginners course.
If you are interested in registering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 90358204 for more details.