Chinese Cultural Experience Day in Cambridge on 7 May
Around 40 Chinese cenctre members and their British friends and students from the University of Sussex ,LSE and Cambridge gathered in Cambridge on 7 May for a Chinese cultural experience and exchange event organised by the CEDP Chinese Centre. The Chinese food brought students from both countries closer together as they wrapped dumplings and rolled spring rolls.
“It was a special feeling to eat dumplings that I had made myself!” British friends who tried their hand at making dumplings. It was a first for them to make spring rolls and dumplings on the spot and cook them on the spot. The charm of the food was endless, and the distance between the Chinese and British students was also brought closer through the food. Many of them said they met like-minded friends through this event, discussed academic knowledge together and deepened their understanding of each other.
“What a beautiful jasmine flower, fragrant and beautiful, full of buds, fragrant and white people praise it” A familiar jasmine flower song was played by Phoebe, a British opera singer, who brought this famous Chinese folk song to the audience. She expressed her love for traditional Chinese culture and during the epidemic Phoebe brought her great comfort by learning traditional Chinese poetry.
Dr. Hong LU, OBE chairlady of CEDP Chinese Centre explained, during the epidemic, everyone would be actively vaccinated to effectively fight the virus to attend more activities. A call to action against racism was also raised, so that we can move the world forward in a peaceful and equal way. The importance of blood and organ donation may also be encouraged and many of the community members have expressed their willingness to participate in it.
The Chinese Cultural Experience Day provided a safe, harmonious and loving platform for Chinese and British scholars to trigger inspiration through food and song and provided a valuable platform to enhance their knowledge of China.