Charm of Chinese Culture
Date: 16 April -
25 April 2018
patron: Permanent Mission of China
This event takes place at the Palais des Nations, Mezzanine, E Building, 2nd fl.; Entry: Pregny Gate; Access: Door 40.
All attendees who do not hold a UN ground badge are kindly requested to register here.
About the event:
This event, held on the occasion of Chinese Language Day (marked on 20 April), is presented by the Permanent Mission of China. The exhibition is complemented by an interactive workshop on the day of the opening event (16 April), led by four lecturers/specialists.
1. Exhibition “Decoding the Chinese Characters”:
Featuring 25 basic Chinese characters decoded in various patterns, this exhibition is designed to promote knowledge about Chinese characters, and to explain Chinese perception of the world and their values. The audience will see not only a panel-displayed exhibition, but also touch screen games, video clips, and demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy. Books of contemporary Chinese literature and its translation are also presented in the exhibition.
2. Interactive workshop/demonstrations:
The opening event (16 April) will include an interactive lecture by four Chinese and overseas lecturers on the history of Chinese characters.
About Chinese Language Day:
Language Days at the UN seek to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity, as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization. The dates for the Language Days were selected by the UN Department of Public Information for their symbolic or historic significance in connection with each language.
The date for the Chinese Language Day was selected from Guyu ("Rain of Millet"), which is the 6th of 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian calendars, to pay tribute to Cangjie.
Cangjie is a very important figure in ancient China, claimed to be an official historian of the Yellow Emperor and the inventor of Chinese characters. Legend has it that he had four eyes and four pupils, and that when he invented the characters, the deities and ghosts cried and the sky rained millet. From then on, Chinese people celebrate the day Guyu in honour of Cangjie. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around 20 April.