Just about every other week the Confucius Institute puts together a Chinese Corner. The September Fifth Chinese Corner was the first of the semester and they kicked it off with an exciting topic: Chinese Game Night!
A variety of students gathered at seven pm in CIH where they each took turns presenting a well organized presentation of a Chinese game they had found most interesting. The first student, Nick, presented an excellent and detailed presentation on ping-pong; a sport he is very fond of and quite skilled at as well! Many other presentations followed including ones on Chinese yo-yo, shuttlecock, and Chinese checkers.
Nick giving his presentation on ping-pong
After the students finished their presentations and everyone had learned a great deal about Chinese games, we all got to try some of them out ourselves! Dr. Fen Wang showed several videos on how to play shuttlecock and Chinese yo-yo, while Ben Li impressively demonstrated how to use the Chinese yo-yo. The shuttlecock was then brought out and it didn’t take long for students to get the idea. In this game the objective is to keep the shuttlecock in the air as long as possible and takes a lot of concentration and the ability to work well together. The students did fantastic and kept the shuttlecock up in the air for several seconds, which is quite impressive for it being their first time.
The next game of the night was Chinese yo-yo. An extremely challenging game that takes long amounts of practice and skill as Ben Li showed us. However the students didn’t have too much trouble after getting shown the ropes and one student was able to successfully yo-yo on his first try!
Overall the night was pack-full of fun and excitement. The students had a blast presenting, learning, and playing Chinese games that they may not have even ever heard of before. It was a great learning experience and great way to meet new friends.