On July 27, 2015, at the invitation of The Phillis Wheatley Associations, on behalf of The Confucius Institute of Presbyterian College Deputy Director Yin Pan with Fen Wang, Cuiyan Guo, Chao Liu, went to The Phillis Wheatley Community Center in Greenville, South Carolina to introduce Chinese culture for summer camp students.
There were more than 150 participants, which are students from many local schools of different parts of Greenville. The organizer of this event choose China as their first day theme. Deputy Director Yin Pan and other teachers made full preparation. According to students’ age and background, they designed a variety of activities.
The activities were divided into five parts: the first part by teacher Fen Wang is brief introduction to the children about China and simple Chinese characters. The American children of different skin colors had their Chinese lessons for the first time, they learned how to greet each other in Chinese, counting numbers, Chinese flags and Chinese geographic location. The second part is Chinese paper-cut by teacher Cuiyan Guo. Under the guidance of the teacher, students learned how to cut a star, make the Chinese flag and they finally made the Chinese flag by themselves. Third part by teacher Chao Liu is to introduce Chinese Wei Qi to the children. They also learned playing Five-in-a-Row Chess, experienced the secret of the Yin and Yang, and had a chess contest. The fourth part by Director Yin Pan is to show the children the chopsticks and table manners in China. The children participated actively in practicing picking chocolate beans with chopsticks. Director Pan Yin also introduced Confucius institute to the children, encouraged the children to join the Chinese learning, apply for a scholarship to study in China in the future.
For most of the local teachers and students, this is the first time to know China and Chinese culture. Organizer Christina Bell gave great praises to the activities, she said that these children may not have the opportunity to go to China, but these activities broaden their horizons. These activities cost PCCI teachers a lot of hard work, but to actively participate in local cultural activities to show the Chinese culture, promote the Confucius institute, their hearts are full of satisfaction and joy.