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Explore Chinese culture during UCalgary's China Day

Campus community invited to celebrate Chinese New Year Jan. 23 with authentic performances and demonstrations
January 18, 2017
China Day is a two-part event taking place on Jan. 23 at the MacEwan Student Centre. Entrance to both events is free.

China Day is a two-part event taking place on Jan. 23 at the MacEwan Student Centre. Entrance to both parts is free.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to explore Chinese culture and celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year on Jan. 23 during a two-part event.

Part one is a drop-in daytime event that will feature a Wushu performance and Tai Chi by Calgary Tai Chi and Martial Arts College, and a cupping demonstration by the Calgary College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. There will also be the opportunity to learn how to write calligraphy, hear authentic Chinese music, and play traditional Chinese board games. For students interested in exchange opportunities in China or Asia, Study Abroad will have booths on site to provide more information about studying, working or volunteering in this region.

Part two of the event will include an evening workshop on practising mindfulness, traditional Chinese refreshments, and a film screening.

Allan Donsky, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, will lead the workshop which will provide participants with an overview of practising mindfulness. Attendants will learn about the spiritual and historical roots of mindfulness, understand its place in Eastern and Western life, and learn some simple mindful practices to use in daily life.

The practice of mindfulness is very old but still a relevant human skill. “Mindfulness helps you to know ‘how you are being while you’re doing your doing,’” says Donsky. “It’s a way of paying attention to everything in our inner and outer worlds. It brings us into awareness of our human curriculum and helps us to more clearly navigate choices in what sometimes feels like a complex life.“ 

The workshop will be followed by a screening of the critically acclaimed film Together by director Chen Kaige.

“We are proud of our longstanding ties with China, and this is a great opportunity to celebrate those ties and China’s rich and unique culture,” says Janaka Ruwanpura, vice-provost (international). “We’ve identified China as a country of emphasis in our International Strategy in 2013, and since then we’ve launched our first Global Research Initiative in Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources in Beijing, started offering 2+2  Science and Arts and 3+2 Engineering and Science collaborative degree programs in partnership with several Chinese universities, and enhanced our relationship with the China Scholarship Council.”

The University of Calgary has 80 agreements with 37 Chinese partners, including 52 active agreements and 25 in progress. As of fall 2016, UCalgary has 879 international students from China on campus.

China Day is put on by University of Calgary International, the Chinese Students Society, the China Scholarship Council Students and Scholars Association, and the China Students and Scholars Association.

Event Details: Monday, Jan. 23

Daytime Event (Part 1)

  • Time: 12- 4 p.m.
  • Place: MacEwan Student Centre Hall B

Evening Event (Part 2)

  • Time: 5:30 – 9 p.m.
  • Place: MacEwan Student Centre Hall B

Register for this event.

Note: No registration is required for the daytime event. Entrance to both events is free.