Fan Weiqun Purple Sand Clay Teapot Art and Fan Family Pottery Excellent Works Tour Exhibition in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Greater Bay Area Officially Opens

On March 21st, 2024, “Chinese Intangible Heritage – Yixing Clay Teapot ‘Excellence of Teapot’ Fan Weiqun Purple Sand Clay Teapot Art and Fan Family Pottery Excellent Works Tour Exhibition in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Greater Bay Area” was officially opened by Macau Jiangsu Province Overseas Friendship Association, Yixing Ceramics Industry Association and Wuxi Overseas Friendship Association, and hosted by the Centre for Chinese History and Culture(CCHC) of University of Macau (UM) and Yixing Fan Family Ceramic Art Co. With the core concept of “Intangible Cultural Heritage – Peace – Culture – Inclusion – Inheritance”, the exhibition showcases more than 150 pieces of original Clay Teapots by Master Fan Weiqun, a representative heir to the National Intangible Cultural Heritage, and his team of masters, which highlights the brilliance of China’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in the institution of higher education. The exhibition will be on display until March 27, 2024.

The exhibition was organized by Fan Weiqun, a representative heir of intangible cultural heritage and a master craftsman of Jiangsu Province, who led a group of masters from the Fan Family Workshop to Macao. The exhibition activities included a presentation of the production techniques of purple sand pottery, tea ware and tea art experience, purple sand, paintings and calligraphy exchange, an academic report of purple sand, a cultural lecture on purple sand and so on. Those activities are designed to kindle their interest in traditional Chinese culture and enhance their understanding of Chinese culture so as to make them learn and love intangible cultural heritage in a relaxing and interactive way.

At the opening ceremony, PANG Chap Chong, Dean of Students of UM, FAN Weiqun, distinguished master of pottery, Shi Juntang, President of Yixing Ceramics Industry Association, Ma Da, Honorary President of Jiangsu Arts and Crafts Association, Xie Qiang, representative of the masters, and ZHU Shutong, Director of CCHC of UM, delivered speeches. PANG said in his speech that this exhibition coincides with the 25th anniversary of Macao’s return, which is not only a promotion of the excellent traditional Chinese culture, but also a deepening of cultural exchange and cooperation between Jiangsu and Macao. FAN Weiqun said that he looked forward to in-depth collaboration with more cultural institutions, universities experts and scholars to jointly promote the internationalization of the purple sand art, so as to make this treasure of Chinese culture shine more brightly on the world cultural stage. ZHU Shoutong pointed out in his speech that in the current context of promoting the excellent traditions of Chinese culture, the significance of purple sand pottery is increasingly prominent in modern cultural development, showcasing exceptional research value.

At the opening ceremony, WONG Kei, Director of Rector’s Office and other representatives of UM, presented certificates of appreciation to FAN Weiqun and other participating artists. Fan Weiqun also led the guests to visit the exhibition and had in-depth exchanges on the production, the ceramic carving and decoration of purple sand teapots, and tea art performance. During the seminar after the opening ceremony, the guests and scholars discussed the development of the culture of purple sand teapots, which strengthened the understanding of the culture of purple sand among the teachers, students of UM and other visitors. Zhu Shoutong also presented Fan Weiqun with a certificate of “Supervisor of Chinese Culture Promotion Ambassador” of the CCHC to jointly promote the inheritance and development of purple sand art and culture at UM.

The guests who attended the opening ceremony also included CHUI Sai Cheong, member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and Vice-President of the Legislative Assembly of Macao; LU Bo, Deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress and President of the Macao Daily News; SAM Chin Peng, President of Macau Jiangsu Province Overseas Friendship Association; KUNG Po Mei, President of Macao Calligraphy Association; ZENG Zhihui, Permanent President of Associação da Arte do Chá de Macau; LOK Hei, President of the Macau Artist Society; and WANG Jian, Executive Vice-President and Secretary General of Jiangsu Provincial Association of protecting Intangible Cultural Heritage; SONG Jiangen, Executive Vice President and Secretary General of Jiangsu Arts and Crafts Association; XU Jianrong, Vice President of Jiangsu Arts and Crafts Association and Director of Yixing Zisha Craft Factory; CHEN Hongbing, President of China Medical System Holdings Limited; GUO Tongchun, Chairman of Wuxi Shengqian Investment Company Limited; Gu Shaopei, Ji Yishun, and Xie Qiang, masters of Chinese arts and crafts and Fan Zefeng, master of ceramic arts of Jiangsu Province; HU Ke, member of the National Urban Sculpture Art Committee and Vice President of Yixing Pottery Association; LI Defeng , representative of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities(FAH); WONG Seng Fat, Interim College Master of Cheng Yu Tung College; LEUNG May Yee, College Master of Choi Kai Yau College; YANG Liu, master of Ma Man Kei and Lo Pak Sam College; TAM Sik Chung, Interim College Master of Shiu Pong College; Lampo LEONG, director of the Center of Arts and Design; Billy LEUNG, Assistant University Librarian; CHEANG Neng Ian, deputy director of CCHC; SIO Chio Ieong, Director of Academic Research Division of CCHC; WEI Chuxiong, Emeritus Professor of FAH, etc.

Feng Zikai’s Art World “Teaching with Love” – Feng Zikai’s 125th Birthday Anniversary Exhibition: Discover the Deeper Meaning of Feng Zikai’s Art

On 1st March 2024, Feng Zikai’s Art World “Teaching with Love” – Feng Zikai’s 125th Birthday Anniversary Exhibition and Symposium was held at the Centre of Chinese History and Culture (CCHC) of the University of Macau (UM), Cultural Building(E34). The event was organized by Zero Distance Cooperative, co-organized by the CCHC of UM and the Macau Cultural Transmission Development Association and sponsored by the Cultural Development Fund of the Macao SAR.

Under the theme of “Teaching with Love”, the exhibition introduces Feng Zikai’s art design of books and his passion for children’s art education. At the opening ceremony, Mr. William Koi, President of the Macau Cultural Transmission Development Association, said that it is of special significance to hold the exhibition in 2024, which is the 100th anniversary of the publication of Feng Zikai’s first comic book. He hoped that through this exhibition and symposium, visitors would gain a deeper understanding of this great artist and his important position in the history of modern Chinese culture. Cheang Neng Ian, Deputy Director of the CCHC of the UM, said that Feng Zikai is not only a literary scholar, painter and educator, but also a cultural envoy across generations.

His works combine the profound traditional Chinese culture with the essence of modern art, serving as a bridge for cultural exchange and transmission. “Teaching with love” is not only Feng Zikai’s educational philosophy, but also the core of his artistic creation and philosophy of life. Feng Yu, president of the Feng Zikai Research Association and the grandson of Feng Zikai, said that “Teach with love, learn with dedication” fits well with the University of Macau. This sentence was not only the embodiment of Feng Zikai’s experience, but also the credo he lived by throughout his life. After the opening ceremony, Feng Yu, Lo Wai Lik, Qu Weigang and Cheang Neng Ian presented wonderful reports on Feng Zikai’s artistic creation, artistic thinking and cultural education research and dissemination in the symposium. Meanwhile, a number of experts and scholars shared their own research and understanding, and enhanced their understanding of Feng Zikai in the full discussion.

Guests who attended the opening ceremony included Fok Wai Lan, the Director of Macau Government Tourism Office; Huang Oi, Director of the Funding Supervision Department of the Cultural Development Fund; Van Poulon, Acting Director of the Division of Visual Art of Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC); Wang Mingqian, representative of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Office in Macao; Lo Wai Luk ,Artistic Director of Prospects Theatre Company Ltd. and screenwriter and director of the play Feng Zikai; Fong Wai Peng, Head of 10 Fantasia – A Creative Industries Incubator; Sik Chung Tam, Acting Master of the Shiu Pong College, UM; Shen Hanming, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), UM and Kung Zhaowei, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education (FED), UM.

The exhibition of Feng Zikai’s Art World “Teaching with Love” displayed about sixty paintings in the Exhibition Hall of the Cultural Building (E34), UM until March 15, 2024.

 

Group Photo

Symposium

Speech by William Koi

Speech by Feng Yu

Speech by Cheang Neng Ian

Fung Yu spoke at the symposium

Exhibition Venue

Exhibition Venue

Exhibition Venue

 

Recruitment: 3nd Chinese Culture Promotion Ambassador

To cultivate enthusiasm for Chinese history and culture and enhance the knowledge of excellent Chinese traditional culture, the Centre for Chinese History and Culture (CCHC) at the University of Macau is launching the “Chinese Culture Promotion Ambassador” training program. This program includes share meetings, symposiums, lectures, seminars, and exchange programs, striving to make students become the backbone force committed to the dissemination of Chinese history and culture. The term of the Promotion Ambassador is two years and is renewable.

Organizer: The Centre for Chinese History and Culture, University of Macau

※  Program Purpose

  • Enhance awareness of the history of China and Macao;
  • Improve the cultural education of students;
  • Inherit Chinese excellent traditional culture;
  • Strengthen patriotism and cultivate affection for Macao by becoming a Chinese Culture Promotion Ambassador.

※  Requirements

  • University students in Macao (including undergraduate and graduate students)
  • Interested in Chinese history and culture;
  • Student who are responsible, actively participate, and have a high level of commitment.

※  After joining successfully, you could have the opportunities to:

  • Obtain the certificate of ” Chinese History and Culture Promotion Ambassador”;
  • Participate in the study organized by the CCHC;
  • Join in exchange and other activities held by the CCHC

※ Enquiries:

Ms. Fong Ho of CCHC
Tel: 8822 2708; Email: cchc_adm@um.edu.mo
*The Centre for Chinese History and Culture of the University of Macau has the right to interpret and modify the program

Art Appreciation and Symposium on Review and Prospect of Lin Yi’s Video Works held successfully at the University of Macau

On 17th August 2023, the Review and Prospect of Lin Yi’s Photographic Works Art Appreciation and Academic Symposium, co-organised by the Centre for Chinese History and Culture (CCHC) of the University of Macau (UM), Macau Musical and Art Exchange Association ,the Associação de Intercâmbio Cultural de Macau, Hao Kong Daily , Beijing Oulin Times Culture […]

International Symposium on the Transmission and Exchange of Chinese Culture in Macao and Portuguese-speaking Countries was successfully held at the University of Macau

Forging Red Memory Together: The Study Group of University of Macau learn the Historical and Cultural Heritage of Baise in Guangxi Province

From 30th September to 4th October 2023, the “Guangxi •Baise Red Culture Study exchange trip”, jointly organized by the University of Macau (UM), the Faculty of Arts and Humanities ( FAH) and the Centre for Chinese History and Culture ( CCHC), was carried out successfully. With the great support from the UM, the study group received  warm welcome from the people of Guangxi. There were 29 students and teachers from the postgraduate programme of Chinese History and Culture of the UM, Macao Base for Primary & Secondary Education in Humanities & Social Science Base and Macao Chinese Culture Promotion Ambassadors. The purpose of this study group is to allow Macao teachers and students to go close to the mainland of China, to experience the vastness of the country’s culture, and to strengthen the sense of national awareness and national pride. During the five days, the team toured Baise and Guilin successively, visited the Baise Uprising Memorial Park and Yue Dong Provincial Guild, as well as Elephant Trunk Hill, Longji Terraced Fields and Jingjiang Princes’ Palace, etc., to gain an in-depth understanding of the red culture of Guangxi as well as the characteristics of the local folk culture.

On the National Day, the study group visited the Yue Dong Provincial Guild, which was the command headquarters of the Baise Uprising. The brick and wood structure of the ancient building has the artistic tradition and style of the ancient architecture of the South. Later, they visited the large-scale Baise Uprising Memorial Park, which comprehensively displays the narratives of important figures and events related to the Baise Uprising, including the Baise Uprising Memorial Hall, the You River Ethnic Museum, the Baise Uprising Memorial Monument, the Red Army Bridge, the Nange Pavilion, and the Friendship Garden of the Youths of Guangdong and Guangxi, among other important revolutionary historical and cultural resources. The visit allowed many teachers and students from Macao to deeply understand the difficulty of exploring the revolutionary road with Chinese characteristics, and the excellent qualities of the revolutionary team, such as “Perseverance, seeking truth from facts, relying on the masses, and united struggle “, deeply moved the team and gave rise to a sense of national pride.

On 2nd  October, the team went to the banks of Guilin’s Li River to see the Elephant Trunk Hill spectacle, The Tabo Pagoda of the Pohyonsa Buddhist temple, the Sanhua Rice Aroma, and the Love Island. Later, they explored the historical and cultural landscape of the Song Dynasty Dong Zhen Gate and the Song Dynasty City Wall remains on the north side of Mulong Lake. From the Baise Uprising a hundred years ago to today’s celebration of the National Day in Guilin, through the mists of time and space of more than 90 years and the ancient and modern gap. We can still clearly see the Guangxi this piece of red land on the lasting charms magnificent picture: from becoming a brigade of the Central Red Army to hold on to the right side of the Youjiang for 20 years, the red flag will not fall, the fire will not go extinct, and are always vividly demonstrated the martyrs of the uprising and the heroism of the saints of the past and the spirit of struggle.

On 3rd  October, the team came to Longji in Guilin and visited the World’s Crown of Terraces Longji Terraces and Ping’an Village, enjoying the beautiful scenery of Ping’an Terraces, the Seven Stars Around the Moon, and the Nine Dragons and Five Tigers and so on. During the Golden Autumn Festival, we saw rice ears full of rice like bowing down in salute, just as the people of Guangxi are generally warm and hospitable.

On 4 October, the study group toured one river and four lakes in one day, taking a cruise on the inner section of Guilin’s Li River city, Rong Lake, Gui Lake, Shan Lake and Mulong Lake to see the green mountains and green waters of Guilin. Finally, the team made an in-depth inspection of Duxiu Peak, a 5A National Scenic Area, and the Jingjiang Princes’ Palace. This was the residence of King Zhu Shouqian of Jingjiang, a vassal king of the Ming Dynasty, and is surrounded by one of the best-preserved Ming Dynasty city walls outside the country. The group toured the area, experiencing the Fu and the imperial examinations, travelling through the Ming and Qing dynasties, and seeing the dilapidated walls after the overthrow of the Qing dynasty and restoration of the Ming dynasty and Anti-Japanese War periods. Only the Jingjiang Princes’ Palace under the Duxiu Peak has survived all the ups and downs of the past and has been preserved by the feng shui and Chinese culture trace of the people as the time goes by.

Through this Guangxi-Baise Red Culture Study Group, Macao teachers and students were able to visit the significant history of ancient and modern times, and gained an in-depth understanding and experience of the essence of Guangxi culture, further enhancing their understanding of Guangxi culture. At the same time, this activity also promoted academic exchanges and co-operation between Macao and Mainland cities, promoted Macao’s education and the inheritance and development of local culture, and expanded the influence of Chinese history and culture.

Expanding Horizons and Exploring AI —— The Fourth Macao Forum on Humanities and Social Science Education held Successfully

Macao Base for Primary & Secondary Education in Humanities & Social Sciences and the Centre for Chinese History and Culture (CCHC) of UM held the “The Fourth Macao Forum on Humanities and Social Science Education — Basic Education of Macao in AI Era: Challenges and Revolution” on December 14, 2023 at the Cultural Building (E34) Hall of UM. The Forum aims to provide a platform for educators to discuss issues related to science and technology and education, with a view to broadening their horizons and providing a reference for the application of AI in the basic education of Macao.

Zhu Shoutong, director of the CCHC, first extended a sincere welcome to all the educators. He said the development of AI technology poses great challenges for primary and secondary education and even higher education in the humanities and social sciences. This forum fully integrated reality as well as theory, and specific issues with depth were discussed. The experiences and reflections shared by the participants are also of great significance and value to the development of the Macao education sector.

Zheng JieZhao, principal of the Lou Hau High School said that the current AI technology has influenced the teaching of individualized learning, automation evaluation, courseware production, drawing pictures, intelligent management, students’ learning styles and so on. He also talked about the new change in teacher’s roles as well as the new demand for teacher training in the future, and the possibility of collaboration between teachers and AI.

Chan Kin Pong, principal of Kwong Tai Middle School, introduced the basic situation of higher education and basic education in Macao. He pointed out that education in AI era should focus on cultivating students’ comprehensive capabilities of emotional intelligence, critical thinking ability and creativity. Pay close attention to employment market demands to serve students and maintain the vitality of innovation and creativity in the education sector.

‘The AI era has created new challenges for basic education in Macao, but also provided opportunities for educational revolution.” said Professor Wang Sihao of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FAH), UM. He maintains that adapting to change, cultivating students’ core competence and safeguarding data privacy are the major problems facing basic education.

Other guests who also attended the forum included Han Xu, principal of Escola Ofical de Seac Pai Van, Hu Yong Xin, vice-principal of Colégio Mateus Ricci, Luo Jianfeng, principal’s assistant and director of Central Services of Pui Ching Middle School, Choi Fengming executive officer of Escola Santa Maria Mazzarello, Zhu Congying,  principal’s assistant of Escola São Paulo, Wong Sam, director of subjects of Yuet Wah College, Chen Jiaxin, director of academic affairs of Escola Fukien, Zhao Qichao, head of the Department of Information of Escola Secundária Pui Va, Zhuang Weixian, head of the division of Information Technology of Escola Secundária Pui Va, Yuan Jiajun, director of Escola Kao Yip, Shen Zhenggang and Zhang Boen, teachers from Pui Ching Middle School, Qiu Yuejin, President of Global News, SIO Chio Ieong Director of Academic Research Division of the CCHC, FAH of UM and so on.

Culture: Nanchang’s Roots and Memories Red Study and Exchanges

From 16th December to 21st December 2023, the Roots – Memories Red Culture Study Activity Red Culture Study Tour commenced, jointly organised by the Centre for Chinese History and Culture (CCHC) of the University of Macau (UM) and Nanchang University (NCU). This event is one of the series of activities of the 2nd Festival of Chinese Culture, which is actively supported by the UM and warmly welcomed by the teachers and students of NCU. A total of 11 students and teachers from the UM, including postgraduate students of Chinese History and Culture and Macao Chinese Culture Promotion Ambassadors, participated in the study tour.

The purpose of this study tour is to help the Chinese Culture Promotion Ambassadors establish a positive view of history, country and culture by participating in the red culture study activities, which is led by Prof. SIO Chio Ieong, Director of Academic Research Division of the CCHC. At the same time, the activity aims to build a platform for cultural exchanges between the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao, and to help students of the UM to gain a deeper understanding of the red culture and history of Jiangxi, and to appreciate the charm of the land of Gan Po (Jiangxi). Through exchanges and co-operation, students of Jiangxi and Macao  deepened their understanding of the Greater China region and their sense of responsibility, and built cross-regional friendships in which they jointly explore future development directions and co-operation opportunities.

The project adopted the mode of “6 online lectures + 6 days of on-site research”, leading the teachers and students of the UM to visit 11 places in Jiangxi both online and offline, and to deeply experience the unique charm of Jiangxi. The choice of ELEVEN for the activity is unique, representing the eleven municipalities in Jiangxi, and coinciding with the National Day, which also means Memories. Through the lectures to introduce the representative cultures of the eleven municipalities in Jiangxi, and then through the on-site research, the students were led to understand in-depth the red, green, earth tone and golden cultures of Jiangxi, which awakened the memories of the students and teachers of the Chinese nation and raised their Chinese national identity, and further stimulated their sense of national pride.

During the trip, Nanchang University organised Macao teachers and students to visit Nanchang and Ji’an in Jiangxi Province for field study and practice. These included the Flag Raising Ceremony at Bayi Square, Museum of August 1 Nanchang Uprising, Tengwang Pavilion, Nanchang University Museum of History, Nanchang Relic Museum for Haihun Principality of Han Dynasty and VR Theme Park, as well as on-site study of red culture in the old revolutionary areas such as Jinggangshan. Through practical exchanges, Hong Kong and Macao students gained a deep understanding of the red, green, earth tone and golden cultures of Jiangxi, further strengthened the Chinese cultural identity and Chinese national identity, consolidated  the sense of community for the Chinese nation, and cultivated a sense of nationalism and contemporary responsibility among Macao students.

Extraordinary memories and stimulating forces: Macao teachers and students went to Guangzhou to study Lingnan culture and pass on the red genes

From 8th to 10th December 2023, the Advanced Study Workshop on Lingnan Culture for Hong Kong and Macao Students was jointly organised by the Centre for Chinese History and Culture(CCHC) of the University of Macao (UM) and the Colégio Diocesano de São José (5ª) in Guangzhou. The workshop, led by Cheang Neng Ian, Deputy Director of the CCHC of the UM, and Mr. Lam Ka Tat, teacher of Colégio Diocesano de São José (5ª), was attended by 23 students from Colégio Diocesano de São José (5ª) in Macao. The workshop took the form of practical experience and lectures, leading the students to have an in-depth experience and understanding of the essence of Guangzhou’s red culture and Lingnan culture.

At the first day, the study group first visited the Comrade Mao Zedong’s Memorial Hall at the former site of the Peasant Movement Workshop. The students visited the various exhibition areas of the commemorative museums in a reverent mood, admired the historical relics and materials, listened carefully to the revolutionary story behind the historical relics, and revisited the revolutionary forefathers of the extraordinary years, and deeply felt the patriotic passion and national spirit of the Chinese nation. Then the study group went to visit the Nanyue King Wen’s Mausoleum, through the exhibition hall guided tours and on-site visits, combined with the collection of cultural relics and historical information to experience the tomb owner’s court life before the millennium, feel the Flesh-and-blood historical figures.

Then the study group visited the site of the Third National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Guangzhou Uprising Memorial Hall in the following days. Under the guidance of the lecturers, they were able to experience the noble pursuit of ideals and beliefs as well as the perseverance and loyalty to the revolutionary cause of the revolutionary ancestors through the use of artefacts, pictures and information. In addition, teachers and students also went to Jinan University to listen to the lectures of the Institute of History and Culture of Hong Kong and Macao of Jinan University, and experienced the colourful culture of Lingnan in the sharing of the lecturers.

Through the Advanced Study Workshop on Lingnan Culture for Hong Kong and Macao Students, Macao students and teachers and students of the CCHC were able to gain a deeper understanding and experience of the essence of the Red and Lingnan cultures, and further enhance their understanding of Chinese culture. At the same time, this activity also promoted exchanges and interactions between teachers and students from Guangdong and Macao, fostered exchanges and cooperation between Macao and other cities in the Greater Bay Area, promoted Macao’s education and the inheritance and development of local culture, and expanded the influence of Chinese history and culture.

UM Open Day 2024- The Centre for Chinese History and Culture successfully held ‘Calligraphy Badge Workshop’

The Centre for Chinese History and Culture of the University of Macau (UM) held an event, called ” Calligraphy Badge Workshop ” on the Open Day. The Centre took advantage of calligraphy, which originated in ancient China, to let participants experience the beauty of Chinese traditional arts, improve calligraphy skills, and inherit Chinese culture.

In order to make the participants more interested and more deeply involved in the exploration of traditional culture, the workshop arranged the production of bookmarks and badges. Under the guidance of the Calligraphy Association of the Postgraduate Association of the UM, visitors learnt how to make their own souvenir by themselves and adjust their works from an aesthetic and art perspective.

This activity not only exercised the students’ hands-on ability, but also allowed them to have a deeper understanding of the essence of traditional calligraphy.