Hands-on cultural exchanges with a difference
(4 May 2017)
The Confucius Institute recently hosted two workshops to introduce Chinese students, including those from the School of Environment, Education and Development, to activities that they may never have tried before - creative writing and gardening.
Students that signed up for the creative writing workshop had the chance to handle some Chinese artefacts from Manchester Museum that triggered the question ‘Where do I come from?’ Under guidance from writers Mary Cooper and Mimi Sun, many students surprised themselves with the work they produced after exploring their identity and childhood. Their work is displayed on Mary Cooper's website.
Hulme Community Garden Centre was the setting for the Institute’s Chinese garden workshop. Despite it being so close to campus and student accommodation, very few students ever visit the Centre, and it looks very different to any gardens the Chinese students have seen before. After learning gardening techniques, the students sewed Pak Choi and Choy Sum seeds, and the plants will then be transferred to a plot of land at the Centre that will be transformed into a Chinese garden.