On Jan.27, 2016, CINB attended the 7th Multicultural Night Celebration of Park Street Elementary School in Fredericton. Ms. Teng Jing, the Foreign Director of CINB, Professor Li Minhong, the Chinese Director of CINB, Ms. Zhang Xiaoyu, the Chinese teacher of CINB, and the Volunteer Chinese teachers Cao Xi, Li Nannan joined in the event.
Multicultural Night Celebration is a big event for Park Street School. Every year, it attracts many people from different countries to come and show their own culture. And some politicians and educators of New Brunswick also come to join in. This year, Ms. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, the Lieutenant Governor in New Brunswick and Mr. Brad Woodside, the Mayor of Fredericton were invited to make a speech for the activity. Therefore，this is a good chance for CINB to show Chinese culture to the other countries’ people here.
During the event, CINB teachers set up Chinese exhibition booth with many kinds of Chinese elements like Chinese panda toys, paper cuts, Chinese traditional umbrellas and Chinese kites which attracted many students and parents. The Volunteer Chinese teacher Cao Xi, who has been teaching Chinese Language and Culture in Park Street School for almost 3 years, with her dancing group, performed two beautiful dances. As the opening dance, the fan dance <Chun Xiao> got a very warm response and caught the audience’s eyes. The umbrella dance set off a climax for the event, winning lots of applause and cheers. Wearing the colorful Chinese costumes, under the leadership of Cao Xi, the Park Street School kids were dancing with the Chinese traditional fans and oiled paper umbrellas, which not only fully demonstrated their learning outcomes, but also showed their love of Chinese culture.
In this event, both Chinese booth and Chinese dances left a deep impression on the audience. The Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, Ms. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau and the Mayor of Fredericton Mr. Brad Woodside also came to the Chinese exhibition booth, communicating with the CINB teachers and speaking highly of the dancing kids.
This event gives the audience a better understanding of both CINB and Chinese culture, enhancing the cultural identity of each other.
Written by Cao Xi
“多元文化夜”是帕克街小学一年一度的重大活动，每一年都会吸引很多来自不同国家的移民或组织来此展示各自的文化。而新布伦瑞克省政界以及教育界的人士也多有参加。此次帕克街小学邀请了新省总督Jocelyne Roy Vienneau女士和弗莱市长Brad Woodside先生分别为本次活动致辞。所以对新省孔院来说，这是一次向大家展示中国文化的极好机会。
在本次活动中，无论是中国的展台还是中国舞蹈都为大家留下了深刻的印象。新省总督Jocelyne Roy Vienneau女士也亲自来到中国展台前亲切与孔院的教师们合影留念。而弗莱市长Brad Woodside先生更是多次来与孔院教师和舞蹈演员们互动、交流，其乐融融。