On the evening of November 15th, 2018, Liu Shujie and Li Nannan, two Chinese teachers of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick, were invited to attend the annual International Night of St. John High School. They had a wonderful night of multicultural interaction with many other community organizations from different countries, and also enjoyed colorful performances. CINB was the only one invited to exhibit Chinese culture that evening. At the exhibition, with the help of Sam, an Iranian student from the Chinese class, Liu and Li set up different areas including the award-winning lantern riddle area, the tea art area, the calligraphy area for exhibiting one's skills, the interesting game area... The distinctive characteristics of Chinese culture in the fields of eating, drinking, playing and learning attracted the audience’s active participation.
Attractively bright-colored lanterns with the activities of “guessing riddles to win candy” attracted a large number of children to challenge them. Some of them bowed their heads and meditated. Some gave several answers to wish one of them was right. Others turned around carefully and secretly to consult their parents. Children with right answers cheered and jumped, and the ones with wrong answers were not discouraged and went on to challenge the next. At last, they all were happy to depart with fruitful results without exception.
The fragrant tea art district attracted the attention of a large number of adult friends, who uttered surprise and praise at the sight of small and delicate tea sets. They waited patiently only for a taste of a cup of well-known Chinese tea. At the end of the exhibition, a lady coming in a hurry regretted that she had missed the tea ceremony, but Liu and Li gave her some tea in the hope that she could taste it when she returned home.
From the beginning to the end of the exhibition, there was a little boy always staying at CINB’s booth. He answered all the lantern riddles and won a lot of candy, and he kept practicing rotating the handkerchief and he got more and more skillful with the rotating. He asked “how to say China in Chinese”. Then he wrote “中国” with a brush in a jerky way… His mother came to thank CINB teachers and made an appointment: “see you next year!”

      2018年11月15日晚,新布伦瑞克省孔子学院汉语教师刘淑杰、李楠楠受邀参加圣约翰高中一年一度的“多元文化夜(International Night)”,同其他众多来自不同国家的社区组织开展了一场精彩的多元文化交融活动,同时也欣赏了丰富多彩的文艺表演。新省孔院是当晚唯一一个受邀展示中国文化的展位,来自汉语班的伊朗学生赛木欣然加入展台,答题得奖的灯谜区,远近飘香的茶艺区,大展身手的书法区,益智有趣的游戏区……吃喝玩学一条龙的鲜明特色吸引了众多观众驻足体验。
      从开始布置到最后收纳展台,始终有一个小男孩围绕在我们展位旁,他答对了所有的灯谜赚得大把的糖果,他的手绢花也转得越来越快,他问我“how to say China in Chinese”然后用毛笔写下稚嫩的“中国”二字……最后他妈妈专门前来致谢,我们相约“明年见”!