CHILDREN of nearly 100 international diplomats based in New York were intoxicated by the charm of Chinese calligraphy at the Chinese Spring Festival celebrations hosted by the Junior United Nations of Calligraphy (JUNOC) at United Nations International School (UNIS) last week.
Zhou Bin, life-time chairman of JUNOC and director of China Calligraphy Education and Psychology Center of ECNU, attended the “Writing Chinese Calligraphy” event at the United Nations International School, writing New Year blessings in Chinese for the children on the site.
Ye Junkun, a youth calligrapher who is JUNOC executive chairman from China, presented his international peers with regular and official scripts, two major script forms of Chinese characters, which he believed will be of great help for foreigners to learn Chinese calligraphy, the essence of the Chinese history and culture as well as “a proud jewel” of the Chinese civilization and rare treasures of world art.
At a writing class for the international students, Zhou taught them to write the Chinese character of Fu, which literally means “fortune” or “good luck”。
One of the Chinese characters that best epitomize China’s time-honored culture, Fu is a necessity in Spring Festival celebrations. Nowadays, Fu usually appears as a cultural symbol to express people’s wishes for the coming new year.
A calligraphy exhibition tour featuring Zhou Bin’s mastery and his students’ works was held at Columbia University in the City of New York. The exhibits also included calligraphy works of former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Ye Junkun.
The exhibition, part of the Spring Festival Gala of the Columbia University, received warm welcome by scholars and students from other major U.S. universities, such as Yale, Harvard and Princeton.
Founded in May 2014, JUNOC has boasted over 100 members from over 40 countries including international diplomats and students, playing a positive role in the cultural diversity and exchange for the U.N. community.
In 2009, Chinese calligraphy was enlisted by UNESCO as a representative of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Since 2010, many U.N. officials have taken part in a weekly calligraphy course taught by Professor Zhou Bin organized by the U.N. Chinese Program.