A new book about folklore and cultural values was released at the ECNU Global Center for Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages on October 20. The book is called “Selected Songs of Belarus”. It was published by Shanghai Music Publishing House and translated by Xue Fan.
ECNU vice president Wang Rongming, Li Zhibin, and the Belarus consul-general in Shanghai, Matsel Valeriy, attended the book release event, which was jointly organized by the Center for Belarusian Studies of ECNU and the Consulate General of Belarus in Shanghai.
Among the guests were Xue Fan, translator of the book; Gu Jun, vice head of Putuo District; Chen Miao, director of the International Exchange Center of ECNU; and Fei Weiyao, editor-in-chief of Shanghai Music Publishing House.
Wang Rongming, Matsel Valeriy, Xue Fan and Fei Weiyao each delivered their own speeches at the book release event, unveiling special insights and additional details regarding the work.
In honor of his distinguished contribution to cultural collaboration, Xue Fan was presented a commendation certificate by Mr. Valeriy - which was issued by the Culture Ministry of Belarus. Mr. Valeriy acknowledged Xuefan for his outstanding job in completing the work, in addition to playing an integral role in promoting co-operation between the two countries through cultural exchange.
Following the ceremony, ECNU Senior Professors Choir, ECNU Students Choir of the Music Department, and Belarusian State Academy Students Choir of Music performed an arrangement of classic Belarusian folk songs onstage, in which performers of the Belarusian State Academy Student Choir stepped down from the stage to interact with the audience.
The concert ended with the Belarusian choir singing a familiar Chinese song “Missing You” a tune which moved the audience to sing together in unison. Another way to show how Belarusian-Chinese co-operation had made a significant impact in culture and fine arts.
China and Belarus share a strategic partnership between the two countries, not to mention that friendly ties between them can be traced back to ancient times.
In 2012, ECNU set up China’s first Center for Belarusian Studies, with the support of the culture ministries and higher learning institutions of the two countries. The event was part of a series of cultural activities held by the Center for Belarusian Studies to augment mutual understanding and awareness between the two nations.