On 27th of March, Miss Wang Yilin, a Hanban teacher from Bendigo Senior Secondary College held a fun Chinese cultural class for nearly 60 students at Violetstreet Primary School.
During the session, based on the cultural difference between Australia and China, Miss Wang asked the students “What’s the most important festival in Australia and in China? What do people eat on that day?” Some students said it would be Christmas and what their family usually had on that day and some students said that it would be Easter and what they usually had on that day. All the students could tell that the most important festival to Chinese people would be Chinese New Year, also known as , Spring Festival. Students said that Chinese people ate dumplings ,spring rolls,shrimps and etc on Chinese New year. Miss Wang made some comments on their answers and also mentioned people from northern part of China and southern part of China actually had different preference on their daily food and the food even differed on New Year’s Day. However, Chinese southerns and Chinese northerners would all have fish on Chinese New Year. Because fish sounds “surplus” in Chinese language. If a person eats fish at the beginning of the year, he will have some “surplus” at the end of the year, and eventually he will become very rich.
Then, Miss Wang wrote the character “ 鱼” on the board and explain the structure of the character and also led the students to read a few times. After that, Miss Wang taught the students how to make a movable fish with colored paper . With clear instructions, every student made a fish successfully .
In this session, students not only realised the cultural difference between Australia and China, but also got to know a little bit more about China.