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Crossover: Summer camp revives interest in Chinese culture

08-01-2011 09:13 BJT

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For more on the ideas and inspiration this summer camp has brought to children and parents, we're now joined in the studio by our reporter Ai Yang.

Q1. Can you tell us more about the Chinese traditions and cultural activities practiced at the camp?

A: Well, the campers are placed in different groups according to their age, and I guess you could say that the older they are, the more patience is required of them. Small children are taught to look after themselves. For example, six-year-olds learn to wash their own plates after eating, and sweep the playground with their teachers. This kind of behavior is actually quite rare in young kids these days. Cultural activities for the young ones include tracing over Chinese characters with pencils, and reciting Chinese classics. On the other hand, teenage and adult campers learn calligraphy, Taichi, and of course the philosophies of Confucius, Daoism and so on. One more thing I'd like to add is that, while I was there, I noticed even some construction workers on site had joined in on the activities in their spare time.

Q2. Sounds like there's a good mix of children and parents in the camp. Speaking of parents, why do they want to go there, and what do they hope to learn from this experience?

A: That's a very good question. I have to say I was surprised when I found out the oldest camper there was a 71-year-old grandmother. She insisted on doing this with her grandson, so that they can learn something together. She said it would have been even better if his mother had been there too. However, nowadays parents are usually too busy working long hours, and have little time to spare when it comes to communicating with their children. But in the summer camp since they share some of the courses and learn with each other, many parents feel it has helped narrow the generation gap. A mother I talked to said she felt the lessons were so inspiring that even the father began considering taking work leave to join them. On the whole I would say the camp is pretty successful, especially in terms of helping parents realize the importance of spending more time with their children.

Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

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