PAINT­ING BY CHAR­AC­TERS

Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion boosts cul­tural ex­change among SCO coun­tries By Ji Jing

Beijing Review - - Sco Special -

‘When walk­ing in a group of three, my teach­ers are al­ways present. I draw out what is good in them so as to em­u­late it my­self, and what is not good in them so as to al­ter it in my­self.”

These were the win­ning words writ­ten by So­fya Si­ma­tova, a PhD can­di­date and Chi­nese teacher at Moscow City Univer­sity, who re­cently claimed first prize at the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (SCO) Chi­nese Cal­lig­ra­phy Con­test.

Si­ma­tova chose the lines from The Analects of Con­fu­cius as the sub­ject of her cal­lig­ra­phy which was sub­mit­ted to the orga- niz­ing com­mit­tee of the con­test.

“Ev­ery Chi­nese lan­guage teacher should adopt these words as their motto, be­cause as Chi­nese lan­guage teach­ers, we should not only teach but also learn from other peo­ple to im­prove our­selves,” said Si­ma­tova in a video clip played at the award cer­e­mony in Bei­jing.

Jointly hosted by sub­sidiaries of a Chi­nese me­dia con­glom­er­ate com­mit­ted to in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion, the China In­ter­na­tional Pub­lish­ing Group (CIPG), China Pic­to­rial and China.org.cn, the con­test has been held on two pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions. This year’s it­er­a­tion, spon­sored by the New Health In­dus­try Group, aimed to cre­ate a friendly and cul­tural at­mos­phere at the SCO Qingdao Sum­mit to be held in early June.

More than 2,000 en­tries were sub­mit­ted by com­peti­tors hail­ing from SCO mem­ber states and other coun­tries in Europe and Asia, with ap­prox­i­mately 40 re­ceiv­ing prizes.

“The con­test boosts cul­tural ex­change and high­lights the role of Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy…It also pro­vided a plat­form for Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy lovers from dif­fer­ent coun­tries to show off their tal­ent,” Wang Gangyi, Vice Pres­i­dent of the CIPG, said dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

“The con­test has af­forded an op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple from SCO mem­ber states and other coun­tries in Asia and Europe to gather to­gether to build the Shang­hai Spirit,” said Aizada Subakozhoyeva, Deputy Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the SCO.

Sinophile

Si­ma­tova be­gan learn­ing the art of Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy while study­ing for a Master’s de­gree at the Bei­jing Lan­guage and Cul­ture Univer­sity. “Orig­i­nally I was just try­ing to im­prove my mood through cal­lig­ra­phy be­cause I was quite down when I first ar­rived in Bei­jing as the city was new to me and I had few friends,” Si­ma­tova told Bei­jing Review.

“Now cal­lig­ra­phy is not only one of my hob­bies, but also part of my ca­reer,” she added.

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