Club Spotlight: The Chinese Culture Club

大家好!这是 JohnCabotUniversity 的中国文化社!

John cabot university, study abroad in Rome, Chinese culture club, JCU clubs, Chinese students in RomeHello everyone from the Chinese Culture Club! Since its creation two years ago, our goal has been to identify and explain cultural differences, hopefully paving the way for a more inclusive and understanding society, one small step at a time. As one of Confucius’ sayings goes, “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” From the often overlooked cultural aspects that constitute Chinese tradition and are embedded into its core values, to the more explicit occurrences in our daily lives, the Chinese Culture Club strives to encompass all the possible cultural spaces. Through our small but hopefully meaningful contributions, we hope to inspire the John Cabot University community to expand their knowledge of Chinese culture and traditions, and perhaps even open up future paths of learning and working.

We organize monthly meetings, during which we offer a taste of the rich Chinese tradition: topics of discussion have been the food culture in China, Chinese business etiquette, and traditional Chinese games. We also organize small and big events throughout the semester to come together and celebrate some of the most important Chinese festivities.

In the spring, we usually celebrate Chinese New Year with performances by Chinese musicians, exceptional food, and cultural workshops held by our board members. We have given lessons on how to wrap the perfect 饺子 (Chinese dumpling), how to draw beautiful characters with ink and brush, how to fold delicate origami, and how to taste and differentiate between Chinese teas. After the end of the last New Year celebration, we gathered outside of the University to make our wishes for the new year, then launched lanterns embodying our prayers from Piazza Trilussa.

Our small events are also a lot of fun! During the fall, we always celebrate the Mid-autumn Festival by explaining what makes it such an important festivity in the Chinese family tradition, and we eat the typical mooncakes together afterward. During our Tea Party, we explain the differences in tea leaves and their history. Of course, we also meet up and have special farewell dinners at the end of each semester, to eat together before the finals begin.

We also work together with many of the other clubs and organizations at John Cabot University, and we participate in many events together. The Chinese Culture Club has worked with the Theater Society, the Literature Club, the Art History Society, the Grassroots Club, and the Multicultural Club during these two past years, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with other clubs to hold interesting events for the John Cabot University student community.

You can have zero percent Chinese heritage, and only know how to say “Hello!” in Chinese, and still participate in our activities. In fact, most of our meetings are designed to chip away at the most superficial level of stereotypes and encourage a more in-depth understanding, stimulating your curiosity toward the Chinese culture. As Walt Disney said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” The John Cabot University Chinese Culture Club is here to help you find the key for those doors: if, beyond those gates, you find a completely unexpected path, then we’ll consider ours a job well done.

Valeria Di Muzio
Valeria Di Muzio, President of Chinese Culture Club
Marketing major, Communications minor, Economics minor
Class of 2018
Hometown: Rome, Italy

 

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