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Social Involvement Serial Activities for SCU Students

To promote SCU overseas students’ perception and understanding on Chinese history, culture, path, and system and to cultivate young ambassadors bridging China with the world, SCU Overseas Students Office and CCYL Sichuan University Committee organized excellent Chinese students and overseas students at SCU for the Social Involvement Serial Activities. On June 28, SCU students visited Dujiangyan Shadow Puppetry Art Museum and learned how to make puppets. At Chaxi Valley, SCU students picked and processed tea leaves. Through in-person involvements, SCU students, Chinese and overseas alike, got a glimpse into excellent Chinese tradition and culture.

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                                                                                                                 Experiencing Fun of Shadow Puppetry

At Dujiangyan Shadow Puppetry Art Museum, SCU students got to know puppets of all sort, which came in different category like immortal head package, Dan character package, and scene package. Intricately made puppets left SCU students with awe. The museum staff introduced the history of shadow puppetry in China. Dating back to ancient Han Dynasty, tiny puppets epitomize the wisdom of ancient Chinese and showcases the history and culture over the past two thousand years in China.


The museum staff played a complete clip of shadow puppetry opera Zhu Bajie Eating Watermelon. Students on-site were enchanted by the shadows dancing on the screen. Guided by the staff, SCU students went behind the screen and learned to operate puppets to go with the music. Assisted by staff on-site, SCU students made their own puppets and displayed them to their counterparts.

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After years of proactive exploration in building a cooperative, sharing, and win-win model with farmers, Chaxi Valley has been turned from a deserted hill into a lush place. SCU students saw a new path for rural revitalization in China.新闻3.jpg

At Chaxi Valley, SCU students got to experience the whole process of tea making, spanning from picking tea leaves, baking, rolling, to drying. Treading on a trail leading to hill top, students picked tea leaves while breeze caresses everyone every now and then with dimly discernible scents of flowers and grasses, generating the kind of coolness and comfort that no words could possibly describe. When making tea, students tried in turns for baking, rolling, and other procedures. Through concerted efforts, the tea was successfully handcrafted and everyone returned with a bag of tea as a reward. During the process, students learned to collaborate and enhanced understanding about each other, laying a solid foundation for friendship.

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Throughout the involvement activities, students had deep and wide-ranging conversations about shadow puppetry and tea. Overseas students participating the activities spoke fluent Chinese. But when they came across the terminologies which they didn’t understand, Chinese students in the team used English and even body language to try as hard as they can to get the meanings through. With everyone tapping into their unique talents, language barriers are crossed and interesting descriptions along the process add more fun. In a sea of jubilation, puppets and tea leaves become the media for communication among students. Coming from different countries though, students were immersed in splendid Chinese culture, showcasing humanity’s shared pursuit and appreciation for excellent cultures.

“The puppet used in puppetry shadow is gorgeous. They came in various colors and the carvings are delicately beautiful. I also tried to operate the puppet. You can see the shadow on the screen. It felt like it was dancing. This is so amazing and playful. I made a puppet myself and I will show it to my friends and recommend them to come here.” Luis from Columbia shared his feelings.

“The puppet used in puppetry shadow is gorgeous. They came in various colors and the carvings are delicately beautiful. I also tried to operate the puppet. You can see the shadow on the screen. It felt like it was dancing. This is so amazing and playful. I made a puppet myself and I will show it to my friends and recommend them to come here.” Luis from Columbia shared his feelings.


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