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Students learn the ancient art of calligraphy
Students learn the ancient art of calligraphy

Press Release - 27 January 2009

Students celebrate Chinese New Year

Students at the University of Bath were introduced to the art of Chinese calligraphy to welcome in the year of the ox.

Students Yan Wang and Shan Cong used the ancient art of calligraphy to write fellow students’ names during a drop-in session at the Students’ Union bar.

Yan said: “I think Chinese culture is spreading all over the world. We have a long history and many people are interested in our culture.”

Meanwhile, in the University library, students learnt how to play Mahjong, the Chinese equivalent of poker.

Helen Sawyer, vice president of welfare and campaigns at the Students’ Union, said: “As around a quarter of students at Bath are international students, many of whom would be celebrating Chinese New Year at home, we thought this would be a fantastic opportunity for the Students' Union to celebrate the diversity on campus and introduce students to a number of aspects of Chinese culture.”

Elsewhere on the campus there were demonstrations of cooking and a chance for students to taste Chinese cuisine.

Bath’s Museum of East Asian Art provided artifacts to add authenticity to the day.

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