Chinese Culture Programme 2021

The Language Centre at Queen’s invites you to join in the celebration of Year of the Ox! 牛年快乐 (Niúnián kuàilè)!

The Year of Mouse has not been a year that any of us will forget in a hurry. As the Chinese saying becoming viral in social media these days goes, the Year of the Mouse was far from easy, yet the Year of the Ox will turn things around (2020实‘鼠’不易,2021‘牛’转乾坤). So, a very big Happy Niu (New) Year to you all!

We welcome the Year of the Ox and consider the themes of remembrance and resilience. We are all feeling distanced from loved ones at this time and our resilience is being tested by the continued disruption to both our routines, as well as our engagement with our passions, environments and fellow humans. Chinese New Year is a time that we choose to celebrate cultural diversity in what is, fortunately for us at Queen’s, a distinctly multi-cultural university campus.


5 Feb
13.00-14.00CNY Workshop – The joy of Chinese paper crafts
(Jean JING)
Register (closed)
12 Feb
10.00-12.00Launch of CNY celebrations (with online cultural performances)
Invited talk – Great Books of China
(Dr Frances WOOD)
16 Feb
13.00-14.00Birdwatching and nature-lover communities in China (Xiaomin LIU & Yan WANG)Register
18 Feb
13.00-14.00Transition from international student to staff members at Queen’s (Qingying LIN)Register
19 Feb
13.00-14.00Metaphors of emotion in Chinese and English
22 Feb
13.00-14.00Comparison of British and Chinese regulations on facial recognition technology (Te LI)Register
23 Feb
13.00-14.00Writing a postgraduate research project – common issues arising from Chinese students (Ibrar BHATT)Register
24 Feb
13.00-14.00The sun and China’s solar observatories
(Jiajia LIU)
25 Feb
13.00-14.00Supporting international students – an intercultural perspective (Aisling O’BOYLE and Xuezi HAN)Register
26 Feb
13.00-14.00Partnership development with Chinese universities (Yan JIN, Che Cameron, Ryan Rolt, and Vincent McKenna)Register
5 Mar
13.00-14.00ArtEast Panel Discussion – The joy of women artists with brush pens during lockdown (ArtEast Club members)Register
This programme covers the CNY celebration period only. More events in the following months will be added later. If you are interested in joining us, please feel free to write to us using the comment box below.

How to join

These events will all be hosted online using MS Teams. For Queen’s students and staff members, this can be accessed from Teams > QUB Chinese LIG, where event links will be shared as scheduled. For participants outside Queen’s, registration is required in order to grant access as a guest. Please click each of the events in the programme for registration.

For participants who want to send us their CNY greetings, thoughts and proposals or suggestions for topics, please use the comment box below.

Image of ox heads (paper-cutting) with Chinese calligraphy and stamp as background. Credit: Jean JING

14 thoughts on “Chinese Culture Programme 2021

  1. Hope you make improvements in your Chinese language learning with perseverance, and it will be finally rewarding.

  2. Really looking forward to this year’s programme. Very diverse range of events so something for everything.

  3. I was the volunteer of the Queen’s Spring Festival for last year and we really had great fun by introduing traditional and modern Chinese culture on campus. As I’m now back in China I do wish you achieve another great success online and look forward to the upcoming culture programme!!!

  4. No matter what difficulties we have gone through over the last year, a brand new year is around the corner. Make way for 2021!

    • Very much so, we look forward turning to the positive trend following the arrival of Ox, and best wishes to you, Haiying, for your PhD study in London.

  5. We had wonderful time 2 years ago with your program! It is precious memory for us! Best wishes for the year 2021!

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