CIAU Chinese Director, associate professor Andy (Jijun) Yu was invited by Dr. Robert Myers, professor of anthropology at Alfred University, to give a lecture on April 23 for a class on Chinese language and culture.
Prof. Yu introducing features of Chinese words
Jijun Yu first introduced four sounds and the concept of tones; then he explained the syntactic structure of Chinese and compared the syntax of Chinese and English. He also read the Chinese poem, “The Silent Night”, to let students experience the beauty of Chinese rhythm.
When explaining Chinese characters, Prof. Yu discussed their origin and evolution from ancient to modern times.
Prof. Yu leading students in guessing the meaning of some Chinese characters
To finish, he introduced traditional festivals and foods through vivid pictures.