Today, the Confucius Institute came to OU for a Chinese Culture Day.
Full disclosure: I didn’t know if I was going to even try to go. I had only a few minutes between classes, and in all honesty, you never know what the quality of the events held on the South Oval will be like. But I thought about how I know next to nothing about Eastern culture, and made a point to at least look around.
I was nearly late for my French class because of how engrossed I was. There were girls playing the mandolin–an instrument I’ve never seen before but was immediately fascinated and impressed with. There were OU students who are taking Chinese and students from the institute were teaching other students how to write Chinese characters. There was food, which both smelled and looked amazing, but that I didn’t have time to stand in line for. I did grab a cup of tea though, because they had a demonstration of Chinese tea-making and an array of choices in said tea. Overall, I was very impressed and glad that I decided to go.
I was fascinated by the display of Chinese culture and it made me frustrated too. I really have no excuse for not taking the initiative to learn bout Eastern culture before now. With such resources available, there’s no reason not to open yourself up to new experiences. I’m grateful that we have these opportunities, and I was glad that other students were actually taking time out of their busy schedules, like I did, to actually walk through the booths and fully immerse themselves–not just come for the free food.