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S Africa celebrates Chinese Language Day with art exhibition


S Africa celebrates Chinese Language Day with art exhibition


S Africa celebrates Chinese Language Day with art exhibition

2024-04-21 22:02 Last Updated At:04-22 00:17

To commemorate the 15th UN Chinese Language Day which falls on Saturday this year, an exhibition titled "The Soul on the Turtle Shell and Animal Bones" kiced off one day earlier in Cape Town, South Africa. 

The exhibition aims to deepen the understanding and recognition of different cultures through art.

Over 70 pieces of oracle bone script art, a result of a three-year collaboration between oracle bone script experts, picture book experts, and typography design experts, were showcased.

The works cover a variety of themes, including astronomy and geography, mythology and legends, and the miracles of life and they were presented by 10 young artists from the Central Academy of Fine Arts. 

"Very impressed with China's work and the impact of indigenous art and how that indigenous art has impacted how we think today and how we view the world today," said Guy Redman, chief director of Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.

One of the visitors came to the exhibition out of her love for Chinese.

"From the movies, I saw Chinese culture, which values wisdom, harmony, and integrity. So, I feel that these values have made me fall in love with China and Chinese culture, and then I feel that it naturally opened the door for me to learn Chinese," said visitor Aluwani Marhungu.

The exhibition also introduced the late Stone Age rock paintings of the indigenous people of South Africa. 

These rock paintings, created by the San people, are known for their depth and detail. They depict images of humans, deities, and animals, echoing the heritage of oracle bone script art and emphasizing the significant impact of ancient indigenous art on social development.

"The type of writing that was born here in the southernmost tip of Africa, through this type of art writing does reflect and coincides with that in a distant country of China. So, to have witnessed this and to see the exhibition, rock art in all its forms is something very special," said Elias Links, professor with the Stellenbosch University.

"My father is a South African and my mother is from Malaysia. I was born in Malaysia. And I grew up here in Cape Town. So I didn't really have much exposure to Chinese language and Chinese culture growing up. I get to fall in love with the language that I've been wanting to learn since I was a young child, and it's really awesome," said a local visitor.

The exhibition was jointly organized by the Iziko South African Museum, the Central Academy of Fine Arts, the Center for Language Education and Cooperation, and the Chinese Language Union, and will run till May 5.

S Africa celebrates Chinese Language Day with art exhibition

S Africa celebrates Chinese Language Day with art exhibition

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China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

2024-05-22 04:25 Last Updated At:05:37

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠China's service outsourcing industry saw robust expansion in the first four months of this year, the Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday.

Chinese firms inked services outsourcing contracts worth a total of some 781.43 billion yuan (about 110 billion U.S. dollars) in the four-month period, up 14.4 percent year on year, according to the ministry.

The executed contract value stood at 520.51 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 12.9 percent.

Of the total, the value of offshore service outsourcing contracts rose 8.6 percent year on year to 419.04 billion yuan.

Specifically, the value of offshore information technology outsourcing (ITO) services provided by Chinese companies jumped by 10.9 percent from a year earlier.

China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the United States and the European Union ranked the top three markets in terms of the fulfilled contract value of offshore outsourcing service, accounting for 54 percent of the total.

Chinese firms undertook nearly 80 billion yuan(about 14.93 billion U.S. dollars) worth of offshore service outsourcing contracts that were fulfilled with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, up 24 percent from a year ago, while the offshore outsourcing services for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) member countries totaled 73.26 billion yuan, up 16.6 percent year on year.

Outsourcing refers to hiring an outside party to carry out services or produce goods typically undertaken by in-house employees. In China, service outsourcing is typically divided into three sectors: information technology outsourcing, business process outsourcing and knowledge process outsourcing.

In the January-April period, the service outsourcing industry welcomed about 301,000 new hires, with 84.7 percent of these individuals holding a bachelor's degree or above. The sector had over 16.17 million employees at the end of April, among whom some 10.56 million were graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher.

China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

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