Reminding Chinese Youths About Their Roots
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GENEVIEVE TAN SHU THUNG
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
A HUGE crowd thronged the Brunei Darussalam's Jerudong Park Amphitheatre tonight to enjoy and appreciate an ecstatic cultural performance - "China Festival of Spring". Families travelled all the way from other districts and some even from the neighbouring country Malaysia, to share a special 90-minutes of togetherness for this year's Chinese New Year celebration.
"It is very important to remember our roots," said 40-year-old businessman Lim Wee Kiat from Sibu (Malaysia), adding that the variety of dances performed tonight opened his eyes that there is still so much beauty in the Chinese culture that he has never experienced before. Born and raised far away from mainland China, Lim claims that it is easy for people like him to 'forget' the glory of the Chinese traditions and culture.
Tracey Wong, a 64-year-old grandmother of 3, praised the organisers' effort and attempt to instil a spirit of appreciation for the Chinese culture among local youths, which she believes is waning due to modern western influence: "Very sayang (translation: "It's a pity") that they cannot see how beautiful our culture is. Look at the performances here tonight, the dancers are so talented. That is what I call art! How can dancing in dimly-lit places and shaking their heads aimlessly be something worth their time?"
"Family" is most important for the Chinese society. No individual interest can ever be more important than fulfilling one's responsibilities towards their family. Not only did the Chinese audience relive their tradition and culture tonight as reputed performers wowed them with their gracious dance movements and nightingale voices, they also got to uphold one of the most important values in the Chinese community - to spend happy moments with their family members during this auspicious period of celebration for the Chinese New Year.
This event was organised by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam, the China Overseas Exchange Association, the Guang Xi Overseas Exchange Association and the Hokkien Association of Brunei Darussalam.
Copyright © 2012 Sandhya Maarga Holistic Living Resources
Holistic Living Annex (FEBRUARY 2013)
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