Mandarin popularization week begins
Chinese and foreign students sing a popular Chinese song at the opening ceremony of the 22nd National Mandarin Popularization Week in Shanghai on Sept 16. [Photo from WeChat account SHMEC-xwb]
The opening ceremony of the 22nd National Mandarin Popularization Week, an annual event held in China from Sept 16 to 22, was held at East China Normal University, Shanghai on Sept 16.
During the week, a myriad of Mandarin-speaking and writing activities will encourage people to learn Mandarin and Chinese literature for a better understanding of the Chinese language and culture, according to the Ministry of Education.
Chen Baosheng, organizer of the event, stressed the importance of language in the development of a country's culture. He also called for joint efforts to promote mandarin in more areas at the opening ceremony.
Tong Shijun, Party secretary of East China Normal University, said the university has reformed its language courses and is combining related research with talent cultivation.
"As a key research base for humanities and social sciences, our university will use teaching resources to help popularize Mandarin learning," said Tong.