Texas Southern University Confucius Institute Successfully Held the Closing Ceremony of the First Phase of the Chinese Cooking Class.

May 04, 2017

On the afternoon of April 26th, the Confucius Institute at the Southern University of Texas successfully held the closing ceremony of the first phase of the Chinese cooking class. The ceremony was chaired by Dr. Roger Hart, Dean of Confucius Institute. More than 30 people attended the ceremony including Chinese director Dr. Yi Xiao, tutor of the Chinese Cuisine Course,Dezhong Ding, Instructor Haosi Weng, Human Services, Department of Consumer Science Associate Professor ,all the Confucius Institute volunteer teachers, cooking class students and student representatives from University of Houston.

Before the ceremony began, the students were divided into five groups,each of which is assigned to a Chinese dish they have learnt and is responsible for making it for the guests.In five weeks’ time, they learnt how to make five Chinese dishes of Kung Pao Chicken,General Tsao’s chicken,salt pepper shrimp, Mapo tofu and Yangzhou-styled fried rice under the guidance of the experienced chef Dezhong Ding. Therefore,the closing ceremony is a test of learning in the past five weeks.

At the closing ceremony, Dean of Confucius Institute Roger Hart and chef Dezhong Ding congratulated the students on completing the course and issued a certificate of completion to them. Master Ding spoke highly of the students’ efforts in learning Chinese cuisine and encouraged them to participate in the cooking course of next semester. In addition,Dean of Confucius Institute Roger Hart also presented the certificate of excellent instructor to the teachers of Ding Dezhong and Weng Haosi in recognition of their contribution to the Chinese cooking course.

After the issuance of the certificate, the guests stood in a line to have a taste of the meals prepared by the students from cooking class and all the dishes are swept way quickly.They praised dishes are a perfect combination of colour,fragrance and tastes and seizes the essence of Chinese cuisine.

The cooking class is a new attempt by Texas Southern Confucius Confucius Institute to spread Chinese culture in the spring semester of 2017. In addition to cooking classes, y Texas Southern Confucius Confucius Institute also introduced classes of martial arts, painting and calligraphy classes, chess, origami.These cultural courses come in a lively and vivid manner and greatly mobilised the local students’ enthusiasm of learning Chinese language and culture. In the fall semester of 2017, Texas Southern University Confucius Institute will also add the courses traditional Chinese musical instruments and Chinese dance and strive to establish a long-lasting and popular cultural brand.