UCC Confucius Institute Opens Chinese Club

The University of Cape Coast Confucius Institute has inaugurated a Chinese Club to promote the learning of Chinese culture. The Club, among other things, would offer members the opportunity to learn about Chinese history and how to cook Chinese food. Speaking at the Inauguration, the Chinese Director at the Confucius Institute-UCC, Prof. Hu Liangcai, called on interested students to take advantage of the Club to learn more about Chinese Culture. He said, “even if the only word a person knows in Chinese is 你好 (nǐhǎo), meaning Hello! / Hi! / How are you?, he or she is welcome to join the Club." Prof. Liangcai used the occasion to introduce eight different Chinese Provincial food to the audience. He observed that members of the Club would benefit from a Cooking Course, adding that in China, professional cooks earn 10,000 Chinese Yuan as per salary a month. The Co-Director of the Institute-UCC, Prof. K. Opoku-Agyemang, encouraged students to join the Club so as to know more about the Chinese and Ghanaian Cultures together. He said the Chinese Club was well known all over the world, adding that the biggest Chinese Club is in New York and the oldest formed in 1898 in Hong Kong. Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said that wherever Chinese nationals settle, they form Chinese Club to protect and know themselves, as well as disseminate Chinese culture. The Provost of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies, Prof. Dora Edu Buandoh, urged students reading the Chinese as their Liberal course to take it seriously. She encouraged all students to join the Club so as to learn more about the Chinese culture, cooking and clothing. The students at the inauguration were treated with sumptuous Chinese delicacies prepared by some Chinese Lecturers at the Institute. On display at the programme was an exhibition of Chinese clothes, worn on important occasions, such as Qipao, a body-hugging, one-piece Chinese dress for women, and Hanfu, a traditional, historical dress of the Han Chinese.