"In English you might say the music gives us goosebumps, but... [In Chinese] it’s translated as ‘I love listening to it so much that my ears got pregnant!’” Vol State Professor Ellen Gao said as artists from MTSU prepared to perform.
“First a legal issue,” Dr. Mei Han replied to the amused audience. “If you get pregnant, I’m not responsible.”
|Left to Right: Ji Jie, Mi Xuanye, Li Zengguang, Mei Han|
Dr. Han is the director of MTSU’s Center for Chinese Music and Culture. “These beautiful instruments and art are more than the expression of one nation,” she said in a video on the Center’s website. “They belong to all peoples, all of us.”
It was in the spirit of this philosophy that the hosts graciously shared their music, culture, and art to the crowd who gathered in the SRB Humanities Building. MTSU student Jie Shou served tea for people to sample. Calligraphers from the MTSU Confucius Institute translated names in Chinese lettering onto paper as souvenirs. Groups of children were patiently guided through the steps to make their own origami animals. Performances were given by students and faculty of Chinese Culture from both Vol State and MTSU, and a traditional Chinese meal was served to all.
Gaynell Buffinet Payne is a writer, single mother, and student at Volunteer State Community College. She also blogs for Vol State's Returning Adult Learners.