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Dear <<First Name>>,

We hope this email finds you well. In this newsletter, read on to find out about important news and learning opportunities. If you have 2 minutes, you can read the What's On section, which summarises the key events. If you have 5 minutes, the More Details section will give you a detailed picture of VBCI's activities. For more information and interesting lessons, follow the VBCI Facebook page and Instagram. Enjoy! 

Prof. Colin Clark - Director, VBCI
Assoc. Prof. Weiliang Zhang - Chinese Coordinator, VBCI
What's On?

🎑 VBCI participated in VU Cultural Diversity Week event on Footscray Park Campus. Students enjoyed the Guzheng performance and learned how to make Chinese lanterns.

🎤 Join the Chinese Cultural Talk: Introduction to Chinese Clothing. More information here

📅 A HSK Test took place on 26 March. The next HSK test date is 14 May 2022. Registration closes on 17 April. Register your interest here.

👩‍🏫 The free Chinese Language introductory workshop series for VU students and staff commenced on 9 March. See future workshops here.

🎊 The Qingming Festival is around the corner. During the festival, Chinese people maintain and repair their ancestors' tombs, fly kites and put willow branches on their gates. Find out more about the Qingming Festival.
More Details
VBCI at VU Cultural Diversity Week Event on Footscray Park Campus

Victoria University is one of the most culturally diverse universities in Australia. VBCI was proud to represent Chinese culture at the event. In response to the Cultural Diversity Week event, the VBCI teaching team designed the cultural diversity topics for our Chinese language courses and promoted the VU Cultural Diversity Week events in the classes one week before the event. Our students come from different cultural backgrounds. The cultural diversity topics helped them understand the varied cultures of Victoria University.
The VBCI team organized two activities on March 24, including a lantern making workshop and a Guzheng workshop. Our Mandarin teachers Chunxiao and Betty guided students and colleagues to make their own Chinese lanterns with colorful paper. Jasmine, the Guzheng artist from the Australian Guzheng Academy performed several Chinese songs. Some students and colleagues joined in learning the Guzheng with Jasmine.

If you are interested in our Chinese cultural workshops and Chinese language course, please contact us.
Chinese Cultural Talk: Introduction to Chinese Clothing

With a world reputation of exquisite silk producing nation, Chinese clothing enjoys a time-honored culture. Chinese clothing has many types according to various occasions.

The VBCI team will provide an introductive and engaged Chinese cultural workshop session for current VU students, staff and alumni. Famous classic Chinese dramas will be applied to introduce related varieties of Chinese clothing. Join us in the workshop!

When: 8 April 2022, 12:00-12:45pm. Where: Online workshop via Zoom. Register here

HSK Test in March and the Upcoming HSK Tests

The Victoria Business Confucius Institute is an authorised facilitator of the test and is based at Victoria University in Melbourne. During the COVID-19 pandemic, VBCI is the only test centre running the HSK tests regularly in Victoria. Twenty-three candidates sat the HSK Test on 26 March. The test was conducted in compliance with the VU COVID Safe protocol.

The upcoming HSK test date is 14 May 2022. Registration closes on 17 April. See more information here and register your interest here. We will be in touch with you within two days after receiving your expression of interest. Please contact us ( if you have any questions.

Free Chinese Language Workshop for VU Students and Staff

Another Free Chinese Language Workshop series for VU students and staff commenced in March. The series includes 5 workshops exploring different topics related to the Chinese language and culture.

Throughout the workshops, everybody was super excited to learn a new language and had lots of fun with Chunxiao lǎoshī (老师).

For the calendar and future workshops click here
VBCI Advisory Committee Meeting's Key Take-aways

On 24 February, the first VBCI advisory committee meeting in 2022 was successfully held, chaired by Mr. John Kirby AM. At the meeting, the key business program plans were discussed.

In 2022, VBCI plans to host a series of business-oriented workshops with potential topics, including upcoming topics of Intercultural Business Communication in Australia and China and social media for business.  A well planned marketing plan is emerging. In addition, a website project providing links to resources for doing business between Australia and China is being planned. 

Qingming Festival (清明节 Qīngmíng Jié)
The Qingming Festival, also called Tomb Sweeping Day or, literally, 'Pure Brightness' Festival in English, is a traditional Chinese festival and an important day for most Chinese people (including the Han Chinese and some of China's 55 other ethnic minorities) to go and sweep tombs and commemorate their ancestors. On this day, tomb-sweeping is one of the most important and popular activities to show respect to ancestors.

It usually falls on April 4 or 5. In 2022, the Qingming Festival falls on April 5. The public holiday in China is from April 3 to April 5, 2022. Read more.
Phrase of the Month

后疫情时代 🔊
Hòu yìqíng shídài
Post-pandemic era 

Nǐ rènwéi wǒmen de gōngzuò móshì zài hòu yìqíng shídài huì fāshēng biànhuà ma?
Do you think if our work patterns will be changed in the post-pandemic era?
What's Coming up Next?

Strategic China Briefing with Rowan Callick

ACBC is proud to introduce the first of our 2022 Strategic China Briefings, offering members and the wider community the opportunity, through leading speakers, to gain greater knowledge and understanding of the historical context, current issues, mutual benefits and opportunities afforded by our trading relationship with China in an increasingly complex global environment. To kick things off, ACBC Vic is pleased to host Australia’s leading China observer, Rowan Callick, a journalist, author and academic, with unrivalled experience in China and Australia. More details
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