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Chinese Lantern Festival 2018

On Friday 2 March 2018, the UJCI staged a Chinese Lantern Festival, which also served as an event for welcoming its new Chinese Co-Director.

The Lantern Festival is one of the most important Chinese traditional festivals. It falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month, which is also the first night of the full moon. In China, the first lunar month was once known as ‘Xiao’ or ‘Yuan’. Both of these two terms refer to the first month of a year, so this day is also known as the ‘Yan Xiao’ Festival. In the Lantern Festival, displaying lanterns is a big practice throughout China. Other performances such as a Dragon Dance or Lion Dance will be held. ‘Guessing lantern riddles’ is also an essential part of the Festival.

During the event, people make and eat ‘Yuanxiao’, a specific type of dumpling made from sticky rice with a sweet filling. All family members get gotether to share the joy of reunification, which represents the deepest meaning of this special day.

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WuShu Performance Tour in Africa

On 26 October 2017, the UJCI hosted a performance of the WuShu Performance Tour in Africa.

The WuShu Performance Tour consists of a series of performances of Chinese Martial Arts, which tell an interesting story about the development of Chinese Martial Arts.

These performances are undertaken by teachers and students at the Martial Art College in Hebei Province, China. They depict the history of Chinese Martial Arts, and the relationship between the Chinese Martial Arts and the lives of ordinary people in a certain period of time. They also create a deeper understanding of Chinese philosophy and culture.

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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day

On Tuesday 3 October 2017, the UJCI celebrated the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and China’s National Day.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional festival in China, signifying the idea of reunion. On this day, people, especially family members, have happy get-togethers. Moon cakes, symbolising ‘reunion, just like the full moon, form an important part of the festival, and are presented to family and friends.

October 1 is China’s National Day. It is close to Mid-Autumn Day, so Chinese people usually celebrate those two festivals together. Therefore, the UJCI also celebrated China’s  68th birthday together with the Mid-Autumn Festival.

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Public Lecture on Chinese Medicine

ON Wednesday 27 September 2017, the Faculty of Health Science and Department of Homoeopathy at the University of Johannesburg, in collaboration with the UJCI, hosted a Public Lecture by Prof Wang Xudong of the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine on ‘The Cultural Values of Chinese Medicine and Health Preservation Practice’.


About Chinese Medicine
With a history of more than 3000 years, traditional Chinese Medicine (中医) has become a precious global cultural legacy. It is based on the philosophy of the hypothesis of pneumatism, the Yin-yang theory and the five elements theory with the purpose of pursuing the unity of man and nature. Based on this philosophy, a broad range of mostly preventative health practices have come into being that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage and dietary therapy, among others which have been used effectively to cure diseases and preserve our health. In this lecture, Prof Wang will mainly analyze the functions and benefits of Chinese medicine culture for health preservation.

About Prof Wang Xudong
Prof Wang is a professor and doctoral supervisor of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. He is a member of national committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the leader of national major discipline (history and literature of Traditional Chinese medicine) and the chief leader of major project supported by social science foundation. Prof Wang also holds concurrent posts including vice chairman of Health Rehabilitation Branch of China Association of Chinese Medicine, vice chairman of Traditional Chinese Medicine Culture Branch of China Association of Chinese Medicine, vice chairman of Literature Branch of China Association of Chinese Medicine, vice chairman of Philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine Committee of China Association of History of Philosophy and vice chairman of Nanjing Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is the recipient of over 10 science and technology progress prizes at national and provincial level, and has published more than 100 books and 150 medical theses. Prof Wang was also awarded with the Chinese Medicine Gold Award of Chinese Outstanding Youth and received the title of National Outstanding Teacher of Baogang.

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Public Dialogue on Ubuntu as Public Policy

ON Thursday 28 September 2017, in celebration of Heritage Month, the UJCI hosted a Public Dialogue on ‘Discourses on Decolonization: Ubuntu as Public Policy’.

The speakers were:
Professor Muxe Nkondo, former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Venda;
Professor Peter Ndege, Professor of History at Moi University, Kenya; and
Professor Chris Landsberg, SARChI Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ.
The event will be chaired by Dr David Monyae, Co-Director of the UJCI.

From the 1950s onwards, many African leaders formulated new philosophies or ideologies as guiding principles for the post-colonial era. This included the Pan-Arabism of Gamel Abdel Nasser of Egypt; the Pan-Africanism of Kwame Nkumah of Ghana;  the African Socialism of Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Tom Mboya of Kenya; and the Common Man’s Charter of  Appolo Milton Obote of Uganda.  Other contributions included Leopold Sedar Senghor’s Socialism, Kenneth Kaunda’s Humanism, and Mobutu Sese Seko’s Authenticity. Following South Africa’s transition to democracy, Ubuntu and the African Renaissance were added to the list, proving that efforts to formulate an African approach to political and social freedom had not ended.

The debate about Ubuntu has been revitalised by an exchange of ideas between Professors Muxe Nkondo of South Africa and Peter Ndege of Kenya, contained in two UJCI Occasional Papers (available on this website). In this Public Dialogue, these two figures and others continued his conversation, reflecting on the potential for and implications of using Ubuntu as a driving principle of public policy, including international relations.

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Policy Research Seminar on the role of China in SADC industrialisation

On 20-21 April 2017, the UJCI and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in collaboration with Oxfam International’s Africa-China Dialogue Platform (ACDP), hosted a policy research seminar on the ‘Prospects for SADC Regional Integration Through Industrialisation and the Role of China’.

Held at the Capital Moloko Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, the seminar was attended by scholars, policy-makers and government officials as well as representatives of civil society, private sector institutions, UN agencies, and Regional Economic Communities (RECs). The participants came from across the SADC and COMESA regions as well as from China.

The main objective of the seminar was to examine China-Southern Africa relationships in the context of SADC’s Industrialisation Policy (2012), Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap (2015), and revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) for 2015-2020.

The seminar reflected on the background and trajectory of the relationship between China and SADC and its Member States in promoting industrialisation in the region; trade and investment exchanges; and co-operation in infrastructure development and minerals development. It also explored how China could better support, promote and contribute to industrialisation in South Africa, particularly in light of its commitment to this effect at the Forum on China—Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) held in South Africa in 2015, and the G20 Summit held in China in September 2016.

For a summary of and outcome statement on the Policy Research Seminar, click here.

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