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Inauguration of the Calligraphy Exhibition for Chinese Storytelling on Devotion to Native Land

2021-11-12

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The “Calligraphy Exhibition for Chinese Storytelling on Devotion to Native Land” was officially inaugurated on 11 November, 2021.



The opening ceremony of the “Celebration of the 22nd Anniversary of the Establishment of Macao SAR: Calligraphy Exhibition for Chinese Storytelling on Devotion to Native Land”, part of the USJ 25th Anniversary Series, took place on November 11, 2021, at the Kent Wong Exhibition Gallery in the University of Saint Joseph (USJ).

The event, co-organised by the Macao Wisdom Humanities Encourage Political Association, the Greater Bay Area Pottery Collection Exchange Association and USJ, has profound meaning to bring patriotic education into higher education through the Calligraphy Exhibition.

During the opening ceremony, Prof. Zhang Shuguang, Vice Rector of USJ, mentioned that “USJ as an important academic platform for the integration of Chinese and Western cultures, USJ serves the mission of “building a base for exchange and cooperation with Chinese culture as the mainstream and the coexistence of multiple cultures” given by our country to Macao. We hope that more students at the University of Saint Joseph, the future pillars of our society, will learn more about the events of the return 22 years ago and the stories of China and Macao through the calligraphy and the exhibition. We hope the exhibition will help students can be further “rooted in Macao, based in Macao, serving Macao, China” under the mission of the University’s education objectives and development goals, and strive with the University to keep up with the times while upholding and maintaining its traditional philosophy.”

On the opening speech, Mr. Ung Choi Kun, President of Macao Wisdom Humanities Encourage Political Association, pointed that cultural diversity is a fundamental feature of the world’s cultural ecology, and mutual respect and understanding for different cultures are required for the common prosperity of the world’s cultures.”Looking back in history, Chinese civilisation has a long history, and Chinese culture is extensive and profound. The virtues of “loyalty, filial piety, courtesy, righteousness, benevolence, wisdom and faithfulness” extolled by our ancient sages, are the foundation on which the Chinese nation stands firmly in the world culture. Likewise, there is a venerable father in the Catholic Church, Saint Joseph, whose courage to be faithful, loving and innovative are values that are universally recognised. Therefore, the “Chinese Storytelling” event has a common value base when it comes to the University of Saint Joseph.”

The opening ceremony concluded with Mr. Ung Choi Kun presenting a special gift for USJ – a calligraphy featuring a poem based on USJ’s 25th Anniversary motto – Tradition, Innovation and Vision.

The guests attending the opening ceremony were: Mr. Wan Sucheng, Director General of Publicity and Culture Department, The Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR; Mr. Carlos Roberto Xavier, Director of Department of Tertiary Education of Education and Youth Development Bureau; Mr. Leonel Alberto Alves, Member of the Executive Council of Macau; Ms. Leong Nga Tou, Head of the Special Projects Department of the Macao Foundation; Mr. Lao Ngai Leong, Representative of the National People’s Congress in the Macao Special Administrative Region; Mr. Chan Meng Kam, Member of the National Committee of the CPPCC in the Macao Special Administrative Region; Mr. Wang Gang, Director of Macao Office of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits; Mr. Cheang Hon Kong, President of The Chinese Educators Association of Macau; Mr. Wang Haitao, Chairman of National Conditions Education Association (Macau); Mr. Ao Io Nam, President of the Macau Institute of Calligraphy; Mr. Lei U Seng, President of Greater Bay Area Ceramic Art Collection Exchange Association; Prof. Álvaro Barbosa, Vice Rector of of University of Saint Joseph; Prof. Keith Morrison, Vice Rector the University of Saint Joseph; Dr. Alejandro Salcedo Garcia, Administrator of University of Saint Joseph.