THE Lion-Parkson Foundation (LPF), together with Tsinghua University from Beijing, China and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), recently organised a calligraphy competition to promote Chinese art and culture in Malaysia.
The Lion-Parkson Tsinghua calligraphy competition 2016 at the UTAR Campus in Bandar Sungai Long, Kajang attracted more than 150 participants from across the country and also from Japan and China.
The oldest participant was a 75-year-old man from Johor.
The competition was launched by Senator Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung, who is Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research (INSAP) chairman and UTAR and TAR University College council member.
Also present awere Dr Hou’s wife Datin Lim Mooi Lang, Lion-Parkson Foundation chairman Puan Sri Chelsia Cheng; UTAR Professor president/chief executive officer Datuk Chuah Hean Teik, Lion-Parkson Foundation trustee Dr Chua Siew Kiat, UTAR Internationalisation and Academic Development vice-president Professor Ewe Hong Tat; UTAR Insitute of Chinese Studies dean Dr Chong Siou Wei, Prof Lim Chooi Kwa, Shandong Agricultural University visiting professor Prof Zhao Lixin and Puan Sri Wendy Ong.
The competition was divided into two categories – one for Malaysian students and another for the public aged 18 and above.
The shortlisted calligraphy pieces from the competition will be sent to Tsinghua University in Beijing for the final selection of winners.
There will be 20 winners with 10 from each category.
The top five winners from each category will be invited to attend a four-day calligraphy workshop and awards presentation ceremony at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in April.
The foundation will bear all expenses, including airfare, accommodation and meals, for the top five winners in the student category.
The top five winners in the public category will pay for their airfare and accommodation, with meals provided by the foundation.