Camp to help keep Chinese culture alive

Learning the moves: A trainer teaching the schoolchildren a wushu move during the camp.

MORE than 50 children were able to gain first-hand experience in the various elements of Chinese culture at “Kem Budaya dan Seni Cina Kanak-Kanak 2014” cultural camp.

Held at SJK(C) Perak, the participants, aged seven to 12, were dressed in the camp’s green uniform shirts while sitting obediently at their desks in the school hall.

Their first lesson of the day was to learn the Di Zi Gui, which means standards for being a good pupil in Chinese.

Following the lesson, the children got to energise themselves with an exhilarating and challenging lesson of wushu.

They were required to stand in line and shout their numbers out before learning some of the basic moves of the martial arts, taught by teenage students of the Ipoh Chinese Chin Woo Athletic Association.

State executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said it was important to promote cultural activities among the young as culture is the soul of a particular community.

“In this digital era, we must not allow our culture to decay in the midst of technological advancements and electronic gadgets.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that the cultural heritage lives on,” he said in his speech during the opening of the camp at the school hall on Tuesday.

He added that schoolchildren these days face enormous pressure with homework and examination preparations piling up on them.

“I believe that by giving them the chance to learn more about the Chinese culture, they can have fun and enjoy themselves apart from gaining new experiences.

“It could be a new form of recreational activity for them here at this camp,” said Dr Mah, adding that he hoped that the camp would continue to be a yearly affair so that more children, and even adults, could gain exposure to the Chinese culture.

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