VU Confucius Institute will start the autumn school year season in cooperation with a new Chinese university. This is Shanghai East China Normal University (ECNU), which is one of China's most prestigious universities.
May 26 in the second on Chinese society assoc. Prof. L. Poškaitė's lecture "Transformations of Traditional Masculine Ideals in Modern China", it was interesting to hear about the discourse of the "masculinity crisis" in China since the 20th century. The lecturer began her lecture by emphasizing the non-problematic approach to masculinity that has prevailed in China for quite some time.
China stands out from other civilizations in the world with a special respect for the past and its history, perceiving it primarily as a lesson and a landmark for the present and the future. Therefore, in March, the VU Confucius Institute organized two online lectures focused on one of the four traditional art forms – calligraphy and contemporary art, which is based on historical and cultural memory.
Lockdown not only reduced the need for interest in Chinese culture, but on the contrary, this extraordinary situation increased interest and opened up new opportunities for the Confucius Institute at Vilnius University. In February, the institute organized two distance lectures for Coretech lt, UAB on Chinese culture. The first lecture "Chinese Aesthetics: Stories of 2000" was given by Robertas Jucaitis, associate professor of the Department of Graphic Design at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, a graphic designer, branding expert with many years of professional and pedagogical experience, who has led a creative workshop for students at the Gengdan Institute of the BGD in Beijing, China.
On November, 25th The Vilnius University Confucius Institute organized a public online lecture "The Significance of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Modern World". We are extremely grateful to Vitalijus Naumavičius, a Chinese medicine doctor, physiotherapist and doctor of biomedical sciences, for his valuable knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine and advice on how we should strengthen our health in winter. The lecture discussed and compared two treatment systems - Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, where the researcher shared useful experience gained in China and his research knowledge. It was fun for us Lithuanians to see that more than half of the same medicinal plants grow in our country as in China. So far, unfortunately, we use a small part of the above-mentioned medicinal plants for treatment and prevention.
January 17th VU Confucius Institute organized an educational lecture about China for Vilnius Šeškinės elementary school students. During the visit, school students had an opportunity to improve their knowledge about Chinese culture. After a warm welcome from staff members, Lithuanian director of VU Confucius institute made a short introduction to Chinese culture, highlighting some fun and interesting facts about China.