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11 November 2010: Chinese Language Day celebrated at HQ on Friday, 12 November

[Dateline: New York | Author: DPI, iSeek/Jingbo Huang]

Special events celebrating the Chinese language will take place in New York on Friday, 12 November, the fifth observance of the Department of Public Information's “ Language Days at the UN   ”.

All UN and Permanent Mission staff in New York are encouraged to participate and learn more about Chinese resources at the UN by attending the special events planned for the day.

Scheduled Events 

• 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Chinese Information Fair - 2nd floor NLB

Located on the 2nd floor of the North Lawn Building, the event will demonstrate Chinese resources at the UN, including language courses, websites, UNTV and UN Radio Programs. The New York Xinhua Bookshop and Zhejiang Book Publication from China as well as Language International of the Ministry of Education, China, will be represented at the Information Fair. There will be Chinese calligraphy and paintings displayed by renowned Chinese calligraphers and ink painters, organized by UN staff with support from the Mission of China.

• 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Chinese Cultural Ceremony - CR-A, NLB

The ceremony will be moderated by Mr. Li Maoqi of UN Chinese Radio, with opening remarks from USG Kiyo Akasaka and the Permanent Representative of China, Ambassador Li Baodong. The ceremony will include book donations to Ambassador Li, his wife Ms. Lu Hailin, the UN Staff Recreational Council Chinese Book Club and the UN Chinese Language Program. UN Chinese students will read a poem by Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai and the UN Singers will perform the well-known Chinese song “Jasmine”.

• 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Lecture - CR-A, NLB
Professor Fan Yuzhou of Nanjing University will deliver a lecture on the origin of Chinese characters, followed by an onsite registration for UN Chinese Language Programme classes.

In addition, the Chinese Language Programme will organize the following events:

• 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Exhibition on Chinese characters by Prof. Fan Yuzhou, in Room DC2-200

• 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon - Have your name written in Chinese calligraphy by Prof. Fan Yuzhou, in Room DC2-200

For complete information on the day’s activities, please visit   and   .

About Language Days at the UN

Language Days at the UN seek to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization.

The dates for the Language Days were selected by the Department of Public Information for their symbolic or historic significance in connection with each language.

Arabic Language Day, the sixth Language Day to be celebrated this year, is scheduled for Wednesday, 8 December.

For information about Language Days at the UN, contact Advocacy and Special Events at