NZCLW 2022 Song
“Growing up in a Chinese household, the importance of my name has always been apparent to me. My surname ‘Qin’ in particular connects me to my ancestors, the roots of who I am. I believe that everyone is innately attached to their name, so when people say it, we feel seen and known. Ultimately, this song is a call for connection. To me, this is what NZCLW is about; connecting to the Chinese culture and connecting with each other.”
Song writer and musician
New Zealand Chinese Language Week is a Kiwi-driven initiative launched in 2014 by Chair Jo Coughlan and Raymond Huo. NZCLW is designed to increase Chinese language learning in New Zealand. The first of its kind in any Western country, NZCLW seeks to bridge the cultural and linguistic knowledge gap between China and New Zealand by delivering fun and practical initiatives that assist Kiwis to learn Chinese.
Now a popular event in the national calendar, we have many communities involved including school children, government officials, politicians (including the past three Prime Ministers), and business owners. If you would like to support us or be involved in the Week, please do not hesitate to get in touch!
A Poem for
She dreams sounds clear as stitches on her province’s
embroideries. Duck-squawk, as ducks walk on broadening
feet from the countryside into the town. Next thing
the whole city tastes it, the coming of winter––
duck and preserved egg stew. Sounds of the Sichuan
seasons enter her dreams. They quarter her émigré years.
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