CSU professor says "Hello China"

Students in the first-year seminar “Hello China” recently welcomed professor Hao Qin from Chengdu Sport University for a lecture on the history of sports in China. The presentation was one stop on Hao's three-day trip to Ithaca College where he discussed opportunities for collaboration between CSU and IC.

Taught by professors Nick Quarrier and Hongwei Guan, "Hello China" is a first-year seminar under the ICC identities initiative. The seminar is focused on exposing students to Chinese culture and discusses differences between Western and Eastern values in regards to topics like family, health care, and business.

In addition to traditional lectures, “Hello China” students have also Skyped with a sister class in China but Hao's visit Nov. 11 offered students an opportunity to interact face-to-face for the first time. During his presentation, Hao explained the impact of Confucius on Chinese culture and the role sports play in the lives of Chinese people past and present.

"Having an actual professor from China come to class helps to gel the concept of global citizenship for which we have been emphasizing all semester,” Quarrier said. “More than the actual topic of discussion, my students observed first hand the China delegation relationship to IC: their cultural politeness, cordiality, and gratitude.”

To add to the experience, Hao's lecture was given in Mandarin while Guan translated.

After his presentation was complete, students asked Hao about CSU and the sports museum he oversees in China, then presented him with a gift -- an Ithaca College hat -- to thank him for his visit.

“The students have had Chinese professors and students Skype in from China -- but nothing beats the real thing,” Quarrier said.

In addition to lecturing in the first-year seminar, Hao and other representatives from Chengdu met with leadership in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance to discuss collaborative opportunities and possible faculty exchange. Chengdu is considered one of the top sport universities in China and has hosted over 100 Ithaca College students and several faculty members in recent years.

“It was a pleasure to host the distinguished guests from Chengdu Sport University,” HSHP dean Linda Petrosino said. “This visit helped expand our discussions about future student and faculty opportunities especially as we look at the area of sport journalism.”

Petrosino said the trip was productive and will help expand the educational opportunities offered to students in HSHP.

“We have much to learn from each other,” Petrosino said. “We look forward to expanding opportunities for our students.”


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