A mooncake workshop was held in Wellington, New Zealand, on Sept 20 to kick off the 2020 New Zealand Chinese Language Week as well as usher in this year's celebrations of the Mid-Autumn Festival in the country.
Co-organized by the China Cultural Center in Wellington and Future Learning Solutions of the University of Auckland, the event attracted 20 Chinese language teachers from 15 middle schools in Wellington.
Chinese pastry chef Zhang Xiaodan from a local dumpling company was invited to host the workshop, teaching participants how to make snow-crust mooncakes, an online hit mooncake featuring a translucent and soft skin that differs from the traditional baked crust.
Apart from making and sampling the mooncakes, the participants also enjoyed a kung fu tea ceremony and a bamboo flute performance.
Guo Zongguang, the center director, said local Chinese language teachers should have both abilities required of elementary education as well as a good grasp of the essence of traditional Chinese culture. He hoped that workshops of this kind, besides as a platform for them to exchange notes, would also bring them some inspiration for their teaching in the future.
Initiated in 2014 by Labor MP Raymond Huo, the New Zealand Chinese Language Week is designed to bridge the cultural and linguistic knowledge gap between China and New Zealand by delivering fun and practical initiatives that assist locals to learn Chinese.