EdUHK’s Animated Chinese History for Curious Minds Project Nurtures Student Curiosity
The Research Centre for Chinese Literature and Literary Culture (RCCLLC) of EdUHK unveiled today (25 June) its Animated Chinese History for Curious Minds Project (the Project), which comprises 10 animated videos, each of which features the story of a key figure in Chinese history. Available in both Cantonese and Putonghua, all the videos and teaching materials have been uploaded to the project website for use by schools and the public.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Ning Po Residents Association, the Project commenced in late 2016 and completed production in June 2018. Fully supported by the Modern Educational Research Society, Ltd. and Commercial Radio Hong Kong (CRHK), the project aims to enhance local primary school students’ interest in and exposure to Chinese history and culture. Mr Stephen Chan Chi-wan, Chief Advisor of CRHK, was also invited to participate in the voice-over production.
Featured in the six-minute animated videos are historical figures from different eras and social strata, namely Confucius, Qu Yuan, Zhang Qian, Zhang Heng, Du Fu, Wen Tianxiang, Li Shizhen, Kang Xi, Sun Yat-sen and Cai Yuanpei, some of whom had a special association with Hong Kong.
The Project team comprised expert scholars in Chinese history, culture and literature from the RCCLLC at EdUHK, including Chair Professor Leonard Chan Kwok-kou, of the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies, Professor Si Chung-mou, of the Department of Chinese Language Studies, and Dr Fung Chi-wang and Dr Hui Kwok-wai, of the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies. Through in-depth and detailed research and animation, the life stories and positive attributes of these historical figures are presented in a form of animation.
EdUHK President Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung has long advocated the importance of happy learning. “Through this project, we hope that students will find the historical figures interesting and relevant, and be inspired to learn and understand Chinese history with fun,” he said.
Animation production aside, the University will organise a series of activities in the new school year, including school visits and an inter-school quiz, to encourage the use of these resources for the teaching and learning of Chinese history and culture.