Int'l students find immersion in Chinese games
Updated: 2017-03-22

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International students from New York University Shanghai enjoy themselves while playing traditional Chinese games on March 7. [Photo from WeChat account NYUSH-CHIN]

International students from New York University Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) enjoyed their night playing a variety of traditional Chinese games on March 7.

The students extended warm greetings to each other with an "easy" number-counting game, as they had to clap hands every time figure had a three or was a multiple of three – a big challenge for their Chinese fluency and arithmetic abilities!

The shuttlecock kicking game, which has been popular in China for more than 2,000 years, raised great interest among the students. Although the game was much harder than expected, they still tried their utmost to kick it as many times as possible. Their earnest expressions and exaggerated movements aroused cheers and laughter all over the room.

The students also went back to their roots by playing "rubber band skipping", the Chinese version of rope jumping, which was quite welcomed among the teenage girls. "It's just like dancing with the music," one student said.

The game of using chopsticks to move chocolate candies from one plate to another received active participation from the students. As the most-anticipated game since the school's Lantern Festival celebrations, the students have long been eager to show off their skills!

The students bid farewell to the night by showing their strong math skills – after adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing the figures on four playing cards, they quickly and successfully made them equal 24.

The Chinese game night was the third cultural activity held for overseas students by NYU Shanghai in the spring semester. More activities will be carried out in the near future.

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International students from New York University Shanghai try their best to kick shuttlecocks during a Chinese game night held on March 7. [Photo from WeChat account NYUSH-CHIN]

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