On the afternoon of May 11th ,2020, SHBS students and teachers attended an extraordinary "online" recitation. The event was directed by Tony Wang, assisted technically by Cai Hanxiao, who also helped to plan for the programs, and hosted by Alice Wei from the Host Group and Lee Li from Chinese Language and Culture Research Society. The recitation aimed to arouse students' interest in language and text learning, and to re-stimulate their enthusiasm for reading classical chapters.
Outside the window, in the warm sunshine of the early summer, soft breezes were bringing birds’ singing and fragrance of blossoms from the east. Kayla and Martina, two Pre-graders recited “You are the April of this world”, a famous poem by Lin Huiyin, with a gentle tone, describing to us such light and elegant beauty, and such delicate and euphemistic feelings.
Youth is an age of dream and ambition, of poems and passion. Shakespeare once said, “Youth is a short dream.” Chen Duxiu once said “Youth is the most precious day in life.” Xi Murong once said, “Youth is a book which is written too hastily”. Lynn, a 10th grader from Class 3, recited “Youth”, a short poem by Xi Murong, to express her feelings of youth with a variety of tones such as excitement, regret, cheerfulness, and exclamation.
A Dream in Red Mansions is one of the four most famous Chinese ancient novels. William Wu, Judy Di, Lynn Liao, Carolyn Liu, and Harry Che, 10th graders from Chinese H class recited a chapter from the this classic piece, which vividly presented the scene in which Liu laolao, an earthy but kindhearted widow, visited the Grand View Garden for the first time.
Ms. Miao excitedly sang high praise for this program in the students’ wechat group, and she referred to it as an “audio & visual feast”.
There is a rainy lane in everyone's heart. It is long and lonely, hazy and cozy. We are lost in it, looking for our lilac girl. Tina Duan, an 11th grader, presented us with “Rainy Lane” by Dai Wangshu with her melodious and melancholy tone, giving us a kind of ethereal feeling.
Chibi Fu is one of the greatest essays from the Song Dynasty, composed by Su Shi, the most reputable scholar at his time. The magnificent words, harmonious rhythm, clear and cleansing artistic conception, profound philosophy and inspiring plots in the essay revealed Sushi’s unique understanding of his life. Jerry Qi, Peter Zhang, and Kevin Zhang recited the essay by Su Shi with tones ranging from sonorous and forceful to clear and gentle, revealing the author’s mixed feelings of sadness and happiness.
The essence of love is not to ask for but to give. Vasiliev said in his theory of love, "the highest level of love is to take each other's happiness as their own happiness. Andy Xu, Hina Liang, Edward Chen, and Nebula Liu, 4 10th graders, recited “The Gift of the Maji”，a well-renowned work by O Henry, telling us what true love is.
Loyalty in Chinese culture is interpreted into doing the best to others with high respect. Zhuge Liang is the embodiment of loyalty and devotion. He has been regarded as a loyal and devoted saint for thousands of years. Sean Xu and Cai Hanxiao, Pre-graders from Chinese H class, played the role of Zhuge Liang, and recited “Northern Expedition Memorial” in their passionate voice.
The future is standing on the other side of the vast sea. Although we don't know everything that will happen in the future, we still have the courage to pursue it. This time, let's use poetry to recall the road of growth and compose our future in words. Harry Zhong, a 12th grader about to graduate, recited in English “the Stray Birds” by Tagore; while Eric, also a 12th grader, recited classic ballads in Japanese, which he is good at.
The two seniors said some heartfelt words to the rest of the students, trying to encourage them to keep making progress, and to value their high school years.
Shakespeare said, “Although the night is long, the day will come; Although the winter is long, the spring will come." Just like this pandemic, as long as we work hard in joint effort, we can conquer all the difficulties. We at the same time appreciate all the marvelous heroes on the front line for their persistence. It was because of them that we could believe that the night will pass, and the day will come. Students from the pre-grade recited poems to express their admiration and gratitude for those doctors and nurses who have been fighting the covid-19 epidemic at the front.
Travel in poetry; dance in famous articles. Words and phrases are so wonderful that they can bring us from high-rise buildings to warm April, back to the youthful years, to the Han Dynasty more than two thousand years ago, and into a dream of red mansions, to the true meaning of love, and to the sight of Chi Bi
Why not open a chapter of poems in our spare time and enjoy its beauty?