Gallery of Events

photo montages reflecting various events held by Association

Open Dialogues are special events held by Association for the Advancement of Sinology in Russia and are organized for sinologists in general. We invite specialists and experts to participate in exchanges of experience and communication. We also welcome young professionals and students, who are interested in the Chinese language and all topics related to it and Chinese culture.

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Video Broadcasts and Video Recordings

Here you can find videos of different events related to sinology with a little description
Chinese Dialects Festival
The characteristics of Tang Feng Chinese course and its application in international Chinese teaching on examples of China, Russia, Thailand and Malaysia
This lecture took place on November 13 as a part of the activities of the 10th Open Dialogue.
The speaker is a representative of the Beijing Tangfeng Chinese Education Technology Co. Ltd., which was established in 2006. Nowadays it is the biggest company in the world that provides a high quality education in the sphere of Chinese language. Therefore, the speaker describes the educational system and some of the approaches the company uses in different countries to teach Chinese.
You can find the full version of this lecture on our YouTube channel.
The characteristics of Tang Feng Chinese course
A live video of the 6th Open Dialogue which took place December 15
The 6th Open Dialogue for professors and teachers of Chinese took place in the World Calligraphy Museum in Sokolniki on December 15. More detailed information on this event you can find on its official page.
The 6th Open Dialogue
Presentation of Wu Cheng’en’s Novel “Journey to the West” by “Shans International Publishing & Media Group Limited”
International book fair non/fiction№ 21 was held at the very beginning of December. This year it took place in “Gostiniy Dvor”, Moscow. There were not only Russian publishing houses, but also some foreign companies among the participants, including Taiwanese “Shans International Publishing & Media Group Limited”. This time “Shans” publishing house attracted the attention of visitors by its collection of Chinese authors, training manuals, children’s books, but the best representative of the collection was a child-friendly illustrated edition of Wu Cheng’en’s novel “Journey to the West”. Moreover, we managed to visit the presentation.
This reprint was presented by Svetlana Nikolskaya (PhD in philology, Associate Professor of Department of Chinese Philology of Lomonosov State University), who told about the novel and its special place in Chinese film and in the life of Chinese people and nation in general, about its plight in Russia. Great advantages of this child-friendly edition are: 1) it is designed for children from 12 years, but it is also suitable for pupils and students learning Chinese; 2) it is a bilingual book; 3) there is an audio version of the book (in Russian only).
We think that this reprint has all the opportunities to attract different groups of people, not even connected with China or Chinese language in a professional way.
Presentation of Wu Cheng’en’s Novel “Journey to the West”
Chinese Lantern Festival in Sokolniki Park
Dates of the Festival: 29.11.2019 — 23.02.2020
Working hours: Wed–Thu 17:00–23:00, Fri–Sun 16:00–23:00
Magical Chinese Lantern Festival is a bright and unusual event, which bound together modern technologies and one of the main Chinese traditions. Every visitor will be inspired by the atmosphere of China and by the holiday atmosphere of upcoming New Year celebrations. All these luminous pandas, white bears, monkeys and different inhabitants of marine flora and fauna, sparkling traditional Chinese palaces and even Father Frost with Snow Maiden will please the eyes of the Moscovites and the guests of the city for the next three months. More than 40 giant figures including lighting systems were brought to Moscow by the Chinese company Haitian Culture. This company has already visited the USA, Canada, Lithuania, Holland, Italy, Estonia, Belarussia, Germany, Spain, Great Britain and many other countries with its shows and exhibitions.
Chinese Lantern Festival in Sokolniki Park
An Exhibition of Chinese Tea: How do Chinese Process Tea Leaves (interview)
The exhibition “Chinese Tea” took place on November 22-24 in Sokolniki. We managed to ask several questions to some tea-growers from different parts of Fujian province. You can watch the video on our YouTube channel.
An Exhibition of Chinese Tea
The 2nd Open Dialogue (December 9, 2018)
The 2nd Open Dialogue took place on December 9, 2018. The topic of the event was: Training of Translators in Institutions of Higher Education.
There were Russian and foreign professors and candidates of sciences and other speakers who spoke to the guests.
The 2nd Open Dialogue

The 4th Open Dialogue: Chinese Dialects


This Open Dialogue took place in Moscow on April 17, 2019. Some famous dialectologists presented their reports during the event, for example:  
  • Olga Zavyalova (PhD in philology, Chief Science Officer at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences) – “Linguistic Diversity in China” ,
  • Alexey Aleksakhin (PhD in philology, professor, Head of the Department of Chinese, Vietnamese, Lao and Thai Languages, MGIMO University, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation) – “Typology of Chinese Phonological Systems”,
  • and some speakers of the dialects: Song Shiming宋世明 (北京话), Yang Jin 杨进 (唐山话), Huo dong 霍栋 (大同话), Xing Bo 邢博 (陕西), Liu Dongzi刘东姿 (晋语), Muhammad Madivan – Dungan, Wu Rongwei 吴荣微 (客家话), Liu Miaowen 刘淼文 (客家话), Hu Zhiyuan 胡志远 (闽南语、温州语 、 徐嫿兒 、闽南语), Wu Chi-Yuan吳季遠 (闽南语), Xie Mingming 谢铭明 (粤语).
The 4th Open Dialogue
The 8th Open Dialogue
The 8th Open Dialogue this year was held on-line on 10-17 of August, and it was called “Chinese Dialects Festival”. Our Association managed to invite some famous Russian sinologists and foreign scientists who do different researches into Chinese dialects. There were also dialect speakers, who presented their native language, culture, traditions, etc.
Chinese Dialects Today
The speaker Olga Zavyalova is analyzing the reasons why Chinese dialects are disappearing. She compares this process to the disappearance of languages and dialects taking place all over the world. She also touched upon the issue of dialect sub-groups co-existence by giving some real-life examples.
You can find a full version of the lecture on our YouTube channel.
Chinese Dialects Today
Come to Shanwei to Drink Some Tea!
In her speech, Huina Xiao (肖慧娜) introduces the tea culture of a little place called Shanwei. She also introduces some characteristic features of culture and life there.
You can find a full version of the lecture on our YouTube channel.
肖慧娜 来汕尾食茶
Wuhan food(武汉美食)
The speaker of the lecture is Peng Sinpeng who is introducing Wuhan food. She admits that she has chosen this topic because many people are at home right now and the only entertainment is to cook and to eat. But this lecture can be a good way to learn the culture of Wuhan.
You can find a full version of the lecture on our YouTube channel.
Wuhan food(武汉美食)
Introducing Taiwanese Minnan Culture (台灣地區閩南文化介紹)

The speaker is Yang Chunya (楊淳雅), her family are representatives of the Minnan culture in Taiwan. The girl says that most of Taiwanese Han people come from Fujian and Guangdong provinces, so the Minnan dialect has become the main one in Taiwan and sometimes is called the "Taiwan language". Yang Chunya also describes architecture, traditional food and clothing of the Minnan culture.
You can find a full version of the lecture on our YouTube channel.
Introducing Taiwanese Minnan Culture (台灣地區閩南文化介紹)
Zhongshan (中山) Dialect and the Zero Initial
It is a big lecture by Marjorie K.M. Chan (陳潔雯) where she describes the phonetic realization of the so-called "zero initial". She compares Zhongshan dialect to standard Cantonese to show this phenomena. These differences have implications for translanguaging, be it communication by bidialectal or bilingual speakers.
You can find a full version of the lecture on our YouTube channel.
Zhongshan (中山) Dialect and the Zero Initial
A Corpus-based approach to Learning and Teaching Cantonese
Trained as a linguist, Dr. Andy Chin has a wide range of interests in linguistics research, including linguistic typology, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, and Chinese linguistics. He has undertaken different types of projects.
In 2012 Andy Chin developed the Corpus of Mid-20th Century Hong Kong Cantonese with data drawn from the speech dialogues recorded in early Cantonese movie produced between 1943 and 1970. The cinematic nature of the corpus can also be used for studying the inter-relationship between language and culture and society.
You can find a full version of the lecture on our YouTube channel.
A Corpus-based approach to Learning and Teaching Cantonese
Jin (晋 语) – the Dialect of the Western Part of Inner Mongolia
Shi Shuyang (石姝阳) is a young girl whose mother tongue is the Jin dialect. She tells about the main features of the Jin dialect spoken in Inner Mongolia. She also describes the culture of that region of China, for example, tells about the traditional salted tea with milk and traditional cuisine.
You can find a full version of the lecture on our YouTube channel.
Jin (晋 语) – the Dialect of the Western Part of Inner Mongolia
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