Reading the Classics in Chinese

 

On Monday’s assembly, Anna Chen from Y9 amazed all the attendees with her original song written after she read “Journey to the West《西游记》”.

Starting from February, our Year 9 CFL took the challenge of reading the original edition of “Journey to the West”《西游记》 during their leisure time, and they were encouraged to create their own products with reflections on this book.

Here are the reflections from some of them:

Being a risk-taker, this was my first time to compose a song by myself, lyrics and music. The lyrics talk about the change of Sun Wu Kong after eighty-one adventurous experiences. I thought a lot about the theme of risk-taking and adventure, title and lyrics, because there were so many things I could write about. When we were studying the novel “Journey to the west”, we learned writing techniques and the importance of cooperation. We also did a lot of analysis work for characteristics of the characters. I think this project has cultivated our creativity, imagination and thinking skills.

—Anna Chen

We had made cookies for the creative project of Journey to the West. We’ve included some of the features of Journey to the West by using food coloring to make the icing and drawing it onto the cookies. We’ve included characters and key words to make our cookies approach the topic. The process was really tough, for example, riding 6 km to buy food coloring, and while making them we found that there weren’t enough cookies so we had to bake a second batch. Together we spent four hours completing it, however, as a result, it worked really well.

—Nikita & Catherine

Journey to the West is a famous Chinese novel, and what I did was rewrite my own theme song, and filming myself acting out the main plot of the story. There was a short drama before the song, and I played the role of all the characters. I learned this technique from a YouTuber. The filming consisted of the four main characters from the novel, and the main theme that I rewrote was based on the theme song for the old TV show that was made based on the novel.

— Kevin Du

Recently in Chinese class, we read a novel called The Journey to the West. I chose to rearrange the theme song, Yun Gong Xun Yin. The beginning of the rearrangement is calm, and brings us to the start of the journey. Then, it alters into a different style with a strong sense of rhythm. While rearranging the song, I extended a main element of the story—the perseverance of the team and the spirit of not giving up.

—Elena

During Chinese class, we read a famous Chinese book called “Journey to the West”. For this project, I made The Monkey King’s clothes. I learned how hard it can be to make a set of clothes and The Monkey King’s characteristics, so I can bring it out into the set of clothes. I really enjoyed this project, because you could be really creative with it and there are no limits. It was something I have never done before, which was really exciting to do. I will love to do a similar project again.

—Mary Liu

In Chinese class, we read the book “Journey to the West”. It was a great book and we learned a lot from it. For the project, I made a trailer. I did some research about the episodes that were made in the past years and found pictures, clips to fit into the trailer. From the process of making the trailer, I learned more information and background of the book. I learned that it takes collaboration and working together to lead to success.

— Ann Huang

For this project about the traditional classic “Journey To The West”, we were required to recreate the book and its contents in any form. I chose to compose another version of the movie’s theme song, 雲宮迅音. This composition relates to the book because it’s the song that introduces the opening scene of the movie. In the process of composing my piece, I also learned a lot about music composition software (in my case, Musescore), because I don’t normally create compositions. I could test around different features in the software and this made me a more knowledgeable learner.

— Hayley Chu

In the end, the students all wrote poems to celebrate completing the reading of the entire book:

Our Year 9 CFL students wish more students will join them and make good use of their time, reading more Chinese literary classics outside of the classroom.

The painting above is made by LEE Wan yu (Minna).