Russian Student in Hangzhou Shows Passion in Learning Chinese Culture

December 3, 2018
Editor: Xie Wen
Russian Student in Hangzhou Shows Passion in Learning Chinese Culture
Anastasia Kurbatova []


A Russian student studying at a university in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province, has been diligently learning about the local culture in the past three years to contribute to cultural exchange between the two countries.

Anastasia Kurbatova is currently a postgraduate majoring in journalism and communication at the School of Media and International Culture of Zhejiang University. It is about 10 years since she was first exposed to Chinese culture when she was a high school student in Russia.

Kurbatova has showed keen interest in reading and writing poetry since her childhood. After she came to China, she also participated in poetry activities and began to write verses in Chinese.

Kurbatova said writing poetry is a way of expressing her emotions and she tries to follow the Chinese way of thinking. Thus, she has been participating in life in China more actively.

She also believes that although China is adjacent to Russia geographically, there are huge differences in their culture. The long history and unique characteristics of her host country triggered Kurbatova's curiosity to learn more.

Kurbatova has always been grateful to people around her. Among them, she remembers the Chinese teacher who taught her in high school; the Chinese people who are kind and hospitable; and, her poetry teacher Huang Yazhou, who indirectly led to her pursue her life abroad.

Whilst studying at Zhejiang University, Kurbatova's mentor, Professor Li Yan has helped her a great deal, who has also particularly impressed Kurbatova with her rigorous academic attitude.

During the past years in Hangzhou, Kurbatova has performed at the first Zhejiang Poetry Spring Festival Gala, and also served as the host of a celebration marking the 120th anniversary of Zhejiang University.

Speaking of the future, Kurbatova plans to open an international school in Russia. She also intends to establish a video blog with her teachers and friends to share her experiences of living in a foreign land so that she can pass on the kindness to more international students.

(Source: Translated and edited by Women of China)

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