In recent years, China and Jordan have rapidly developed their relations because of the strong desires of the people from the two countries. Jordan and China now have frequent cultural interactions through many exchange programs:
April 18th, 2007, a 3-day “Chinese Culture Exhibition” was held in Jordan University of Science and Technology. The theme of the exhibition was “Harmonious China • Pursuit and Dreams” illustrated by photography and pictures. Based on three different series, the exhibition fully introduced Chinese national spirits, harmonious national characters, values and psychological emotions as well as Chinese contemporary development in the global settings. It was a great opportunity for Jordanian young students to learn more about Chinese splendid culture and recent growth and to promote cultural exchanges and cooperation between the two countries.
October 24th, 2007, co-sponsored by Chinese and Jordanian Ministry of Culture, “The Elegance of Embroidery – Chinese Fine Embroidery Show” was held at the Royal Cultural Center in Jordanian capital Amman. Sixty fine embroidery art works made great impressions to all Jordanian guests. The Jordanian Minister of Culture visited the exhibition and highly praised the artistic achievements of Chinese embroidery and said that the exhibition is the highest level of art show held in Jordan in recent years.
April 1st, 2009, the first Confucius Institute official opened in Amman. The Confucius Institute in Jordan is a milestone in the cultural history between the two countries. From this starting point, China and Jordan will enhance cultural exchanges further and shorten the distance between the Arab countries and China. Also, it will provide convenience and necessary assistance to Jordanian people to learn Chinese and Chinese culture. In other words, it plays an important strategic role in promoting Chinese culture in Jordan, deepening mutual understanding and cooperation between the two countries.
March 8th to 11th, 2010, invited by the Jordanian Ministry of Culture, China Disabled Art Troupe and its 54 performers visited Jordan and hosted two public shows, called “My Dream”, at the Al Hussein Cultural Center in Amman. The performance deeply touched many audiences’ hearts because those disabled performers used their strongest voice to explain the meaning of life. Many audiences cried with their deepest emotions.
December 15th, 2010, invited by the Jordanian Writers Association, led by the member of Chinese Writers Association, the editor of “Journal of Literature and Art”, famous Chinese critic Mr. Yan Jingming, a Chinese writer delegation visited Jordan. The delegation and Jordanian Writers Association jointly held “Chinese and Jordanian Literature Seminar”. At the seminar, writers exchanged their views and ideas about the current literary development status and future prospects, the operation system of the writer associations as well as the literature publication, writers’ living conditions and other concerned issues.
It is worth mentioning that not long ago, the Jordanian embassy in China donated 100 books to the Jordanian Writers Association. Jordanian Ambassador Mr. Anmar A.H.N. Al-Hmoud said that those books are precious gift to Jordanian people. Through the donated books, they can easily learn more about splendid Chinese culture and the remarkable achievements of Chinese opening and reform policy. This opportunity will surely strengthen cooperation and mutual understandings for the people of the two countries.
Mr. Al-Hmoud also said that in the recent Shanghai World Expo, the Jordan Pavilion showed Jordanian ancient culture, mystical charm and modern development to all Chinese and international visitors through the magnificent ancient architecture, unique traditional craft techniques, modern tourist attractions and other perspectives. Those exhibitions illustrated the interpretation of Jordanians and their beautiful cities and the harmonious relationship between nature and urban life.
To address the more and more frequent cultural exchanges between China and Jordan, Mr. Al-Hmoud said he wants to be the friendship messenger for the two countries and continuously contributes to the relationship development and bilateral exchanges in many fields for the people of the great countries.