Insights | Serbian scholar enjoys enriching experience in China for 14 years

2024-05-11 Editor : Mo Honge ECNS App Download

By Mo Honge, Li Yining

(ECNS) -- Nataša Radosavljević-Gaberova, who is from Serbia, said in an interview with China News Network that over the 14 years in China, she has had the privilege of immersing herself in various aspects of Chinese culture, and it's been a wonderfully enriching experience.

"What attracts many people, including myself, to Chinese culture is its rich history, diverse traditions, and profound philosophy," said Gaberova, a Serbian language and literature teacher at Beijing Foreign Studies University since 2010.

She has observed that there's something serene and contemplative about the ritual of preparing and enjoying a cup of tea.

Nataša Radosavljević-Gaberova (R), a Serbian language and literature teacher at Beijing Foreign Studies University, enjoys intangible cultural heritage. (Photo provided by the interviewee)

"Discovering the similarities between Serbian and Chinese cultures is fascinating," she said."Despite being from different parts of the world, there are shared values and traditions that resonate deeply with me."

Both countries revolve around the importance of family gatherings, share a deep respect for their respective cultural heritages, and recognize the importance of fostering mutual understanding and collaboration.

The importance of family ties and respect for elders is a common thread in both cultures, she said.

As a Serbian language teacher, she also infuses a touch of Serbian culture into the lives of her students.

It was a joy to witness the genuine interest and enthusiasm my students showed as they embraced Serbian customs, she said, adding that she believes these moments of cultural exchange played a significant role in strengthening the enduring friendship between Serbia and China. 

The China Cultural Center in Belgrade offers classes on Chinese language, traditional Chinese musical instruments, Chinese calligraphy, and Tai Chi, a traditional Chinese martial art involving a series of slow, gentle movements. It is a window for Serbian people to learn about China and experience Chinese culture. 

"My friends have the same opportunity, and we can now share the same experience far from each other," said Gaberova.

Nataša Radosavljević-Gaberova and her students. (Photo provided by the interviewee)

She believes that the future of cultural cooperation between China and Serbia holds immense promise.

She noted that through continued exchanges of cultural performances, and art exhibitions, the bonds between China and Serbia will only grow stronger, enriching the lives of people in both nations and promoting global harmony.


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