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My name is Simon O’Donovan MBE. I’ve worked in NHS Wales for most of my adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

I recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service. I continue to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.

 

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Chinese New Year

February 1, 2019

 

 

INTRODUCTION


“The Master said, “A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.” (Analects 4.9)”  ― Confucius


This week's CST activities focused on The Far East - China, Japan and other countries in that region. The reason being Chinese New Year is to be celebrated on 5th February 2019.

 

(We printed off some images of China and Japan from the quiz below to make the session more interactive and multi-sensory.)

 

Has anyone visited the Far East, for holidays or work? Where did people go, what did they think about the country they visited, the people, the language and food?


Would anyone like to visit? What are the reasons for members' responses?

 

What comes to mind when people think about Asian countries? Responses could range from polite and respectful people, clean streets, beautiful scenery and fantastic architecture to wonderful foods.  

 

 

IDIOMS 

 

To get people thinking, ask members to complete the following idioms about China and Japan, as well as those which have been 'borrowed' from the region.

 

Not for all the tea in - CHINA (no way!)
China - SYNDROME (Nuclear reactor meltdown)
Made in - TAIWAN (A derisory term about product quality)
Like a bull in a china - SHOP (A clumsy person)
Slowboat to - CHINA (something that takes a very long time)
China - DOLL (Something that is very fragile)
China - PLATE (Cockney rhyming slang for 'mate')
Chinese - BURN (children hurt each other in the playground by twisting each others' wrists)

To fall on your - SWORD (assume responsibility or blame, or more literally commit HARI KARI)
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for - A LIFETIME

 

IDIOMS ABOUT ANIMALS IN THE CHINESE ZODIAC

 

Smell a - RAT (suspect foul play)
As strong as an - OX (powerful)
The eye of the -TIGER (song by 'Survivor')
Pull a - RABBIT - out of the hat (come up trumps)
Chase the - DRAGON (inhale opium fumes)
SNAKE - in the grass (untrustworthy person)
You can take a - HORSE - to water, but you can't make it drink (you can't force a person to do something)
A wolf in - SHEEP'S - clothing (a dangerous person)
Cheeky - MONKEY (mischievous person)
Little red - ROOSTER ('Rolling Stones' song)
As sick as a - DOG (extremely ill)
Eat like a - PIG (eat messily and excessively)

 

Can anyone think of any other idioms to add to this list?

 

 


QUIZ QUESTIONS TO PROMOTE RECALL AND DISCUSSION 

 

China is known by which other name?
THE RED DRAGON

 

Or ...
THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC

 

Japan is known as?
THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN

 

Chinese New Year is 5th February this year. Which animal is the new year in the Chinese Horoscope?
YEAR OF THE PIG

 

"Pigs are not thought to be smart animals in China. They like sleeping and eating and become fat. Thus it usually features laziness and clumsiness. On the positive side, pigs behaves themselves, have no plan to harm others, and can bring affluence to people. Consequently, the pig has been associated with wealth."

 

The capital of China is?
BEIJING

 

And Japan?
TOKYO

 

Who was the last British Governor of Hong Kong before it was handed back to China in 1997?
CHRIS PATTON

 

Where in London is China Town?
GERRARD STREET, SOHO

 

What might you see in China Town on Chinese New Year?
CHINESE DRAGONS, CHINESE LANTERNS, FIRECRACKERS, DRUMS, HAPPY CHINESE PEOPLE IN TRADITIONAL DRESS

 

What is the sweet Chinese biscuit with a good luck paper charm inside called?
FORTUNE COOKIE

 

What sauce would you traditionally have with shredded duck rolls?
HOISIN

 

Can members think of any other Chinese sauces?
SOY, SWEET AND SOUR, BLACK BEAN, OYSTER, SZECHUAN & SATAY

 

Which native East-Asian plant is the richest natural vegetable food?
SOYA (EDAMAME BEANS)

 

What do Chinese people traditionally eat with?
CHOPSTICKS

 

What do Chinese people traditionally cook in?
WOK

 

Where is rice, the main staple of food in the Far East, grown?
PADDY FIELDS

 

What is the name of Chinese dumplings?
DIM SUM

 

What pink fruit do Chinese people enjoy for dessert?
LYCHEE

 

What is the name of the famous Chinese TV Chef who had a series in the 1980s?
KEN HOM

 

What are members favourite Chinese food dishes?
And restaurants…

 

How do the Chinese like to make their tea?
TEA CEREMONY

 

Can anyone think of any brands of tea?
TYPHOO, PG TIPS, GLENGETTEE, TETLEY, YORKSHIRE & TWININGS

 

What do Pandas eat an exclusive diet of?
BAMBOO

 

How long is the Great China Wall?
5,500 MILES (It can be seen from space!)

 

What figures were discovered in 1974, buried nearby Qin Shi Huang's (First Emperor Of China) mausoleum?
THE TERRACOTTA ARMY (More than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots and 670 horses were found buried!)

 

Who is the famous British/Chinese fashion guru?
GOK WAN ('How To Look Good Naked')

 

What is the Japanese art of arranging furniture in tune with energy lines to harmonise people with environment known as?
FENG SHUI

 

What is the traditional Japanese art of folding paper to make 3D objects called? 
ORIGAMI

 

What is the Japanese art of sculpting miniature trees called?
BONSAI

 

What is Japanese rice wine called?
SAKI (Has anyone tried it?)

 

What is the Japanese dish of raw fish wrapped in seaweed with rice called?
SUSHI (Again, has anyone tried this dish, which is becoming more popular in the UK?)

 

What is the name of the famous Japanese train, one of the fastest in the world? 
BULLET TRAIN (max speed recorded at 375 mph)

 

Where would you find the colonial styled opulent hotel 'Raffles'?
SINGAPORE

 

What is the name of the well loved Gilbert & Sullivan set in Japan?
THE MIKADO

 

What Japanese warriors had a sword named after them?
SAMURAI

 

What is the highest mountain in Japan?
MOUNT FUJI (Last erupted 1707)

 

In July 2016 the last of which electrical item was manufactured in Japan? (We all had one in our home!)
VIDEO CASSETTE RECORDER

 

What is the largest car manufacturer in Japan?
TOYOTA (Other Japanese car manufacturers include Honda, Mazda, Toyota and Nissan)

 

What was the biggest selling Japanese game of 2017?
POKEMON GO

 

Which ancient tile game is still popular in China?
MAHJONG

 

Which dog of Chinese origin has a name which translates as 'Lion Dog'?
SHIH TZU

 

What are Japanese female entertainers and hostesses dressed in traditional costume known as?
GEISHA GIRLS

 

What gowns do they wear?
KIMONOS

 

What is the traditional two wheeled passenger vehicle carried by one or more people called?
RICKSHAW

 

Can anyone name any Asian martial arts?
KARATE, JUDO, AIKIDO & TAI KWANDO

 

Has anyone practised a martial art, or been awarded a Belt?

Another martial art, practised for health benefits more than as a form of defence is TAI CHI.
 

YOGA is another form, coming from the Indian tradition but widely practised in China and Japan.

It's time to practice some Yoga moves. Ask members to perform ...
THE WARRIOR POSE
https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/yoga/poses/beginner-yoga-poses/?page=3
OR THE TREE POSE
https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/yoga/poses/beginner-yoga-poses/?page=4

(Of course, only if they are willing and able!)

 

Which martial arts TV show did David Carradine star in?
KUNG FU (His character's name was Grasshopper)

 

How do SUMO WRESTLERS win a game?
THEY PUSH THEIR OPPONENT OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE

 

Who is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and a voice for world peace?
THE DALAI LAMA

 

What is the highest mountain in the world?
EVEREST IN THE HIMALAYAS (29,030 feet above sea level)

 

Who was the first person to conquer Everest?
EDMUND HILLARY ACCOMPANIED BY SHERPA TENZING (29th May 1953)

 

What is the body count on Everest of people who didn't make it and still rest there?
OVER 200

 

What fictional monster might you meet in the Himalayas?
THE YETI OR ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN

 

What is the luckiest number in China?
EIGHT (Apparently the Beijing Olympics were scheduled to start at 8 seconds after 08:08 on 8/8/2008!)

 

Where were the Winter Olympics held last year?
PYEONG CHANG, SOUTH KOREA

 

Ask members to list some of the Winter Olympic Sports:

ALPINE SKIING
BIATHLON
BOBSLEIGH
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
CURLING
FIGURE SKATING
FREESTYLE SKIING
ICE HOCKEY
LUGE
NORDIC COMBINED
SKELETON
SKI JUMP
SNOWBOARDING
SPEED SKATING

 

Who follows the Winter Olympic Games?
What are members' favourite sports?
Can anyone ski?
Has anyone been on a winter holiday?

What about tobogganing? We probably haven't had enough snow for this yet this year, or for a snowball fight?

 

 

 

QUIZ TO PROMOTE MUSICAL MEMORY

 

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST HERE - 

https://open.spotify.com/user/1154769589/playlist/6pVCGl64NPtxHmdKi2UeJu?si=BTmWG4OBQnCvtO0OvChINQ

 

Chopsticks - Liberace
How many disposable chopsticks are produced in China each year? (Nearest guess?)
45 BILLION ESTIMATED

 

Hong Kong Phooey - TV Theme
What animal was Hong Kong Phooey?
A DOG (2017 WAS 'YEAR OF THE DOG')

 

Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie And The Banshees
What is a 'Junk'? (You might find one in Kowloon Bay)
RED SAILED TRADITIONAL BOAT

 

China Girl - David Bowie
'Chinese Girl' is a 1952 painting by Vladimir Tretchikoff (see above). It became one of the world's most popular when made into prints in the 1950s and 60s. Who has seen this painting before? Or had it hanging in their family home?

 

China In Your Hand - T'Pau
Who was the lead singer of T'Pau?
CAROL DECKER

 

Turning Japanese - The Vapors
Describe Japan's flag?
CRIMSON DISC ON WHITE BACKGROUND

 

One Night In Bangkok - Murray Head
What musical is this song from?
CHESS (Benny Andersson and Bjorn Alveus of Abba wrote the music and Tim Rice the lyrics)
Does anyone play chess? Can anyone name the pieces?

KING, QUEEN, BISHOPS, KNIGHTS, ROOKS, PAWNS

 

Last Night Of The World - Miss Saigon
Saigon in Vietnam was renamed what in 1976?
HO CHI MINH CITY

 

Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
This single was a massive worldwide hit, selling 11 million copies, in which year?
1974

 

Bali Hai - Bloody Mary
This song from 'South Pacific' is sung by Bloody Mary. How would you make a Bloody Mary?
TOMATO JUICE, VODKA, TABASCO SAUCE, WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE & PEPPER, SERVED WITH A CELERY STICK AND SLICE OF LEMON

 

Eagle - ABBA
Taken from the album 'Arrival', which Olympic Ski Jumper does this song remind us of?
EDDIE 'THE EAGLE' EDWARDS (He competed in The Winter Olympics at Calgary in 1988 and came last in both of his events)

 

Bolero - Ravel
Who won the gold medal for ice dancing to this track at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in 1984?
JAYNE TORVILL AND CHRISTOPHER DEAN

Is anyone watching 'Dancing On Ice' on ITV at the moment?

 

Ski Sunday - TV Theme
In the event of an avalanche, which dog might you be rescued by?
A SAINT BERNARD (With a keg of Brandy around his neck!)

 

Three Little Maids From School - The Mikado
Where is this comic opera set?
THE TOWN OF TITIPU IN JAPAN

 

We Are Siamese - Lady And The Tramp
What breed of dog was Lady?
AN AMERICAN COCKER SPANIEL

 

Getting To Know You? - Film Score
Who starred in the 1956 musical film 'The King And I?
DEBORAH KERR AND YUL BRYNNER

What is Siam known as today?

THAILAND

 

The Humming Chorus - Madame Butterfly
Who wrote this renowned opera?
GIACOMO PUCCINI (Has anyone seen this opera? Apparently the musical 'Miss Saigon' is based on it.)

 

M.A.S.H. - TV Theme
Name some of the characters of the '4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital', which treated the injured during the Korean War and used humour to escape from the horror and depression of the situation?
Capts. Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce, "B.J." Hunnicutt and "Trapper John" McIntire, Majs. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan and Frank Burns, and Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly. Also Sgt Klinger, the cross dresser trying to be discharged from the army

 

Pink Panther - Film Score
Who was Inspector Clouseau's Chinese manservant in 'The Pink Panther' films?
CATO FONG

Who played the lead role?

PETER SELLERS

 

On A Little Street In Singapore - Manhattan Transfer
Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world. Guess at it's size and population?
277 SQ MILES; 5.612 M

 

Moonlight Becomes You - Bing Crosby
Which three US actors starred in the 'Road To ...' series of movies?
BING CROSBY, BOB HOPE & DOROTHY LAMOUR
Can anyone remember the places visited?
SINGAPORE (1940), ZANZIBAR (1941), MOROCCO (1942), UTOPIA (1946), RIO (1947), BALI (1952) & HONG KONG (1962)

 

Nine Million Bicycles - Katie Melua

Does anyone ride a bicycle? Who never learned?

What do you call a bicycle made for two?

A TANDEM

 

Gangnam Style - PSY
Which politician danced to this song on 'Strictly Come Dancing' in 2017?
ED BALLS
(Watch a clip on YouTube or get the group to dance along with the original song's video)

 

 


PRACTICAL ACTIVITIES AIMED AT ENJOYMENT

 

Our practical activity this week centred around a tasting session.

We had brought a number of food and drink items to taste, including prawn crackers, spring rolls, vegetarian sushi and tinned lychees.

 

To make the session more fun we also provided people with chopsticks so they could try to eat their food items the traditional way.

 

We then drank flavoured iced teas and gave everyone a fortune cookie to open.

 

Some of the group then painted Chinese dragons and animals and others made paper aeroplanes.

 

Others tried writing their names in Chinese, using calligraphy pens and card. You can find an English to Chinese name translator here http://www.clearchinese.com/chinese-name/chinese-name.htm

 


AS ALWAYS THE AFTERNOON FINISHED WITH A RELAXATION SESSION AND REFRESHMENTS WITH FAMILY MEMBERS PRESENT
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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