Ugandans hardly speak or understand Chinese, yet a big number of the country’s businesspeople trade in China and majority of the commodities on the local market come from there.
There is a general perception that Chinese language is the hardest. However, the situation could change soon following the introduction of Beijing Television Drama series as part of the Uganda-China bilateral business and cultural relations promotion programme.
The drama series, which started airing this month on StarTimes channel, Star Chinese 2, comes handy especially for thousands of Ugandan traders who face language barriers while doing business with their Chinese counterparts. Actors and actresses speak Mandarin but the episodes bear English subtitles.
The drama series depict real lifestyles of Chinese people, specifically those living in Beijing, China’s capital city where many Ugandan businesspeople flock for trade. The series include We Get Married, Beijing Youth, Struggle, The Heart Without Thieves, Who Is in Charge of My Youth, and The Battle to Save Marriage, all of which tell modern stories through film.
Officials expect these series to promote Sino-African radio and television culture.
While presiding over the launch on July 17, the Information and National Guidance minister, Rose Namayanja, said: “I believe these TV dramas will highly benefit the Ugandans who travel to China and those who directly do business with Chinese even here in Uganda. This is mainly because our way of life is totally different from that of our counterparts in China.”
The Chinese ambassador to Uganda, Zhao Yali, noted that this was a good starting point in a bid to introduce Mandarin in Ugandan schools. He disclosed that Makerere University had already agreed to host the Chinese Institute.
Source : The Observer