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Fifth Symposium on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

The George Washington University Confucius Institute, in collaboration with the Nanjing University Institute for International Students, hosted our Fifth Annual Symposium on Teaching Chinese Language. This event was FREE and open to local Chinese language educators.

Freer | Sackler Galleries - Docent Led Empresses Tour

On Friday, April 26, 2019, GW CI students and staff members attended a Tour of the Empresses exhibit at the Freer & Sackler Galleries that was led by docent, Betsy Vourlekis. The exhibition showcases the lives of Qing Dynasty Empresses. Their vital presence over the 260-year course of the Qing is brought to light through an unprecedented assembly of spectacular objects.

Sligo Creek ES' World Culture Day - School Visit

On Friday, April 5th the Sligo Creek Elementary School welcomed the GW Confucius Institute to participate in their World Culture Day. GW CI Instructor LIU Zhi and Instructor XIE Qing gave a brief introduction to the Chinese art of paper-cutting. Students then got a chance to practic making their own animal paper-cut. Roughly 150 elementary school students participated in the activity. This was the second time that the GW Confucius Institute was invited to participate.

Chung-Wen Shih Scholarship - Research Presentation

On March 21st, the GW Confucius Institute hosted research presentations by distinguished scholars whose work was funded by the Chung-Wen Shih Scholarship. Weisheng Mao, a Ph.D. student at the GW School of Medicine, and Shelly Mishra, a senior in biology at GW, both shared the results of their research and discussed their experiences. The event was a great opportunity for faculty and students interested in the integration of traditional Chinese medical practices with Western Medicine and the Chung-Wen Shih Scholarship.

Film Screening at the Freer | Sackler Galleries

On March 14 and March 15, the GW Confucius sponsored local DMV area students from DC’s Chinese language immersion schools to watch the 3-D adventure Monster Hunt. at the Meyer auditorium in the Freer | Sackler Galleries. Students got a chance to practice their Mandarin and enjoy the box office hit about a time when humans battled monsters.

GCC Dumpling Night

On Friday, March 1, The George Washington Confucius Institute was proud to partner with Global China Connection once again for this fun-filled Dumpling Night event. The GW Confucius Institute was packed with students who came to celebrate the Lantern Festival (元宵节) with delicious food and fun activities. The focus of Dumpling Night and the mission of the Global China Connection is to share and promote Chinese culture amongst the George Washington University community.

Hardy Middle School - School Outreach

The George Washington University Confucius Institute was pleased to be invited to Hardy Middle School in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Students from various grades-levels warmly welcomed staff and enjoyed a fun cultural activity. This year's cultural activity was a lantern-making event, which attracted many students. Everyone learned about Chinese lanterns and the Chinese zodiac signs. Students could paste their own zodiac at the corners of the lanterns.

Chinese New Year Family Day at the Kennedy Center 2019

The GW CI hosted a table featuring calligraphy demonstrations, which was one of a number of free activities highlighting Chinese culture at the Kennedy Center. Family Day was part of the Kennedy Center’s annual Lunar New Year festivities, with three days of special events showcasing the arts and culture of Guangdong.

The George Washington University Lunar New Year Celebration 2019

The George Washington University community celebrated the Year of the Pig with welcome remarks from sponsors, a student dance performance and a lucky raffle drawing. This program was a wonderful opportunity for guests to socialize and network with students, faculty, and community members with an interest in East Asia.

The 2018 Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest

The Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest, organized by the George Washington University Columbian College of Arts & Sciences and GW Confucius Institute, in partnership with Nanjing University of China, is the premier speech competition for the Greater Washington D.C. higher education community.

Zhaoming Chen and Zhaoyu Li - Volunteer Calligraphers

The GW Confucius Institute celebrates the contributions of volunteer calligraphers, Zhaoming Chen - BS Mathematics & Economics & Zhaoyu Li - BA Psychology, who have volunteered to bring the art of Chinese calligraphy to the greater Washington area during our annual Lunar New Year celebration events over the past 4 years while they were studying at the George Washington University.


Zhaoming Chen and Zhaoyu Li, congratulations to both of you on graduating with the class of 2019. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Chung-Wen Shih Scholarship - Research Presentation

Dr. Weisheng Mao giving a presentation in front of a Powerpoint at the Chung Wen Shih Research Presentation Event

On March 21st, the GW Confucius Institute hosted research presentations by distinguished scholars whose work was funded by the Chung-Wen Shih Scholarship. Weisheng Mao, a Ph.D. student at the GW School of Medicine, and Shelly Mishra, a senior in biology at GW, both shared the results of their research and discussed their experiences. The event was a great opportunity for faculty and students interested in the integration of traditional Chinese medical practices with Western Medicine and the Chung-Wen Shih Scholarship.

During the final year of her doctoral degree, Dr. Weisheng Mao applied for the Chung-Wen Shih Scholarship to go to China and continue studying traditional Chinese medicine. Dr. Mao’s presentation was about her experience researching and working with Traditional Chinese Medicine in a clinical setting.

Ms. Shelly Mishra spent two summers doing research at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 2018, the Chung-Wen Shih Scholarship enabled her to go to Singapore to study traditional Chinese acupuncture. The report she presented was titled, “Perception, Education, and Practice of Acupuncture in Singapore”.
 
Confucius Institute staff also explained to the audience how to apply for the Chung-Wen Shih Scholarship. 

In 2014 Professor Chung-wen Shih established an endowed scholarship under the GW Confucius Institute. The scholarship is intended for GW students to reflect Dr. Shih’s interest in promoting cultural exchange between the East and the West. The recipient(s) of the scholarship are to be current or future George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences medical students who have demonstrated an interest in integrating traditional Chinese medical practices (such as acupuncture) with Western Medicine.

Light refreshments were served. This event was FREE and open to the public.

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