Recent Events and Highlights

The George Washington University Lunar New Year Celebration 2020

Faculty, staff, students, and the wider community of the George Washington University were invited to gather at the Science and Engineering Hall to celebrate the 2020 Lunar New Year: The Year of the Rat. The George Washington University has made it a university tradition to join with the rich East Asian history of Lunar New Year celebrations. This year's celebration was a wonderful opportunity to network with students, faculty, and community members with an interest in East Asia. Delicious Hors d’Oeuvres, Student Performances, and Networking Opportunities were available.

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Kennedy Center 2020

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. This was part of the Kennedy Center’s annual Lunar New Year festivities, which these year was a week-long series of events celebrating Lunar New Year traditions in China and Korea.

Hardy Middle School Lunar New Year Celebration 2020

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 paper-cutting, which attracted many students. Everyone learned about Lunar New Year traditions and the history of Chinese paper-cutting.

Chinese Conversation Corner - March 4th

This Chinese corner was hosted in association with Fuyao Hanfu Association 扶摇汉服社! Participants learned about the history of Chinese traditional dress - Hanfu - and got the chance to try on outfits with the guidance of Hanfu experts! This Hanfu Workshop was be the first of GWCI's new special series of Chinese Conversation Corners, where workshops on Chinese culture will be hosted in addition to Chinese language speaking practice.

GCC Dumpling Night 2020

On Friday February 7th, 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.


COVID-19 Office Announcement

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Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, the GW Confucius Institute and the George Washington University have decided to take proactive steps to protect the health of the GW community by discontinuing in-person activities and events. 


Consequently, our staff will be working remotely starting Monday, March 16th, and will continue working remotely pending further notice.

Our office hours are 9am - 5pm EST.


Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions or need to get in contact, please feel free to email us at [email protected] 

02/26: GW CI Cultural Lecture Series, "Once Upon a Time in Shanghai: Behind the Scenes of the Chinese Film Industry"

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We are proud to have had Mark Parascandola lead a lecture: "Once Upon a Time in Shanghai: Behind the Scences of the Chinese Film Industry".

China, poised to become the world's largest film market, is home to an expansive state-supported movie and television industry. On an unparalleled scale, entire towns have been built around making movies. Given film censorship codes in China, period films provide a safe and familiar format to tell stories based around “official” narratives. The movie sets, rivaling real-world cities and monuments in their scale, have themselves become destinations for domestic and international tourists. Despite the fiction, they bear witness to a dynamic and changing China. Photographer Mark Parascandola, has spent five years photographing movie production sites and outdoor sets across China. 

“Through his images, Mark Parascandola captures these sites and the people that inhabit them, offering us fleeting images of classical Chinese costumes dramas, modern war films, Republican Shanghai, and the socialist past. It is also through these images that contradictions lurking beneath the surface emerge as we witness a side of China that is both classical and modern, genuine and staged, glamourous and mundane, new and old, deeply tied to history yet continually being remolded.”  -- from Michael Berry’s essay Images of a Film Industry in Transition

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum: Myer's Room
701 21st St NW
Washington, D.C.
District Of Columbia
United States
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 12:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute