2015 Events

 


Female and male opera performers face each other.Beijing Opera Workshop with Dr. Linghui Tu

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The GW East Asian Languages & Literatures Department & GW Confucius Institute hosted a lecture and demonstration on traditional Beijing Opera. Dr. Linghui Tu of Binghamton University spoke about Chinese Opera. Workshop participants also got the opportunity to practice some movements and dances. This event was supported by the GW Confucius Institute.

 



GWCI Director Sun and Master Calligrapher Dr. Zhao hold up a scroll with Chinese calligraphy.The Evolution of the Six Scripts of Chinese Calligraphy Over 5,000 Years

Thursday, November 12 & Friday, November 13, 2015

On November 12 - 13, 2015, the George Washington University Confucius Institute, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Pfieffer University Confucius Institute hosted a two-day seminar on Chinese calligraphy and the history of Chinese characters. Dr. Hong Zhao, a master calligrapher from Beijing, gave a presentation about the development of Chinese calligraphy over 5,000 years and demonstrated the six scripts of Chinese. Audience members were then able to practice the artform. 

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Charter School VisitWashington Latin Public Charter School Visit

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Washington Latin Public Charter School students toured our office building. Instructor Ying Huang did a calligraphy demo. The students were very interested in learning about resources for studying Chinese, especially for when they enter college.

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2015 gold award winners take pictures with the contest sponsors.5th Annual Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Competition Finals

Sunday, November 1, 2015

On November 1, 2015, the 5th annual Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech competition was held at the George Washington University. Over 150 students from 12 colleges and universities have participated in the past 5 years. Finalists compete for prizes which include scholarships to study and travel in China. 

 

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Minister Counsellor Hong Li speaks about cultural diplomacy.PDAA Luncheon: The Confucius Institute & China's Cultural Diplomacy

Thursday, October 22, 2015

On October 22, 2015, The George Washington University Confucius Institute co-sponsored a luncheon with the PDAA, an Association for Public Diplomacy Professionals.  Greta Morris, President of the PDAA, and John Wetenhall, Director of the GW & Textile Museum, gave opening remarks. Taoran Sun, the Executive Director of Global Initiatives and Managing Director of the GW Confucius Institute and Hong Li, Minister Counselor for Cultural Affairs, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America were featured speakers. 

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2015 Global Confucius Day - Art Troupe Kungfu Performance

Thursday, October 1, 2015

On October 1, 2015, The George Washington University Confucius Institute co-sponsored a Chinese Kung-Fu Show together with Tianjin University of Technology, Alice Deal Middle School, and the Confucius Institute at the University of Maryland. Kung-Fu performers from Tianjin University of Technology presented Taiji, Chinese fighting, 18 different weapons, various kinds of animal boxing, and Kung-Fu story show for over 500 middle school student audiences. With great applauses from the audience, the show continued for an hour and followed by the announcement of the establishment of Confucius Class of Alice Deal Middle School by their headmaster.

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Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

On Tuesday, September 22, a Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration was held at the GW Confucius Institute building. The co-sponsors included the GW Confucius Institute, the GW Language Center, the Chinese Program of the East Asian Languages & Literatures Department and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. About 100 guests joined us for the celebration.

 

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Exhibition Opening: China Through the Lens of John Thomson

Friday, September 18, 2015

From the opening ceremony in September 2015 until February 2016, The George Washington University Confucius Institute co-sponsored the GW Textile Museum's exhibition series: China Through the Lens of John Thomson. Over 9,500 people came to see the exhibition ended, which ended with a special event held on the Chinese Lunar New Year. The exhibition featured the Scottish missionary’s pictures from his trip in China, but was supplemented with traditional Chinese cultural costumes and accessories. The costumes and decorations brought color to contrast the black and white pictures, and left a deep impression on all audiences’ minds.

                                                                       

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Wilson High School Class Visit

Thursday, September 10, 2015

On September 10, 2015, the GW Confucius Institute was invited by Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC to participate in a World History Class taught to group of ninth grade students. Confucius Institute managing director Frances Taoran Sun, language instructor Ms. Huang Ying, and student ambassadors Eric Beeler and Kevin Wang visited the classroom and presented a lively showcase of Chinese culture in front of three dozens of students who just studied Chinese history in class.

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Curating History - A Dialogue with Japanese Visitors Through the State Department

Friday, September 4, 2015

On September 4, 2015, three visitors from Japan came to visit GWCI through an international visitor leadership program organized by the Department of State of the United States. The purpose of this visit is to have a dialogue with GW faculty, students, and administrators to find out how history is portrayed, interpreted, and taught in the United States. 

 


2015 Summer Tour of China

June 29 - July 13, 2015

On June 29th, 2015 GW Confucius Institute and GWU students participated in a 14-day experiential learning tour of China. Participants visited historically and culturally significant locations in Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing. This opportunity was generously support by Confucius Institute Headquarters, who covered in-country travel expenses.

 

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Symposium: Knowledge as the Foundation to Inform Instruction

Friday, May 29, 2015

Famous linguists from Peking University, Dr. Jianming LU and Dr. Zhen MA, were invited to give an academic lecture at the George Washington University Confucius Institute. Chinese language instructors from local universities and private instructional institutions, tutors and even a couple advanced Chinese language learners attended the lecture. The speakers offered great insights into Chinese language instruction, creating a deeper understanding and new teaching methodology for participants. 

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Chinese Tea Culture: Exhibition & Seminar

Friday, May 1st - Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

The GW Confucius Institute was incredibly honored to host our first annual Chinese Tea Culture Series. This event was cosponsored by a visiting delegation from the Guandong Provincial Tea Culture Promotion Association, led by its President Cai Jinhua and Vice President Huang Bo. As a two-day event, members of the GW and greater-Washington DC community had the opportunity to learn about traditional Chinese tea culture.

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Cross-Cultural Dialogue with Kato Yoshikazu

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The GW Confucius Institute hosted renowned Japanese scholar Kato Yoshikazu for a cross-cultural dialogue on China, Japan and the US. GWU student Owen Wu, ESIA 2015, engaged Kato Yashikazu in a discussion, sharing perspectives on topics which interest younger generations. Discussion was followed by a Q & A with the audience.

 

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Chinese Perception of Jews: Why the Chinese are Interested in Jews & Their Culture

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The GW Religion hosted Professor Xu Xin in a discussion of Chinese perceptions of Jews and their culture. Dr. Xu Xin is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies - the George Washington University, Founder & Director of the Diane & Guilford Glazer Institute, Jewish & Israel Studies - Nanjing University.

 


Chinese Medicine & Culture Lecture Series

Friday, April 17 - Saturday, April 18

On April 17th & 18th, 2015, the GW Confucius Institute was able to hold two incredible events that explored the study of traditional Chinese medicine. These events were cosponsored by the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, and welcomed three visiting lecturers: Dr. Haibo Cheng, Dr. Weixing Shen, and Dr. Dongdong Sun.

 

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US-China Cultural Dialogue on Contemporary Chinese Humanities Studies

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The George Washington University hosted a dialogue on US-China culture and Contemporary Chinese Humanities Studies. Two renowned scholars from China - Professor Pingyuan Chen and Professor Dong Liu presented topics, which were followed by commentary from local US Scholars. This event was co-sponsored by the GW Confucius Institute, The Cultural Office - the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, The Sigur Center for Asian Studies and The George Mason University - College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

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Statue of buddha's head.Religion in Contemporary China

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Along with China’s astonishing economic growth in recent years, Chinese religions have enjoyed a remarkable renaissance. Five professors of religious studies from the US and China will participate in a panel which will shed light on different aspects of China’s current religious resurgence and the role of religion in contemporary Chinese society.

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GW Students making dumplingsGlobal China Connections: Dumpling Night

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Global China Connections student organization brought together Chinese and American students to enjoy dumplings, activities and networking at the GW Confucius Institute. The Global China Connections group seeks to increase understanding of China and the United States through engagement in cultural activities. The GW Confucius Institute was a co-sponsor for this event.

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Dean Vinson speaking at the Lunar New Year celebrationLunar New Year Celebration

Thursday, February 19, 2015

On the first day in the Year of the Sheep, the George Washington University held its community wide celebration on campus. The event was spearheaded by the GW Confucius Institute, and cosponsored with Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, as well as the Multicultural Student Services Center. 

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Chinese New Year Family Festival

Saturday, February 14, 2015

This Valentine’s Day became a special day for a lot of American families in the greater Washington area. The Chinese Embassy Cultural Attache, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the George Washington University Confucius Institute, and other sponsors have gathered in Kogod Courtyard in the American Art Museum to host a Chinese New Year Family Festival. 

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Looking Back at the History & Peering Ahead to the Future: Trends & Opportunities in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology in China

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The GW Department of Speech & Hearing Science and the GW Confucius Institute will host Dr. Lucy Xueman Liu to speak about the history and outlook of Speech Language Pathology & Audiology in China. Dr. Liu is president of Bethel Hearing & Speaking Training Center Inc, adjunct assistant professor at the University of Texas Dallas and cofounder of the China Consortium for Communication Health (CCCH). This event is free and open to the public.