2016 Events

2016 GW CI staff gather in front of a Christmas tree prior to sitting down for lunch at the DACOR.

2016 Staff Holiday Luncheon

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 

GW Confucius Institute staff gathered for lunch at the DACOR to conclude the end of our successful fall semester, acknowledge the contributions of our departing staff and celebrate the coming holidays. 

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Guests gather in the doorway of the GW CI Multi-purpose room, speaking with staff.

2016 Fall Networking Happy Hours

Monday, November 28 - Thursday, December 01, 2016 

Before the last week of our fall class semester, we invited our GW CI students and the local DMV community to join the Confucius Institute for some refreshments at our Networking Happy Hours. It was a chance for everyone to connect with other students and professionals interested in China, and also for the local community to meet our staff. We can wait to see you all in the spring!

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Guests mingling at the mid autumn festival

Movie Screening - Eagle Shooting Heroes

Tuesday November 29, 2016 

GWCI screened several popular Chinese movies throughout the fall after our evening classes. Our final movie showing this fall was the classic Chinese comedy, Eagle Shooting Heroes.This hilarious film spoofs martial-arts films and parodies Louis Cha's novel of the same name. 

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Movie poster for "I'm not Madame Bovary."

2016 China Onscreen Biennial Film Festival

Tuesday, November 15 - Thursday, November 17, 2016 

The GW CI introduced the China Onscreen Biennial event series since 2014 to promote selected Chinese movies to greater U.S. fans and to bridge yet another channel for cultural introductions. This year’s China Onscreen Biennial has expanded the selection pool of movies and welcomed an increased number of audiences. Starting on Tuesday, November 15, The George Washington University Confucius Institute, together with the Smithsonian Freer Sackler Gallery, UCLA Confucius Institute and the E Street Landmark Cinema of DC, presented a three-night movie event series with 6 selected Chinese movies showed.

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Finalists and competition sponsors take a group photo.

GW CI - Cultural Series: Kunqu Performance

Friday November 11, 2016 

On Friday, November 11th, the GW Confucius Institute and UMD Confucius Institute co-hosted the Wintergreen Kunqu Opera Society from Shanghai, China at the Hoff Theater at the UMD campus. The audience enjoyed on of the most famous operas, The Peony Pavilion (牡丹亭). the George Washington University hosted the 6th Annual Jiangsu Cup Speech Contest of the greater Washington, D.C. area. The seventeen finalists were selected from nine universities in the Washington Metropolitan area.The Jiangsu Cup Speech Contest is sponsored by Jiangsu International Cultural Exchange Center, Institute for International Students, Nanjing University and The George Washington University.

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A Midshipman from USNA competing in the Jiangsu Cup

2016 Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Competition

Sunday November 6, 2016 

On Sunday, November 6th, the George Washington University hosted the 6th Annual Jiangsu Cup Speech Contest of the greater Washington, D.C. area. The seventeen finalists were selected from nine universities in the Washington Metropolitan area.The Jiangsu Cup Speech Contest is sponsored by Jiangsu International Cultural Exchange Center, Institute for International Students, Nanjing University and The George Washington University.

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CLTA-NCR Training 

Saturday October 29, 2016 

On Saturday, October 29 the Chinese Language Teachers Association - National Capital Region, with GW Confucius Institute as co-sponsor, hosted a training at the George Washington University for local Chinese language instructors. Keynote speaker was Dr. Lucy Lee. It was a great opportunity for professional development and networking for local instructors.

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Guests mingling at the mid autumn festival

Movie Screening- A Chinese Ghost Story 

Thursday October 27, 2016 

GWCI screened several popular Chinese movies throughout the fall after our evening classes. Our fourth movie showing was the classic Chinese horror story titled A Chinese Ghost Story, the films is adapted from " Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio," which is a collection of classic Chinese stories written by Pu SongLing during the Qing Dynasty.An open discussion followed the screening.

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Guests mingling at the mid autumn festival

Meet the Artist: Lecture with Song Wenjing 

Thursday October 20, 2016 

The George Washington University is excited to host internationally acclaimed artist, Song Wenjing to discuss his exhibition "Art of Heart". The exhibition will feature Song Wenjing's water paintings as well as his calligraphy.Song Wenjing was born in 1964 in ChangAn, China - his family was originally from BoAi City, Henan Province. Currently, he is a full-time artist at Qingdao Art Academy, and Dean of the Theory Research Department.  Song is also the Vice Chairman of the Qingdao Calligrapher Association and a Member of the Qingdao Political Consultative Committee.  He serves on the Shandong Calligrapher Association’s Academic Committee, is a member of the China Calligrapher Association, Vice Dean of the Academy of Fine Art of Central Committee of China National Democratic Construction Association, and Acting Dean of Qingdao Sub-Academy.  The city of Qingdao has also honored him as an “Outstanding Citizen of Qingdao.”

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Guests mingling at the mid autumn festival

Movie Screening- The Phantom Lover 

Wednesday October 12, 2016 

GWCI screened several popular Chinese movies throughout the fall after our evening classes. Our third movie showing was a love story titled The Phantom Lover, which is set in 1940s China, Song Dan Ping builds a successful playhouse, thrilling audiences with his adaptations of classics, such as Romeo & Juliet. The story continues with star-crossed lovers, Song and Wan-Yi, who attempt to flee the city and elope, with disastorous consequences. An open discussion followed the screening.

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Guests mingling at the mid autumn festival

GWCI Cultural Series: Chinese Calligraphy with Dr. Hong Zhao

Monday October 3, 2016 

The George Washington University Confucius Institute hosted a lecture on Chinese calligraphy and the history of Chinese characters. Dr. Hong Zhao, an expert in calligraphy from Beijing, China. Dr. Hong Zhao majored in Chinese literature at Beijing Capital Normal University (BCNU). His undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. degrees were supervised by Dr. Zhongshi Ou’yang (Dr. Zhongshi Ou’yang, a famous Chinese calligrapher and educator, he is the master of Chinese calligraphy comparable to Western artists such as Picasso). Dr. Zhao currently serves at the Continuing Education College of BCNU and he is one of the trustees at the Beijing Distinguished Intellectuals Association and the National Chinese Calligrapher Association.

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Student employee serving moon cakes

Mid-Autumn Festival 2016

Thursday September 15, 2016 

GW Confucius Institute with the GW Language Center, the Chinese Program in the department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at GW and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies all co-hosted hosted the annual Mid Autumn Festival this year on September 15th. Guests enjoyed an assortment of food including Chinese Dim Sum and of course moon cake (月饼), the traditional treat to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. It was a fun night, as teachers, students and members of the community all came out to celebrate and mingle. The event was held at the GWCI building and was free and open to the public.

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Guests mingling at a happy hour

September Happy Hours

Wednesday September 7 and Thursday September 8, 2016 

On September 7th and September 8th, 2016, GW Confucius Institute held two Happy Hours to provide a networking opportunity for students, teachers and alumni. Teachers were able to get to know some of their new students and also catch up with old students before the first week of classes. People who have participated were able to meet and make new friends and exchange their experiences in learning Chinese and culture. 

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Image of red welcome poster for Vice Minister Hao Ping.

2016 Summer Tour of China: Three Ancient Capitals (Nanjing, Beijing, Xi'an)

Monday, May 22 - Sunday, June 5, 2016 

For the purpose of promoting the learning of Chinese language and culture, the George Washington University Confucius institute sponsored a group of students from the GW Confucius Institute as well as students from the university to take a tour in China during the summer of 2016. The tour visited historically and culturally significant locations in Nanjing, Beijing and Xi'An. During the trip, participants had the opportunity to experience many aspects of culture firsthand.

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Image of red welcome poster for Vice Minister Hao Ping.

Vice Minister Hao Ping of the Ministry of Education Visits GWCI

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 

Vice Minister Hao Ping of the Ministry of Education of China and his delegation met with GW President Steven Knapp, GW Senior Associate Provost for International Strategy Douglas Shaw, Director of Global Initiatives and Managing Director of the GW Confucius Institute Francis Taoran Sun, and the Research Director of the GW Confucius Institute Dr. Henery Teng to discuss the potential for future collaborations. During their visit, the delegation toured the GW Confucius Institute.

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New Challenges in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture in a Global Context

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The George Washington University Confucius Institute held our second symposium on teaching Chinese as a Second Language. Guests held varied professional backgrounds including Sunday school instructors, middle school and high school teachers, college professors and scholars in the field of linguistics. Coming together, participants discussed teaching methodoligies, cross-cultural communication in the classroom, new technology, textbooks and linguistics. 

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Outline Map of East Asia.

Border-Crossing in the East Asian Cultural Sphere

Saturday, April 30, 2016 

This one-day interdisciplinary symposium explored how the language systems and art forms of East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, among others) reflect multiple and intertwined paths of cultural flow. Specialists from a range of humanities fields presented on how this cultural exchange occurs.

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Stone statue of Confucius.

The Return of Confucianism in Contemporary China with Professor Anna Sun

Friday, April 15, 2016 

In this lecture Anna Sun focuses on the last two, the ritual and the ethical revival of Confucianism in everyday practice. The work is based on extensive field research in Confucius temples as well as interviews about ritual life in urban China.

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Representatives from the Embassy of China visit GWCI

Visit By the Minister Council CEN Jianjun

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 

On April 5, 2016 the Minister Council CEN Jianjun of the Office of Education Affairs of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in DC visits GWU and the GW Confucius Institute.

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Dr. Lie Zhen lectures on I Ching

I Ching Lecture with Dr. Liu

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 

The George Washington University Confucius Institute hosted expert Dr. Liu Zhen for a lecture on I Ching, also known as the Classic of Changes. Dating back to the 10th century BC, I Ching is one of the oldest Chinese classics, influencing the fields of religion, psychoanalysis, business, literature and art.

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Veronica Li and Confucius Says

Confucius Says: A Discussion on Filial Piety in Contemporary Families

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 

Author Veronica Li visited the Confucius Institute to discuss her novel, Confucius Says, which focuses on how the traditional Chinese values of filial piety are translated in a contemporary Chinese-American family. Ms. Li discussed her thoughts on the modern day relevance of Confucianism and own experiences of caring for her parents.

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GW GCC volunteer teaches guests how to make dumplings.

GW GCC & GWCI Annual Dumpling Night

Friday, February 26, 2016 

The George Washington University Confucius Institute teamed up with the GW Global China Connection chapter to welcome over 300 guests to the GWCI townhouse for our annual dumpling night. Attendees enjoyed delicious dumplings, musical performances, a make-your-own dumpling demonstration, exciting games and networking opportunities. 

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GW CCA student volunteers cook hot-pot for the Lantern Festival celebration.

GW CCA Student Organization Lantern Festival

Monday, February 22, 2016 

The GW CCA student organization held their Lantern Festival celebration at the GW Confucius Institute Townhouse. Guests enjoyed traditional desserts and holiday games.  

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Four Chinese folk musicians pose for a picture with their instruments.

Chinese New Year Family Day at the Kennedy Center

Saturday, February 6, 2016 

The Kennedy Center hosted a number of free activities highlighting Chinese culture for kids of all ages--including Beijing Opera stage makeup demonstration and costume dress-up with photos, lessons on Chinese paper cutting and calligraphy.This was the first time that the Kennedy Center, the Chinese Embassy Cultural Attaché, the GW Confucius Institute and other sponsors worked together for this event.

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Art for Families at the GW Textile Museum

Saturday, February 6, 2016 

Local families were invited to celebrate the Chinese New Year with the GW Textile Museum. Visitors could participate in related art activities, including a Chinese calligraphy demonstration by GWCI Instructor Ying Huang and a dance performance by the GW student group, Hanfu.

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Lunar New Year Celebration

Thursday, February 4, 2016 

The George Washington University hosted its annual university wide celebration, joined by over 200 guests from GW and the surrounding community.  The crowd joyfully rang in the year of the monkey with welcoming remarks from GW leadership and entertaining student performances.

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Chinese New Year Family Festival at the SAAM

Saturday, January 30, 2016 

Over 7,000 guests from the greater Washington area gathered in Kogod Courtyard to ring in the year of the monkey. The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Chinese Embassy Cultural Attaché, the GW Confucius Institute and other sponsors worked together to realize this extremely successful family festival.

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