2017 Events



Graphic of 3 pairs of people saying "hello" in both English and Chinese. Text below reads: "Free Conversation Practice."

Chinese Conversation Corner - Nov 13

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute regularly hosts 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners are guided by native Mandarin speakers, who will encourage conversation and discussion. No preparation is required - simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

Ancient Chinese Painting of Celebration with Traditional Chinese Costumes

11/11: GW CI Cultural Lecture Series, "Staging Personhood: Costuming in Early Qing Drama "

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

We are proud to have Dr. Goujun Wang lead a lecture on Costuming in Early Qing Drama. After toppling the Ming dynasty, the Qing conquerors forced Han Chinese males to adopt Manchu hairstyle and clothing. Yet China’s new rulers permitted the use of traditional Chinese attire in performances, making theater one of the only areas of life where Han garments could still be seen and where Manchu rule could be contested. Reading dramatic texts and performances against Qing sartorial regulations, Guojun Wang offers an interdisciplinary lens on the entanglements between Chinese drama and nascent Manchu rule in seventeenth-century China. He reveals not just how political and ethnic conflicts shaped theatrical costuming but also the ways in which costuming enabled different modes of identity negotiation during the dynastic transition. In case studies of theatrical texts, performances, and practices, Wang contends that theatrical costuming provided a productive way to reconnect bodies, clothes, and identities disrupted by political turmoil.

Film: "15 Hours"

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 9:00pm to Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join us at the Corcoran's Flagg Building for a two-day screening of 15 Hours, a film created by award-winning Chinese documentary filmmaker Wang Bing.

Women in Film Retrospective

On Both Sides of the Camera: Women in Film Retrospective

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 5:00pm

DC Chinese Film Festival & The One International Women Film Festival will together present ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CAMERA - Women in Film Retrospective.

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Chinese Conversation Corner - Oct 30

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute regularly hosts 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners are guided by native Mandarin speakers, who will encourage conversation and discussion. No preparation is required - simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

2019 Jiangsu Cup Gold Winners

The 2019 Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

10周年庆 - 10 Year Anniversary

Chinese Language Teacher's Association - 2019 Symposium

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:30am

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the The Chinese Language Teachers Association of the National Capital Region (CLTA-NCR).

Graphic of 3 pairs of people saying "hello" in both English and Chinese. Text below reads: "Free Conversation Practice."

Chinese Conversation Corner - Oct 16

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute regularly hosts 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners are guided by native Mandarin speakers, who will encourage conversation and discussion. No preparation is required - simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

Young male emperor with circular glasses walking past guards at the forbidden palace

The Last Emperor (1987) - Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The GW Confucius will sponsor a screening of the classic film "The Last Emperor" at the Meyer auditorium in the Freer | Sackler Galleries. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

Harbin Manchuria Orthadox Cathedral of Saint Sophia

Harbin Manchuria (Heilongjiang) - The Russian City in China, 1900-1945

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

We are proud to have Dr. Liliane Willens lead a lecture on Harbin Manchuria (Heilongjiang) - The Russian City in China, 1900-1945. At the end of the 19th century, China and tsarist Russia signed a contract to build the Chinese Eastern Railroad. Before the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, Russians moved to Harbin to help build and administer this railroad as well as develop Manchuria. The economy in Harbin grew thanks to, but separate from, the White Russian Orthodox and the Russian Jewish communities. During the Revolution and the Russian Civil War, waves of Russian refugees fled to Harbin. Following the Japanese occupation of Manchuria in the early 1930s, life changed drastically for Harbiners. Many left for Shanghai. Following the Soviet army sneak attack of Manchuria in 1945, most Russians left Harbin, immigrating to various countries.

Graphic of 3 pairs of people saying "hello" in both English and Chinese. Text below reads: "Free Conversation Practice."

Chinese Conversation Corner - Oct 2

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute regularly hosts 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners are guided by native Mandarin speakers, who will encourage conversation and discussion. No preparation is required - simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

2019 Fall Tutor Training

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

As part of the George Washington University Confucius Institute (GWCI) continuing tutor training program, the private instruction training session was held on Friday, September 20th. Teacher Mao Yue talked about the special teaching techniques and methods in private instruction and offered a case analysis explaining different phrases in class planning. The private instructors at GWCI attended the training session where they also shared their past experience with each other. This session equipped GWCI private instructors the most up to date teaching skills and prepared them for better private instruction sessions in the future.

Graphic of 3 pairs of people saying "hello" in both English and Chinese. Text below reads: "Free Conversation Practice."

Chinese Conversation Corner - Sep 18

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The GW Confucius Institute regularly hosts 1-hour Chinese conversation corners. These corners are guided by native Mandarin speakers, who will encourage conversation and discussion. No preparation is required - simply come ready to chat in Chinese and make friends!

Instructor ZHANG Hongcheng bends down to view a child's completed panda paper-cut.

Movie Night in Chinatown Park & DC Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 6:30pm

The Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) will screen Monkey King: Hero is Back as a part of the Chinatown Park movie series. They will have free snacks, arts, and crafts. There will be cultural activities including Chinese Paper-cutting led by the GW Confucius Institute. This event is free and open to the public.

Four GW Instructors hold trays of mooncakes in front of a mid-autumn festival poster.

2019 Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

On September 12, 2019, the GW Confucius Institute held the much-anticipated 2019 Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration in partnership with The GW Institute for Korean Studies, GW Language Center, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and GW Department of East Asian Language and Literatures.

This year’s Festival continues with the Institute’s over five-year tradition of hosting this exciting and enriching fall event. More than one hundred and thirty guests from GW and the greater DC community experienced traditional Mid-Autumn Festival customs, such as enjoying authentic Chinese music and sampling the iconic traditional Chinese festival mooncakes, learning more about the rich cultures of those who celebrate the holiday. Participants also acquired a greater understanding of the plentiful Asia-related resources on campus, including student organizations, Asia-focused Initiatives at GW, and other community-based programs.

Many thanks to our sponsors, guests, staff, and volunteers for making this event a great success. We look forward to next year’s Festival!