UD-PKU Scholar Lecture Features Study on Historical Nanjing

The Confucius Institute cordially invites campus and community audience to the annual UD-Peking University Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series on Thursday October 27, 2016.

Professor Zhangcan Cheng (程章灿教授) will give a talk on the Culture Image of Nanjing in Historical Perspective – The Royal Aura of Jinling (金陵的皇家风范).

Prof. Cheng is a Changjiang Professor of Classical Chinese Literature. He has published more than ten books including: An Introduction to The Poetry of the Tang Dynasty (1992), The Great Families and the Literature in Six Dynasties (1998), Milou: Poetry and the Labyrinth of Desire (Chinese Translation from English) (2003), and Wenxuan and the Chinese Literary Tradition (2014).

English interpretation will be provided for this talk.

Date: Thursday October 27, 2016
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Brown Lab 206

Direction and parking info for Brown Lab: http://maps.rdms.udel.edu/map/index.php?id=NC14

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided before the event. The event is open to the public for free.

This event is co-sponsored by the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Confucius Institute.

UDCI will Host “China Town Hall 2016” Featuring Dr. Henry Kissinger and Senior Diplomat Neighbors on Oct. 18

The Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware is in partnership with the National Committee on United-States-China Relations to present the 2016 China Town Hall program. The theme title of the talk is “The Sino-American Relationship: Challenges and Opportunities.

The program speakers include:

Nationwide Webcast Keynote: Dr. Henry A. Kissinger 

Henry A Kissinger was the 56th Secretary of State (1973-1977) and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (1969-1975). He has also taught at Harvard University and is currently chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. While national security advisor, Dr. Kissinger played a crucial role in arranging President Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, which opened the door to the re-establishment of U.S.-China relations. He is respected for his many decades of efforts to strengthen the Sino-American relationship during the past half-century.

lbsLocal Keynote: Mr. Lloyd Neighbors

Lloyd Neighbors served as a diplomat for 30 years with the U.S. Information Agency and the Department of State. He retired in 2005 from the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. Most of his career was dedicated to work in greater China. As a junior officer Mr. Neighbors served in Taiwan (both Taipei and Kaohsiung) from 1975 to 1979. He was a public affairs officer (PAO) at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai from 1983 to 1987. He filled the same role in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1993 and once again in Taipei (this time at the American Institute in Taiwan) from 1997 to 1999. From 2000 to 2003, his last long-term assignment abroad, he served as Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

Webcast Moderator: Stephen A. Orlins
President of National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

To help Americans better understand the complexity of U.S.-China relations and its impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is conducting the tenth annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections at more than 70 locations nationwide, featuring a live webcast and Q&A with Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former National Security Advisor and Former Secretary of State. This national day of programming is designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts.

Please mark your calendar:

Time: 6:00–8:00pm
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Location:  Kirkbride Hall 205 at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Lecture Subject Title: “the Sino-American Relationship: Challenges and Opportunities.”
Direction and parking instructions see here: http://maps.rdms.udel.edu/map/index.php?id=NW65

Light refreshments will be served after the event. The event is FREE to the public.

This event is co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute, Institute of Global Studies,  the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Center for Global and Area Studies.

“China Forum” Featuring Discussion on the Field of Public Opinion in Contemporary China on Sept. 6, 2016 at UD

The Confucius Institute cordially invites you to the Fall Semester China Forum Lecture Series. The series will begin with a lecture from Dr. Zhendong Zou, a renowned scholar at Xiamen University, China. His talk will focus on a thought-provoking study of the “principle of the weak” in public opinion in China.

pubopDr. Zhendong Zou is a Professor of Journalism and Communications at Xiamen University, one of the best institutions in China. Before joining the Xiamen faculty, Dr. Zou was the Executive Editor-in-Chief of Xiamen Media Group, the Founding Director of Xiamen’s Satellite TV Channel, as well as the Chairman of the Xiamen Association of TV Artists and Professionals. Serving on the Advisory Board of the New Media Think Tank of the People’s Network and the Chinese Association for Public Opinion Research, Dr. Zou has published extensively on the study of public opinion in China. He is also the recipient of China’s prestigious National Social Science Foundation Research Grant.

Please mark your calendar for the lecture:

Topic: “Studies in Public Opinion: the ‘Principle of the Weak’ in Contemporary China”

Speaker: Dr. Zhendong Zou
Date: Tuesday September 6, 2016
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Venue: Gore Recital Hall in the Roselle Center for the Arts
Direction and parking: http://maps.rdms.udel.edu/map/index.php?id=NW94
(Parking is available at the Center for the Arts Garage for a fee.)

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided before the event. The event is Free and Open to the public.

Chinese Classes and Activities Schedule – Fall 2016

In Fall 2016, the Confucius Institute will continue offering Chinese language and culture classes to all UD affiliated faculty, professionals, staff and their spouses as well as alumni. Non-credit classes or activities are open to the general public. Children under the age of 18 are not eligible to participate in this program unless specified otherwise.

Introducing a new “Chinese Calligraphy and Painting” class. Calligraphy and painting are closely related. The instructor Ms. Fang Guo has been practicing both calligraphy and painting for more than ten years. Now take the chance to learn this authentic ancient Chinese art forms that still thrive today.

All classes and activities are FREE but registration is REQUIRED.
Please complete this on-line registration form.

Class size is limited to 20 people; registration will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. The Confucius Institute reserves the right to cancel any classes due to student shortage. Questions? Email confucius@udel.edu or call 302-831-7188, 302-831-7190.

Confucius Institute Class Schedule – Fall 2016

  • Chinese Corner
    Mondays from September 12 to December 5  for 13 weeks.
    Open to the general public. All are welcome.
    Time: 5:15-6:15 PM
    Location: Conference Room at the CI building
    121 E Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711
    Instructor: Ms. Tingting Li
  • Chinese Level 1 for faculty/staff/alumni
     from September 6 to November 29  for 11 weeks.
    (Class does not meet on Nov.8 and Nov.22.)
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: Gore Hall (GOR) 114
    Instructor: Ms. Fang Guo
  • Chinese Level 2 for faculty/staff/alumni
     from September 7 to November 16  for 11 weeks.
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: Gore Hall (GOR) 114
    Instructor: Ms. Fang Guo
  • New! Chinese Calligraphy and Painting
    Open to the general public. All are welcome. 
     from September 8 to December 1  for 12 weeks.
    (Class does not meet on November 24 due to Thanksgiving Holiday)
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: Memorial Hall 125
    Instructor: Ms. Fang Guo
  • Chinese Movie Club
    Open to the general public. All are welcome.
    Every other Thursdays from September 8 to December 8  for 7 sessions.
    Time: 5:00-7:00 PM
    Location: Conference Room at the CI building
    121 E Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711
    Instructor: Ms. Tingting Li

UDNSLIY Day 37 Aug. 7 – Beijing

Beijing Day Two: Great Wall, Great Food
By Michael Cheng

Today, we climbed the Great Wall, explored Beijing’s old Hutong district, and saw a stunning Peking opera show. We woke up early in the morning to an amazing breakfast and blue skies. Since it rained last night, Beijing’s air was unusually clean, and we 受益匪浅-enjoyed the great benefit. Breakfast in Beijing is at our hotel, every day, and consists of a breakfast bar featuring Chinese foods like steamed buns, fried rice, and heated soy milk, as well as toast, fried eggs, and other Western breakfast foods. After eating breakfast, we got on the bus at 8:30 to go to the Great Wall.


As we got closer and closer to the Great Wall, the rolling mountains and rich wildlife elevated our level of excitement. Once we got to the wall’s base, we were greeted by faded architecture, vibrant open-air markets, and endless flights of stairs on our journey to the Great Wall. After arriving, we marveled at pristine wilderness and winding towers as endless ribbons of bricks stretched towards the sky. Some of us were able to stand on top of a tower and take in the vastness of the wall we were standing on, a product of thousands of lost lives and centuries of conflict. It was truly a great scene.
We ate at a local restaurant for lunch. Like many of China’s restaurants, we ate in round tables of nine or ten, with dishes placed on a rotating glass disk. Unlike the US, where Americans usually pick separate dishes, everyone shared entrees and appetizers, using communal chopsticks and spoons to transport food to their plate. Most Chinese people eat collectively like this when they eat in groups. In this manner, we could all try about a dozen different dishes in one meal, all of which were extremely delectable. We will continue to eat this way for the rest of our trip throughout Beijing and Shanghai.

Later on, we went to the Hutong, an old district close to Beijing’s city center. Largely untouched by China’s modernization, the Hutong felt like a scene from 1930s China. It was filled with narrow, snaking alleyways slowly crumbling, closed doors leading to vast courtyards, and elderly people sitting by the street playing cards. We were fortunate to be able to ride rickshaws (similar to a buggy but driven by a person bicycling) throughout the Hutong tour. We also visited a siheyuan, a traditional Beijing house, complete with a courtyard and rooms on the edges representing the four cardinal directions and the elements of fire, water, wood, earth, and metal. Since siheyuans take up a lot of space, they are extremely rare in China’s densely populated cities.

At 7:30, we watched a Peking opera show, complete with graceful and high-pitched dancers, beautifully ornamented clothing, and a mishmash of ribbons, staves, and fake swords as props. The opera show consisted about three short stories. The stories were all fairly short and had relatively simple yet elegant storylines. For instance, one of the stories was about a woman who needed to get past numerous armed guards to obtain the medicine of heaven in order to cure her dying husband. The choreography in this story was quite amazing: at one point, the woman was surrounded by guards all throwing dart-shaped weapons at her, and the woman used her body to gracefully divert the darts back to their original throwers in midair.


As the events of our day today show, our trip to Beijing has truly been a wonderful experience helping us to better understand China’s unique culture. In one day, we hiked the Great Wall, got a glimpse of Old China, and were greeted by graceful acrobats performing ridiculous tricks. Even though our time at Xiamen University is over, I’m really excited to see more of Beijing. I can’t wait for tomorrow.

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