2014 Confucius Institute Day Celebration Series

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In celebration of the 4th Anniversary of the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware (CIUD), Xiamen University Performing Arts Troupe and CIUD will jointly present Bridge-Friendship Grand Performance, featuring international and national award-winning instrumental artists and musicians from Xiamen University’s renowned School of Arts on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 pm in Pearson Hall Auditorium at UD. Proudly presenting the best of traditional Chinese instrumental music, folk songs, and ethnic dances, the show will dazzle audiences with a unique signature performance, enthralling them with an exciting, theatrical experience.

The Celebration Series Schedule:

1.     Friday, September 26
Bridge-Friendship Grand Performance
Featuring Xiamen University Performing Arts Troupe’s award-winning instrumental artists and musicians including Professors LI Kunli, HOU Lina, YE Feisheng, LI Xin, and HONG Huizheng.

7:30 PM in Pearson Hall Auditorium at UD (on Academy Street)
FREE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

2.     Saturday, September 27: Chinese Culture Fair (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
North Green on UD campus (between Main Street and Delaware Avenue)

*All activities are inside big tents on North Green.

  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Culture Fair:
    Peking Opera, Chinese Instruments, Chinese Calligraphy and Painting, Chinese Tea Ceremony, Dough Figurines, Chinese Paper Crafts, Folk Dances, Learn Chinese in 15 Minutes, and many many more.
  • 11:30 am-3:30 pm Episode Art Performances by Xiamen University Performing Artists:
    • Chinese folk dance
    • Chinese music
    • Erhu solo
    • Chinese songs
    • And many more . . . . . .
  •  1:30pm-1:50 pm  Chinese Costume Fashion Show:
    Dynasty Costumes of China: featuring costumes of the Han, Tang, and Qing Dynasties, as well as Chinese ethnic clothing

Please Come and Experience Chinese Culture First Hand!

 For information, call 302-831-7188 or 302-831-7190.

Call for Entries: 2014 “My Chinese Story” Photo Contest

The Confucius Institute at University of Delaware is now calling for entries to the “2014 My Chinese Story Photo Contest”. The contest is open to public.

Each Entry consists of a single image and a caption. To enter, please submit the required information, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, and photo caption along with your photograph to the UDCI.

All entries must be submitted and received by September 21, 2014 at 11:59:00 p.m. ET. 

The Photograph should be related to any aspect of China. There is a limit of 5 entries per person. Photographs must be in digital format.  All digital files must be 20 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or JPG format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image).

All entries will be shown on “Confucius Institute Day” (“CI Day”) Cultural Fair on North Green at University of Delaware (“UD”) on September 27, 2014 at 10:00:00 a.m. ET and 16:00:00 p.m. ET.

Official contest rules click HERE.

Coming Up: China Forum Lecture on Buddhist Studies on Sept. 23, 2014

The Confucius Institute cordially invites you to a new “China Forum” lecture from Dr. Peter Hershock, internationally renowned scholar in Buddhist Studies.

Dr. Peter Hershock, Director of Asian Studies Development Program, East-West Center from the University of Hawaii will present a topic on ”China, Climate and Compassion: Buddhist Contribution to an Ethics of Intergenerational Justice.

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Location: Kirkbride Hall 206
Direction and parking info for Kirkbride Hall: ttp://maps.rdms.udel.edu/map/index.php?id=NW65

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided after the event.

The event is open to the public for FREE.

The event is co-sponsored by Asian Studies Center.

Confucius Institute Day Series of Events – Grand Performance from Xiamen University on Sept.26, 2014

In celebration of the “Global Confucius Institute Day” & the 4th anniversary of the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware (UDCI), the UDCI will present a series of events to the general public.

Event #1: Grand Performance from Xiamen University Art Troupe
7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014
Pearson Hall Auditorium on UD campus.

Jointly presented by UDCI and Xiamen University (XMU), the Grand Performance features award-winning artists and musicians from China’s renowned Xiamen University, who will be performing classical Chinese music works, dance suite of different dancing styles, ethnic vocal music, Chinese painting and calligraphy in the accompaniment music of traditional Chinese instruments, as well as other theatrical pieces like you’ve never seen them before. The event will dazzle audiences with a unique signature performance, enthralling them with an exciting and theatrical experience of fascinating Chinese culture.

The performance is open to public and admission is free. Please call 302-831.7188/7190 for more information.

More information about other events are to follow soon.

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Registration Now Open for Fall 2014 Chinese Classes

In Fall 2014, the Confucius Institute will continue to offer three levels of Chinese language classes to UD faculty/staff/alumni on weekday evenings.

Questions? Email confucius@udel.edu or call 302-831-7188/7190.

Class size is limited to 20 people; registration will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. The classes are open FREE to the UD community. The Confucius Institute reserves the right to cancel any classes due to student shortage.

Please complete this on-line registration form.

Information of other classes are to be announced soon. Please check back later. Thank you for learning Chinese language and culture with us.

Confucius Institute Class Schedule – Fall 2014

  • Chinese Level 1 for faculty/staff
    Mondays
     from September 8 to November 17 for 12 weeks.
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: Sharp Lab 103
    Instructor: Mr. Ji Wu

  • Chinese Level 2 for faculty/staff
    Tuesdays from September 2 to November 25 for 12 weeks.
    (Class does not meet on November 4 due to Election Day)
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: Sharp Lab 103
    Instructor: Mr. Ji Wu

  • Chinese Level 3 for faculty/staff
    Thursdays from September 4 to November 20 for 12 weeks.
    Time: 5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: Sharp Lab 107
    Instructor: Mr. Ji Wu

  • Employee Taiji
    Wednesdays from September 10 to December 10
    Time: 5:10-6:00 PM
    Classroom: CSB Gym 3
    Instructor: Mr. Qinyuan Tian
    Please contact Employee Wellness (302-831-8388) or HealthyU to register for this class.

UD-NSLIY Xiamen Memories (Photo Video)

A short photo video highlighting the UD-NSLIY program while in Xiamen. Many of the pictures are shown for the first time on this blog. They learned. They laughed. They explored. And they’ll remember these wonderful five weeks and always be missed by their teachers, friends and homestay families in Xiamen.

Photo courtesy of the participants and chaperons.

UD-NSLIY Visited the Great Wall and the “Bird’s Nest” in Beijing

For thirty participants of the NSLIY program, riding a five-hour high speed train (average speed 185 miles per hour) from Shanghai to Beijing marked another eye-opening experience for them. They arrived at Beijing around 11 o’clock in the morning on August 10. The group will spend the last few days in Beijing before they come back to the United States.

In the afternoon, they visited the Wangfujing Streets, one of the capital’s most famous shopping streets.

In the morning on August 11, the group departed for the Great Wall. The participants all learned a famous poem by Chairman Mao Zedong: “One is not a true man until he or she gets to the Great Wall”. Upon arrival at the foot of the Great Wall, all participants got very excited and all climbed up to the top and hence claimed that they were all “true men”!

Juyongguan Pass of the Great Wall

The Great Wall

True Women! :)

In the afternoon, the group visited the “Bird’s Nest”, the Beijing National Stadium, home stadium of the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. They wrapped up the day trip with a shopping session in the most famous shopping district in Beijing, the Xiu Shui Street (Silk Street). Good prices and a variety of selections made the day for the participants.

The Bird’s Nest

Shopping in the Silk Market.

UD-NSLIY in Shanghai

On August 7th, the UD-NSLIY group visited several popular sites in Shanghai, including the Shanghai Museum of Sun Yat-Sen’s Former Residence, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center and the Yu Garden. They watched a show by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe in the evening, which they enjoyed very much. Going through the modern sides and old-time places of the city of Shanghai, the participants now gained a much thorough understanding of the city and China.

The group in Yu Garden.

Underneath the Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Pudong.

Inside of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

In the garden of the former residence of the Founding Father of China, Sun Yat-Sen.

Ready to enjoy the Acrobat Show.

UD-NSLIY Time to Say Goodbye

After spending 17 days and nights together, the students and their homestay families have established great friendship among each other. Love and caring are the key words to describe their time together. August 5th. It was the night before the NSLI-Y group left Xiamen for Shanghai. The UD-NSLIY program held a Farewell Party for all the participants and their homestay families.

The first part of the party was a buffet dinner. After dinner, more than 170 people, including families, friends and students, participated in the party to enjoy the performances from the participants.

The majority of the performances from the participants were in Chinese, including an adapted skit of “Snow White” and many other Chinese songs they learned. The participants were very talented and creative. Everyone enjoyed their performances very much.

More than 170 people joined the Farewell Party for the participants.


Delicious buffet dinner.


A Snow White story in Chinese.


A musical in Chinese.


Proud homestay parents and their children pose after the performances.

In the morning on August 6th, the Homestay families sent the participants to campus to depart for Shanghai. It was very hard to say goodbye. Tears, hugs and good wishes were in the air.

The group arrived at Shanghai at 3pm on the day, safe and sound.

Participants and their families say goodbye to each other.


Time to board the bus but we’ll keep in touch. Good Bye!