CANCELLED: China Forum Lecture about Kung Fu and Confucianism on March 10, 2015

The following event is CANCELLED and will be rescheduled. Keep posted!

The Confucius Institute cordially invites you to a new “China Forum” lecture on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 on UD campus.

Professor Peimin Ni, former President of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America and the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and Editor-in-Chief of the ACPA book series on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy, will talk about “A Gongfu Interpretation of Confucianism and Its Significance Beyond“.

ni-book-coverPeimin Ni is Professor of Philosophy at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He was a graduate from Fudan University in China and received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. In addition to be the author of seven books, including On Confucius, On Reid, Confucius—Making the Way Great, and a forthcoming book, Understanding the Analects of Confucius: A New Translation of the Lunyu with Annotations, he published over 60 articles in academic journals, books, and public media. His New York Times articles “Kung Fu for Philosophers” and “Philosophers for Kung Fu” (Dec. 2010) marked his signature contribution to the study of Chinese philosophy and philosophy proper. He is a former President of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America and the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and Editor-in-Chief of the ACPA book series on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy. He served as a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii and the University of Hong Kong, and was invited to be a keynote speaker at World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” and several other international conferences.

Please mark your calendar for this lecture:

Date: Tuesday March 10, 2015
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Willard Hall (WHL) 007
Direction and parking info for Willard Hall: http://maps.rdms.udel.edu/map/index.php?id=NN04

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

Chinese Corner and Chinese Movie Club at the CI

The Confucius Institute is proud to announce two programs to the general public for anyone who is interested in learning Chinese language through conversation or Chinese culture in movies : a weekly Chinese Corner and a bi-weekly Chinese Movie Club.

chinesecornerThe Chinese Corner program mainly focuses on conversations. It was first launched in January 2014 and just held its 35th session on the past Monday Feb. 23rd, 2015. The CI has decided to expand the program to more UD and community Chinese learners. Each session lasts about an hour and has either a topic, or a sentence structure, or a story-telling assignment for the participants to practice. Some examples of past topics include weather, directions, seasons, colors, geography, the word “了(le)”, “谁(who)”, “什么(what)”, “怎样(How)” and etc. We try to arrange individual Chinese native speakers as language partners for the participants. The current language partner and participant ratio is 1:2.

Chinese Corner program takes place on every MONDAY between 5:00 and 6:00 pm in the Confucius Institute Conference Room at 121 E Delaware Avenue. The next evetn day is Monday March 2. Space limit: 15 people.

screening-clipart-movie-clip-art-3The Chinese Movie Night program focuses on contemporary  Chinese culture through motion pictures (movies or documentaries).  Each session lasts about two hours with a brief background introduction at the beginning and a a discussion session after the movie. Example of choices of movies to be shown include many less popular in the western market but influential ones in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or the east Asia such as Ang Lee’s 1993 movie “The Wedding Banquet, Xiaogang Feng’s 2001 movie “Big Shot’s Funeral”。

Chinese Movie Club program takes place on every other WEDNESDAY from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Confucius Institute Conference Room at 121 E Delaware Avenue. The next event day is Wednesday Feb 25th. Space limit: 15 people.

Both programs are open FREE to the community. Since space is limited, registration at least two days prior to the event day is REQUIRED. Please direct all regitration to Mr. Ji Wu at wuji@udel.edu.

Celebrate the Year of Goat with the Confucius Institute

goatThe Confucius Institute and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association invite the University of Delaware campus community and the public to a special celebration of the Chinese New Year — the Year of the Goat (or Sheep) — on Sunday, February 22, in Mitchell Hall on UD’s Newark campus.

This year, the Chinese New Year fell on Thursday, February 19th, to start the Year of Goat in the Chinese zodiac.

On Sunday, starting from 6:30 p.m., an evening of traditional and modern Chinese New Year festivities will be presented in Mitchell Hall.

Tickets available online starting 12pm on Monday Feb. 16th, 2015 at http://udcssasf2015.eventbrite.com. Prices vary at $20, $15, $10 and $5 per person. Online booking processing fee may apply.  Limited tickets are also available at the door.

The Confucius Institute is organizing several events in collaboration with campus and local schools and communities during the Chinese New Year month to celebrate the biggest traditional festival this year.

Co-organizing with the Delaware Chinese American Association, the community Chinese Spring Festival Gala with be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 2-4 p.m. at John Dickinson High School. The event is free and open to public.

Co-organizing with the Delaware State University, the Greater Dover Chinese New Year Gala will be held on Sunday Feb. 22 from 2-4:30 p.m. at EH Theater at DSU.

More information please call 302-831-7188 or 7190.

Upcoming Lecture on Chinese Painting on Friday Nov. 21.

Interested in learning about the history and development of traditional Chinese Painting? Do you know about the major contributing artists and their artworks in the early 20th century? What are the popular trend in today’s Chinese painting industry? The Confucius Institute is honor to present a lecture on Chinese Painting in celebration of the International Education Week.

Ying He, an associate professor from the School of Business Administration at the Southwest University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China will present “Chinese Painting, an aged but vibrant Art Form” at 4:00pm on this Friday November 21, 2014 at Gore Hall 204.

Professor He is an artist, designer, and educator working in design and art practice. A member of Sichuan Artist Association, Professor He has won many won local and national prizes. He art works are currently collected by private owners and art organizations. She also applies her talent to benefit local communities by designing the school gate and campus cultural construction for Zi Gong Jie Fang Road Middle School, the VI system for bars and teahouses, the emblem and flag for the ‘Statistics Institute of the Southwest University of Finance and Economics’.

Mark your calendar for this lecture:

Date: Friday November 21, 2014
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Gore Hall 204
Direction and parking info for Gore Hall: http://maps.rdms.udel.edu/map/index.php?id=NC36

The event is open to the public for FREE.

“Confucius Day” Photo Contest Results Announcement

Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware is proud to announce the winner of the photo contest!

The photo contest on September 27, 2014 for Confucius Day at the University of Delaware was a great success!  With nearly 40 photo entries, participants found it difficult to choose a winner among the wonderful pictures!  But finally the votes were tallied, and the competition victor was decided!

Congratulations to Michael Luck! Your photos were voted number one!

Final Competition results:

1st Prize: Michael Luck

“This was a great memory.  This little boy had a few minutes to play after I asked his mother for a picture. We played hide and seek at the Summer Palace. When I jumped out from behind a pillar, he was surprised and I captured this look. Combined with the cookie crumbs on his chin, you would think he was caught being naughty. The combination of cuteness and composition makes this one of my favorite photos.”

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2nd Prize: John Polk

“Potala Palace, Lhasa, Xizang”

Potala Palace, Lhasa, Xizang

3rd Prize: David Cannon

“Shanghai at nighttime!”

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As a prize, the final contestants will receive a gift card from their teacher! The first place gift card will be a $30 value, while second and third prizes are gift cards valued in $20 and $10 respectably.

Congratulations again to the winners! And thank you for your support and participation!

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.

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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Upcoming: 2014 Washington Taiji (Tai Chi) Festival and Taiji Forum (5/3 & 5/11)

Joining several local organizations and fan clubs in the Washington metropolitan area, the CIUD presents the 3rd (2014) Washington Taiji (Tai Chi) Festival (太极节) and the 2nd (2014) Washington Taiji Forum (太极论坛). Join us if you are Tai Chi practitioner or enthusiast. The event is open free to the public.

Taiji Festival 太极节: Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm
Location: Tai Chi Court and the nearby Shelters I and J,
Cabin John Regional Park, 7400 Tuckerman Ln, Rockville, MD 20852

Program: 
• 9:00-12:00: Find a spot and do your Taiji.自由太极习练。
• 12:00-1:30: Potluck-style Picnic. 野餐。各家带菜,全体共享。
• 1:30-2:00: Let’s all Taiji together 四海一家太极表演。
• 2:00-2:30: Official festival ceremony – VIP introduction and speeches. 太极节典礼,要人讲话。
• 2:30-7:30: Taiji performances. 太极表演。
(Professional Taiji Performers include Mr. Wenxiang Bai, Martial Arts Master (中国著名武术家白文祥); Mr. Ruibin Lin, National Tai Chi Champion (中国太极冠军林瑞彬); Yang-style Taiji International Competition Gold medalist Qian Luo(杨氏太极拳国际太极拳大赛金牌得主罗倩); Mr. Qinyuan Tian, Gold Medalist in China’s Traditional Wushu Championships (全国太极拳锦标赛冠军田钦元).

Taiji Forum 太极论坛: Sunday 5/11/2014, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: St. Mary’s Hall, Room 0105, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742

Program:
• 8:30-9:00: Registration and setup. 签到、会场准备。
• 9:00-9:30: Business meeting – Financial report, summary comments on this year and brain-storming for next year. All Taiji lovers may participate. 事务会:财务报告,本年总结,下年设想。所有拳友均可参加。
• 9:30-12:00: paper presentation. 学术报告。
• 12:00-1:00: Lunch break. 午餐。
• 1:00-5:00: paper presentation. 学术报告。

ALL ARE WELCOME!