UD NSLIY Highlights: Warriors of Lion Dance

Lion Dance is a traditional folk dance in Chinese culture. Often performed on holidays, it adds festivity and joyfulness to cultural events. In partnership with Lion Dance Club of Xiamen University, on July 24 UD NSLIY organized a special workshop for the students to learn how to dance. Curious yet enthusiastic about this important aspect of Chinese folk performing arts, all the students fully engaged in the one-hour workshop, learning how to jump gracefully and keep a rhythmic movement. Difficult though Lion Dance is, our students proved to be quick learners and were able to perform some basic dance patterns, winning applaud from the audience.

 

A Visit to Quanzhou,the starting point of the ancient silk road in southern China

By Anna Williams

July 13, 2015

While the typical name for America is the “melting pot” of the world, NSLI-Y students today were able to witness a very unique melting pot of cultures right here in China—in Quanzhou.  Quanzhou was one of the major harbor cities of the Song (960-1279) and Yuan dynasties (1271-1368) and the starting point of the silk road.  Because of all the trade that was taking place in this region, so many different aspects of culture were meshed together and contributed to the cultural diversity of the area.  NSLI-Y’s first stop today was the Maritime Museum which we learned was 海洋博物馆 in Chinese.

Students at the entrance of the Maritime Museum in Quanzhou

Gabe and Scott viewing the model of an ancient ship

The museum showed Christian stone cuttings such as tombstones that not only had the typical Christian symbol of a cross, but also of a lotus flower, a Buddhist design, and other Daoist and Islamic symbols.  This was especially interesting to me as even though America houses so many people of so many different backgrounds, I would rarely be able to find this fascinating mingling of religions.  We also learned while in the museum that in ancient times, China contributed greatly to the field of shipbuilding and at one point possessed the greatest variety of boats in the entire world.  Quanzhou was the perfect place to turn back time and witness the marvels of nautical achievements that were made so long ago.  NSLI-Y students definitely felt as if they were a part of this enchanting time in China’s culture.

Stefan and Matt posing with Ibn Battuta

Upcoming: 2015 Washington Taiji (Tai Chi) Festival and Forum April 24-25

tian-2014-taijifestivalJoining several local organizations and fan clubs in the Washington metropolitan area, the CIUD presents the 4th Washington Taiji (Tai Chi) Festival (太极节)and the 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. FREE REGISTRATION CLICK HERE.

Taiji Festival 太极节: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Location: Carderock Recreation Shelter, C&O Canal National Park, Potomac, Maryland 20854
One mile west to the American Legion Bridge of the Capital Beltway (I-495, Exit 41) and between Clara Barton Parkway and the Potomac River.

Program:
10:00 -11:45: Daily Taiji Routines 相约练太极
11:45-13:00: Picnic 太极拳友共野餐(Lunch $10 each, 午餐10 元一份)
13:00 – 13:30: VIP Greetings 贵宾讲话
13:30 – 18:00: Taiji Performances 太极表演(名家风范百花齐放)

taijifan-2014Taiji Forum 太极论坛: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: The Auditorium of the Council Office Building (COB), 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Maryland 20850

Program:

9:00 – 9:30 Review and Plan for 2016 WTFF 总结2015,展望2016 Free Breakfast 免费早餐
9:30 – 12:00 1st Session 论坛上半场
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break 午餐(Lunch $8 or less each, 午餐一份不超过8 元)
13:00 – 15:45 2nd Session 论坛下半场
15:45 – 16:00: Closing Remarks 闭幕致辞

ALL ARE WELCOME! THE EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR FREE.

Rescheduled: China Forum Lecture about Kung Fu and Confucianism on April 20, 2015

The following event is RESCHEDULED to April 20, 2015.

The Confucius Institute cordially invites you to a new “China Forum” lecture on Tuesday, April 20, 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: Monday April 20, 2015
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Kirkbride Hall (KRB) 205
Direction and parking info for Kirkbride Hall: http://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.

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!”

David Cannon 5

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.