UDNSLIY Day 4 July 5

This is the third day since we arrived at Xiamen University. Some of us have already started overcoming the jet lag and were able to really jump right into the Chinese language and cultural immersion that we came here for.


Students started off their day with breakfast at the university dining hall, then went directly to their first Chinese language class of the summer. They spent the morning getting to know their teachers and classmates and learning new vocabulary to talk about themselves and about Xiamen.

But the main event of the day was the group’s on-site orientation. Xiamen University’s vice president Xinli Zhan presented a warm welcome speech, expressing the university’s excitement for our visit and pride in working with the UD NSLI-Y program: “It’s certainly a pleasure to have you as our friends and as young ambassadors of the American people, who traveled a long way from the other side of the Pacific to visit and study at our beautiful university… We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue to work on this important project that would certainly contribute to the understanding of and friendship between China and the United States.” Other excellent speeches of introduction, welcome, and gratitude were made by UD NSLI-Y Director Dr. Jianguo Chen as well as Carrie Kemmet (凯丽), who used her Chinese skills to represent the NSLI-Y students and thank the university representatives in attendance for their support and the opportunity to study here at Xiamen University


NSLI-Y student representative Carrie Kemmet thanking XMU representatives


Group photo with the Vice President of XMU, Madam Xinlin Zhan and XMU representatives

In addition to finally receiving their official welcome, the students also had the opportunity to choose which interest groups they would like to participate in over the course of their five weeks in Xiamen. These interest groups are cultural classes that will change each week; they include calligraphy, Chinese dance, tai chi, and Chinese yo-yo.


Exploring Chinese land and people in Dr.Chen’s lecture

The students returned to class in the afternoon, first attending Dr. Chen’s lecture, which introduced the Chinese land and people, discussing topics from China’s topography to its many diverse ethnic groups. From there, they divided back into their language classes for further study and for tutoring time with student volunteers from Xiamen University. The students had such a good time learning and laughing with their tutors and each other that many of them did not even realize when it was time to leave for dinner!

UD Chinese New Year Gala on Feb. 27 at Mitchell Hall

2016 CNY poster WEB_smThe 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 Monkey — on Saturday February 27, in Mitchell Hall on UD’s Newark campus.

This year, the Chinese New Year fell on Monday February 8th to start the Year of Monkey in the Chinese zodiac.

On Saturday Feb. 27, starting from 6:30 p.m., an evening of traditional and modern Chinese New Year festivities will be presented in Mitchell Hall.

Tickets are sold online at https://udcssa.yapsody.com/event/index/28589/2016. Prices vary at $12.99, $6.99, $4.99 and $2.99 per person. Online booking processing fee may apply.  Limited tickets may be also available at the door.

For more information, contact the Confucius Institute at UD at 302-831-7188/7190 or via email confucius@udel.edu.


UDCI Will Present Series of Events to Celebration the Lunar New Year

monkey2016logoChinese New Year, aka Spring Festival, is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. This year, the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware will organize and co-organize several culture events on campus and in the community to present this traditional festival to Delawareans and celebrate the Year of the Monkey.

Please mark your calendar for the following events. More details will follow.

  1. Greater Dover Chinese Culture Festival
    Co-organized with Delaware State University
    Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016
    Time: 11:00am-2:50pm Culture Activities; 3:00-5:00pm Stage Performance
    Location: Education & Humanities Building Theater, Delaware State University, Dover
    Free Event.
  2. Delaware Chinese New Year Celebration
    Co-organized with Delaware Chinese American Association
    Date: Saturday February 13, 2016
    Time: 2:00-4:00pm
    Location: The Independence School Auditorium, 1300 Paper Mill Road, Newark, DE 19711
    Free Event.
  3. UD Chinese New Year Celebration Gala
    Co-organized with UD Chinese Students and Scholars Association
    Date: Saturday February 27, 2016
    Time: 7:00-9:00pm
    Location: UD Mitchell Hall
    Ticketing information coming soon.

Stay tuned for more information on the UD gala.