Funded by the US State Department and American Councils, the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware (UDCI) is implementing the 2016 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)’s Summer Institute of Chinese Language and Culture program again this year! Thirty talented American high school students from sixteen states in the nation are recruited from a very competitive national selection process for this prestigious NSLIY Scholarship program. Participants from Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin will join the UDCI’s Director Dr. Jianguo Chen, director of the UD-NSLIY program as welll, and other chaperons at the Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) in Hilton Newark Airport from June 29 to 30. The group will depart for China on July 1st and spend the next six weeks in Xiamen, its surrounding areas as well as Shanghai and Beijing for a full immersion experience in Chinese language and culture in July and August. Stay tuned for more updates.
As part of the culture excursions to enhance the study of Chinese society, the UD NSLIY visited the Great Wall on August 7. Inspired by the Chinese familiar saying “You are not a hero unless you have successfully climbed the Great Wall,” all the students made hard efforts to reach the summit of the Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the most spectacular and physically challenging parts of the Great Wall. “It’s indeed great!” Bryce Fan was quoted as saying.
On August 6, the students visited the Olympic Village and were impressed by the grandiose of Bird’s Nest and Water Cubic (China’s National Swimming Pool).
On August 9 the students met with Wang Bin, one of the renowned filmmakers in China. As one of the most successful screenplay writers in the country, Wang Bin has collaborated with world-famous film director Zhang Yimou to produce such influential films as “Ju Dou,” “To Live,” “Raise the Red Lantern,” “Not One Less,” “Hero”, and “Fearless.” The students discussed Wang’s films, with particular reference to “Hero.” Wang Bin commented on contemporary Chinese films, the relation between films and society, the problematic of recent Chinese movies, as well as his prediction of what Chinese films will be like in the years to come. It was a lively gathering!
On July 31, the UD NSLIY students had a cross-cultural gathering with a group of the United Nations officials and diplomats, who were visiting Xiamen University, to share their experience of Chinese learning and their insights about Chinese culture and society. The students staged a joyful performance, all in Chinese, about their life in China, which attracted a large audience from campus community. The gathering was televised by Xiamen TV Station on the evening of July 31 in its prime time.