Inauguration of Delaware Chinese Teachers Association

DElaware Chinese Teachers Association (DECTA) was inaugurated on Saturday September 7, 2013 on UD campus. The Inauguration event attracted more than 50 participants from the tri-state area, including Delaware State officials, scholars, teachers, students, and community supporters.

DECTA is a collaborative effort supported by University of Delaware’s Confucius Institute and the Chinese Program in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and the Delaware Chun Hui Chinese School, Chinese School of Delaware in Hockessin, Friend’s School in Wilmington and other local schools.

The purposes of the DECTA are as follows:

  • To promote and cultivate the instruction of Chinese language and culture in the Delmarva and the greater Philadelphia region academic mainstreams.
  •  To serve as the primary contact for state governments, school districts and independent schools on Chinese language and culture educational related issues.
  • To provide a forum for the members to share and exchange their experiences and information in Chinese language and culture related teaching and administrative affairs.

The constitution and by-laws of the DECTA were passed unanimously by all voting members.

Dr. Xiao Liu from the State Department of Education gave a keynote speech on Delaware’s World Language Immersion project and the certification requirements and procedures as well as  job opportunities for Chinese teachers.

Professor Wei Lu, Co-Director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University also gave a lecture on “Access and Application of Online Chinese Language Instructional Resources”.

Dr. Shuhan C Wang, renounced Chinese language educator,  Executive Director for Chinese Language Initiatives at the Asia Society, and former Education Associate for World Languages and International Education for the Delaware Department of Education, also attended the inauguration and shared her insights in teaching Chinese in the United State, finding career path as a Chinese teacher and balancing work and life.

Representative from Delaware Council On The Teaching of Foreign Languages (DECTFL) also presented and congratulated the establishment of DECTA.

Nine people were elected to serve on the Board of Directors for DECTA on the inauguration day. They are:

  • Dr. Jianguo Chen,  Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Delaware, Director of the Confucius Institute, Director of the Chinese Program.
  • Dr. Hseuh-Ming Tommy Lu, Principal of Chinese School of Delaware.
  • Dr. Xiao Liu, Chinese immersion instructional specialist at the Delaware Department of Education.
  • Ms. Carrie Fang, Principal of the First State Chun Hui Chinese School, Program Coordinator at the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware
  • Dr. Chungmin Maria Tu, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Delaware
  • Ms. Zhiyin Renee Dong, a faculty member at the Department of Foreign languages and literatures and doctoral candidate in psycholinguistics at the University of Delaware.
  • Ms. Chiachyi Chiu, Chinese teacher at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware.
  • Ms. Yue Wang, Chinese teacher at Wilmington Friends School.
  • Ms. Yueyue Fan, doctoral candidate in learning science at University of Delaware and Chinese teacher at the Chinese School of Delaware.

Board of Directors Elected, with Dr. Shuhan C. Wang.

All participants on the DECTA’s inauguration event.


Chinese Classes for UD Faculty/Staff/Alumni

The CIUD will continue to offer several classes in Chinese language and culture to the UD community in the Fall 2013 semester. As we are finalizing the schedule for other culture classes, any student, faculty, staff, alumni who are interested in all the classes may register online by complete this online registration form.

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

Confucius Institute Class Schedule – Fall 2013

  • Chinese Level 1 for faculty/staff/alumni
     from September 9 to November 25 for 12 weeks.
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: GORE 204
    Instructor: Dr. Ming Wu

  • Chinese Level 2 for faculty/staff/alumni
     from September 4 to November 20 for 12 weeks.
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: GORE 204
    Instructor: Dr. Ming Wu
  • Chinese Calligraphy and Painting for faculty/staff/alumni
    Thursdays from September 5 to November 21 for 12 weeks.
    Time: 5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: GORE 208
    Instructor: Ms. Lang Qin

Information of other classes are to be announced soon. Please check back later.


Coverage on CI in UD Publications

Check out those recent coverage on the Confucius Institute in UD’s publications:

UD Messenger (Vol. 21 #1): ‘Ni hao’ from Delaware

UD Global (2013 Vol. 3): Delaware preschoolers learn Chinese: Confucius Institute helps state launch language initiative

Inside Delaware Newsletter (Issue 6 – Spring 2013) : Citizen University

Have a wonderful summer!


China Forum: “China Model, Universalism, and Asian Values”

The Confucius Institute is honored to have invited Dr. Kang Liu, Director of China Research Center from Duke University to talk about “China Model, Universalism, and Asian Values”  as the third “China Forum” lecture.

The lecture is scheduled from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 in Kirkbride 204.

The event is free to public. All are welcome. A reception will follow after the event. Direction to Kirkbride Hall click here.

Introduction of the speaker:

Liu, Kang (刘康) is Professor of Chinese Studies at Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Director of China Research Center, Duke University, U.S.A. and he is also Chair Professor and Dean of the Institute of Arts and Humanities at Shanghai Jiaotong University, China. He received B.A. in English in Nanjing University in 1982. In 1983, He came to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship and received Ph.D. in comparative literature at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989. He is the author of eight books, including Aesthetics and Marxism(Duke University Press, 2000), Globalization and Cultural Trend in China(University of Hawaii Press, 2003), Culture/Media/Globalization (Nanjing University Press, 2006), and Demonizing China(Chinese Social Sciences Academy Press, 1996), a bestselling book in Chinese, which analyzes the American media’s coverage of China. In addition, Liu Kang published widely in both English and Chinese on issues ranging from contemporary Chinese media and culture, globalization, to Marxism and aesthetics. His current projects include global surveys of China’s image, Chinese soft power and public diplomacy, and political and ideological changes in China.


Hanyu Tea Program

Hanyu Tea is a Chinese language program jointly organized by the Confucius Institute and the China-America Association at the University of Delaware. It provides a bridge between Chinese native speakers and American students who are interested in learning Chinese.

The next activity will take place at 7:00pm on this Thursday April 18 at Memorial Hall 109.

Activities of the program are organized every other Thursday on UD campus. Locations TBA. Please follow the program’s Facebook page to get the most recent updates.


Chinese Folk Music Mini Concert on April 26 (Cancelled)


The Confucius Institute is honored to have the Students Art Troupe from Renmin University of China (中国人民大学) in Beijing to perform traditional Chinese folk music on the University of Delaware campus, as one stop of the

Troupe’s Confucius Institute Performance Tour sponsored by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarter.

The event will be an interactive mini concert as (near-)professional players of traditional Chinese music instruments, including Xiao (箫), Gu Qin (古琴), Zheng (筝), Pi Pa (琵琶), Er Hu (二胡), Chinese flute (笛子) and so on, to play classic Chinese music pieces, such as “the Jasmine Flower (茉莉花)”, “Three Stanzas of Plum-blossoms (梅花三弄)”, “A Moon Night on the Spring River (春江花月夜)”.

The event is scheduled at 7:00pm on Friday April 26, 2013 in Kirkbride Hall 004 on campus. Open to the public for free. All are welcome.

Direction to Kirkbride Hall click here.


Call for Application for the 2013 Confucius Institute Scholarship

Now it is the time to submit your application for the 2013 Confucius Institute Scholarship offered through the Confucius Institute at UD. The categories of the 2013 scholarship include:

1)      Scholarship for Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of  Other Languages (MTCSOL
2)      Scholarship for One-Academic-Year
3)      Scholarship for One-Semester

Applicants shall be non-Chinese citizens in good health, aged between 16 and 35 (Chinese language teachers in post shall be aged below 45.)

Recipients of the scholarship will be studying in Xiamen University, Xiamen, China.

Details about the Scholarship
Application Form

All applicants are encouraged to take HSK tests. The Confucius Institute at UD will offer HSK tests on March 24 and April 20. Please contact Dr. Ming Wu (email ) for details no later than March 12 for March tests and April 5 for April tests.

Application Deadline: March 22, 2013

Great benefits. Wonderful opportunity. Apply today!


Job Posting: Xiamen University is Looking for Candidates of Chinese Directors for its Confucius Institutes in Europe

Xiamen University is looking for candidates to fill 4-5 positions as the Chinese Directors for its Confucius Institutes in Europe. Details see below (in Chinese).

Job Posting

Application Form


Transnational Encounters: Ha Jin, March 7-8

The Confucius Institute and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Delaware invite you to join Ha Jin (哈金) for the coming event of “Transnational Encounters” on March 7 and 8 on UD campus.

Ha Jin is one of the foremost and most respected Chinese-American writers. He has been the recipient of many prestigious literary awards (see below for a complete list of awards and honors of Ha Jin).

Thursday, March 7
Clayton Hall Auditorium
5:00 p.m.

Friday, March 8
Trabant Theatre
10:30 a.m.

Trabant Theatre
2:00 p.m.

All events are FREE to the public.

Awards and Honors

  • Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (1996)
  • Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award (1997)
  • Guggenheim Fellowship (1999)
  • National Book Award (1999)
  • PEN/Faulkner Award (2000)
  • Asian Fellowship (2000–2002)
  • Townsend Prize for Fiction (2002)
  • PEN/Faulkner Award (2005)
  • Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006)
  • Dayton Literary Peace Prize, runner-up, Nanjing Requiem (2012)


2013 UD Chinese New Year Celebration Tickets for Sale

Tickets for the 2013 Chinese New year Gala at UD now is for sale at the box offices in Trabant Student Center and the Bob Carpenter Sports/Convocation Center. It is also available online at and at door. General admission. $10 for adult and $5 for student.