At 1:00 AM on July 3rd, 2013 (China Time), 30 participants of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth Summer Institute of the Chinese Language and Culture (NSLI-Y China), led by program director, Dr. Jianguo Chen, arrived at Xiamen University, after nearly 30 hours of international travel (including layover in Shanghai), safe and sound.
Participants and chaperons moved into Cai Qingjie Building, a dormitory building for international students located on Xiamen University’s main campus.
The Opening Ceremony and On-Site-Orientation officially started at 10:00 in the morning in the Conference Room of the College of Humanities at Xiamen University. Xinli Zhan, Vice President of Xiamen University greeted the NSLI-Y delegation with warm welcome to the beautiful campus of Xiamen University. Program Director, Dr. Jianguo Chen introduced the program details to the University officials, participants, chaperons, and local language partners, and thanked Xiamen University for its strong support and partnership to the NSLI-Y program this year. Isaac Ruble, a tenth grader from Colorado, spoke on behalf of all the participants. Mr. Tongwen Mao, Director of the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Office of Confucius Institute Affairs; along with Senior Administrators of the College of Humanities, including Dean Binhua Wang, Dean Ning Zhou, Xiaohong Li, Xiqi Lu, attended the opening event and welcomed the participants as well.
In the afternoon, the participants were split into three classes to meet with their Chinese teachers from 1:30 to 2:30. Students introduced themselves in Chinese. The language instruction part of the NSLI-Y program will be conducted in an immersion way in the following six weeks.
Every afternoon from 2:30 to 3:30 is time for the Interest Group activities. Over 20 volunteers from the College of Humanities and Students Organizations of Xiamen University showcased all the cultural categories that the participants will be learning, experiencing and improving in the next month. Some of the categories include Chinese tea culture, calligraphy, Chinese painting, martial arts, Gu Qin (a traditional instrument), Chinese flute, traditional costumes, paper cutting and so on. It was an eye-opening experience for the participants to watch performances from the talented volunteers from Xiamen University.