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On Thursday, December 17th 2010 at 6pm, parents, teachers, and students alike gathered at Barnard Mandarin Chinese Magnet Elementary School for their annual winter performance. There were seven performing groups from kindergarten through sixth grade, with a performance from each grade group. The gymnasium was well beyond capacity as everyone eagerly awaited for the performances to begin. Confucius Institute representatives, Michael Sedurifa and Hov Lau were in attendance
As each group took to the stage they shared songs that were in a diverse group of languages that included English, Spanish and Chinese. The performances began with the sixth and fifth graders who sang songs in English, to the fourth graders who sang in English and Spanish. When grades three and below took to the stage, they began the transition into Mandarin Chinese. Throughout the performance you could see parents ecstatically waving and recording their children as they shyly took to the spotlight.
Singing was not the only thing that the students of Barnard Elementary had prepared for the crowd, performers also had dance routines arranged and dressed in a wide variety of themes that included Christmas, Hawaiian, and Chinese masks that brought their performances to life.
To cap off the festival the entire student body began to sing in unison the classic theme song from the 2008 Beijing Olympics 'You and Me' in Mandarin Chinese. The song reflected the principals that is prevalent in Barnard’s Mandarin Chinese Elementary School, where diversity is embraced, transcending above all language and race barriers. CI at SDSU would continue to provide the best support possible.
The 2nd Confucius Institute Conference of Xiamen University was held in Beijing, China on December 9, 2010. Representatives from all of the affiliated institutes were represented at this conference. Each Confucius Institute presented a report on the current status of the institute. Xiamen University has 13 Confucius Institute and two more are in the process of being reviewed. Vice President Wu presided over the conference. A luncheon was held at the world famous Peking Duck restaurant followed by a hutong visit. The program ended with a wonderful taste of tea at Laose Tea House.
One of the more popular forms of Chinese martial arts is Wushu, which can be seen through celebrity icons such as Jet Li and Jackie Chan. Through the Confucius Institute at SDSU, Katherine Chang, Chinese teacher at Point Loma High School was able to connect with Jing Jing from the Jing Institute. Based out of San Diego, the Jing Institute not only prides itself on being a renowned martial arts school, but a place to learn and explore Asian culture.
On Dec.8th, 2010, other members from the Jing Institute, Wesley Gonzales and Liyan Lagevardi were invited to demo several styles of Wushu to two classes. The acrobatics and form of these performers captured the attention of each student inspiring discussion and many questions regarding different aspects of this art. Students were also invited to use the weapons, allowing them a hand on learning experience which further supplements the Mandarin language learning. Both Assistant Principal Kevin Gormly and Principal Barbara Samilson were pleased to have the Jing Institute visit Point Loma HS and share their knowledge with the students.
On Tuesday, December 7th, faculty, staff, and community members of Montgomery Middle School were officially introduced to the Mandarin program. Both Principal Kelly Madden and Chinese Teacher Katherine Xi took the bulk of the time to share how far students have progressed in the first trimester.
A group of students took the floor to perform a few pieces of what they learned in the introductory Mandarin elective. Some of these pieces included Chinese songs, poems, and demonstrated their daily eye exercises that help to reduce fatigue and stress. After the students amazing performance, the audience was included in the program by taking part in learning these exercises, led by Katherine.
Additionally, the audience was able to witness a traditional tea ceremony, in which they were able to sample the Chinese tea. Following this, Kelly Madden introduced the CI who shared briefly to those in attendance what their mission was and how they hope to support Montgomery. One way was through a gift from Hanban, a Chinese Exploratorium Computer Center, which was debuted to the public.
The event was capped by Kelly Madden who shared her experience of visiting China and what she learned through the schools and students. She extended sincere thanks to everyone and continual growth of their Mandarin program.
On December 01, 2010, Dr. Ric Allan Hovda, Dean of College of Education at SDSU, along with 16 other attendees including SDSU professors, and principals from schools K-12 throughout San Diego County, boarded their flight to Beijing for 2010 Winter Chinese Bridge Delegation Meeting for US Educators organized and sponsored by Hanban.
This was the first trip to China for most of the delegates. From the moment they stepped in to Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital Airport, they were impressed by the first glimpse of China.
The delegates were hosted at Beijing Hotel famed as the first 5 star hotel established in the city and a historical landmark nowadays. Upon arrival, the group visited Summer Palace known as the summer residence for emperors from Qing Dynasty.
Introduction to Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters was the main agenda in the opening ceremony. Keynote Speaker, Professor Xiaodong Zeng of Education Institute of Beijing Normal University, gave a lecture of Introduction to Chinese Basic Education. Her detailed data report and frank and honest opinion gave American educators in the audience great insight to the history and background of Chinese Education in the past 30 years. Officials from the Provincial Department of Education of each hosting province also provided detailed information of the upcoming visits by each delegates group.
During this trip, delegates also visited Fuzhou, Fujian Province in the southern part of China. In addition to visiting Affiliated High School of Fujian Normal University and Fuzhou City Qiantang Primary School, they met with representatives from a number of schools in Fuzhou city and Fujian province to explore the possibility of partnership for exchange program in the future. Education Department of Fujian Province and Fujian Provincial Education Association for International Exchange were the hosting government agencies.
Upon returning to Beijing, all 300 plus delegates met to share their experience in visiting hosting provinces. All agreed that this was a life changing experience for them. The delegation ended with a presentation on "How to Build a Chinese Mandarin Program" by Bob Davis of College Board.
Traveling to China is one of the best ways to learn Mandarin and experience the culture first hand. However, it is not the common choice for most people. The Confucius Institute at SDSU-IVC is able to provide a taste of the rich culture of China to students, faculty and community members.
A system consists of 48" touch screen monitor, a webcam, and a printer with "China Experience Center" software developed by Hanban is now available for the SDSU-Imperial Valley Campus. Both CI and IVC leadership introduced this cutting edge technology to its community. A press conference was held to present the Chinese Exploratorium to the public and local media on December 1st like Channel 11 and IV Press attended the conference.
Mike Sabath, Associate Campus Dean at IVC, John Renison, Development Director, and Miriam Castanon, International Programs Coordinator together announced the launch of the "Chinese Exploratorium Center" on IVC. With the IVC faculty representatives, Dr. Lilly Cheng, CI Director, addressed to the media the importance of multilingualism in the community and introduced the mandarin program at IVC sponsored by CI and its faculty Professor Wendy Huang.
After the press conference, Michael Sedurifa, the CI coordinator, gave an interactive demo of how this Exploratorium can enhance the learning experience. The system provides an interactive experience of many areas of Chinese culture, such as kungfu, paper cutting, the Chinese zodiac, geography, food, etc. Program such as Beijing Opera allows users to match their faces with different Beijing Opera customs and get a picture printout. People show their strong interest and all agree that this Exploratorium will enhance the learning experience for students in Mandarin classes.
On Nov.16, 2010, a group of 5 Chinese teachers from San Diego and Manhattan Beach School District left for Beijing to attend 2010 Advanced Study and Training Program on Pedagogy and Chinese Teaching Materials sponsored by Hanban. Upon arrival, volunteers from event organizer, Peking University, greeted them and helped facilitate transportation arrangement to the training location, Soluxe Convention Center Hotel Beijing, in Changling Town on the outskirts of Beijing city.
The high-light on 11/19, 2010 was a sightseeing excursion to visit Greatwall and Ming's Tomb. The frigid temperature in the low 30°F was something unfamiliar to the attendees. CI staff member, Anne Chu visited Confucius Institute Headquarters for an official visit with Ms. ShaSha Wang of Division of Confucius Institute Affairs for North America at Hanban. The agenda of this meeting included:
Also attending this meeting was Mr. FuHai Huo from Dept. of Development and Planning.
Approximately 400 Mandarin teachers from Canada and United States were in attendance at this seminar. During the opening ceremony, 6 text book publishers each gave a brief introduction to his/her book/software. Based on their students' grade level, teachers would select one text book/software for intensive training for the next 2 days. At the end of last day's training, adaptation, feedback and assessment of the teaching materials were showcased at the closing ceremony.
This 5-day conference ended on 11/23 with a personalized tour at Peking University Campus. Teachers appreciated the knowledge to strengthen their teaching skill and networking opportunity to share ideas among their peers.
CI Headquarters, Hanban invited two students, Edmund Kazelpack and Xianne Keller, and one teacher, Stacey Larson-Everson, to the 3rd Chinese Bridge for Middle School Students visiting camp. The delegates flew to Beijing on October 18 to begin their 2-week journey. They first visited Hanban and the Great Wall. After Beijing, they flew to Chongqing where the Chinese Bridge was held.
While in Chongqing, they toured the Three Gorges Dam Museum, People's Auditorium, and local middle and primary schools. At the schools they were able to talk and interact with Chinese students and teachers.
Besides the visit to the Chinese Bridge competition, the students were also invited to a signing ceremony representing the partnership between the Chongqing Renmin Primary School and Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School.
These delegates from San Diego were able to tell participants from all over the world about San Diego and the Mandarin programs at their respective schools. During the closing ceremony on October 29, Edmund Kazelpack was invited to perform at the ceremony on behalf of the visiting camp participants. The delegates then returned to the United States on October 31 and finished their visit to China.
On the morning of the 27th of October, the UIBE (University of International Business and Economics) delegation, composed of seven professors led by Vice President, Zijian Xu, visited the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University.
After a brief introduction among the hosts and guests, Professor Sue Chen, the co-director of the CI, gave a brief account on CI's work of the past 18 months. She concentrated her talk on the ultimate goal of the CI at SDSU—to set up Confucius Classroom Clusters in San Diego County, which will eventually lead to the establishment of K-12 continual Chinese program. Taking into consideration of the situation of Chinese programs in public schools in San Diego County, a Chinese program can only be sustainable by starting from elementary schools and go on to middle and then high schools. Within the past 18 months, 7 Confucius classrooms were approved by the Headquarters last year and 13 more have submitted their applications to the Beijing Headquarter. Professor Chen pointed out that over 90% of the students from these schools are of non-Asian heritage.
A discussion started right after Professor Chen's introduction and the visiting professors expressed their admiration to CI at SDSU in their achievements. They were mostly impressed by the long-term project the CI has been working at and agreed that to start a foreign language project from elementary schools and go all out to develop it into a K-12 program is really a glorious and down-to-earth project. A Confucius Institute can only be promised when it takes into account the local demands and makes every effort to meet the demand. They would share the achievements of CI at SDSU with other Confucius Institutes.
After the meeting, the professors visited CI's Chinese Culture Center and CI Office, where they took pictures with the hosts.
With the co-sponsorship of the Confucius Institute with SDSU, the CI came out to support the San Diego Asian Film Festival this past weekend. On Friday night, Oct. 22nd, team CI attended the screening of ‘Empire of Silver'. Before the film, CI's own, Michael Sedurifa, shared a brief introduction to who the CI is and what they do for the local community, which was followed by an incredible film directed by Christina Yao, which to mention was her first film. She was able to then give a Q&A after the movie, in which CI was able to personally meet this amazing director. As the night came to an end, CI continued to make their presence known, taking part and enjoying the festivities.
On Saturday afternoon's film, ‘Wo Ai Ni Mommy' was a tear jerker in that it illustrated the life of a Jewish family that adopts an older Chinese girl from Guangzhou, China. The movie tapped every emotion of fear, laughter, sadness, and ultimately joy. The CI is proud to sponsor a film that goes towards awareness of the preservation of Chinese heritage and culture of these Chinese children.
Saturday night was the SDAFF formal awards gala, where the stars and attendees came dressed to impress. This glitzy dinner was to recognize the sponsors, actors, filmmakers, and all those involved in the film festival, for their contributions in making their voices heard to the world that Asian Americans are moving forward and will become a force in Hollywood. CI representatives, Jessie Lin, Lily Ma, Katie Arnold, Yan Jiang, and Michael Sedurifa, attended looking as elegant as the stars that night. They shared dinner with other representatives from SDSU, including director of diversity, Aaron Bruce.
The entire weekend was a time to honor Asian Americans in the arts and cinema, who through hard work and perseverance make strides to increase the empowerment of Asian Americans, which the Confucius Institute at SDSU pledge to contribute their utmost support.
In its 11th year, the San Diego Asian Film Festival will be taking its place at the Hazard Center Ultrastar Cinemas between October 21- 28. This year the Confucius Institute at SDSU will make its presence in the festival by cosponsoring with SDSU two featured films.
Empire of Silver, from director Christian Yao will be shown on Friday, October 22nd at 7:20pm, which is set in 1899, that follows a carefree young man who prepares to take over his family's banking empire. The second movie which CI will sponsor is titled, Wo Ai Ni Mommy by Stephanie Wang-Breal. This film captures a rare perspective of an older Chinese girl adopted into a Jewish family. It will make its showing on Saturday, October 23rd at 12:15pm.
The Confucius Institute will be offering tickets for these movies at a discounted rate. If you do wish to attend one or both of these films, please contact Michael Sedurifa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF) is one of the largest media arts organizations in North America that focuses on Asian American and Asian international cinema.
The Confucius Institute held its first Confucius Classroom Forum on October 18, 2010, at Barnard Mandarin Chinese Magnet School. Participants included principals and Chinese teachers from Confucius Classroom schools. Maria Nichols, Magnet Resource Teacher of San Diego Unified School District, and Sally Fox, San Diego County Office of Education FLAP Grant Director, was among the guest speakers from the Education Boards of San Diego City and County.
Principal Edward Park of Barnard opened the meeting by demystifying the concept of Confucius Classrooms. His statement provided an insightful perspective for all participants for the implementation of programs at their schools.
Five teachers from Barnard, including teachers of kindergarten and 1st grade Mandarin Immersion classes, shared their own classroom curriculum with the attendees. The teachers all said the most important part of their classes is to show students that through tolerance and acceptance of all other cultures, each one may become a global citizen.
The highlight of the afternoon forum was a visit from President Chongshi Zhu of Xiamen University and his delegation group. Barnard students provided entertainment during the welcome ceremony. The lively performances of the children cheered up the audience. Michael Dowson from Riverview Elementary, one of the participants of the 2010 Summer Confucius Classroom Teacher Professional Development Program, shared his memorable experiences at Xiamen University for the conclusion of this all day event.
On Oct. 18th, 2010, President Stephen L. Weber of San Diego State University (SDSU) warmly received the Xiamen University (XMU) delegation led by President Chongshi Zhu. Both signed student exchange program agreements, which fosters academic exchanges and cooperation between the two distinguished universities on two sides of the Pacific Ocean. A grand reception was held by President Weber in the Alumni Center at 9 AM. On behalf of the two universities, the presidents gave brief introductions. Then the leaders of major departments presented their field characteristics and cooperation intentions in detail. Both agreed that XMU and SDSU have many common grounds in objective conditions like geographic location, natural environment, architecture styles. More importantly the two universities both have solid foundations and promising prospects for internationalization. The future cooperation in environment protection, Asian studies, international business management, and mathematics fields will boost the development of humanity and science research of both universities. Confucius Institute (CI) at SDSU reported their work from the past eighteen months since its foundation. President Weber and President Zhu highly praised CI's contribution in promoting academic exchange between the two universities, as well as promoting Mandarin and Chinese culture in local communities. The XMU and SDSU student exchange program was signed in the meeting. President Weber held a lunch banquet in honor of President Zhu and the delegation in the Alumni Center after the meeting. The two parties expressed the willingness of cooperation once again during the banquet and exchanged gifts. After lunch, the delegation visited Barnard Mandarin Magnet School, one of the Confucius Classrooms held by CI at SDSU. They watched a performance by the kindergarten and 1st grade students who have just started a Mandarin immersion program six weeks ago. The guests admired the great teaching achievements in such a short time, and appreciated the students' progress after only 30 days. Currently there are four professors from XMU working at CI at SDSU. Two of them are offering Basic Chinese, Chinese Newspaper Reading, and Business Chinese courses on two campuses of SDSU. The other two professors are teaching Mandarin in Confucius Classrooms at local public schools.
On Thursday, October 14, 2010, Correia Middle School was presented a Confucius Institute Confucius Classroom Plaque that represented their partnership with the CI. The event began at 7:00 pm in the multipurpose room filled with 200 parents and students, more or less. Principal Patricia Ladd opened the night addressing the parents and thanking them for their continual support.
The main event of the night belonged to their Mandarin program, which made its debut this school year. After introducing members of the CI, Professor Sue Chen, project coordinators, Anne Chu and Michael Sedurifa, she introduced their very own Mandarin teacher, Xiao Ning Yao. Principal Ladd's, enthusiasm energized the crowd who became enthralled in the program, who then saw the students who belonged to the Mandarin program take the stage. Professor Chen did an impromptu interview of each student asking them to share what they had learned so far in class this semester. After some laughs and applauds, the students were invited to sing a Chinese song from class from the parents who applauded them to perform.
One can argue, that every parent was impressed by what each student had comprehended in class in such a short time. Many believe that this language will greatly benefit and open many opportunities to their children, which is why many of them are pushing and support this program at Correia Middle School.
Confucius Institute at SDSU held its first 2010 Winter Chinese Bridge Delegation Meeting on September 29, 2010, at Chin's Chinese Restaurant Honorable guests from San Diego Unified School District, Deputy Superintendant Phillip Stover; Director of Magnet School, Carolyn Goohs; Director of Information & Technology, Darryl LaGace; Program Director for World Languages, Mary Waldron, as well as Principals and Directors from several Confucius Classroom schools in San Diego County attended the meeting. They were very interested in the objective and activities of the Winter Chinese Bridge Delegation and expressed their willingness to join the delegation in the tour of exploring China.
Each of the guests gave a brief introduction of their school or school district. They also expressed their heart-felt appreciation to the generous support provided by CI at SDSU.
2010 Winter Chinese Bridge Delegation meeting will be held on Dec. 02 – 10, 2010 in Beijing. All delegates will be divided into groups to visit the hosting provinces. The Confucius Institute Beijing Headquarter invites principals and education administrators from United States to this eight-day tour for a better understanding of current affairs in China. This is also a tour where the participants will experience Chinese culture and traditions through their visits to schools, museums and historical sites.
Also attending the meeting were teachers of Mandarin Classes from Confucius Classroom Schools and other local schools in San Diego County. These teachers have been devoting themselves to the teaching of Chinese language and culture. Many of them are working individually in one school who wishes to reach out to colleagues in the same field. They appreciated the opportunity CI arranged for them to meet one another at this meeting. They were pleased to learn that a blog of Chinese Teacher Club had been set up and exchanging their teaching experiences would be possible. They intend to make full use of this blog site to share information in teaching materials and experiences.
The last but most impressive part of the evening program was a testimonial statement from Principal Edward Park of Barnard Mandarin Chinese Magnet School, who attended the Chinese Bridge Delegation in June 2010. His account of how Magnet Mandarin Program had resurrected his school from being closed down was remarkably inspiring; his brief but brilliant description of his experience in the Delegation was most appealing to the attendants of the meeting.
For nearly a month, Montgomery Middle School children have been discovering what Mandarin is all about, learning numbers, greetings, and animals. They have also been taking part in other Chinese activities such as Chinese calligraphy and eye exercises, which is commonly practiced by Chinese students.
On September 16th, the parents took part in Open House, where they had the opportunity to visit the Mandarin classroom. Confucius Institute representatives, Jessie Lin and Michael Sedurifa were in attendance, introducing the CI as the classroom sponsor. Next, Mandarin teacher, Katherine Xi, a faculty of the CI, gave a short introduction of herself and the plans she had for the students this trimester. She then took part in a Q&A, in which parents showed high interest in the language itself, asking questions about Chinese dialects and even about the history of the language.
With time being so short, the parents are ushered into their next period classroom. On the way out, many expressed interests in the CI, as well as for the Mandarin program, asking principal, Kelly Madden, how they can sign for child up for a whole year and how they can take classes for themselves.
My recent journey to China with the group from the Ninth Chinese Bridge Competition，was one I will forever remember. I have never met so many like-minded, intellectual people in one place before, much less that all spoke Chinese. The most familial part of the whole trip was that even though we came from all over the world, we were all joined by our knowledge of Chinese language and culture. It gave me such a unique sense of camaraderie, especially knowing such little Chinese, that we became friends under the specific pretense of studying Chinese; a perception that not many Americans or people in general are fortunate enough to have. It gave me an inspiring perspective not only in my studies in Chinese, but also in my personal life as well. That, to me, is more valuable than any prize of a competition.
The Confucius Institute treated us so well! When we were in Beijing, we went to the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Confucius Institute Headquarters, and of course ate some Peking duck. I am a huge fan of duck and that was the best animal I have ever eaten in my entire life! They also took us to Hou Hai, and I later personally traveled to Bei Hai, two old districts in the center of Beijing. Both areas are beautiful and astonished me at the quality of life during dynasty times. Just the travels around Beijing were amazing enough. Even in the big city, there was plenty beauty for the eye to behold. The best part about it was that over the course of 2 or 3 days our group became more tight-knit and closer than ever. It wasn't so much that I was traveling with other competitors anymore, but friends. We would take any opportunities we had to talk to natives and interact in the daily life of the city. I can't even begin to describe how entirely enriching and fun that was.
After flying to Changsha and of course, traveling to Zhangjiajie, I was in the pure ecstasy of travel. Especially being a foreigner traveling to China, seeing the natural countryside, the villages, and how a majority of Chinese people live was just purely magical and, I'd dare to say, mystical. I was in the very nature and locales that I've read books and seen movies about. Unfortunately, my powers of description fail to capture the exact feeling I had in that short week. All I can say is that those places will always have a special place in my heart. Living with my home stay family was a difficult yet, an oddly bonding experience. They had a cute family: kind father, amazing cook of a wife, and two funny and well-behaved daughters. They all were patient, kind, and helpful when I spoke the dismal amount of Chinese I knew with them. It made me realize however, that there are certain things in this world that transcend the barriers that language can sometimes produce. I felt at times there was nothing I could do or say to make them understand what I exactly wanted to say, and then there were times where no words were needed because my feelings were transmitted without words. That definitely took the pressure out of speaking sometimes.
After all this fun and excitement, we had the opening ceremony on Hunan TV and the subsequent semi-finals. I cannot begin to describe the amount of pressure that I felt behind that curtain, about to walk on stage and present a speech… in Chinese! The levity of the situation hit me right there and I thought "Wow, my life is random and lucky… and I'm thankful". I have learned so much from traveling in just 3 weeks and it gives me hope for the future for not only me, but other language learners and travelers. I personally believe that there is an energy that no language can capture; the energy that is produced between the interaction of two lives, regardless of ethnicity and language. Francis David once said that we need not think alike, to love alike. I believe just that. If you are respectable, loving, and most importantly curious, then your ability to learn culture, language, and anything for that matter is limitless. I am confident and excited that I will one day speak Mandarin near-natively. What this means for my career and the rest of my life, no one can really say with certainty, but what I do know is that I will use all these experiences as a base to propel me closer towards bridging the gap between English and Chinese, not unlike the Chinese Bridge Competition did.
On Monday, August 23rd 2010, a class of 33 6th grade students at Montgomery Middle in El Cajon became the very first students to study Mandarin at the school. The students were able to choose among elective classes to take for the 2010-11 school year, which in total would expose about 102 students to the Chinese culture in three 12 week long semesters. This number would represent at least half of the total 6th grade class.
As the students lined the hall to enter the Chinese themed classroom, interim teacher, Lilly Ma eagerly awaited her class to begin, along with several guests from the Confucius Institute at SDSU. Upon entering the classroom, the students were greeted by Chinese knots and lanterns hanging from the ceiling, posters, maps, and photographs of China's landscape. After settling into their assigned seats, Ma Lao Shi, the title she instructed the students to address her as, greeted the class with a friendly "Ni hao!" With that, the students embarked on their first day, learning how to greet one another, touring through the city of Beijing and China, and being treated to guest speakers, Jeff Kaemmerling and Kamaal Majeed who visited China during the summer for the Chinese Bridge Competition, encouraged the students to pursue the study of the language in order to unlock opportunities of someday flying to China.
With the ring of the bell, Mandarin 5th period class came to an end. A few students shared their newly discovered excitement, greeting Principal Kelly Madden and teacher, Jodi Willhite, "Ni hao ma!" as they exited the class. Judging by their participation and reaction of the first day, parents will be pleasantly surprised to hear a few Mandarin phrases, as well as a couple facts about China tossed around the house.
The 7th Annual San Diego International Children's Film Festival announces an extension to the festival, a final weekend of numerous full-length Chinese family films, with many of the filmmakers appearing in person.
The festival is proud to present nine full-length children's films from China, Aug. 27-29 at the Hall of Nations in Balboa Park and the San Diego Central Library downtown. These films represent the best in current Chinese family cinema. The films are subtitled, and are suitable for anyone of reading age and older. In addition, a panel discussion on current film opportunities in China will also be held.
The screenings and discussions are free for everyone. See the schedule and times of movies here.
With the 2010 Chinese Summer Camp in full swing, the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is in the running to be CBS8's Mojo Awards Top Museum. Being one of the four venues that hosted and supported CI's Summer Program, it is currently ranked #1 with a few more days left of open voting.
The SDCHM is a nonprofit organization that aims to broaden the spectrum of knowledge of both the Chinese American and Chinese cultural history among the community and its visitors. It opened its doors in 1996, presenting more than 47 exhibits. The museum also holds a library of books and a garden with a koi pond.
The CI encourages visitors to stop by and take a stroll through the historical streets of what was once a bustling Chinatown. Vote at http://mojo.cbs8.com/awards/.
The 2nd annual CI Chinese Summer Program commenced Monday, August 2, 2010, in which CI hosted students from Barnard Mandarin Magnet School, Hamilton Elementary, and Riverview International Academy. These children ranged from ages 6-11 years of age, came from diverse cultural backgrounds, and had different levels of Chinese instruction. Two students were winners of the 2010 Chinese Bridge Competition held at SDSU on May 13th.
During this summer's program, the campers were immersed in the Chinese language and culture throughout a weeklong term that took them to places such as the After School Learning Tree, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, Mr. Dumpling, as well as the San Diego State University campus. On Thursday, the students took part in a scavenger hunt. However, it was not an ordinary scavenger hunt because it took place inside of 99 Ranch, a Chinese market on Convoy Street. The teams explored the large market for different ingredients such as dumpling wrappers, rice, shallots, cabbage, and chicken, of which would create a traditional Chinese meal. Next, each team presented their findings, illustrating the combined ingredients, and presenting not only the dishes, but after meal games. This activity immersed the students in a foreign environment, in which the majority of students have experienced for the first time, which made the scavenger hunt that more challenging and enjoyable.
Throughout the week, the students eagerly participated in activities that taught them how to greet one another in Chinese, make dumplings, Chinese calligraphy, and martial arts. It all culminated in the closing ceremony on August 6, where the participants serenaded their parents with Chinese songs they had learned during the week. Furthermore, each student was given a certificate for participation and their excellent performance in this year's Chinese Summer Program.
On July 10, 2010, the 7th Annual Asian Heritage Awards was held on the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. Every year the Asian Heritage Society nominates and recognizes the achievements in the Asian and Pacific Islander community. This year, the AHA awarded 15 people and organizations within 15 categories, which included education, business enterprise, cultural preservation, performing arts, and humanitarian outreach. At the gala and award ceremony, more than 500 community leaders and nominees gathered to honor the nominees' achievement. This year, the CI at SDSU is nominated and was awarded for its work in Cultural Preservation while Dr. Lilly Cheng, the managing director of the Institute was nominee in the category of Humanitarian Outreach. They both received the most votes from the community and received the awards this year, and received the congratulations from Congresswoman, Judy Chu, SD County Supervisor, Ron Roberts and others at the event. (Click here for related news coverage)
On June 24, 2010, the closing banquet of the Chinese-American Educational Leadership Institute was held at Barona Casino & Resort to celebrate the success of the 4-day educational leadership institute. It was sponsored by the SDSU Department of Educational Leadership and co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute in San Diego State. The goal of the institute is to provide opportunities for educational leaders from China and the United States by sharing their successful teaching experiences and strengthening collaboration. During June 21-24, delegates from elementary schools in Zhejiang, Beijing and Chongqing visited schools in Lakeside Union School District, San Diego Unified and the County office of education. They show cased innovative programs and redesigned educational models. It was beneficial for educators to visit schools, listen to reports, and conduct round table discussions. During the banquet, Dr. Cheryl Ward, Institute Coordinator, Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of the Confucius Institute, Dr. Patti Chance, Chair of Department of Educational Leadership, and Dr. Randy Ward, SDCOE Superintendent all delivered speeches. Lastly, delegates from both China and the U.S. exchanged presents and expressed their appreciation. They look forward to more similar events for better cooperation and communication.
CI at SDSU has been working restlessly to promote the Chinese language and culture by working closely with schools, school districts and communities in San Diego. This year, with great support from you and the local community, CI humbly accepted the 2010 Asian Heritage Awards nomination for the Cultural Preservation category. We are also proud to see some of our partners in the community to be nominated in other categories for their excellent work including Dr. Lilly Cheng, CI's managing director, who is nominated for her long time Humanitarian work. If you would like to show your support, please vote for us at the AHA 2010 Voting Ballot: http://tinyurl.com/2foxq7a. PLEASE VOTE BEFORE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30.
Confucius Institute at SDSU joined the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) for their Annual Leadership Awards Gala on Thursday, May 27, 2010 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. The Gala included a "Taste of Asia" reception, auctions, and a fundraising dinner. The funds will help cover the costs of the various UPAC programs available to San Diego's diverse communities.
There were about 350 attendees at the event. In order to support this event, the volunteers from Confucius Institute offered calligraphic activities for the guests who were interested in having their names translated to and written in Chinese. The calligraphy booth attracted many guests. Some guests not only had their names written in Chinese, but also asked volunteers to teach them how to pronounce it. Calligraphy papers with Chinese names on it can be seen everywhere in the event.
In August 2010, CI@SDSU will be hosting a Chinese Summer Camp to promote Chinese language learning and culture. This 5-day camp will include Chinese language learning, dumpling making, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese Taichi, visiting Asian Pacific Historical District and San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, and many more. There are two terms this year and participants can choose either one. The daily schedule is from 9:30am to 2:30pm, Monday to Friday. The first term starts on August 2 and the second term starts on August 9.
Please submit your application and payment by May 31, 2010 by mail. To register, complete the application form with the payment and mail to Confucius Institute at SDSU. Please click here to download application form and get further information.
On May 7th, 2010, the Confucius Institute at SDSU co-hosted the 9th Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Preliminary Competition of the U.S. Southwest Regions at Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center of SDSU. The contestants from elementary schools and colleges demonstrated their Chinese proficiency and their passion for Chinese culture. Ron Roberts, Supervisor of San Diego County's 5th district, congratulated the success of the competition and proclaimed this day as "Chinese Bridge Day". Consul Chen and Vice-consul Wang from the Consulate-General of PRC in Los Angeles also attended the competition. In the elementary student category, Eddie Kapelczak from Barnard Elementary School won the first prize, and Victor Otero and Isabella Genovese won second and third place, respectively. In the college-level contest, some contestants had had experience working and studying in China. Marjon Barrigan, who won the first prize, previously worked as an English-language anchorwoman for a TV station in Hainan, China. The winners of the second and third prizes were Patrick Hall and Jeff Kaemmerling. They are both from San Diego State University. (Click here for report on Worldjournal, and here for report on People Daily)
The Confucius Institute at SDSU will co-host 9th Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Students Preliminary Contest of the U.S. Southwest Regions. Besides college students and high school students, this year's preliminary also includes elementary students. The competition will focus on contestants' Chinese language skills, Chinese culture performance, as well as the knowledge of the Chinese geography, history, and culture.
It is the first time to hold this competition in San Diego. As the hosting organization, Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles hopes this competition can provide a platform for students to demonstrate their Chinese language skills, exchange their learning experience, and better understand Chinese language and culture. This competition will be held at 1pm-4pm on May 7th, 2010 at Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center of SDSU. Please click here for details.
On May 1st, 2010, the 6th annual San Diego Dragon Boat was held in San Diego. There were 27 teams in total that competed this year and they were from corporations, academics and the community. As a famous organization promoting Chinese language and culture, Confucius Institute attended this great event. The 16 team members were the staff and volunteers of the Institute. Although it was the first time to row a dragon boat for most people, everyone showed their team spirit, and experienced the excitement and joy of the two round dragon boat racing.
2010 National Chinese Language Conference was held in Washington on April 22-24, 2010. The conference was designed to help educators learn about available resources, take advantage of new opportunities and work collaboratively. Dr. Lilly Cheng, managing director from Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Edward Park, principal of Barnard Mandarin Chinese Magnet Elementary School and Olympia Kyriakidis, principal from Riverview International Academy attended the meeting. Dr. Lilly Cheng talked about the Confucius Institute at SDSU and the resources it provides to local public schools to promote the teaching of the Chinese language and culture. Principals of two local schools discussed their experiences with the Institute, as well as, ways to involve the school district, parents, and the community in the process.
In order to better share the resources, information and experience in managing Confucius Institutes, Confucius Institute headquarters hosted the 2010 North American Confucius Institute Joint Conference in Washington D.C. As the managing director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Lilly Cheng attended the conference and presented the speech "Cluster of Confucius Classroom Clusters". She mainly introduced the establishment and administration measures of Confucius Classrooms. She also introduced Confucius Classrooms that are established by Confucius Institute at SDSU and the ones that are applying. This conference was host by Director General Mme Lin Xu, and it contains different topics, including teacher's training programs, teaching of the Chinese language, promoting the Chinese language, developing learning materials and testing systems, organizing cultural activities, official announcement of new programs that seek operating partners, and the establishment and administration measures of Confucius Classrooms.
Riverview Elementary School hosted its 2nd annual International Fair on its campus on March 20, 2010 in Lakeside, California. As one of the seven Confucius Classroom schools partnered with the CI at SDSU, Riverview Elementary recognizes the importance of the promotion of Chinese culture and Chinese language.
This fair featured cultural diversity through numerous themed booths presenting different cultures. At the China booth, volunteers from the CI at SDSU offered face painting and Chinese calligraphy name writing for visitors. CI has been a big supporter to not only the school but also the Lakeside community to bring in the cultural diversity.
On the stage all sorts of cultural performances took place throughout the day. Among them was the Naruwan Taiko Drum, who with the help from the CI at SDSU, gave their debut to the Lakeside community and attracted the most applause and cheers. Approximately 1,000 people, including students, teachers, parents and community members showed up at the fair
On March 19, 2010，Hilltop High School hosted a successful multicultural fair on its campus. Hilltop High School is a four-year (9th grade to 12th grade) public school located in Chula Vista, California. The school boasts the magnet program Foreign Language and Global Studies (FLAGS) as well as the Academies of many other courses. The school was named a California Distinguished School in 2005. In the 2006-2007 school year, the graduation rate was 93.3%.
The school hosts the fair every summer and it has become a great tradition for the students. For the first time, Chinese culture was included in the fair among other celebrated cultures. A Chinese musical group, YUE, organized by a group of Chinese students from local colleges, was also invited by the CI at SDSU to perform at the fair. Next to the Chinese food booth, the Confucius Institute at SDSU provided calligraphy name writing. The volunteers from the CI were able to share their knowledge of the Chinese culture and history with the high school students. The principal, Mr. Zamudio and Ms. Radford from the foreign language department paid a special visit to the CI booth to thank the great support from the CI.
There were more than 700 students participated this fair within 3 hours.
On March 5, 2010, the Confucius Institute debuted at the San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus with Chinese dragon dances and the visit of Chinese dignitaries. The permanent Confucius Institute at SDSU-IV features Chinese artwork, videos, historical photos, Mandarin language materials and books. It is located in the SDSU-IV library and is open to the public. The inauguration ceremony took place on the steps of the SDSU-IV library. Consul Chen from the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles, Dr. Roeder, SDSU-IV Campus Dean, Dr. Paul Wong, Dean of Arts and Letters, Dr. Lilly Cheng, CI Director and other dignitaries cut the inaugural ribbon and unveiled a Confucius Institute plaque. Members of the Calexico Martial Arts Academy played Chinese drums and performed dragon dance. Afterward, guests toured the Confucius Institute's dedicated section in the library and enjoyed Chinese refreshment. SDSU-IV Dean Stephen Roeder said the new office of Confucius Institute will promote Chinese culture, which is present in the Imperial Valley and Mexicali. Learning about Chinese language and culture is vital to promoting local business cooperation with China.
On February 27th, Barnard Mandarin Chinese Magnet Elementary School at Point Loma hosted "Passport of China- the Year of Tiger". The "Passport to China" was made possible through the partnership of the Barnard Elementary School PTA and Barnard's education partners, the Confucius Institute, and the House of China. The event showcased many Chinese cultural activities across a wide campus, including face painting, calligraphy, and lantern making. Inside the school's auditorium, a variety of performances took place. San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts and the directors of the Confucius Institute, Dr. Lilly Cheng and Prof. Yuxiu Chen, also joined in the celebration. Supervisor Roberts presented a proclamation to the school announcing February 27th as "Barnard Mandarin Chinese Magnet School Day". Barnard Elementary School is the only school in San Diego County that offers a Mandarin Chinese language magnet program. Through the support of the Confucius Institute at SDSU, students participate in daily Mandarin language instruction. A Mandarin language class is also offered to the parents in the collaboration of the Barnard Elementary PTA and the Confucius Institute. (Click here for related news coverage)
On February 23, 2010, a signing ceremony for Confucius Classroom was held at Hilltop High School. About 100 students from the Mandarin class and guests from districts and communities presented to celebrate. They enjoyed the performance of Chinese Kungfu, Tai Chi, songs by the students. Principal Mr. Zamudio and CI Director Dr. Lilly Cheng signed the partnership agreement. Dr. Cheng shared her vision for the collaboration to develop the Chinese program in Hilltop High School and presented a set of books as part of the 1000 pieces of Chinese learning materials to the school. A calligraphy piece of the school's Chinese name written by the local calligrapher, Yuan Chuan, was also presented. Mayor Cox of the Chula Vista, Superintendent Jesus Grandara and other dignitaries were invited to witness the signing. Mayor Cox later on expressed her gratitude for the supports from Confucius Institute by giving a pin of the City to CI Director Dr. Cheng.
With the help of Confucius Institute at SDSU, the students from Confucius Classroom of Barnard Mandarin Chinese Magnet Elementary School experienced their first meeting with students from Chinese Ladder School in Shanghai over the cyberspace. They had a wonderful time conversing both in Chinese and English to find out something about each other's culture. For example, students from Shanghai were curious about how different a life in a family of more than one kid is like, while students from Barnard were excited about communicating with their Chinese peers from China in Chinese. Barnard Elementary is integrating the latest technology into the classroom to not only enhance student learning, but also to collaborate directly with their sister school in China. In third grade, the students have a promethean board in every classroom which creates a more hands on learning approach to ordinary lessons. Every single student from the second to the fifth grade is equipped with a net-book. The utilization of high technology has brought the global community closer together.
Katherine Chang, the Chinese teacher at Point Loma High School, invited Prof. Huihui Huang to give a Chinese culture lesson to her students on Jan. 29, 2010. As part of the support from the Confucius Institute to local schools and their Confucius Classrooms, Prof. Huang has been going to different Chinese classes with cultural presentations and activities.
At Point Loma High School, Prof. Huang gave a lecture introducing the important Chinese festivals to students with a PowerPoint presentation. Then she showed the students how to play " Shabao", a traditional Chinese game. She even provided each student some 'sha bao' to try themselves. The class was very successful and students appreciated Prof. Huang for the lecture and the game. They hope she will be back with more Chinese cultural lessons in the near future.
As the Chinese traditional New Year is approaching, many Chinese communities are holding various activities to celebrate this most important day in Chinese culture. On February 7, Confucius Institute at SDSU was invited to attend the Chinese New Year Celebration at Bowers Museum. There were many booths with cultural activities in the Bowers Museum, including calligraphy, tea tasting, and face painting. The Confucius Institute's booth was the most popular with kids and parents at the fair. Children were reading Chinese story books, learning how to make the paper lantern, while some were making the Chinese zodiac animal puppets. Jolin Yang and Ruth Wu, volunteers from Confucius Institute, also taught the visitors the origins of Chinese zodiac animals and how to say it in Chinese. These activities not only showed kids the authentic Chinese culture, but also aroused their interests in Chinese learning.
The CI at SDSU invited people from the first College Board China Trip for a reunion dinner. The trip was last December and the participants included senior educators, SDSU professors, directors, foreign language program coordinators and principals from several school districts in San Diego County, including San Diego Unified School District, etc. They were excited to share their experiences and exchanged their thoughts on Mandarin language learning development. They all agreed that Mandarin has become one of the most critical languages in the US and the world. For instance, Riverview Elementary School has Mandarin class and just established Confucius Classroom with Confucius Institute last year. The principal, Mrs. Olympia Kyriakidis also signed the MOU with the First Experimental Elementary School in Fujian Province for sister school collaboration. She believed that this two-way communication will be beneficial for both sides, and the result would be significant. (Click here to read the entire story)
Source: WorldJournal, Jan. 26, 2010
The Confucius Institute attended the 6th China Outlook forum hosted by the World Trade Center San Diego. The forum was held at La Jolla Hyatt on January 28 from 1 to 7pm. More than 200 business professionals who are doing business with Chinese businesses or conducting business in China attended this event. Dr. Lilly Cheng, the Managing director of the CI and the Chair of the Asia Desk of the WTCSD mentioned in the closing remark the importance of knowing the culture and language for cross-cultural communication in business, especially in the global business climate nowadays.
Many major multinational businesses in San Diego and southern California sponsored this meeting, including FedEx, UPS, Air China, DDH Enterprise, Callaway Golf, etc. The County of San Diego is also one of the sponsors to the event. During the reception many attendees were interested in the language learning and the opportunity to study in China for short-term language study through the Confucius Institute, and were surprised to know about the rapidly growing Mandarin programs in San Diego public schools with the CI's support. By attending this event CI was able to provide information and possible business opportunity to the local business community.
The first Night of We Chinese in America 2010 took place in the Poway Performing Art Center at 7:00pm, Sunday, on January 17, 2010. We Chinese, a San Diego monthly magazine and weekly newspaper, celebrated its 100th issue. Authors and cover people of We Chinese were awarded with prizes for their outstanding work and contribution. Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University was awarded the "Talented Educator of 2009". 800 seats are full of enthusiastic audience from Chinese community. The CI at SDSU sponsored some of the performances, like the musical, West Camber and a Chinese singing by Barnard Chinese Magnet Elementary Confucius Classroom. A student, Marjon Barrigan, from the CI also joined the Tang poem recitation. Julia Chang, Project manager of the CI at SDSU and Prof. Huihui Huang, a visiting scholar from Xiamen University also attended the event.
In the evening of January 27, 2010, a Chinese New Year Celebration sponsored by the Confucius Institute at SDSU and the Riverview Confucius Classroom was held at Riverview International Academy in Lakeside, Ca.. The evening was launched with an opening ceremony, where a beautiful calligraphy of the schools' names in Chinese presented to the principals of Riverview Elementary and Lakeside Middle School by Dr. Lilly Cheng, the director of the CI. The celebration soon began with activities presenting the Chinese culture.
With the support of the CI volunteers, students and parents made paper lanterns, have their Chinese names written in Calligraphy, joined in the Chinese children's game-Shabao, have their faces painted with Chinese zodiac, learned about Chinese tea-making and tasted the Chinese tea. By the end of the night, students and parents not only had a great time but also learned about the Chinese culture and some basic Chinese language. Many of the parents quickly learned saying ‘Xiexie' to the volunteers after hearing their children repeating the same. Most of the people at the fair commented that this is a great experience for them, especially in the aspect of how the culture and language learning can be integrated.
The HOC is a non-profit cultural and education organization founded in 1935 and is located in Balboa Park. The purpose of the HOC is to preserve, present and promote Chinese culture, friendship and understanding. Since 1995, the House of China (HOC) has awarded scholarships each year to San Diego County youths, 18 years of age or younger, currently enrolled in one of seven Chinese language schools: Chinese School of San Diego, San Diego Chinese Academy, San Diego Yet-Sen Chinese School, SDCCA North County Chinese School, Hua-Xia., San Diego China Center and Chinese Institute and San Diego American Chinese School. There are three groups: beginner, intermediate and advanced, based on recommendations by teachers. The late Ms Virginia Hom Fung was a dedicated HOC officer whose passion was Chinese culture and its advancement. The scholarships are awarded in her memory. Please click here for more information, and click here to download the application form. The application deadline is April 17, 2010.
The Confucius Classroom at Barnard Mandarin Chinese Magnet Elementary School hosted the very first Mandarin class for its school parents on Monday, January 11th, 2010. Organized by the Barnard Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, this Parents' Mandarin class is held on Mondays and Fridays. The main purpose of this class is for the parents to learn Mandarin, Chinese culture, geography and history. The first class was taught by Prof. Wendy Huang from Xiamen University, the partner university of the Confucius Institute at SDSU. The class is designed to match the curriculum that is offered to the students at Barnard so that the parents and the students can share similar curriculum. This Parents' Mandarin class is in response to the requests from parents who would like to learn Mandarin in order to participate in their children's Mandarin learning. There were about 20 parents joined the first class. They learned how to greet and introduce themselves in Mandarin, especially how to say 'I love you' in Mandarin. The responses from the parents are overwhelmingly positive.
Barnard Mandarin Chinese Magnet Elementary School started its Mandarin Magnet program in 2007. It's the first Mandarin Chinese magnet program in the San Diego Unified School District.