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2015 NEWS


DECEMBER

U.S. Educators Tours China

Pacific Beach School Cluster Principals Visit CISDSU

CISDSU US Educators Tour to China Orientation

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lilly Cheng at San Diego Chinese Women Association Fundraising Event

CISDSU Hosts 2015-16 CSET/CBEST Preparation Workshop

SDSU Professor Giang Pham Visited CISDSU

CISDSU Meets with Barnard Parent on China Excursion Program

CISDSU Meets with Barnard PTA Board Member on Abacus Teaching

The First Beijing Opera Show in SDSU-IVC Campus

CISDSU Attended Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy's "Kiss the Goat" Celebration

Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Attends the 10th Confucius Institute Conference

CISDSU Attends the 7th XMU Confucius Institute Partnership Workshop 2015


NOVEMBER

Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Attends American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference

CISDSU Participated in Hilltop Middle School’s 2015 Multicultural Fair

CISDSU Performs Traditional Tea Ceremony at SDSU International Student Center

Shaolin Kung Fu San Diego Opens Its Doors at New Location

The 16th San Diego Asian Film Festival Gala Awards Dinner

CISDSU Participated at the SDAFF Tyrus Wong Documentary Screening

CISDSU 2015 Teacher Training

China’s Hospital Ship Ark Peace Visited San Diego State University

Professor Xiaoyan Qian Holds Lectures in San Diego

CISDSU Visited Hospital Ship Ark Peace

Guangdong Overseas High School Visits CISDSU


OCTOBER

We Chinese in America and CISDSU Cement Collaborative Relationship

CISDSU Managing Director Gives Lecture at the RISE Speaker Series

CISDSU and The China Lymphoma Patient Project Hold Partnership Meeting

We Chinese in America Magazine Celebrates 15th Anniversary

The 3rd International Chinese Teaching Conference of Confucius Institutes and Classrooms in North America

Managing Director of CISDSU attended “Chongqing, Yuzhong District Photo Exhibition and Forum”

Delegates from FNNR Program Visited CISDSU

“The Story of CISDSU”--China Yellow River TV Documentary Filming

Chew the Scene - 2015 San Diego Asian Film Festival Launch Event


SEPTEMBER

CI/SDSU Celebrated Confucius’s Birthday/Teacher's Day Symposium

Xiamen University Puts on a Spectacular Performance at CI/SDSU Confucius Classroom Pacific Beach Middle School

Xiamen University Performing Arts Group Visits e3 Civic High School

Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion Overflows for Moon Festival Celebration

New Hanban Teacher Orientation 2015


AUGUST

2015 Confucius Classroom Forum: Building Your Bridges

2015 Xiamen University Student Affairs Development Program

2015 Yantai “Tracing Origins in China” Summer Camp


JULY

Chengdu University of Information Technology Delegation Visit SDSU

The 7th Annual Chinese Summer Camp

Yantai Chinese Summer Camp

CI at SDSU attended the Xiamen University Student Affairs Program Opening Ceremony

Confucius Classroom School Students Attend 2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp in Guangxi, China

Managing Director of CISDSU Meets with Mr. Tom Hom

Teaching Experience and challenges – Three Years at Central Elementary School


JUNE

SDSU IVC Hosts Annual Chinese Summer Camp

CI at SDSU Hosted Confucius Forum

San Diego County Fair Silk Road Fashion Show

2015 Barnard Asian-Pacific Heritage Field Day


MAY

SDSU Shanghai Summer Program 2015

CI at SDSU Participates at the D6 Night Market

Confucius Institute attended 2nd We Chinese in America Chinese Youth Festival

Confucius Institute at SDSU hosted the 2015 “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Language Proficiency Preliminary Competition

The Confucius Institute at SDSU participates at the Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego


APRIL

CI/SDSU Managing Director Attended San Diego Panama Sister City Association Event

Scott Peters Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

CHEI Exchange Students Visit CISDSU

Confucius Institute at Miami University in Oxford Ohio visited CISDSU

CI/SDSU attended Taste of the Valley Scholarship Fundraising Event

Deputy Premier of Bahrain receives San Diego State University delegation


MARCH

My Impression of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University

2015 California Association for Bilingual Education Annual Conference

2015 SDSU Teacher Training


FEBRUARY

Make your mark, join me and the city of San Diego to waste no water.

CI/SDSU Organized Chinese Medicine Theory Lectures

CISDSU attend 2015 Chinese New Year Symphonic Concert

33rd Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Culture Fair

Fletcher Elementary School Celebrates the Chinese New Year

CI/SDSU-IVC hosted Chinese New Year Celebration

CI/SDSU Participates at House of China Chinese New Year Celebration Day 2 in Balboa Park

Chinese New Year Celebration Held at Seaworld San Diego

CI at SDSU Attended House of China: Year of the Ram Celebration and Open House

Central Elementary Celebrated the Chinese New Year

CI/SDSU Hosted SDSU ‘Shanghai Summer Study Abroad Program’ Information Session

House of China “Year of the Ram” New Year Banquet Celebration

CI at SDSU Managing Directors attended “Rabbit on a Bumpy Road” Book Signing Event

Tongji University Professor Visited CISDSU

Francis Parker School Director Visits CISDSU


JANUARY

ECNU Delegation Visits CISDSU

Chinese Dancer Ms. Qi Zhang Visited CI at SDSU

Managing Director of CISDSU Attends Anna May Wong Documentary Screening

Managing Director of CISDSU meets with Professors on Abacus Teaching

San Diego Cheng Qian Home School Group visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University

Research Scholar from Singapore visits CI at SDSU

Visitors from Guangzhou China attend meeting with Confucius Institute at SDSU

 

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DECEMBER

 

U.S. Educators Tours China

December 28 '15 - January 6, '16 U.S. Educators Tour China

On December 28, 2015, 15 U.S. Educators, led by Project Manager, Anne Chu, of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, left on their journey to China. Among the delegates, there were principals from various school districts in San Diego County, IB teachers and President of the Board, San Diego Unified School District, Dr. Michael McQuary.See More

Their first stop was Beijing. During their stay in the capital of China, they were greeted warmly by Mr. Yong Zhang, Program Coordinator of the Department of Americas and Oceania Countries and Regions, and Fu Hai Huo, Director of Development and Planning Department when they visited Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban. Mr. Huo gave a detailed presentation on the structure and missions of Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban, Confucius Institutes around the globe and Confucius Classrooms. Many delegates were quite impressed with the information they received. Later, Mr. Zhang led the group on a tour of the Chinese cultural Exploratorium Center; again, the visitors were in awe by the artifacts rich in Chinese culture, and the hands-on interactions they engaged in.

Other must-see sites in Beijing, from the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, to the National Museum of China brought more excitement remarks from everyone.

The delegation group visited Xiamen City as their 2nd stop in China. Xiamen University has been a dedicated supportive partner in many education programs to CI/SDSU. Director Tong Wen Mao of the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarters/ Office of Confucius Institute Affairs greeted the guests upon their arrival. They were guided for a tour at the new Xianan campus before attending a series of lectures and forum. President Xinli Zhan hosted the closing ceremony and farewell banquet.

These delegates left China after a 10 day tour on January 06, 2016 from Xiamen with a new recognition and admiration for China, a country so foreign to them before their arrival, yet so similar to their own homeland after they gained knowledge of the culture and people. Their memories full of amazing experiences of Chinese culture will be cherished forever.See Less

 

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Pacific Beach School Cluster Principals Visit CISDSU

December 17 '15 PB Cluster Principals Visited CISDSU

On December 17, 2015, three principals from the Pacific Beach School cluster visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University to discuss strategies on the development of joint programs at the three schools. Principal Aida Hernandez of Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy Principal; Principal Kimberly Meng of Pacific Beach Middle School Principal; and Principal Ernest Remillard of Mission Bay High School Principal were greeted by Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng; and Project Manager, Anne Chu.

During this meeting, they sought strategy to cultivate their synergy, share resources, and to build on their individual strengths in developing the Mandarin programs, and setting up short and long term goals for the growth. Possible programs in the future included Chinese culture performance troupes, international exchange for faculty and students, and abacus classes.

 

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CISDSU US Educators Tour to China Orientation

December 16 '15 CISDSU US Educators Tour to China Orientation

On December 16, 2015, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) hosted a pre-departure orientation for the 2015 US Educators Tour to China Program. 15 school principals and educators attended the pre-departure orientation. CI/SDSU Project Manager, Anne Chu, led the orientation.

Ms. Chu delivered welcome remarks to participants and then presented a brief introduction of Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and Office of Confucius Institute Affairs at Xiamen University, she also provided the delegates addition information on the culture and history of Beijing and Xiamen, which were the two destinations for the trip. In the presentation, she pointed out several cultural differences between U.S. and China and provided a few suggestions on preparations and packing. Participants each received a small package with maps and other reading materials about China.

 

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Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lilly Cheng at San Diego Chinese Women Association Fundraising Event

December 13 '15 Dr. Cheng Gives Speech at San Diego Chinese Women Association Fundraising Event

On December 13, 2015, San Diego Chinese Women Association held a fundraising event for San Diego Homeless Women's Services at Evangelical Formosan Church in Del Mar. Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, was invited as the special guest speaker, sharing her life experience with participants. Her touching and intriguing speech gained warm applause from the audience.

Dr, Lilly Cheng pointed out that we need three types of people to success in our life: role models, mentors, and sponsors. Role models influence our thoughts and actions. Mentors give us advice and often direct us to the right path. Sponsors are those who would provide valuable resources for us when needed. Dr. Lilly Cheng listed the famous figures that deeply influenced her life, including Mother Teresa and Aung San Suu Kyi, etc.

The event raised around 3000 dollars, aiming to help more homeless women in San Diego.

 

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CISDSU Hosts 2015-16 CSET/CBEST Preparation Workshop

December 12 '15 CISDSU Hosts 15/16 CSET CBEST Preparation Workshop

On December 12, 2015, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) held the 2015/16 CSET/CBEST Preparation Workshop. The program invited local Chinese teacher Areana Chen as the guest instructor. Fifteen Chinese teachers participated in this training program, including Hanban teachers, local Chinese teachers and educators.

CI/SDSU Project Manager, Anne Chu, delivered a welcome speech to all participants. She outlined the importance of obtaining the teacher’s credential certificate in California. Areana Chen then began her introduction about CBEST and CSET exams, including exam methods, content and preparation skills. Afterwards, she gave a presentation about two subjects in CSET -- Chinese culture and literature, followed by a Q&A section with participants.

The CSET/CBEST Preparation Workshop Series would be conducted in four series, including Chinese culture, literature, history and linguistics. This training also provided platform for Mandarin teachers to exchange ideas and resources.

 

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SDSU Professor Giang Pham Visited CISDSU

December 11 '15 Meeting with Professor Giang Pham

On December 11, 2015, San Diego State University Professor Giang Pham from Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Department visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CI/SDSU). CI/SDSU Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, welcomed her visit and introduced the current operation at CI/SDSU. The two discussed Professor Pham’s research plan in developing speech language education in Hanoi, Vietnam. Dr. Lilly Cheng also provided suggestions for Professor Pham’s research plan.

 

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CISDSU Meets with Barnard Parent on China Excursion Program

December 11 '15 Meeting with Ana Borja from Barnard Elementary

On December 11, 2015, Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy PTA board member, Ana Borja, met with Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng, of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University to discuss the tentative details of a short term study abroad opportunity for Barnard Elementary students. Discussions focused on potential sights and locations in China where students and their chaperones would visit. This program would provide a wonderful opportunity for the students to immerse themselves in a Chinese language and culture to further enhance their Mandarin proficiency.

 

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CISDSU Meets with Barnard PTA Board Member on Abacus Teaching

December 11 '15 Meeting with Love Zubiller from Barnard Elementary

On December 11, 2015, Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy PTA Board member, Love Zubiller, visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. Mrs. Zubiller met with CI/SDSU Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, and Project Manager, Anne Chu, to discuss the potential feasibility for an abacus training program at Barnard Elementary. The program would include three separate classes; a general beginner introduction to abacus class, a novice class for students with prior exposure, and a master class for students who have had extensive learning of abacus calculation.

 

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The First Beijing Opera Show in SDSU-IVC Campus

December 10 '15 First Beijing Opera Show in SDSUIVC

On December 10, 2015, students from Confucius Classroom in San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus hosted an exciting Chinese talent show party at the west side of the SDSU-IVC library.

The performance hall was decorated by students from the Chinese Culture class, who have learned Chinese for only one semester. The students used Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy and paper-cuts as decoration, which embodied Chinese traditional cultural elements. The new Principal of IVC campus, Dr. Ponce; Director of Student Affairs, Mrs. Miriam; Director of Business and Financial Services, Mrs.Valorie Aashiy, and others from Office of Academic Affairs were invited to the party. Dr.Ponce was surprised to see such excellent Chinese Art Works. It made everyone feel proud of those talented students on this campus.See More

The beginning of the performance was the introduction for the Chinese program. Three students from Confucius Classroom were invited to the stage. Lan Jia and Teresa, who visited China this past summer, and Yali Di, who won the scholarship to study in China, gave speeches about their experience in learning Chinese with Mrs. Shao, their understanding for the beauty of China and the elegance of Chinese language, and ways of applying scholarship to study in China. Mrs. Shao introduced many different scholarships provided by Confucius Institute and Xiamen University, and the Chinese Bridge program for high school students.

After the introduction, Mrs.Shao sent New Year gift to students in Chinese class for their excellence in learning Chinese. Everyone then enjoyed the delicious potluck.

Tonight’s highlight was the Beijing Opera show “The Drunken Beauty” performed by Maria, a diligent student in Mrs. Shao’s Chinese class. Knowing that learning Beijing Opera is very challenging, Maria still believes hard work can make improvement. She learned from Mrs. Shao for only one semester and performed vividly in tonight’s show. Her handmade headwear and unique makeup attracted the audience who showed great interest. After Maria finished her show, everyone was excited to take photos with her. She also explained the meaning of each gesture, and the origin of “The Drunken Beauty” story. Her fascinating performance is the best work in the Chinese Culture Class, and a successful feedback to IVC and Confucius Institute.

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CISDSU Attended Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy's "Kiss the Goat" Celebration

December 07 '15 Barnard Elementary Kiss the Goat

On the morning of December 7th, 2015, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Office Manager, Jonathan Lee, attended Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy’s (BAPLA) “Kissing the Goat” ceremony to commemorate the students and their families for surpassing their fundraising goal of $30,000 during a jog-a-thon the previous week. Several students were recognized for their athleticism by running 5, 10, 20 and even 40 miles during the event. BAPLA Principal, Aida Hernandez, and the schools many teachers all participated in kissing goats in honor of the students’ hard work.

 

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Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Attends the 10th Confucius Institute Conference

December 06 '15 CISDSU Attends the 10th Confucius Institute Conference

On December 6-7, 2015 (Beijing Time), San Diego State University Provost Dr. Nancy Marlin, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, and Co-director Professor Lu Wei attended the 10th Confucius Institute Conference in Shanghai, China. The theme of this conference is “Cater to New Demand and Push for Integration”. Around 2300 participants attended the conference, including host university presidents and CI representatives from more than 130 countries.

At the conference, Dr. Nancy Marlin shared their successful experience in building up the Model Confucius Institutes. Dr. Lilly Cheng spoke on methods for making “Confucius Institute Day” into a cultural brand. Professor Lu Wei attended the Information Fair in the Headquarters regarding the overseas teacher preparation. Besides, CISDSU also hosted a booth to display Tian Dee Panda Chinese Teaching Materials.

 

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CISDSU Attends the 7th XMU Confucius Institute Partnership Workshop 2015

December 03-15 '15 CISDSU Attends the 7th XMU Confucius Institute Partnership Workshop 2015

On December 3-15, 2015 (Beijing Time), San Diego State University Provost, Dr. Nancy Marlin; Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng; and Co-Director, Professor Lu Wei, attended the 7th Xiamen University Confucius Institute Partnership Workshop. 38 participants from 16 partner universities attended the workshop, including host university presidents, representatives, local directors and Chinese directors of the Confucius Institutes. Participants discussed topics in regards to “resource sharing”, “communication and cooperation”, and “quality assessment of Confucius institutes.” Following the discussion, XMU Vice President, Xinli Zan, announced the “2015 Confucius Institute of the Year" and “The 2015 Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award”. The individual performance award was presented to Dr. Lilly Cheng.

During the meeting, Dr. Nancy Marlin introduced the topic of “Model Confucius Institute” while Dr. Cheng and Professor Lu elaborated and presented practical suggestions. Following the workshop, CISDSU distributed gifts to all of the participants. This workshop strengthened the ties between CISDSU and XMU, fostering deeper communication among these Confucius Institutes.

 

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NOVEMBER

 

Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Attends American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference

November 20-22 '15 ACTFL

On November 20-22, 2015, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) held its 49th Annual Convention and World Languages Expo at the San Diego Convention Center. The theme for this year’s conference was “Inspire, Engage, Transform”. CISDSU project coordinator Yueying Zhan hosted a booth to display supplementary materials for teaching Chinese language to American students.

ACTFL is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education resources for language educators from all languages, levels and assignments. Many schools, press, and corporations from different countries attended the Conference to showcase textbooks and teaching resources for language development. Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) attended the conference in order to promote high quality Chinese instruction and to garner interest in Confucius Institute.

 

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CISDSU Participated in Hilltop Middle School’s 2015 Multicultural Fair

November 20 '15 Hilltop Middle Multicultural Event

On November 20, 2015, Hilltop Middle School held its annual multi-cultural fair. Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) participated in this fair to support the Chinese language and culture program. The fair featured live entertainment, martial arts performance, live bands, and food vendors who provided many foods from around the world.

CISDSU hosted a booth where CI staff allowed students to try on Chinese costumes and to play with Chinese yoyos. Students showed great interest in learning the history of Chinese yo-yos and the traditional Chinese clothing. The fair was a huge success as students gained valuable experience and knowledge of different cultures.

 

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CISDSU Performs Traditional Tea Ceremony at SDSU International Student Center

November 17 '15 Tea Ceremony at International Student Center

On November 17, 2015, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University and the International Student Center (ISC) co-hosted a tea ceremony performance during International Education Week. This event aims to promote cross-cultural communication and understanding of Chinese and Chinese culture. Following an explanation of the ceremony from CISDSU Office Manager, Jonathan Lee, Project Coordinators, Chudan Li and Jessica Yu gracefully demonstrated the process of tea making for the audience. Many in the audience were active in answering the accompanying Chinese culture trivia, and received Chinese souvenirs as prizes.

After the tea ceremony, the event showed the documentary The Dialogue, which follows eight university students—four American and four Chinese—as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. They explore each other’s backgrounds and learn cross-cultural communication skills. Their shared adventures and culture shock become doorways to deepen their understanding of the world, of themselves and of styles of communication that are able to bridge cultural differences.

 

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Shaolin Kung Fu San Diego Opens Its Doors at New Location

November 15 '15 Shaolin School Grand Opening

On Sunday, November 15th, 2015, the Shaolin Kung Fu San Diego school held its grand opening ceremony at its new Vickers Street location. The event was lively with current and prospective students and their families, the school shifus, local media staff and, of course, representatives from the Confucius Institute of San Diego State University. Yijing Yin and Jinxi Chen attended on behalf of the Institute.

Several shifu, or masters, from across the state of California brought their talents to the school, led by Shifu Yan Tuo, who presided over the event and gave its guests an introduction to his own long years at the Shaolin Temple and the journey to teaching its martial arts in America. Students and teachers of the school gave a series of demonstrations that included combat with both weapons and fists, accompanied by the mellow strains of a Chinese guzheng instrument played live. The afternoon ended on a high note when Shifu Yan Tuo gave his guests a small trial lesson to give them a taste of the world of Shaolin martial arts.

The Shaolin Kung Fu San Diego school teaches kung fu, qi gong, yoga and meditation to both child and adult-aged students, bringing a variety of Chinese health and cultural elements to the San Diego community.

 

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The 16th San Diego Asian Film Festival Gala Awards Dinner

November 07 ‘15 SDAFF Gala

In the evening of November 7, 2015, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) attended the 16th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Awards Gala held at San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, as one of the table sponsors. The Awards Gala brought together entertainment, performances, and celebrated top independent films, young filmmakers in the Reel Voices Program, and presented awards to community and artistic leaders.

CISDSU Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, together with former San Diego City Councilman, Mr. Tom Hom, presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award to Disney legend, Tyrus Wong, for his contributions to the American film industry. Other awards presented included the Community Legacy Award, Digital Pioneer Award, and many others. The Gala was a huge success in celebrating the 16th San Diego Asian Film Festival. The SDAFF Gala Awards is the Pacific Arts Movement’s largest fundraising event of the year, often described as the “Asian American Golden Globes”.

 

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CISDSU Participated at the SDAFF Tyrus Wong Documentary Screening

November 07 '15 Tea Ceremony for SDAFF Tyrus Documentary Screening

On November 7, 2015, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University was invited to participate at the 16th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival special screening of the documentary, Tyrus, a film of the life of legendary Disney film production illustrator Tyrus Wong. The event took place at the Mission Valley Ultrastar Theater where CISDSU hosted a traditional Chinese tea ceremony in honor of Tyrus Wong for his extraordinary contribution to the visual influence in the Hollywood’s film industry. Many local members of the community and overseas guests attended this event, including CISDSU Honorary Director, Professor Yanshen Liu; San Diego City Councilman, Chris Cate; former San Diego City Councilman, Tom Hom; and Executive Director of the Pacific Arts Movement, Lee Ann Kim. See More

The 105-year-old living legend, Tyrus Wong, attended the reception with his family where Managing Director of CISDSU, Dr. Lily Cheng, delivered a welcoming speech where she presented a model kite in celebration of his lifetime achievements. San Diego city councilman Chris Cate gave a speech to commemorate the contributions Mr. Wong brought to the Asian American community. CISDSU staff, Chudan Li and Jessica Yu performed a graceful tea ceremony. Following the reception, the audience was invited to watch the film titled Tyrus, an inspiring and meaningful documentary about the life of legendary artist Tyrus Wong, directed by Pamela Tom.

Tyrus Wong was born in 1910 in Guangdong, China. When Mr. Wong was nine years old, he and his father immigrated to the United States where they were initially detained on Angel Island due to the Chinese Exclusion Act. Mr. Wong and his father moved to Los Angeles after their release. His hard work and giftedness in art led to a full scholarship at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. He graduated in 1930 and began working at Disney Animation Studios. It was his lush pastels that served as inspiration for Bambi (1942) where he was one of the lead artists for the film. He would later leave Disney to join Warner Brothers Studios, where he continued to work as a film production illustrator for 25 years. Following his retirement, Mr. Wong started a hobby to make kites where he would regularly visit the beaches of Santa Monica to fly them. See Less

 

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CISDSU Holds 2015-16 Chinese Teacher Training Workshop

November 07 '15 Teacher Training Workshop 2015

On November 7th, 2015, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) held the 2015-16 Chinese Teacher Training Workshop. Forty participants attended the training, including Chinese teachers from Confucius classrooms, local Chinese teachers, and Chinese program administrators.

Professor Yanshen Liu of Central China Normal University gave a lecture on How to Apply the Confucius Six Arts in Modern Society. Professor Liu is honorary Director at CISDSU and Vice Director of the National Engineering Research Center for E-Learning at CCNU. During the lecture, he introduced the history, nature, and modern interpretation of the Six Arts as well as their applications in Chinese teaching.See More

Professor Xiaoyan Qian of the Traditional Chinese Medicine department at Xiamen University delivered an intriguing lecture on traditional Chinese health theories and practice; she described how to prevent disease and apply traditional Chinese medicine in Chinese teaching. Previously, Professor Qian had also given three lectures at SDSU and E3 City High, which were attended by more than 400 students and faculty. Some volunteered to receive live treatment during the lectures.

During the Teacher Training Workshop at SDSU, CISDSU exhibited the Tian Dee Panda Chinese textbook series published by Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Mr. Xu Meng introduced the series and gave complimentary copies to the teachers.

At the end of the workshop, Project Manager Anne Chu presented Certificates of Appreciation to the guest speakers. Co-Director Professor Wei Lu awarded Training Certificates to the attending teachers.

The attendees left the workshop satisfied with their experience, carrying the workshop’s new ideas and challenges back with them to their classrooms and their students.See Less

 

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China’s Hospital Ship ‘Ark Peace’ Visited San Diego State University

November 05 '15 Ark Peace Visits SDSU - EBA345

On November 5th, 2015, the Chinese Navy hospital ship ‘Ark Peace’ visited San Diego State University to introduce the Chinese navy and the harmonious mission of this naval hospital to professors and students. The crew showcased delightful Chinese cultural performances to the audience. SDSU Professor from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Sam Shen; Department of Religious Studies, SDSU Professor Khaleel Mohammed; Confucius Institute at SDSU (CISDSU) Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng; CISDSU Co-Director Professor Wei Lu; CISDSU Project Manager Ms. Anne Chu; and all CISDSU staff, warmly welcomed the group. See More

Health Plan Officer, Dr. Zhihui Wang, addressed a welcome speech to the audience, and expressed his special thanks to CISDSU, for their invitation and supports to this program. Following opening remarks, the crew demonstrated several Chinese cultural arts and performances including Chinese musical instrument Guzheng, calligraphy, folk dance, music, and martial arts. The students were amazed by the talented performers and excited to join them on the stage. After the performance, Dr. Wang and Professor Mohammed exchanged gifts and took photos with all the students. All students and CI staff received gifts from the group as well.

Through conversations with SDSU professors and students, the Ark Peace crew not only introduced the Chinese Navy to U.S. students, but also expressed its harmonious mission – peace and friendship. Through cultural exchange, it enhanced the friendship with people in San Diego. On November 3, the Ark Peace docked at the San Diego harbor, to begin their three day visits. Launched by the Chinese Navy, the ship is a platform to provide humanitarian response, and conduct emergency aid and medical services to the world, also known as the “boat of life”. See Less

 

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Professor Xiaoyan Qian Holds Lectures in San Diego

November 05 '15 Professor Xiaoyan Qian Guest Lecturer in SHW11

From November 05 – November 07, 2015, Deputy Director of Overseas Education Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Xiamen University, Professor Xiaoyan Qian, visited San Diego on her lecture series tour of traditional Chinese medicine, with a focus on acupuncture. The three lectures by Prof. Qian were held at E3 Civic High School, San Diego State University, and at the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University teacher training workshop.See More

Prof. Qian gave her first speech at San Diego State University on November 5th, 2015, in Dr. Khaleel Mohammed’s world religion class. Prof. Qian first introduced the history of traditional Chinese medicine and then focused on acupuncture and its application towards a variety of diseases such as respiratory, eye, ear, nose, and throat disorders. Prof. Qian also introduced the points and channels on the physical body. According to Prof. Qian, by puncturing each point on our body, the blood circulation can be regulated. After the lecture, Prof. Qian held several demonstrations for the classroom to see. Prof. Qian used acupuncture to treat students with symptoms such as tennis elbow, runny nose and sore throat where the students exclaimed their relief. Following the end of the class, many students came to Prof. Qian for advice on their own concerns.

On November 6th, 2015, Prof. Qian visited e3 Civic High School where she gave a lecture to 10th to 11th grade students. Prof. Qian not only presented the history of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture but also introduced the cupping and bloodletting methods. Because of the popularity of the topic among students at San Diego State University, Prof. Qian spent more time on demonstration. Prof. Qian asked both students and teachers who have suffered from chronic disease like frozen shoulder and acute disease such as sore throat to come forward for treatment. Prof. Qian used cupping and acupuncture to relieve them of their ailments. Teachers and students were amazed how the traditional Chinese medicine is practiced and were eager to learn more. The lecture ended with a round of applause from students and teachers.

Prof. Qian held her final presentation in San Diego at CISDSU’s teacher training workshop on November 7, 2015. Prof. Qian described the many practical applications of acupuncture and how they affect different parts of the body. The participants of the teacher training workshop excitedly raised their hands for Prof. Qian to demonstrate her knowledge of understanding of acupuncture on them. Her lecture was so popular, the participants stayed after the workshop ended to continue to ask her advice. See Less

 

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China’s Hospital Ship ‘Ark Peace’ Visited San Diego State University

November 04 '15 CISDSU Visits Ark Peace Ship

On November 5th, 2015, the Chinese Navy hospital ship ‘Ark Peace’ visited San Diego State University to introduce the Chinese navy and the harmonious mission of this naval hospital to professors and students. The crew showcased delightful Chinese cultural performances to the audience. SDSU Professor from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Sam Shen; Department of Religious Studies, SDSU Professor Khaleel Mohammed; Confucius Institute at SDSU (CISDSU) Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng; CISDSU Co-Director Professor Wei Lu; CISDSU Project Manager Ms. Anne Chu; and all CISDSU staff, warmly welcomed the group. See More

Health Plan Officer, Dr. Zhihui Wang, addressed a welcome speech to the audience, and expressed his special thanks to CISDSU, for their invitation and supports to this program. Following opening remarks, the crew demonstrated several Chinese cultural arts and performances including Chinese musical instrument Guzheng, calligraphy, folk dance, music, and martial arts. The students were amazed by the talented performers and excited to join them on the stage. After the performance, Dr. Wang and Professor Mohammed exchanged gifts and took photos with all the students. All students and CI staff received gifts from the group as well.

Through conversations with SDSU professors and students, the Ark Peace crew not only introduced the Chinese Navy to U.S. students, but also expressed its harmonious mission – peace and friendship. Through cultural exchange, it enhanced the friendship with people in San Diego. On November 3, the Ark Peace docked at the San Diego harbor, to begin their three day visits. Launched by the Chinese Navy, the ship is a platform to provide humanitarian response, and conduct emergency aid and medical services to the world, also known as the “boat of life”. See Less

 

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Guangdong Overseas Chinese High School Delegation Visited CISDSU

November 02 '15 Guangdong Overseas Chinese High School Delegation Visits CISDSU

On November 2nd, 2015, a delegation from Guangdong Overseas Chinese High School visited the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. The delegation was led by Guangdong Overseas High School administrator, Mr. Lei Wang. Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, provided a brief overview of CISDSU followed by a campus tour from BELA Education students.

In the afternoon, the delegation met with SDSU American Language Institute Academic Program Director, Johanna Gleason, and English for Academic Purposes Director, Mariko Poupard, to discuss the admission process for students under the BELA Education project and also to discuss the ALI curriculum. Following the meeting, the delegation observed some classes; experienced the American style of teaching and campus culture; and learned about advanced methodology for higher education management.

 

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OCTOBER

 

We Chinese in America and CISDSU Cement Collaborative Relationship

October 26 '15 Director of We Chinese Visits CISDSU

On October 26th, 2015, San Diego’s We Chinese in America magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Ping Ma and Marketing Director Cindy Wu visited the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng gave them a warm welcome and a detailed introduction to CISDSU’s work and educational mission. Ms. Ma, in turn, introduced We Chinese in America’s paper media products as well as their online platforms. Subsequently, both parties engaged in enthusiastic talks of collaborative possibilities – culminating in an agreement to a pilot project in December of this year. See More

CISDSU had made special preparations to serve a healthy, vegetarian meal to the two guests; both parties continued discussion over lunch and found that they pursued the same mission, the same dream: to expand the influence of Chinese language and culture in the San Diego area. With cultural education as their foundation, CISDSU made several proposals for collaboration, including the creation of a special Confucius Classroom column in We Chinese magazine’s education section focusing on the learning curve for Chinese teachers teaching language and culture in America. Confucius Classroom students, too, would be able to find a place in We Chinese’s paper run by youth journalists.

It was a productive meeting of minds that would allow both parties to better serve their community and their audience. At the close of the meeting, Ms. Ma expressed the desire for a strong and enduring cooperative relationship with CISDSU where both could better promote the development of cultural education in San Diego. We Chinese in America has served the Chinese-American community with articles on a comprehensive range of topics for fifteen years, and provided Chinese-American writers with a platform to showcase their work.See Less

 

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CISDSU Managing Director Gives Lecture at the RISE Speaker Series

October 21 '15 Rise Speaker Series

On October 21, 2015, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) attended the Rise Speaker Series Panel hosted by the International Student Center. Guest speakers included Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of CISDSU, Professor Asfaw Beyene from the School of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Professor Mei Zhong from the School of Journalism and Media Studies. Today’s panel topic focused on “the essential ingredients for intercultural communication and engagement” and opened with a graceful tea ceremony demonstrated by two of CISDSU staff members Ms. Yue Yu and Ms. Chudan Li

Dr. Lilly Cheng’s lecture was an introspective experience for herself and for the audience. During the presentation, Dr. Cheng characterized her “island” culture upbringing, as she grew up in Taiwan and lived in a multilingual and multicultural environment throughout her life. She discussed the importance of human communication and cultural differences, by sharing her experience of being a “global citizen” traveling around the world and learning different languages. More than 30 international students attended this event and listened to the presentations attentively.

 

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CISDSU and The China Lymphoma Patient Project Hold Partnership Meeting

October 20 '15 Meeting with Jamie Reno and Len Novarro

On October 20th, 2015, Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) Dr. Lilly Cheng met with Jamie Reno and Len Novarro, leaders of the China Lymphoma Patient Project (CLPP), which is partnering with the Institute to reach out to lymphoma patients and their supporters worldwide. Mr. Reno is an award-winning journalist, singer-songwriter, author and longtime advocate for lymphoma patients. He and Dr. Cheng introduced the CLPP and Confucius Institute, respectively, and held in-depth talks to plan for the future of their cooperative relationship.

Mr. Reno also invited Dr. Cheng to the CLPP’s global launch at the 2016 Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, and presented her with complimentary copies of his greatest hits CD and his book, Hope Begins in the Dark: 40 Lymphoma Survivors Tell Their Exclusive Life Stories. It is his goal to bring both the project and the book to China in order to increase patient and community awareness of lymphoma diagnoses and treatments, as well as to deepen the friendship and cooperative relationship between the medical and scientific communities of China and the United States. Finally, a commemorative photo was taken to mark the occasion.

 

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We Chinese in America Magazine Celebrates 15th Anniversary

October 18 '15 "Voice of We Chinese" Dinner at Jasmine

On October 18th, 2015, We Chinese in America Magazine hosted its 15th anniversary celebration at San Diego’s Jasmine Seafood Restaurant. The evening was attended by the city’s most distinguished – nearly 200 cover persons featured in the magazine – and serenaded with the semi-final and final rounds of the 1st Voice of the American Chinese Nightingale Singing Championships. We Chinese Publisher Ping Ma was presented with plaques honoring Chinese Magazine Day in San Diego by San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, Anthony George representing the Mayor’s office, and Howard Ou representing Congressman Scott Peters. Representatives from the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University included Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng and a number of CI staff and volunteers.

The evening opened with a stunning hanfu fashion show by the We Chinese Model Youth Team; next, the audience feasted their ears on the talents of 18 Chinese-American semi-finalists in the singing competition. Song choices included well-known Mandarin selections, Cantonese numbers, and even Italian opera. Guests were also given the chance to win various raffle prizes while the number of contestants was narrowed down to 8, and then finally to the winners in an evening filled with good food and music. It was an auspicious evening for the future of We Chinese Magazine, an important voice for the Chinese-American community of San Diego.

 

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The 3rd International Chinese Teaching Conference of Confucius Institutes and Classrooms in North America

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On October 16-18, 2015, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng was invited to give a lecture in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The venue was the third International Chinese Teaching Conference of Confucius Institute and Confucius classrooms in North America. Dr. Cheng was asked to present a topic on the Tiandee Panda which was developed by CI/SDSU. More than 150 teachers and educators attended the conference to further enhance the teaching of Chinese language and culture.

 

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Managing Director of CISDSU attended “Chongqing, Yuzhong District Photo Exhibition and Forum”

October 13 '15 Chongqing, Yuzhong District Photo Exhibition and Forum

On October 13, 2015, the “Chongqing, Yuzhong District Photo Exhibition and Forum” was held at the San Diego State University Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. Thirty participants including a delegation from Yuzhong District lead by Mr. Lianjun Li and Ms. Ling Dai, professors from San Diego State University, Chinese Americans in San Diego and media representatives, attended this forum to learn more about this project. Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, delivered a welcome remark to open the forum.See More

During the forum, delegates from Chongqing Yuzhong District, Mr. Lianjun Li and Ms. Ling Dai introduced Chongqing City and Yuzhong District, followed by a short video about the district from Mr.Dai Zisen. The professors actively discussed the collaboration between San Diego and Yuzhong District, their experience in Chongqing, suggestions for the short video and how to improve the international reputation of Yuzhong District. Other participants and media representatives also expressed their ideas. To conclude the forum, Dr. Lilly Cheng summed up the discussion and encouraged everyone to share their ideas for the development of Yuzhong District.See Less

 

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Delegates from FNNR Program Visited CISDSU

October 13 '15 Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve Meets with CISDSU

On October 13, 2015, three delegates, Lei Shi, Yuanping Zhai and Ni Yang from the Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve (FNNR) visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. A brief introduction of the activities of the Confucius Institute was presented and discussions on using the golden monkey in the FNNR program as a way to teach environmental preservation and protection of forest and species was conducted. Future discussions will be arranged in order to promote this concept of preservation and environmental protection.

 

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“The Story of CISDSU”--China Yellow River TV Documentary Filming

From September 22 to October 4, 2015, China Yellow River Television Station International Publicity Center Director Ms. Hua Xie, along with Cameramen Mr. Taiyu Fan, Mr. Zhennian Jia, and Mr. Lijun Shi, began filming on the documentary project “The Story of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU)”. CISDSU staff members Ms.Chudan Li and Ms.Yueying Zhan coordinated and supported the filming project. The premiere of the documentary is scheduled to broadcast at the end of 2015.See More

The first part of the documentary story, directed by Ms. Xie and Mr. Fan, focuses on the Abboud family and their four children, who currently study Chinese in the Confucius Classroom at the Riverview Elementary Academy. The Abboud family comes from Lebanon and French background, but they are passionate about Chinese culture. The film’s leading characters—Magdalena, Tasie, Luca, Ava, and Mr. and Mrs. Abboud, infuse their Chinese culture learning with the traditional Chinese educational philosophy “Six Arts”. During the two weeks of film making, Ms. Xie and Mr. Fan were hosted by the Abbouds, which allowed them to have in-depth interaction with the family members. They covered the children going to school, and filmed scenes of them studying in classes. They also filmed the Abboud family practicing the “Six Arts” at home: this included learning the tea ceremony, Chinese musical instrument “Erhu”, Taichi, chess, calligraphy and abacus. To further enrich the documentary, Ms. Xie interviewed Riverview principals and Chinese teachers, school district coordinator, Hanban teachers from CISDSU, and last but not least, the Abboud parents.

The filming project also features CISDSU and its participations in many cultural activities. Ms. Xie and Mr. Fan visited CISDSU offices, and interviewed Manager Director Dr.Lilly Cheng, Co-Director Professor Wei Lu, and SDSU Professor/Xiamen University Visiting Professor John Cleary. Additionally, they attended and filmed the celebration of Confucius Birthday/Teacher’s Day Symposium and the San Diego Asian Film Festival launch party. They also interviewed San Diego Chinese American Mr. Tom Hom, and visited the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum; they then interviewed the Executive Director Dr. Alexander Chuang in order to understand the journey of Chinese Americans in San Diego.

On September 27, the entire Yellow River TV crew was present to film the Moon Festival Celebration at Balboa Park co-hosted by CISDSU and House of China.

China Yellow River TV Station is the first Chinese TV station broadcasted in the United States. In 2007, China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television launched its first “Yellow River Confucius Institute” to provide a media platform overseas for Chinese language and culture learning. See Less

 

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Chew the Scene - 2015 San Diego Asian Film Festival Launch Event

October 01 '15 SDAFF Chew the Scene

On October 1, 2015, 6:30PM, the 16th San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) Launch Party – “Chew the Scene” was grandly held at the Corky McMillin Event Center. As a celebration of Asian culture, Chew the Scene shared with members and audience series of the 2015 SDAFF films and programs, and offered guests an opportunity to sample delicious Asian cuisines from dozens of local food vendors. The opening night expected a full house, also filled with live music and good conversations. Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, and staff member Ms.Chudan Li attended the event. See More

Invited by Dr. Lilly Cheng, the China Yellow River Television Station (aka the Confucius Institute TV Station) was one of the media for this special event. Ms. Lee Ann Kim, Founder and Executive Director of the Pacific Arts Movement, hosted the launch party with Pac-Arts Artistic Director, Mr. Brian Hu. Ms. Lee Ann Kim said in an interview with the Yellow River TV, that the San Diego Asian Film Festival continues growing bigger and better, with more and more participants. She was proud that Asian culture is merging into the mainstream culture, and it has become an important factor to the diversity in San Diego.

The 16th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival is taking place from November 5 through 14. CISDSU as one of the sponsors attends and supports the festival every year, in order to advocate the development of Asian culture in San Diego. See Less

 

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SEPTEMBER

 

CI/SDSU Celebrated Confucius’s Birthday/Teacher's Day Symposium

September 29 '15 Confucius Symposium

On September 29, 2015, Confucius Institute at SDSU celebrated the Confucius Birthday at the Teacher’s Day Symposium, “The Transformative Power of the Confucian Teacher” at SDSU Alumni Center. This Symposium was sponsored by the following institutions at SDSU: Confucius Institute, Center for Asian & Pacific Studies, Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs, and Charles Wei Hsun Fu Foundation.See More

Four speakers were invited to explore international dimensions of Confucian pedagogy- from the past, present and future. They spoke on the various topics of Confucianism, including “The Confucian Tradition In Korean History” by Sueyun Kim of Seoul National University; “The Confucius of the Confucius Institutes” by Lirong Cheng, Managing Director of CI/SDSU; “Confucianism and Role Ethics” by Todd Myers of Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at SDSU; and “Confucius as 21st Century Feminist” by Dr. Sandra A. Wawrytko, Director of Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at SDSU.

Each speaker offered insightful perspective from different focuses of Confucianism, and how the ideology had immersed into the regular traditions in the past, how it’s being practiced in present societies, and how it might influence one’s onlook and behavior in the future. More than 80 students in the audience listened attentively, jotting down notes as the program went on.

Before the lectures began, CI/SDSU provided a Tea Ceremony presentation for the audience. Students and guests observed every detail of the ceremony as Chudan Li and Jessica Yu from CI/SDSU gracefully demonstrated the process of tea making. A light snack, in accompanied with the tea, was served as a complement of total sensory pleasure.See Less

 

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Xiamen University Puts on a Spectacular Performance at CI/SDSU Confucius Classroom Pacific Beach Middle School

September 28 '15 XMU at PBMS

On the morning of September 28th, 2015, Xiamen University Student Performing Arts Group’s 2015 Confucius Institute Tour put on a much-anticipated performance at Confucius Classroom Pacific Beach Middle School (PBMS), affiliated with the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. Students and teachers alike enjoyed a feast for the senses straight from China’s mainland.See More

The auditorium at PBMS was filled to the maximum capacity with over 500 guests, including students and faculty of PBMS, students from nearby Confucius Classroom at Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy and their families. The Xiamen students serenaded their audience with the songs “You and I” and “Ode to the Pear Blossom”, awed them with the martial arts demonstration “Meditation by the Misty River”, and amazed them with the dances “A Dazzling Mixture of Various Chinese Folk Styles” and “Paper-Cutting Girl” to thunderous applause. To show their utmost appreciation to the guest performers for their brilliant performance, PBMS students, Piatt Pund and Leah Markworth, sang “Edelweiss” in Chinese, the theme song from The Sound of Music that is a favorite in China.

The Xiamen troupe, consisted of 15 delegates, was led by Xiamen University Deputy Party Secretary Lin Dongwei; Confucius Institute Office Director Mao Tongwen and Youth League Secretary Chen Huaifeng. San Diego Unified School District Board Trustee Michael McQuary and SDSU Advisor Anne Rosser also attended the event and awarded certificate of appreciation to each Xiamen delegate. Managing Director of CI/SDSU Dr. Lilly Cheng and Co-Director Professor Wei Lu were in attendance as well, and joined the commemorative photo at the end of the performance.

The event was unanimously enjoyed by students, parents and teachers alike, and praised as one of the best Chinese performances they had ever seen. It brought a unique flavor of Chinese culture to the Pacific Beach community which left an indelible impression in the hearts of its students, spurring them ever onward in their studies of the Chinese language.See Less

 

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Xiamen University Performing Arts Group Perfoms at e3 Civic High School

September 28 '15 XMU at E3

On September 28th, 2015, Xiamen University Student Performing Arts Group’s 5-man folk music ensemble – led by Confucius Institute of San Diego State University’s Project Manager Anne Chu – was invited to CI/SDSU Confucius Classroom e3 Civic High School to give a performance of traditional Chinese folk music.See More

e3 Civic High School is a charter school located at the Central Library of San Diego and boasts a first-class, innovative standard of education. Its Chinese curriculum was implemented in September of 2013, and by November 2014 it had been approved as a Confucius Classroom by Hanban. Of the four Hanban Chinese language teachers sent to the school from abroad, two came from Xiamen University.

e3 Executive Deputy Director Dr. Ke Xu gave the Xiamen guest performers a warm welcome on behalf of the school, and an audience of nearly a hundred students was then treated to the unique folk music of the Chinese mainland.

The performance began with the solemn strains of the lute and flute, in a Nanyin song called “In the Flower Garden”; it then took on a livelier note with the zither solo “Evening Songs of the Fishermen”; next came the folk instrumental ensemble “Colorful Clouds Chasing the Moon” and the lute solo “Ten-Way Ambush” – the audience responded to these musical offerings with thunderous applause.

In order to encourage interactivity, four of the folk ensemble musicians gifted the e3 students with ocarinas and personally taught them to play. Both students and teachers were very pleased with the enthralling performance and subsequent music lessons, and every one of them wanted to have their picture taken with the visiting performers.

Dr. Ke Shu served as commentator and – after closing with a heartfelt thanks to the performers – exchanged gifts with the ensemble and awarded them with thank-you certificates. An official commemorative photo marked the end of the event.

The tour’s visit gave e3 students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deepen their understanding of Chinese culture; it also demonstrated the high level of performing art skill at Xiamen University and the ability of their students to serve as cultural ambassadors.See Less

 

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Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion Overflows for Moon Festival Celebration

September 27 '15 Moon Festival at Organ Pavilion Balboa Park

On September 27th, 2015, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University and House of China of Balboa Park, San Diego co-hosted the Centennial Celebration of Balboa Park and Moon Festival at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Dignitaries in attendance were SDSU Provost Chukuka Enwemeka; representatives of Congress member, Scott Peters; San Diego County Supervisor, Ron Roberts; and San Diego Mayor, Kevin Faulkner; as well as a number of school administrators from across the Greater San Diego Area. More than three thousand local residents and tourist alike, crowded in the audience section, they eagerly waited for the show to begin. See More

The evening started off with the colorful traditional Chinese lion dance, followed by a series of Chinese firecrackers, the festive performance brought the audience to high excitement. Next came a wide variety of performances, including folk dances, martial arts demonstrations, acrobatics, instrumental and singing performances and more. Many of the shows were put on by Xiamen University’s talented students; students from Confucius Classroom schools affiliated with CI/SDSU also demonstrated their own skills. Included among many extraordinary pieces were the awe-inspiring Chinese acrobatic art of piling chairs; the elegant movements of the Umbrella Dance; the flowing grace of the Chinese martial art Baguazhang; and a unique flute solo illustrating Galloping Horses. The audience were enthusiastically waving the multicolored glowstick during performances of Shuidiao Getou (Water Melody), Friends and Edelweiss by Leah Markworth and Piatt Pund. The evening culminated in a spectacular fireworks show in honor of both the Moon Festival and the 100th anniversary of Balboa Park.

The celebration was not the only spectacular portion of the evening: in addition to coinciding with the centennial of the park itself, the night of the show saw a lunar eclipse accompany the performers onstage; the audience was standing room-only from start to finish. Such a large-scale event required the tremendous coordination of a huge number of volunteers from the local community, including students, teachers, parents and community members – it was thanks to this team effort that San Diego was able to enjoy such a gorgeous Moon Festival celebration.

The celebration successfully moved its audience and received widespread acclaim; many audience members went up to thank the performers for coming all this way to share exquisite performances with San Diegans and to deepen friendship between the two countries. Howard Ou, representing Congressman Scott Peters, told L.A.'s Xinhua News Agency, "Americans place a great deal of importance on cultural diversity, but even greater importance is given to friendship. The friendship between the peoples of the U.S. and China has lasted a hundred years, and it is our hope that it will last much longer."

The event was covered by the San Diego Chinese Press, Xinhua News Agency and channel Fox 5; the entire tour was covered by China's Yellow River TV crew. Thanks to this celebration, the Confucius Institute's influence and reputation were expanded, and Xiamen University received greater recognition in the San Diego area; it also deepened American understanding of Chinese culture and helped promote friendly relations between the two countries.See Less

 

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New Hanban Teacher Orientation 2015

September 02 '15 New Hanban Teacher Orientation 2015

On September 2nd, 2015, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University hosted an orientation for the newly arrived Hanban teachers. These teachers would be assigned to Confucius Classroom School at Riverview Elementary School and E3 Civic High School.

Managing Director of CI at SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, warmly welcomed the group, she expressed her high expectation to the new teachers. Co-Director, Professor Wei Lu provided detailed rules and regulations under CI/SDSU management, he offered suggestions regarding portfolio construction of teaching methods, as well as curriculum design. Moreover, he provided guidelines of foreign language and Chinese curriculum standard; techniques at teaching Chinese to non-native learners and online resources for standardized tests. Project Manager, Anne Chu introduced the differences in culture and etiquettes and common communication skills between China and United States. She also responded to the questions from the teachers and gave them supportive advice of adapting to the new environment.See More

This orientation aimed to strengthen teachers’ awareness to local laws and regulations; help them get familiarized with new teaching management and policies in CI/SDSU; understand the basic standard for Chinese teaching as a foreign language and curriculum standard in local schools. The teachers felt relieved and supported. With the new knowledge, they felt more ready to adapt to the new teaching environment after the orientation, which would lead them to a solid foundation for their work in promoting and teaching Chinese language and culture in the future.

At the end of the meeting, all teachers were determined to abide to the rules and regulations set forth by CI/SDSU, to dutifully fulfil their assignment at their respective new position, and to contribute to the success of CI/SDSU. See Less

 

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AUGUST

 

CISDSU Hosts 2015 Confucius Classroom Forum: Building Your Bridges

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On August 31st, 2015, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University hosted the 2015 Confucius Classroom Forum: Building Your Bridges, at China Max Restaurant in San Diego. Over a dozen educators hailing from across the Greater San Diego area were in attendance, including representatives from local school districts, Confucius classrooms, the County Office of Education, as well as Chinese teachers from many of the Confucius Classroom Schools. Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng; Co-Director, Professor Wei Lu; and Project Manager, Anne Chu, led the forum with the assistance of CI staff.See More

Dr. Lilly Cheng delivered welcome remarks for the event. She emphasized the need to strengthen and expand educational programs, teaching staff, and collaboration among San Diego schools. Ms. Chu then gave participants an introduction to CI/SDSU with a brief video and an overview of the Institute’s mission and programs. She also presented further collaborative opportunities, such as Chinese Bridge Overseas Principals Tour and Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students to China. Prof. Lu gave participants a native’s introduction to the lovely city of Xiamen and its prestigious Xiamen University; he also introduced online preparation resources for the YCT and HSK.

The forum held a series of discussions addressing the development of Chinese cultural awareness at individual schools, the sustainability of each school’s language program, and their understanding of language development needs. Participants spoke at length about the relationship between overseas teachers, and gave useful suggestions to future Confucius Classroom forums.

The forum concluded with attendees gathering for a commemorative group picture. Each guest left with new ideas, a newfound appreciation for their partnership with Confucius Institute, and an eagerness to repeat the experience that, more than anything, spoke to the forum’s resounding success.See Less

 

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2015 Xiamen University Student Affairs Development Program

August 13 '15 XMU SDSU Student Affairs Development Program Closing Ceremony

From July 27th to August 14th, 2015, organized by the International Student Center (ISC), and supported by Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, the 4th Xiamen University Student Affairs Program was held at San Diego State University campus. The program consisted of a series of workshops on student affairs, as well as best practices here at SDSU. Members of the group, led by Dr. Jianbin Xiahou, Director of the Student Affairs Department, included 17 student advisors and 2 administrative staff from Xiamen University. Managing Director of CI at SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng; and Co-Director, Professor Wei Lu; warmly welcomed the group. CI staff, Chudan Li, worked as the interpreter for the program.See More

A collaborative program between Xiamen University and SDSU, the International Student Center at SDSU organized the training courses and planned the daily schedules. ISC invited directors and associate directors from different offices in the Department of Student Affairs as guest speakers to introduce their missions and practices working with students. During the three-week program, the group was introduced to the SDSU Student Affairs Department affiliated organizations; the International Student Center, Educational and Opportunity Program, Health Promotion, Counseling and Psychological Services, Intercultural Relations, Residential Education, New Student and Parent Programs, and Financial Aid and Scholarships. The XMU student advisors also had opportunities to ask questions and to exchange ideas and experiences. In between workshops, the group was invited to visit Student Life and Leadership Department, Office of Student Athlete Academic Support Services, Office of Career Services, SDSU Veteran Center, and the Alumni Center, where they conducted in-depth interviews with the directors and other administrative staff.

CI at SDSU actively supported this program throughout the planning stage and training period. Before the official program began, Co-Director, Professor Wei Lu, and Staff member, Chudan Li, officially welcomed the group upon their arrival in San Diego; they took the trainees on a tour on campus and to CI office; introducing them to the Language Acquisition Resource Center; and inviting SDSU alumni, Professor John Cleary and Anne Rosser to speak to them on the cultural differences between U.S. and China. During the training program, Dr. Lilly Cheng introduced CI at SDSU and its latest development as one of the guest speakers for the workshop. She also emphasized the partnership between Xiamen University and SDSU, and expressed that CI at SDSU would not be as successful without the support from Xiamen University. Dr. Lilly Cheng also presented videos to introduce several of CI’s Chinese language and cultural programs. The group was impressed by the diverse programs and activities that CI offers, as well as the high proficiency of Mandarin demonstrated by Confucius Classroom students. CI staff Chudan provided interpretation service continuously for all the workshops during the program, her work ensured the communication between the group and the speakers.

The Xiamen University Student Affairs Program was a success over the past three years. CI at SDSU has been supporting each year’s program, and enhanced the friendship and collaboration between the two universities. At the closing ceremony on August 13th, Xiamen University Student Affairs Director, Dr. Jianbin Xiahou, spoke highly of all the preparation work, as well as the thoughtful and outstanding interpretation provided by Confucius Institute. SDSU International Student Center Director, Dr. Noah Hansen, also praised that the program would not have been successful without the support from CI at SDSU.See Less

 

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2015 Yantai “Tracing Origins in China” Summer Camp

July 20-31 '15 Yantai Summer Camp

Central Elementary Hanban Teacher, Xiuqing Wang

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In late July of 2015, more than 60 overseas Chinese youths from all over the world visited the city of Yantai, China, a coastal city with beautiful sceneries and cool weather. These young guests were invited by the Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs in Yantai, Shandong. These teenagers joined the 2015 “Tracing Origins in China” Summer Camp held in Yantai. Under the leadership of Mrs. Xiuqing Wang, five participants from Confucius Institute at San Diego State University participated in this program.See More

On July 20, these young participants visited the Center of Foreign Affairs in Yantai University where they received a warm welcome from the local teachers and students. The students were able to meet new friends and familiarize themselves with the new environment. Director of the Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs, Fanghui Liu; Deputy Mayor of Yantai, Weining Song,; and Secretary of Yantai University, Mingde Cui, opened the ceremony with welcome speeches expressing their praise to the profound meaning behind the program. Student from CISDSU, Hanze Liu, recited the poem “My Dream” during the opening ceremony which won a round of applause from the audience. While performances continued on stage, student from CISDSU, Jingyuan Zheng and along with Hanze Liu were interviewed by the local media; they expressed their deep excitement and high expectation towards this summer camp.

The 12-day summer camp ran from July 20 to 31 and included various culture classes and off-campus tours. The classes covered Chinese martial art, Chinese folk song, Chinese traditional dance, calligraphy, pottery and Beijing mask painting. Students showed great interest and actively participated in all of the provided activities; they were so keen to absorb the cultural heritage left by their ancestors. In the martial arts class, the master taught the students “Shaolin fist”, which stirred up their interest to learn. In the Chinese dancing class, the students mimicked the teachers’ gestures and performed a Tibetan dance “Pick up barley”. In the pottery class, students tried different handmade crafts. CISDSU student, Zhiyu Wang, received teacher’s praise for his pottery art and was awarded “Pottery Winner”. In calligraphy class, the students were informed about several types of Chinese calligraphy and focused on “Li Script”. During the Beijing opera mask painting class, the students learned that different colors on the masks represented different personalities and characters, so they designed their own masks and took their “masterpiece” back home.

Besides taking classes at the schools, the students were invited to see the beauty of Yantai and Jiaotong and to experience the culture. Under the leadership of teachers, students visited Zhangyu Wine Museum where they learned about the famous local wine culture; climbed Yantai Hill and Penglai Pavillion; visited the Mine Warfare Memorial; visited a town in Zhaoyua; and went digging for gold. The students also visited the beach where they saw hand carved sand sculptures which enlightened their imagination of the old times.

The closing ceremony was held in Laizhou Wushu School, a world famous martial arts school. It welcomed all the participants and presented a wonderful wushu performance. All the participants of the program performed a song together to show what they have gained during the summer camp. Students from CISDSU, together with friends from Germany, performed a Chinese folk song “Love Song in Kangding”, which won loud applause from the audience. CISDSU Hanban teacher, Xiuqing Wang, made a speech on behalf of all the teachers. She praised the excellent performance from those students, and appreciated the sponsor school for this meaningful program and their hard work.

The 12 day “Tracing Origins in China” left great memories for students and teachers. All the participants from US, France, Germany, Australia and Russia, have built up deep relationships with each other. They exchanged their contact information, and were wary to say goodbye. They hoped to meet again in China, Yantai in the future. This program provided the participants a great chance to experience Chinese culture, and further strengthen their bond to their motherland. The most important part of the program was for the participants to trace their roots in China which was deeply imprinted in their identity. With such a deep love for China, these students are the best candidates to spread Chinese culture overseas.See Less

 

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JULY

 

Chengdu University of Information Technology Delegation Visit SDSU

July 31 '15 CUIT Delegation Visits CISDSU

On July 31, 2015, a delegation of 20 professors and administrators from Chengdu University of Information Technology led by Vice President Shengyu He, visited the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University to learn more about the institute and its programs. Managing Director of the CISDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, introduced the institute and shared a video presentation highlighting Confucius classroom schools in San Diego. During the Q and A, Dr. Cheng explained the importance of infusing the Six Arts when teaching language and culture to students.

After a short break, the delegation was led to the another building where they were able to see elementary school students from 1st grade to 5th grade learning Chinese firsthand at CISDSU’s 2015 Chinese Summer Camp. The delegation was highly impressed with the student’s ability to speak Chinese and expressed their interest in learning more about CI’s future programs.

 

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CISDSU organized a “Confucius Six Arts” Chinese Summer Camp

July 20 - 31 '15 Chinese Summer Camp

Hanban Teacher, Xiaoyuan Li

Organized by Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, the 2015 Chinese Summer Camp was held from July 20th- 31st,2015 at SDSU campus. A total of 22 students from Confucius Classrooms affiliated with CI/SDSU, ranging from 6 to 12 years old, participated in this year’s program. CI/SDSU Chinese Summer Camp was packed with Chinese language classes and many culturally enriched activities. Students were able to not only learn Chinese language, but also of the diverse richness of Chinese culture.See More

Hanban teacher, Xiaoyuan Li, was in charge of the Chinese language course. Project Coordinator Alex Huang and Jonathan Lee, along with other staff and volunteers from CISDSU, designed the cultural activities, they painstakingly designed and crafted to infuse elements of Confucius’s Six Arts in the curriculum and cultural activities. Daily schedule for the 2 weeks included Chinese class, abacus class, song practice and cultural activities. The rich cultural activities, such as calligraphy, Chinese painting, paper folding and cutting, and Zongzi making allowed students to be fully immersed in the essence of Chinese language and culture.

Li Laoshi was well prepared before the camp began to ensure the expanding learning opportunity for students to gain new knowledge of Mandarin and Chinese culture. Combining songs, games, story-telling and various activities, Li Laoshi made the educational experience much more interesting and enjoyable. Students learned several poems and stories including, “A Morning in Spring” a poem showing an idyllic scene of serene spring morning with beautiful flowers and birds singing from Tang dynasty; “The Blind and the Elephant”, a fable to remind people not to make any judgement before knowing the full spectrum of any matter; and “Self-contradiction”, a Chinese idiom that taught people to act and speak honestly. Students also learned the deeper meaning of the four flowers favored by Chinese poets and painters for centuries, plum blossom, orchid, bamboo, and chrysanthemum. They not only represent nature, but also symbolized the Chinese ideology of virtues and fine characters. The song “Du tang shi” showed the artistic characteristics of poetry from Tang Dynasty and their unique classical rhythm. In addition to the Chinese language class, other activities, such as mask painting, Taichi, and lantern painting were also popular during the camp. Students were mesmerized by the charms of traditional Chinese culture, and their interest of Chinese culture grew deeper as days past.

Two teachers, Allan Pan and Jerry Wei, from Shenmo Group taught students how to use abacus and mental calculation. Learning to use abacus is very helpful in developing human brain’s implied function, improving cognition, concentration and memory. The fast speed of abacus and mental calculation gave children a good opportunity to think critically without pen and paper. Students were very receptive of the customized curriculum designed by these teachers. By the end of the two weeks training, many students were able to mentally calculate long additions and subtractions accurately very quickly.

On the last day of the summer camp program, parents were invited to attend the closing ceremony with shows performed by students to demonstrate what they had learned over the past two weeks. All the parents were impressed by the students’ fantastic performances; rounds of applause went on and on. They also expressed their appreciation for the hard work by CI staff and overwhelming interest for their children to continue learning Chinese and abacus.

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CI at SDSU attended the Xiamen University Student Affairs Program Opening Ceremony

July 27 '15 Xiamen University Delegation Attends SDSU Student Affairs Introduction

On July 27th, 2015, Xiamen University (XMU) Student Affairs Program Opening Ceremony was held at the International Student Center at San Diego State University (SDSU). This program is a joint collaboration between Xiamen University and SDSU and is supported by CISDSU. Dr. Tony Chung (Associate Vice President for Student Affairs), Dr. Randall Timm (Dean of Students), Mr. Noah Hanson (Director of the International Student Center), and Professor Wei Lu (Co-Director of CI at SDSU), jointly welcomed the group of 20 student advisors. This year’s group was led by Dr. Jianbin Xiahou, the Director of Student Affairs at Xiamen University. See More

The opening ceremony was hosted by the Director of International Student Affairs, Mr. Noah Hansen. On behalf of SDSU, Dr. Chung gave a welcoming speech to the group, followed by greetings from Professor Wei Lu. Dr. Xiahou, representing the Xiamen University group, introduced their University, praised the student affairs collaborations between XMU and SDSU, and expressed his gratitude for all the preparation done by the International Student Center and CI at SDSU. Following the opening speeches, Dr. Timm gave a presentation on SDSU. At the end of the ceremony, Dr. Xiahou and Dr. Chung exchanged gifts and took group pictures with all of the attendees.See Less

 

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Confucius Classroom School Students Attend 2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp in Guangxi, China

July 14-31 '15 CB Chinese Summer Camp

Departing on July 14, 2015, 33 high school students from 8 Confucius Classroom schools affiliated with Confucius Institute at San Diego State University attended 2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students in Beijing and Guilin, Guangxi. These students were led by Project Manager, Anne Chu and other chaperons.

For many of them, this was the first trip abroad and their first visit to China. The students could not withhold their excitement when the plane touched down in Beijing, China. On the bus from the airport into the city, their eyes were fixated to the hustling streets views full of hundreds of automobiles, motor bikes and people rushing to all directions. Some of them burst out, “I can’t believe I’m in China now”.See More

The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp program aims at enhancing youth exchanges between China and U.S.A., deepening secondary school students’ understanding and personal experience with Chinese language and culture, and stimulating their passion for learning Chinese. In the 17 day program, it provides students with Chinese language, culture classes (such as paper cutting, calligraphy, ink painting, tea ceremony, and martial arts and more), rich and varied activities (get together with Chinese students, home-stay experiences, etc.) and cultural experiencing activities.

During their visit in Guilin, Guanxi, the daily activities were hosted by Guanxi Normal University. Students were divided, based on their proficiency level, into 6 classrooms for Mandarin classes daily. Each afternoon, they enjoyed their taste of the diverse elements of Chinese culture. They learned folk dance of the Zhuang ethnic group, the special movements and hands gesture delighted the students, they giggled and danced to the drumbeats of the Zhuang Tribe’s music, following the instructions of the dance teacher. They learned to play hulusi – a special music instrument made of the shapely guard, the serenaded notes inspired them to learn more; many kept on practicing in their off time as they became enchanted by their new found passion. They learned the stroke sequence of writing a Chinese character in the calligraphy class. Many were intrigued by the artistic expression from the black ink on the specially made rice paper. During the Tai Chi and martial arts classes, the students were amazed by the fluid movements in Tai Chi that propelled one in a Zen state for both physical and mental health; they were equally stunned by the mere strength in the martial arts moves that did not necessarily come from the bulky muscles as most western style sports require. The varied activities provide them an opportunity to learn and experience the diversity and true essence of Chinese culture. The students were so excited by the new knowledge they learned that they could not stop chatting up with one another after each class.

Other highlights during the 2 week stay in Guilin included a visit to the homestay family and a river cruise down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. Each student was invited to visit a local family. On the day of this event, they all donned on their best outfit, eagerly waiting at the meeting site to meet up with the family assigned to host them. When the time came, they anxiously followed their host parents out. By the return time, each came back with exciting stories to share. Some were brought to a local theater for a movie; some learned to make dumplings over dinner table; some learned to play maijong; all of them came back with fond memories and experience that they cherished, they exchanged contact information, promising to be in touch with one another beyond the summer camp period.

The river cruise down the Li River was a highly anticipated event. Being the most picturesque location with the famous quote, ‘桂林山水甲天下,阳朔山水甲桂林’, all the students and chaperon teachers boarded the boat early in the morning. The sporadic showers did not damp their excitement one bit. Once the boat left the dock, each one climbed up to the top deck with unrestricted view, shooting away with their camera, iPads and iPhones. The exclamation cries marked their excitement around each bend when a new scene appeared in front. Even when the drizzles turned into a downpour could not deter them to seek shelter down below. The 3 hour long cruise was over in a split second, the group disembarked the boat to another unforgettable experience. As they walked past the narrow streets and alleys in downtown Yangshuo city, which are lined with galleries, boutiques, and arts and crafts shops, their eyes were treated for a feast of vibrant colors, intricate designs and aromatic fragrances. They sampled the local foods, tried on local indigenous outfits, tested the local music instruments; all the while, they marveled the karst mountains nearby, not being to put away their camera for every angle of the natural beauty.

cbcamp15_5cbcamp15_6Al final del programa en Guilin, todos los estudiantes estaban decepcionados de dejar ese paraíso en la tierra. Todos crearon una conexión con los voluntarios de Universidad Normal de Guanxi, se enamoraron con el simple, relajado estilo de vida en Guilin, apreciaron las maravillas naturales que estaban por toda la ciudad, y se prometieron mutuamente que iban a volver tan rápido como late un corazón cada vez que se presente la oportunidad.

At the end of the program in Guilin, all the students were reluctant to leave this paradise on earth. They bonded tightly with the volunteers from Guanxi Normal University, they fell in love with the simple, laid back life style at Guilin, they appreciated the natural wonders all over in town, and they promised each other that they would come back in a heartbeat whenever the opportunity presented itself.

If there were any way to cheer these students up from departing Guilin, it would have been the scheduled activities for the last 3 days of the summer camp program in Beijing. Upon arrival, they went to visit the Forbidden City, the sheer size of the compound, and layers upon layers of palaces brought them back to hundreds of years ago when the emperors from both Ming and Qing Dynasty resided on site. They learned of the historical significance of the era while they tried to imagine themselves in that period. The climb on the Great Wall was a true test for their stamina and perseverance. Despite the heat and sweltering humidity, many students steadfastly made their way to the top of the Wall. On the way down, they proudly purchased memorabilia items to declare their accomplishment climbing to the highest point.

The Summer Camp program ended with a high note at the closing ceremony held on the last day. Students visiting each province came together with a magnificent performance showcasing what they had learned of the local theme and focus. With the thundering cheers coming from the 700 students and chaperon teachers, they waved their good byes to one another, pledging to keep in contact in the future.

Upon arrival back in San Diego, students were greeted warmly by their families. While they were happy to be back in their homeland, they became nostalgic of their stay in China. “Amazing! Unforgettable! Once in life time experience! Life Changing encounter!.” are the phrases they could utter to share with their loved ones welcoming them with open arms.See Less

 

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Managing Director of CISDSU Meets with Mr. Tom Hom

tomhommeetOn July 6th, 2015, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, met with Mr. San Diego, Tom Hom; Loretta Hom; and Mr. John Cleary; to discuss the distribution of Tom Hom's autobiography book, “Rabbit on a Bumpy Road.”

Confucius Institute had received a grant from the County of San Diego for promoting awareness for minorities in the bigger San Diego County region. This grant was the main funding resource for the purchase of Tom Hom’s autobiography. These books would be distributed among Confucius classroom schools, libraries at local universities and local schools.

 

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Teaching Experience and Challenges – Three Years at Central Elementary School

centralwangPart 1: A Good Beginning is Half the Battle: the First Tough Year

Hanban Teacher, Xiuqing Wang

07.04.2015

On Aug 24, 2012, as a Hanban Chinese teacher, Mrs. XiuQing Wang, who came from Qufu Normal University, arrived at Banning on time. She was chosen as an exchange teacher by Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. Though she expected to start working as soon as possible, the school had to postpone the class until it met its enrollment goal, She then realized that it was not easy to develop a new Chinese program in this school.See More

  1. 1. The First Step is Always Difficult: Attracting More Students
  2. Principal Young generously provided a short term accommodation for Mrs. Wang and helped her get used to the local life. It was a good opportunity for her to gain school information from Mr. Young, and get familiar with local and school culture. She discussed the new Chinese class with Mr. Young, making changes and adjustments on her syllabus. Finally, her Chinese curriculum was mapped out with the full support from the principal. Besides designing the class, students’ enrollment was another important issue. In order to win support from other teachers and attract more students, Mrs. Wang emailed all het colleagues in advance to introduce this program and showed her confidence in making this program a success. Through her effort, the registration was almost full, only four vacancies were left.

  3. 2. Receive recognition from students and parents: Overcoming difficulties
  4. How to attract more students and gain support from parents was another important question. She thought of a series of Chinese classroom rules to set up her class style. Besides, she applied some management skills from local teachers and classroom volunteers as well as Chinese elements. During her classroom teaching, Mrs. Wang became more experienced by applying class management, her instruction also improved, and students really enjoyed her class. At the same time, parents showed great support to her work. It showed that this Chinese class was officially on the right track.

  5. 3. Started an After-School Program: Increased Accessibility
  6. After the Chinese class was on the right track, Central Elementary School tried to explore more opportunities for students to learn Chinese. In order to provide students chances to explore Chinese and develop the program to a higher level, Central Elementary took another try. First, they started a “lunch break leisure time” for students to learn Chinese. Mrs. Wang would utilize her lunch time in the classroom three days a week to communicate better with the students. This option attracted many student, they came to the Chinese classroom during lunch time, dancing, singing Chinese songs , watching Chinese videos, and even writing Chinese on the blackboard. Mrs. Wang took this spare time as an effective way to strengthen her relationship with them. Moreover, it helped students learn more Chinese which could bring them a sense of pride.

    As the Chinese class operated successfully,the demand became bigger. More and more students became interested in Chinese language and Chinese culture. Some students hoped to spend more time in the Chinese class, while students who were not registered were asking to get enrolled. In order to satisfy the demand, Central Elementary School opened an after-school Chinese program on Wednesdays, in which 16 students registered. This after school program aimed to cultivate students’ interest in Chinese language and culture, the instruction focused on culture rather than language. Students would have outside activities, such as dancing, playing Taiji Fan which attracted attention from more people. In the following semester, they received some phone calls from parents asking about the enrollment for Chinese program. In order to match the pick up time for parents, they opened another after-school Chinese class on Thursday.

    The opening of the after-school program attracted many students and provided them a direct channel in learning Chinese. Here comes the next question, how they could keep students and expand the program?

    At first, the program was designed to give students interesting topics by implementing various game activities, and strengthen their Chinese knowledge through participation. Secondly, creating Chinese culture experiences for enjoyment included tasting Chinese cuisine, making dumplings, performing tea arts and tasting moon cakes. Students were very excited about these activities. In order to taste Mrs. Wang’s dumplings and tea, they must attend her Chinese class, a place where they wanted to stay forever! Although designing those activities took a great deal of hard work, it was always worth watching more students becoming interested in Chinese.

    Furthermore, Mrs. Wang's Mandarin class included many games and hands-on activities such dumping making, tea ceremony and moon cake tasting which helped her to interact with the students so they could get more engaged and interested in Chinese class. She also increased her office hours for the students as long as she was free so students could go to her classroom any time. When students visited her classroom, she introduced the background and meaning of the decorating items she put on the wall and was opened to any topics related to Chinese culture, cuisine, etc. The goal of doing this was to let students feel like the Chinese classroom is their second home.

  7. 4. Community Involvement: Being a Member of the Family
  8. As the saying goes, “Two heads are better than one”. Working alone always makes it harder to succeed. In order to improve the Chinese program, it is important for a Chinese teacher to get involved. Mrs. Wang participated in many school activities, which helped her to quickly become one of the school members. Students and staffs in the school also gave her warm welcome. She actively joined the staff meetings, mentioned that she could work for extra service hours. Sometimes she would open the gate for parents, or held the “STOP” sign to help students and parents cross the traffic road. By doing so, she was likely to present herself in front of parents, students will say “hi” to her in Chinese, which made her very proud.

    She was an active participant in the school’s Mexican Festival and passionate supporter in Spanish teachers’ class. Her indigent work made her become a family member in school. At the same time, she joined many personal parties to strengthen her relationship with her colleagues, who were very important for her in promoting the Chinese program.

  9. 5. Spring Festival Gala: Expanding Influence
  10. In order to have more people know the Chinese program, Mrs. Wang decided to host a Spring Evening Gala in school during the Chinese Spring Festival with full support from school principal. She mobilized other teachers and provided extra practice to students. With the joint efforts from all participants and support from the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, the evening gala was a great success. It attracted attention from parents, students and even the school district. They were so interested in consulting Chinese class and the after-school program, many parents wanted to have their children enrolled in the Chinese class. The school principal was so happy, he even spent 2000 dollars buying a Smartboard (The Chinese classroom was the only classroom without Smartboard, Mrs. Wang once asked for it, but the principal turn down her request), and honored Mrs. Wang the Outstanding Teacher Award.

    The first year in Banning was a great adventure for Mrs. Wang. With the support from the principal and staff, the interest from parents and students, she experienced her new teaching life in Banning, with happiness, puzzlement, frustration and challenges. By gradually adapting to the new environment, she was happy to witness the seed of the Chinese program grow in Central Elementary.

Part 2: The Second Year — Like a boat sailing against the wave, Mrs. Wang must forge ahead to Advance

  1. 1. Retaining Students
  2. In Mrs. Wang’s second year, a new principal—Mr. Charvez came to Central elementary. How to get further support from the new principal and make the Chinese class a sustainable program become her major focus in her second year.

    Because of the positive feedback from parents towards Chinese program, as well as the effective coordination from Mrs. Wang, Mr. Charvez expressed his unconditional support to this program. He went to Chinese class and said “Nihao” to students, and also participated in the Chinese Spring Festival Gala. His actions showed his support, which helped Mrs. Wang in promoting her work.

    Teachers’ active participation is the key to the development of the Chinese program. Due to the big success of the Chinese program in the first year, this year the program became very popular. Compared to first year’s “marketing strategy”, this year’s Chinese class attracted great attention. Many teachers discussed about Chinese class time allocation, some teachers even made appointment with Mrs. Wang in order to have her class enrolled. It was not surprised that Mrs. Wang’s classes were completed full!

    It is vital to keep students’ interest. Mrs. Wang took a long shot in designing her curriculum, which attracted students by its eastern-western combined teaching method. Meanwhile, they designed the material in a long-term perspective to make the program sustainable. Ensuring students reach a certain level after learning for certain time was the key to maintain their interest.

  3. 2.The popular Chinese after school program attracted more students: coexistence of the challenge and opportunity.
  4. Because of the success of first year, the after-school program enrolled more than 100 students in second year. Parents were keen to register for their kids. Under such a huge demand, there came new challenges: delay of picking up students; unsafety in school area where there was a gun shot. Meanwhile, the over-sized class with students with different proficiency levels made teacher hard to manage, however, all the problems were solved after negotiating with the school and parents.

  5. 3. Creating New Opportunities: Promoting Chinese program
  6. Besides classroom teaching, the Chinese teacher was also required to actively promote the Chinese program. For example, Mrs. Wang connected other schools in the same district, together with support from Mrs. Anne Chu and Professor Wei Lu from the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, to promote the Chinese program. They discussed starting more Chinese classes in the future. Mrs. Wang also offered to be the volunteer in the University of Redlands teaching students TaiJi Fan and Chinese songs, and also organized several Chinese culture activities. Because their work brought community influence, they planned to cooperate with a university in China and apply for Hanban to build a Confucius Institute. Mrs. Wang was also invited to another district to participate in the foreign language meeting to give speech about introducing and promoting Chinese program. She received advice for her speehc from leaders in Confucius Institute, which attracted intensive attention.

  7. 4. After Spring Festival Evening Gala: The voice of China should spread further.
  8. The big success of Spring Festival Gala in first year has brought attention and impact. When the second Chinese New Year was around the corner, Mrs. Wang decided to take this stage again as a presentation to China, and its culture and new image. Besides keeping the original chorus performance, they added a mini stage play, teacher dancing, etc. A Taji Fan and Chinese Qipao show were reserved for Central Elementary. Taji Fan was played by students in the after-school program; they put great effort in practice. “If we cannot play well, Mrs. Wang will not give us a chance next year.” They said. This sense of crisis came from their love for Chinese class. However, the biggest problem for the show was the costume preparation. Mrs. Wang tried her best with support from Confucius Institute in SDSU and the local Chinese community, and finally they borrowed all the dresses for the show. Parents, community staffs and leaders were invited to join the gala, which was a great success. The students were very excited for the success; district leaders and parents expressed their sincere appreciation; other teachers showed recognition of her hard work. The local media provided coverage to this activity and helped more people understand the Chinese program that arouse their interest in the activity for next year. By the audience’s demand, Mrs. Wang planed four performances this time, every time was a full house. In order to create more opportunities and make it a sustainability program, students gave another performance at another school in the district, which won the praise and appreciation from all the audience. The principal in that school was also interested in opening a Chinese program.

    The Chinese program in the second year was a new challenge. Mrs. Wang believes that “if you don’t advance, you will recede.” So they worked hard to build the Chinese program to a higher stage and a larger scale. Thus, Mrs. Wang was rewarded the “Outstanding Teacher” by the principal.

Part 3. Nothing is Impossible: Bold Exploration in the Third Year.

  1. 1. New Principal, Chances, and Challenges
  2. In Mrs. Wang’s third year teaching, a new principal Ms. Marcia Cole became the new principal in Central Elementary. It would be a big challenge for the growing Chinese program under the rapid change of principals. Because of the positive feedback from parents, and Mrs. Wang’s active negotiation, Ms. Cole expressed her support to the development of the Chinese program in every aspects. She always focused on the program, especially when there were some challenges in the after-school program, Ms. Cole would join the group to discuss better ideas. In the Chinese culture activities, she also participated to show her support. In the Confucius Institute Day, she went to tasting of dumplings and teas. In the New Year’s party, she presented the silk robe, joined the students’ yang-ko dance and even wore the Qipao dress in the Qipao show. Ms. Cole definitely had an important role in the developing of the Chinese program.

  3. 2. Becoming Better: Creating more Opportunities
  4. In the third year, the Chinese program in Central Elementary was already a great success. All the Chinese classes were full, more than a hundred students were enrolled in the after-school program. Students, parents and staffs have strong interest in this program. The school could accomplish more to make it a better program.

    1. 1. Parent Companions: A win-win Chinese Classroom

      In order to expand the influence of the Chinese language, and in consideration of the interest from parents, the Central Elementary after-school program started the “Learning Chinese with My Kids” activity. Parents were actively involved with their children, seating straightly behind the desk and participated in different class activities. It helped children arouse their interests and promote the Chinese program.

    2. 2. Mrs. Wang’s On Call Work: Making Chinese Culture a Part of your Life

      When more and more students were interested in Chinese learning, Mrs. Wang made a decision: she was on call. Whenever they needed her, she would show up as long as she was available. Especially during the Spring Evening Gala, making appointments with Mrs. Wang by other teachers was important to provide advice for the participating students. Aside from her own class in the afternoon, Mrs. Wang was busy in assisting in different classes in the morning. The feeling of being needed, accepted and welcomed was the best proof of Central Elementary Schools’ attitude towards the Chinese program.

    3. 3. Across the Sea in a Little Bag: The Bridge between Chinese and American Students

      “Apply what you learn” is the direct motivation in learning a language and culture. How to teach the students using their Chinese language and cultural knowledge in their real life? The “Overseas Little Bag” program aims to make this plan come true. In the second semester of 2015, with support from the principal and other teachers, Mrs. Wang connected with friends from China to begin this win-win program. Students in both China and America can write a letter to each other using the recipient’s language to introduce their school and life. They can in write in both languages and put the letter in a little bag with some local souvenirs like pencils and erasers. Currently they are busy preparing this program. This direct channel not only improves their interest in another culture, but also provides a stage to learn from each other. It helps to foster their strong pride and curiosity, and increase the mutual understanding between students (even parents).At the same time, the program facilities the grand development of the Chinese program in Central Elementary.

  5. 3.Great Achievements in Three Years: a Bigger Spring Festival Evening Gala
  6. Since the great success of the Spring Festival Evening Gala for the past two years, this celebration has become a traditional festival in this school and community. Different from previous years, teachers, students and parents would ask for the preparation work before the Chinese New Year, they are so keen to become the participants. In the first year, Mrs. Wang asked all the teachers whether they wanted to join the evening gala, however only six people were willing to participate the Qipao Show; Same as first year, in the second year she used the same way to invite thirteen teachers; While in the third year, twenty five people wanted to join the show, including almost all of the teachers, secretary, nurses and counselors. Even the Director of Foreign Language Department was passionate to join. Besides teacher participants, there were more than thirty students performers, parents actively consulted purchasing costumes and headdresses, some parents also wanted to perform in the show. This year’s performing list included a chorus by 22 classes, teachers dance, students dance, Taiji Fan performance and the Chinese costumes show. After two months of preparation, this Spring Festival Evening Gala was presented on the stage. Parents, the districts’ superintendent, members of school board, local media, and leaders of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University were invited to enjoy the Evening Gala. Impressed by the overwhelming success, many members of the audience were moved to tears. Parents and teachers wrote to express their appreciation and love for Chinese culture; local media also gave reports on this activity. The success made by Central Elementary greatly arouses people’s interest in China and Chinese culture, and made this program a pride to this community.

Summary

centralwangIn this small desert town with few Asian population, it has been the fourth year for Confucius Classroom in Banning Central Elementary with support from Hanban and CISDSU, and hard work by the two Chinese teachers. During the four years, the two Chinese teachers showed great responsibility working in the school. They stood together to face challenges and make this program “ sustainable”, “ accessible” and “ promising”. By their great effort, this program would proudly grow in the land of Banning to embrace its bright future.See Less

 

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SDSU IVC Hosts Annual Chinese Summer Camp

June 15-26 '15 SDSU IVC Chinese Summer Camp

On June 26, 2015, The Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus (CI at SDSU IVC) held the closing ceremony for the annual Chinese summer camp. Xiaofang Shao, an experienced Chinese teacher at SDSU IVC, organized this two week Chinese summer camp from June 15th to June 26th to provide an environment for students to learn Chinese continually during the summer break.

Students not only learned Chinese by taking Chinese class every day, but also were exposed to many cultural activities such as paper cutting, Chinese calligraphy, painting, and learning Chinese songs. On the final day of summer camp, the Dean of IVC, David E. Pearson; Director of Student Affairs, Miriam C. Castañón; and students’ parents were invited to the closing ceremony, held at the Art Gallery of SDSU IVC where students performed four Chinese songs and one Chinese comic dialogue for the audience audience. Dean Pearson was highly impressed with the fluency of the students’ Chinese speaking and learning abilities learned in just two weeks. All students received a certificate of achievement for excellent participation and performance in this year's Chinese summer program by Miriam C. Castañón.

At the end of the summer camp, students and parents expressed their gratitude to Xiaofang Shao and volunteers, and wished for a more extraordinary program for next year. In order to show appreciation to Xiaofang’s hard-work and accomplishments at SDSU IVC, Xiaofang received an appreciation certificate from Miriam on behalf of SDSU IVC.

 

 

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Making Connections: CI at SDSU Hosted Confucius Forum

June 17 '15 Making Connections Banquet for CC Schools

On June 17, 2015, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University hosted 2015 Confucius Classroom Forum and unveiling ceremony for the newly approved Confucius Classroom schools. The Forum was held at Chef Chin’s restaurant. Principals, teachers and educators from different school districts were invited to attend.

CI/SDSU Project Manager, Anne Chu, first presented a brief introduction of the history and missions of Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban and CI/SDSU; she also stated the goals and future projects that CI/SDSU had envisioned. Some of the invited principals spoke about the successful development of Mandarin program at their respective school site under the Confucius Classroom accreditation. Many educators were deeply appreciative of the efforts and supports from CISDSU during these years. See More

Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, presented a Confucius Classroom Plaque to the principals from each of the four schools, including Pacific Beach Middle School, e3 Civic High school, San Diego High School and Fletcher Elementary School. All the guests congratulated the four principals on receiving the Confucius Classroom Plaque.

Following the unveiling ceremony, the Forum focused on the connections and collaboration between CI/SDSU and CC schools with engaging discussions among the guests. Many educators were strongly interested in the various school activities and different Chinese programs created by CI/SDSU, some principals inquired about further collaboration with CI/SDSU to enhance the existing Chinese programs.

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San Diego County Fair Silk Road Fashion Show

June 14 '15 San Diego County Fair Silk Road Fashion Show

On June 14th, 2015, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University participated on San Diego’s County Fair 2015 Asian Festival at Del Mar Grounds. Melissa Mecjia, reporter for 10News, acted as emcee of the Asian Festival. This is was the first Asian Festival ever held at the San Diego County Fair; there were various cultural performances representing different countries in Asia such as China, Korea, India, Japan, the Philippines and many more. See More

The Asian Festival started off with a few words from Chris Cate, councilman for district six, thanking audience for being present at the festival and everyone who was behind making the festival possible. Afterward, Three Treasures Cultural Arts Center performed a traditional Chinese Lion Dance and the magnificent performances began. Among the performances there were Philippine folk dances, Japanese Taiko drum performances, Chinese martial art performances, Polynesian dances, and other musical performances.

The Confucius Institute at SDSU performed a Silk Road Fashion Show. Staff and volunteers from CI/SDSU modeled elegant and gorgeous Chinese outfits, such as minority’s outfits and silk dresses from different dynasties; they also carried Chinese auspicious items, as they walked on stage. During the performance, the Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng gave a vivid explanation of each of the outfits and items that the models carried. She explained the history and cultural background, as well as the embroidery of each gown. The audience was left in awe by each the beautiful gowns that were being modeled. CI staff also gave Chinese knots to the audience during the fashion show as a small gift. This fashion show allowed the audience to have a better understanding of Chinese culture and traditional customs.

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2015 Barnard Asian-Pacific Heritage Field Day

June 10 '15 Field Day at Barnard

On June 10th, 2015, Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy hosted the annual Asian Pacific Heritage Field Day. Confucius Institute at San Diego State University participated to introduce traditional Chinese outdoor activities to kids and faculty at Barnard. There were a total of 14 stations with different activities, such as Taiko Drumming and gymnastics. Each group of students stayed at a station for 15 minutes before moving to the next station.See More

At the station for Chinese culture, staff and volunteers from Confucius Institute introduced Chinese yoyos, kites and shuttlecocks to each student stopping by. Students learned the skill from CI staff first before they engaged in flying a kite, spinning the Chinese yoyo, or kicking the shuttlecock.

All the children enjoyed the activities provided so much that they did not want to leave CI’s booth at the end of each period. Students and faculty at Barnard not only learned how to play the traditional Chinese outdoor activities, but they also learned the cultural background and the long history behind each activity. See Less

 

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MAY

 

SDSU Shanghai Summer Program 2015

May 30 - June 14 '15 Shanghai Summer Program 2015

From May 30th to June 14th, 2015, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University coordinator, Jonathan Lee, led a group of 19 students on a two week short term study abroad program to Shanghai, China. The students attended classes on Chinese culture, history, and business practices in China while also having the opportunity to explore different parts of Shanghai and Hanzhou. See More

Confucius Institute infused elements of Confucius’s Six Arts into the curriculum to engage the students in understanding Chinese historical culture. Activities of the six arts included: 礼, Tea drinking, 乐, listening to the guqing; 射, seeing Taiqi; 御, learning from Dr. Li, a guasha expert; 书, learning Chinese Calligraphy; and 数, learning to count in Chinese. Other activities included a tour of the Huangpu River, visiting Zhouzhuang, and a visit to the West Lake in Hangzhou.

This two week program was just a glimpse of one of the largest countries in the world. At the end of the program, the students expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to experience such a wonderful city and relayed their desires to return again in the future.See Less

 

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CI at SDSU Participates at the D6 Night Market

May 30 '15 D6 Night Market

On May 30th, 2015, staff and volunteers from Confucius Institute at San Diego State University attended the D6 night market, named after the San Diego’s City Council District 6, held in the Mira Mesa Community Park. This year’s night market featured a large variety of mouth-watering traditional and exotic foods and beverages, as well as exciting live contemporary entertainment, and cultural programs for all ages.See More

The Confucius Institute at San Diego State University set up a booth to promote and introduce Chinese cultural and traditional Chinese cultural artifacts; such as Chinese knots and hand-made paper lanterns for visitors to look at and learn their meaning in Chinese culture. In addition, the Tian Dee Panda Series teaching materials were a great hit. The Panda hat attracted many kids, and the supply of hats ran out soon after the event started. The Chinese yoyo was one of the most popular items displayed. Both adults and youth were amazed that although the Chinese yoyo looks like a "traditional" yoyo, it has even more tricks once it is mastered by the player. CI staff would also write Chinese names and explained the traditions and customs of the names with each visitor that stopped by CI booth. CI staff excitedly shared the mission, goal and progress of CI/SDSU with these residents and tourists.

The 2015 D6 night market at Mira Mesa Community Park was a great success. During the event, Kevin Faulconer, the 36th Mayor of San Diego, has also visited the CI booth to support the event. Tons of people came to night market. They not only did they enjoy exotic and delicious food, but they also experienced different cultures by visiting the Village of Neighborhoods section.See Less

 

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Confucius Institute attended 2nd We Chinese in America Chinese Youth Festival

May 23 '15 We Chinese at Poway PAC Barnard and Riverview Perfomances

On Saturday, May 23th, 2015, in celebration of Mother's Day and Asian Heritage Month, the Second American Chinese Youth Arts Festival was hosted by Friends of We Chinese magazine, a magazine promoting Chinese culture in San Diego, at Poway Performing Arts Center. The show included dancing, singing, martial arts, recitals, short plays, speeches, and drawings, performed by talented youngsters from elementary, middle, and high school. See More

The highlights of the show included two outstanding performances by students from Confucius Classroom schools affiliated with Confucius Institute at San Diego University. Eddie Kapelczak and Leah Markworth acted as two of four co-emcees for the program, they each won 1st place in the Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Competition held by Confucius Institute at San Diego University for middle/high school group and elementary school group respectively. The audience was amazed by the fluent Mandarin speech they commanded. The second highlight was 2 shows performed by students from two distinguished Confucius Classroom schools; Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy and Riverview Elementary and International Academy. Barnard students performed a song and dance, ‘Jing Wu Men’, while Riverview Elementary performed to the song, ‘Zhong Guo Hua’. These two songs were very popular among Chinese people; even though the lyrics were difficult to memorize, the students performed stunningly. The students’ performances and showmanship won rounds of applause from the audience.

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Confucius Institute at SDSU hosted the 2015 “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Language Proficiency Preliminary Competition

May 15 '15 Chinese Bridge Preliminary Proficiency Competition

On May 15, 2015, the Preliminary Contest of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for the U.S. Southwest region was held at the Mission Bay High School Auditorium. The contest was sponsored by the Chinese General Consulate Office in Los Angeles, and hosted by the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. Weiheng Chen from the Chinese General Consulate Office in Los Angeles came to support this program; he was also invited to serve as a judge for the competition. Dr. Lilly Cheng, managing Director of CI at SDSU, served as the emcee for the program. Other members of the judging panel included Consultant/Founder & President of Takaroa Corporation Ethan Devine, experienced Chinese teacher Professor Kiaus Hornell, Chinese Taichi teacher Ms. ShaoFang Lu, Co-Director of the Confucius Institute at SDSU Professor Wei Lu, Mr. Lambert Ninteman and Mr. Jeff Kaemmerling.See More

Sixty-six contestants hailing from elementary, middle and high schools in southern California, New Mexico and Arizona participated in this contest. The contest consisted of three parts: a speech, a quiz on Chinese culture and history, and a talent performance. The speech topic for K-6 students was “A Chinese person that I know” and “My favorite place in China”; and for the 7-12 students, the topic was “My Chinese dream” and “The funniest mistake I have made while learning Chinese”. Students were well-prepared for the topic, gave their best performance during their speeches and maintained great composure onstage. During the talent performance as well as the quiz on Chinese culture and history, each student showed their level of Chinese proficiency and knowledge of Chinese history and geography; they also displayed their special talents—including an instrumental solo, dancing, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese Kungfu, poem recitation, etc. The students’ Chinese level and unique talents deeply impressed both judges and audience.

After an intense competition, the top five winners from the K-5 grade section were from Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy and Riverview Elementary and International Academy, which are Confucius Classrooms of the Confucius Institute. The top three places from the 6–12 grade section went to Edmund Kapelczak from Point Loma High school, Ezra Ennis-Fink from Murray Manor, and Jessica Seng from Accelerated Learning Laboratory in Arizona. All judges were impressed with the students’ excellent performance and talent; they also shed some light on the students’ weakness and advised them on what they could do to improve their Chinese speaking and learning.

This competition not only shows the great outcome of Confucius Institute’s Chinese culture and language promotion, but also stimulates students to explore their Chinese learning and talent development. Finally, the contest was a huge success thanks to the support of the following individuals and organizations: Chinese teachers, parents, school officials, and the San Diego County Office of Education, as well as the intensive planning by the staff members and volunteers of Confucius Institute at SDSU.See Less

 

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The Confucius Institute at SDSU participates at the Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

May 09 '15 Asian Cultural Festival 2015

On Saturday, May 9th, 2015, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University participated at the annual Asian Cultural Festival held at Mira Mesa Community Park. Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego aims to connect the community with the richly diverse and complex Asian ethnicities.

As an exhibitor, the booth of CI/SDSU was filled with Chinese cultural artifacts to showcase many traditional Chinese decorations, such as Chinese knots for all occasions; traditional toys, like Chinese yo-yo’s and kites; also teaching materials from ‘Tian Di Panda Series’. CI members also provided face painting for children and traditional calligraphy demonstrations to offer visitors their own Chinese name written in Chinese.See More

The entertainment programs throughout the day included various dancing performances and food tasting from all ethnic group in Asia, and culture presentations. Students from two Confucius Classroom schools affiliated with CI/SDSU, Riverview Elementary and International Academy and Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, brought wonderful shows featuring the richness and diversity in Chinese culture for the audience to enjoy.

Many visitors stopping by CI/SDSU booth were impressed to learn of the missions and accomplishments of CI/SDSU. They were proud that CI/SDSU acted as lighthouse beaconing the path for better understanding and tolerance of diverse culture fusion in the local community. See Less

 

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APRIL

 

CI/SDSU Managing Director Attended San Diego Panama Sister City Association Event

sdpanamaOn April 23, 2015, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, was invited to the celebration of the San Diego and Panama City Sister City Connection event held at San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. The event was hosted by San Diego International Sister City Association and House of Panama.

The event was attended by a large crowd including San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Assembly member Toni Atkins and many others.

 

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Scott Peters Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

“Hi, I’m Congressman Scott Peters, representing California’s 52nd District here in Congress.

The Asian Pacific American community’s story has been an essential piece of San Diego’s diverse cultural history. Given the important role Asian Pacific Americans play in San Diego County I hope you will join me this May in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. From helping to build our nation’s Transcontinental Railroad, to serving bravely in our nation’s armed forces, and starting millions of small businesses that are the engine of our economy, Asian Pacific Americans have helped grow San Diego and our nation.

It is an honor to represent this community in Congress and to engage with so many of you at cultural events across San Diego, and hear your goals and ideas for Congress. When I arrived in Washington I joined the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus to best advocate for your interests, and have the most complete information possible regarding your community. This May, I look forward to celebrating Asian Pacific American heritage and I hope you will join me!

Please keep in touch with me by liking my page on Facebook or following me on Twitter at Rep Scott Peters. I love hearing ideas from constituents on how to make government better.”

 

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CHEI Exchange Students Visit CISDSU

cheiexchangeOn April 15th, 2015, Professor Ivan Chen of Heilongjiang Polytechnic and Professor Katy Xu of Guangdong Shunde Polytechnic were warmly greeted by the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. The main purpose of their visit is to learn about the functions of the Confucius Institute at SDSU. Discussions focused on the methods of infusing Chinese culture and Confucianism into the curriculum of their respective training programs in Harbin and Guangdong.

 

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Confucius Institute at Miami University in Oxford Ohio visited CISDSU

April 14 '15 Confucius Institute at Miami University Visits CISDSU

On April 14, 2015, Dr. Chen Zhao, Director of Confucius Institute at Miami University, Oxford; Dr. Chiao Cheng, Hanban teacher; Dr. Guanglin Tian, Director of History, Culture and Tourism School of Liaoning Normal University; and Dr. Yuchang Han, Ph.D supervisor of Educational Physiology department, paid a visit to Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. The four guests were warmly greeted by Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng and Co-director, Professor Wei Lu. Dr. Cheng and Professor Lu gave a detailed introduction of CI/SDSU and shared photos and videos of their institute’s most recent activities. Further discussions ensued regarding the establishment and operation status of their Confucius classrooms. See More

Dr. Yuchang Han and Dr. Guanglin Tian from Liaoning Normal University were invited as guest lecturers in an SDSU classroom titled Jade in China: the Discovery of History, Utility and Value. The lecture focused on investigating the mystery of sacred jade in Chinese culture in the past thousand years, how it changed, and current value of jade. Students were highly interested in the lecture on jade and raised many questions. When the lecture was complete, the students left with knowledge on yet another aspect of China’s rich history.

On April 15th, accompanied by coordinator Yueying Zhan, Dr. Yuchang Han and Dr. Guanglin Tian visited on of CI/SDSU’s Confucius Classrooms, Riverview International Academy, and met with RIA’s project coordinator, Grace Cox. They discussed deeply on the daily operations of Confucius Classroom, student admission, management of volunteers, and the use of Chinese textbooks. Dr. Han and Dr. Tian also had conversation with two fifth grade students in the Chinese immersion program. The professors were highly impressed with the fluency of the student’s Chinese speaking and hearing abilities. See Less

 

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CI/SDSU attend Taste of the Valley Scholarship Fundraising Event

April 10 '15 Taste of the Valley 2015

On April 10th, 2015, San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus hosted the second Annual “Taste of the Valley” Scholarship Fundraise Event. More than 20 local restaurants and vendors participated to show their support. By the invitation from Dean David E. Pearson, Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, graciously donated 2 Chinese figurines from her personal collection as prizes for the Fund Raise Gala; Project Manager, Anne Chu, along with fellow CI staff members, not only attended the event, but took on volunteer work assignment during the evening to show their support for the good cause of the event. Hanban teacher who was assigned at IVC campus for the Mandarin program, Xiao Feng Shao made chilled Jasmine green tea, serving a crowd of more than 300 people in the warm desert setting.

At 6:00 PM, as crowd started pouring in the tastefully adorned IVC campus, food vendors promptly displayed their finest feature items, the evening program officially began. On the stage, there were wonderful performances to keep everyone entertained; including singing, heart-pumping flamenco dances, and magic show. Mostly noteworthy was the live auction which attracted all the attention at night. Many guests made generous contributions to the event, which main focus was to support the scholarship program for IVC students, providing opportunities for students to further studies, and to promote advanced education at the Greater Imperial Valley Region.

 

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Deputy Premier of Bahrain receives San Diego State University Delegation

bahrainManama - On April 05, 2015, Deputy Premier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa received the wife of the former US Ambassador to Bahrain and its Honorary Consul-General in California Dr. Charles Hostler, the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University in California Dr. Paul Wong and their accompanying delegation.

The Deputy Premier lauded the scientific and diplomatic achievements of the late Dr. Hostler. He also praised the studies and research conducted on international and strategic affairs by the Charles Hostler Institute of World Affairs at San Diego State University. The delegation said they were looking forward to boosting joint cooperation in scientific fields and exchanging expertise with the University of Bahrain.

 

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MARCH

 

My Impression of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University

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My name is Fang Liu, a Chinese teacher at Singapore Catholic High School in Singapore. It was my honor to receive an invitation to visit Confucius Institute at San Diego State University from early January to mid-March, 2015. During my stay, I had observed the daily operation of CI/SDSU office; participated in Chinese New Year celebration events, visited Confucius Classroom School at Riverview Elementary and International Academy, Pacific Beach Middle School, and E3 Civic High School and joined in their class activities. I was delighted to have gained invaluable experience along the way.See More

I have heard of the reputation of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University for a long while. After its establishment in 2009, CISDSU has been awarded “Confucius Institute of the Year” from Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban in2010; and won the accreditation of “Partner Confucius Institute of the Year” from Xiamen University in 2013. After observing the work environment at CI/SDSU, I realized that their success was only achieved from the relentless endeavor and cohesive team spirit from every member in the office.

The team of CI/SDSU strives for perfection and optimal efficiency. Their mission –“providing a high-quality medium for local people to learn Chinese language and Chinese culture; enhance the structure of Chinese language teaching in K – 12 education system in the community, and offering professional development trainings for Mandarin teachers.” Further impacts more and more schools in the Greater San Diego area, reaching far beyond to Los Angeles and other neighboring counties in promoting Chinese learning and Chinese culture programs.

The leaders of CI/SDSU has great visions for the future, their relentless endeavor brings forth the continual expansion of more Confucius Classroom sites, offering support and assistance to the programs promoting Chinese language and culture teaching in US – Mexico bordering region.

CI/SDSU encourages each team member to strive for perfection in the promotion of Chinese teaching and Chinese culture. CI/SDSU provides teaching materials and other resources constantly to support all the Confucius classroom sites in San Diego County and neighboring regions.

reflectliufang_1Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, is always enthusiastic, passionate and energetic at her work. She visited places and devoted her efforts in the development of the institute. Meanwhile, she is also a strong advocate in the construction of curriculums with new concepts and contents. I had the pleasure to attend one of the teachers training workshops organized by CI/SDSU. In Dr. Cheng’s speech, she outlined the syndromes of children with special needs. Dr. Lilly Cheng encouraged teachers in the audience to make effort in reaching their ideal realm — Do your best to construct a better study environment for human beings. Caring children with special needs in sympathy. Teachers also must consider methods most suitable and effective to teach students based on their aptitude.

Professor Wei Lu, Co-Director of CI/SDSU, is a meticulous and learned scholar with profound knowledge in professional teacher trainings. I attended his lecture for the preparation of California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET), I had gained useful knowledge from it. The lecture contents were applicable and well-arranged. He is also a skillful lecturer with plentiful excellent quotes and examples applied from his years of teachings, which not only were easy for teachers to understand, but easily adaptable in their own classroom practice in the future. He truly had set an exemplary model for all teachers to follow.

Project Manager, Anne Chu, at CI/SDSU is in charge of the daily administration in the office. She is earnest and adverts to every detail in her work. Under her management, every staff in CI/SDSU works with each other as a great team to carry out the activities dutifully. During the Chinese Lunar New Year, CI/SDSU had held many remarkable events; each one was planned out attentively. I was specifically impressed by the preparation work of the teacher training workshop on March 01 organized by CI/SDSU. On such a rainy and windy day, I saw staff members and volunteers standing along the road to the meeting site, holding the umbrella and guiding teachers to the training hall. We were so touched by their dedication.

Hanban teachers and interns from China also had contributed greatly to the success of CI/SDSU. Every teacher was dedicated in their individual assignment; they designed attractive lesson plans with diverse classroom activities; trying their best to make American students be more interested in learning Chinese language and culture. Teacher Xiuqing Wang worked alone in a school with a high percentage of Hispanic students. She planned culture events by herself and called on parents and faculty members at school to join in at Chinese New Year celebrations, her efforts were paid off by a full house attendance from the community at the Chinese New Year show, allowing more people to learn about Chinese culture. I’m appreciative what those teachers have done.

CI/SDSU has achieved so much in merely its 6th year, I firmly believe these amazing people will continue making their strides and bring CI/SDSU to the highest stage.See Less

 

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2015 California Association for Bilingual Education Annual Conference

March 04-06 '15 CABE Conference

On March 4-7, 2015, Annual Conference of California Association for Bilingual Education was held at Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, California. The key focus of the conference was to provide a high-standard and professional interface platform accessible for school managers and educators of education organizations from kindergarten to college level, who were interested in multi-language and multicultural interactions.

With its commitment in promoting Chinese language and culture, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University participated in the exhibition with a booth display of teaching materials and correlated supplementary text materials from the “Tian Dee Panda series”. Many educators and teachers were impressed by and interested in the teaching props, made of bamboo, from the “Tian Dee Panda series”; they inquired the implementation of props to CI/SDSU staff members. Many left their contact information hoping to obtain further information of the series.

 

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2015 SDSU Teacher Training

March 01 '15 Teacher Training Workshop

On March 1st, 2015, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University held its 2015 SDSU Teacher Training Workshop at the Professional Studies and Fine Arts Building on SDSU campus. Over 50 teachers and educators were in attendance for the training program, including Hanban teacher/interns, local Chinese teachers, and faculty members of Confucius Classroom schools.

By special invitation from CI/SDSU and after being introduced by CI Project Manager Anne Chu, Fang Liu, the first keynote speaker, opened the day’s program with her introduction of the current education system in Singapore. Liu Laoshi illustrated the impact and effectiveness of English-Chinese bilingual teaching in Singapore. She reiterated how beneficial and impactful to have bilingual teachers in Singapore, and the positive influence they have in the class room. The teachers in attendance were captivated by the insightful and informative presentation given by Liu Laoshi.See More

After a short tea break, the teacher training continued with Zhang Qi’s presentation, ‘Teaching Chinese Characters with Dance moves’. Zhang Qi’s dance presentation demonstrated learning Chinese characters through stunning dance and body movements. Her elegant dance demo was well received; and all the teachers in attendance were deeply impressed. They all were eager to participate in a more extensive workshop in the future with Zhang so they could apply this unique theory in their own classroom.

sdsutt15The final presentation for the day was given by Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng. Dr. Cheng gave an in-depth presentation on children with special needs. In the presentation, she outlined urgently the multiple factors when making an optimal learning environment for children with special needs. Dr. Cheng talked about important aspects each teacher must consider when creating a receptive teaching environment, such as, family background, the child’s capability, intelligence, and special needs diversity. The audience was in awe by her in-depth knowledge and understanding of creating positive learning environments for special needs students.

This workshop offered a great opportunity for teachers to learn class activities; they also enjoyed the interactive session during lunch break; as well as knowledge and information they newly acquired to apply in classroom. They were able to network with one other to share their teaching experience. This event provided further professional development technique and knowledge for each Chinese teacher to enhance the advancement and quality of the Chinese program at Confucius Classroom schools.

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FEBRUARY

 

Make your mark, join me and the city of San Diego to waste no water.

请大家共同节约用水,尽一份社会责任。

 

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CI/SDSU Organized Chinese Medicine Theory Lectures

March 3 '15 Dr. Daozheng Li Gives Lecture at SDSU

From February 28 – March 06, 2015, upon the invitation from Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Li Daozheng, founder of Wenshatang Clinic at Shanghai, China, visited San Diego for his touring lecture in the theme of ancient Chinese medicine theory and practice. The four lectures of Dr. Li were at San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, E3 Civic High School, San Diego State University, and University of California San Diego.See More

The first speech of Dr. Li Daozheng in San Diego was hosted by San Diego Chinese Historical Museum on February 28. It was a full house event with people from all sectors of the community. Dr. Li began his speech with a brief introduction of ancient Chinese medicine therapy, especially about the scraping therapy, 刮痧. He also showed many of the challenging cases he had treated of patients who were no longer able to seek cures from western medicinal field. At the end of his speech, Dr. Li invited three volunteers to go on stage for his demonstration of traditional Chinese scraping therapy. They were Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng; a French lady with chronic headache; and another lady with poor eyesight. After a brief period of scraping, the symptoms of these three ladies had noticeably decreased. The audience was utterly amazed by this demonstration.

On March 2, 2015 Dr. Li visited E3 Civic High School in San Diego to address his lecture with 10th – 11th grade students in Mandarin class. Dr. Li presented a detailed history class of ancient Chinese medicine, and other related information of Chinese traditional Bian, also known as scraping, therapy. When Dr. Li asked for volunteers to come up for his demonstration, three students, each with knee injury, eye sight problem, and migraine respectively, came to the front for Dr. Li’s scraping treatment. Each student’s condition was significantly improved after a short period of scraping; the student whose knee had been swollen for more than 8 months after a sport-related injury saw the swollen joint shrunk and she was able to walk without pain immediately. Dr. Li further gave specific instruction on how to apply pressure at certain pressure points to the student with migraine, so he could continue to treat this symptom himself later on. The students were completely in awe by the seemingly magical result of the ancient Chinese medicinal therapy, they were eager to learn more of Chinese medicine. The speech at E3 Civic High School ended successfully with a round of applause from the students.

Dr. Li gave his speech at San Diego State University during a world religion class taught by Dr. Khaleel Mohammed. More than 100 college students and local community members attended this lecture class. Dr. Li introduced the theory and history of ancient Chinese medicine first, he then shared his experience of applying Chinese medicinal therapy to help treat patients with chronic illness and ailments. At the time of demonstration, the volunteers that came forward had sports-related injury, digestive disorder, and kidney dysfunction. After this demonstration and hearing the testament from these 3 volunteers, those students that were skeptical in the beginning about scraping theory all stood up for a standing ovation for Dr. Li for his expertise and as a special tribute to the wonders of ancient Chinese medicine theory. This lecture demystified the puzzles and skepticism most young American generation held of ancient Chinese medicine. Students crowded around Dr. Li even after the class was over, each was eager to reach Dr. Li with his/her own inquiry for an advice.

The last speech of Dr. Li was hosted by UCSD Moores Medical Center in San Diego. Dr. Li was the keynote presenter during a seminar, ‘An Update in Pain Treatment: From Tradition to Modern Techniques’; Dr. Eric Roeland’s address was of ‘The team approach to pain management’; Dr. Yi Jin who presented his experience in magnetic resonance therapy. Dr. Li shared his expertise of a unique fusion of traditional methods with which he had treated numerous patients with chronic illness, furthered medical theories, and solved cases that have vexed modern clinical medicine. Dr. Li demonstrated the scraping method on a lady who had suffered from migraine for years; her symptom was immediately decreased after Dr. Li’s treatment. Furthermore, Dr. Li also showed her how to treat herself if the symptom came back again. Dr. Li’s practice had attracted international media attention; his presentation at UCSD Moores Cancer Center was just another evidence on his belief that modern clinical medicine was not the cure, but the power of traditional Chinese medicine could work wonders for patients.

A special program promoting ancient Chinese medicine theory organized by Confucius Institute at SDSU ended at a high note after the lectures by Dr. Li at UCSD Moore Medical Center.

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CISDSU attend 2015 Chinese New Year Symphonic Concert

cnysymphonyIn the evening of February 26, 2015, a special 2015 Chinese New Year concert, performed by Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, took place at Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego downtown. Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra was invited by University of Stanford on this concert tour in California; San Diego was the last stop of their concert tour in the United States. Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng; Project Manager, Anne Chu; attend the event along with other staff members and Hanban Chinese teachers.

The concert started from the mild tempo of “Overture of Spring Festival”. Later, Chinese folk song “Dance of the Yao”, violin concerto “The Butterfly Lovers”, cello concerto “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, folk Songs Remix “Seasons in Taihang Mountains”, and pipa concerto “Silk Flying” were performed in the concert. Each piece brought the audience into the festive mood of Chinese New Year. For this performance, the organizer especially invited famous violinist Suli Xue; cellist Yao Zhao; and pipa solo performer Cong Zhao to join Shenzhen symphony Orchestra for a spectacular music ensemble, which was quite a feast for the ears for the audience. Everyone was immersed in the fabulous performances attentively; they could not help but sway with the music contently.

The concert ended on a high note with the marvelous pipa concerto performance. The climatic finale brought everyone to their feet, showering thunderous applause to the musicians.

 

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33rd Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Culture Fair

February 21-22 '15 CNY at Downtown San Diego

On February 21-22, 2015, organized by the San Diego Chinese Center (SDCC), the 33rd Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Culture Fair was held in Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego. Both the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University and the Confucius Classroom at Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy attended this 2 day cultural fair.See More

In addition to actively engaging in the planning of the Fair, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, also acted as the emcee of the shows. Confucius Institute staff members and volunteers set up a booth displaying different Chinese artifacts and Chinese customs; CI staff and volunteers were also busy writing Chinese names for fair attendees. Furthermore, they eagerly shared the mission, goal and progress of CI/SDSU with visitors, providing a great insight into how CI had supported many Chinese culture and Mandarin language learning programs in the local San Diego community in the past 5 years. Hundreds of fair patrons, students, and families stopped at the CI booth, and all were impressed with the vast cultural knowledge and professionalism from CI staff. They wholeheartedly expressed their appreciation and gratitude as they stepped away.

In addition, CI/SDSU had provided 2 performances on stage as part of the entertainment activities during the 2-day celebration. A tranquil, beautiful tea ceremony and calligraphy lesson was performed by students of Confucius Classroom at Riverview Elementary and International Academy lead by Mr. Cao, a master of Chinese calligraphy and the essence of Tea. An ensemble of the New Silk Road models, many of whom are CI staff members dressed in various styles of vibrant traditional Chinese silk outfits, introduced the traditions and customs of Chinese New Year to the audience. This show was such a hit with the crowd; as they not only admired the exquisite costumes, they also were thrilled to learn of the Chinese customs.

The San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Culture Fair was a great success in promoting Chinese language and culture. Additionally, SDCC seeks to increase the awareness of Asian communities in the San Diego Region. Many local media publicized diverse reports of the 2-day celebration. Over all, there were more than 25,000 tourists and local residents who came out to be a part of the 2015 San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Culture Fair.

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Fletcher Elementary School Celebrates the Chinese New Year

February 20 '15 Chinese Ne Year at Fletcher Elementary

On February 20, 2015, Fletcher elementary school, one of the 4 newly appointed Confucius classroom schools affiliated with Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, hosted its Chinese New Year celebration. More than three hundred people in the audience, including teachers, students, and parents were present anxiously waiting for the show to start. The campus was brimming with joy and happiness for the coming of the Year of Ram.See More

A variety of performances was provided for the celebration. After the amusing and crowd pleasing magic show, students from kindergarten to third grade Chinese immersion classrooms performed various Chinese New Year songs. The marvelous performance drew deafening applause from the audience. The second and third grade students gathered together to perform a Chinese classic story― ’12 Chinese Zodiac’. Students lively recounted the origin of the Chinese zodiac, with props made by students and their parents. Their fabulous performance, again, drew roaring applause from the crowd.

Staff members and volunteers of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University brought along a few entertainment programs; a Chinese song “New Year Festival at the Temple”, and a erhu solo, “Stallions galloping at Battlefield”. The show ended on a high note with a grand finale lion dance performance.

This event not only demonstrated the Chinese proficiency level of Fletcher elementary school students, but also presented the culture of Chinese New Year to parents and the community. It successfully raised the awareness of Fletcher Elementary School and Confucius Institute at San Diego State University within the local neighborhood.See Less

 

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CI/SDSU-IVC hosted Chinese New Year Celebration

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On February 19, 2015, Confucius Institute of San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus (CI/SDSU-IVC) hosted a celebration for Chinese New Year at the library on campus. The room was adorned with Chinese New Year decorations. Hanban teacher Xiaofang Shao recited a Chinese poem “Spring Festival”, correlated to the Chinese New Year, which set the tone of the evening program. In addition, she demonstrated Chinese New Year’s greetings and other related customs and tradition of Chinese New Year. Shao Laoshi also organized a Chinese costumes presentation, models dressed in exquisite outfits to feature various Chinese cultural items; which was quite a feast for the eyes for the audience. Their performance won bursts of applause from the crowd. All the guests gathered afterwards to enjoy a CCTV show and potluck dinner.See More

Many local merchants showed strong support to this event. Calexico Chinese grocery store provided exquisite props for the performances; local Chinese restaurants offered delicious authentic Chinese cuisine. Models participated in the Chinese costume show were students from SDSU-IVC, De Anza Middle School and other local Chinese communities. All walks of life in the vicinity communities including students, residents, and business owners were present to support this festive event.

Dean David Pearson of SDSU-IVC, and Associate Dean Michael Sabath both had brought along their wife to attend this event. They thoroughly enjoyed the entire program of the evening and gave high remark to all the shows. They also brought a big cake to express their best wishes for Chinese New Year. Director of Student Affairs, Ms. Miriam Castanon, took time out of her busy schedule to deliver her New Year greetings to all. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Chun, leader of local Chinese community, also attended the event.

CI/SDSU-IVC has received widespread recognition in Imperial Valley region for its contribution in promoting Chinese language and culture. The enrollment number of student in Chinese classes has increased dramatically since fall of 2014. Shao Laoshi held a year end party for her students to celebrate the completion of their semester class at December 2014. Both Dean David Pearson and Ms. Miriam attended the event to hand out certificates to those with outstanding achievements.

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CI/SDSU Participates at House of China Chinese New Year Day 2 Celebration in Balboa Park

February 15 '15 CNY at Balboa Park

On the afternoon of February 15, 2015, Confucius Institution at San Diego State University was invited to participate in the annual Chinese New Year celebration hosted by House of China in International Cottage in Balboa Park. CI/SDSU presented a Chinese culture show, “Silk Road to China” to hundreds of visitors who gathered around for this fabulous show.

In addition to the show presented by CI/SDSU, other programs included traditional Chinese cuisine sampling, Chinese calligraphy demonstration with giving visitors their Chinese names, a sing and dance show by the students of Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy. David Seid, President of the House of China, opened the celebration by inviting Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society on stage with its Lion Dance. Lion Dance, in Chinese tradition, has always been an act to bring in good luck and fortune for the new coming year. See More

The ‘Silk Road to China’ culture show was produced by CI/SDSU. Models, made up of staff members and volunteers from CI/SDSU office who were dressed in elaborate silk outfits in Chinese traditional fashion from various dynasties and from the diverse Chinese indigenous tribes of the Southwest region in China, came on stage, each carrying an item associated with the celebration of Chinese New Year. Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, provided explicit narration of popular customs and traditions of Chinese New Year celebration. Not only was the audience in awe from the intricate silk fabric, and the vibrant, colorful outfits, but they were intrigued by the symbolic meaning of each embroidered or quilted material. Many requested to take a photo with the models after the show to have a closer look at each outfit.

The final show performed by the students of Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy won praises from the audience as they were amazed by the fluent Mandarin proficiency demonstrated by these students.

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Chinese New Year Celebration Held at Seaworld San Diego

February 15 '15 CNY at Seaworld

On February 15, 2015, Confucius Institution at San Diego State University was invited to participate in the New Year celebration At SeaWorld San Diego. The theme park debuted a Lunar New Year celebration this year, featuring ethnic-themed performances from various Asian cultures. This is the first time for SeaWorld to launch a month long Asian culture based celebration. Thousands of visitors were attracted to the wonderful performances. Over twenty CI staff members and volunteers ascended to the stage in elegant and beautiful Chinese outfits, including Qipao, princess dress from Qing Dynasty, and different Chinese minority costumes. They were holding various Chinese New Year auspicious items in their hands to deliver the New Year greetings.See More

Qipao is the standard official Chinese outfit for women in modern world now. It’s usually made of elaborate silk garment, it shows off a lady’s most beautiful feature with its gorgeous tailoring. A Princess dress from Qing Dynasty represents Manzu clothes, which is delicate in the design and embroidery. Other outfits included Baizu and Yizu dresses, carrying the sense of classic and elegant, they are the shining treasures for Minorities in China.

During the show, Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng gave a vividly detailed narration. She introduced the features of those clothes and the cultural meaning behind each piece. She also interacted with the visitors with interesting riddles. The audience was so excited and actively involved into the activity, especially the young children. Each one, young or old, was excited to learn of the bits and pieces of Chinese culture, and to receive a prize with their correct answer to the quiz.

The Silk Road to China culture show put forth by CI/SDSU was a great culture experience for the audience while learning their knowledge for Chinese culture. At the end of the show, following Chinese New Year tradition, models sent small gifts and candies to the visitors for wishing them a prosperous new year.

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CI at SDSU Attended House of China: Year of the Ram Celebration and Open House

February 14 '15 CNY at Balboa Park Saturday

On the afternoon of February 14, 2015, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University was invited to participate in the Chinese New Year Celebration hosted by House of China in International Cottage in Balboa Park. CI/SDSU presented performances, including calligraphy demonstration, tea ceremony, Chinese poetry recitation, and singing. More than 200 people in the crowd was awed by the amazing shows.

Mr. Cao Zhang, a master of calligraphy and tea ceremony, presented calligraphy “茶禅一味”; he made fresh Oolong tea to the audience for a taste drink. Ms. Leah Markworth, a young student from Confucius Classroom at Riverview Elementary at International Academy, recited a Chinese Poem – The Ode of Mulan. People were impressed by her perfect Chinese pronunciation and performance. House of China also provided Chinese traditional cuisine, writing Chinese names for visitors, as well as other forms of entertainment.

 

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Central Elementary Celebrated the Chinese New Year

centralcny15In the month of February, as the days inched toward the Chinese Lunar New Year, the city of Banning, a small town in the Riverside County of California State, was in the heat of a joyous festive mood for celebration.

Confucius Classroom at Central Elementary school is located in the city of Banning. Hanban teacher, Xiuqing Wang, had begun to plan for the Chinese lunar New Year celebration event the month before. The students had practiced their own performance numbers daily; parents were busy shopping for authentic Chinese outfits and other materials for their children; and school faculty members were busy setting the stage for this event.See More

On February 12th, the celebration of Chinese lunar New Year formally began in the school’s auditorium. The stage was decorated with red paper-cut-outs that formed the Chinese character, “春”, which means “spring”; and red lanterns symbolizing abundance and happiness in the New Year. Every teacher was dressed in red; the entire theater was filled with an ambience of the joyful color of red.

The first number of the show was a typical Chinese folk dance performed by 4th grade students, along with their teacher and Principal Cole. Dancing to the rhythmic drumbeat, they swayed their red ribbons in unison. The audience was mesmerized.

Several performance ensued from different grades, all dressed in red outfits and singing Chinese songs together, including the popular “Find your friends”, ”Happy new year”, “Healthy life”, and “Counting Ducklings”, etc… Many parents made the long trip to Los Angeles just so that their children would be dressed in the traditional Chinese clothing, like Qi Pao and Chinese jackets. Their amazing performances won thunderous applause from the audience. Popular dances, like “Happy Chinese New Year” and “Little Apple”, were also the favorite numbers on stage.

The Tai ji fan dance is a highly sought after show in the Chinese New Year Festival at Central. Students fell in love with the Tai ji fan ever since Teacher Wang began teaching at Central in 2013. It has become the most requested performance of all students.

centralcny15_1Another favorite of the audience was the fashion show, the grand finale presentation of the Chinese New Year festival each year presented by students and teachers. This year was overwhelmingly popular, with 50 particiapnts in total modeling at the show. Ms. Wang briefed each volunteer model about the essence of Chinese traditional clothing; so they learned that their modeling was not simply a simple catwalk; rather, it was a show enriched with the spirits and symbolism of Chinese culture. The audience was charmed by their graceful movements, with the background music exerted from the most famous Chinese opera, “Liangzhu”.

All the students, teachers and faculty members gathered on the stage at the end of the show to express their Chinese New Year greetings to the audience; parents and other community members could not retain their emotion any longer; they all stood up, the room was filled with roaring applause. Many people went up to Ms .Wang to express their gratefulness of her dedication. They also hoped that there would be more Chinese activities in their community.

The Chinese New Year celebration at Central, emceed by Principal Cole, lasted 2 days. In order to perfect her own work, Principal Cole consulted with Ms. Wang many times prior to the show, making sure that she understood the elements of Chinese culture, and the meanings behind each Chinese New Year tradition. In addition, this festivity was fully supported by all the staff members, parents and community leaders. The local newspaper, ‘Record Gazette’ was on site for a news release.

This Chinese New Year celebration was a major factor in promoting the awareness and support for Chinese language and culture learning in this community. More and more parents are eagerly enrolling their children in the Mandarin program.

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CI/SDSU Hosted SDSU ‘Shanghai Summer Study Abroad Program’ Information Session

On February 11th, 2015, Office Manager of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Jonathan Lee, accompanied by CI Project Intern and previous Shanghai study abroad attendee Max Purdy, hosted an information session about the Shanghai Summer Study Program for a group of interested students at San Diego State University. The main purpose of this information session was to promote the Shanghai Summer Study Abroad Program, and to give those in attendance more insight into what the program offered.

Jonathan and Max went over multiple topics with the potential program applicants, such as lectures available at East China Normal University; the lodging arrangement, overall information of the city of Shanghai; course choices by SDSU professors and what would be covered in their lectures; field trips and excursions to Jing’An temple and Hangzhou; and a cost break down of the program.

The information session also answered and addressed questions and concerns from the crowd.

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House of China “Year of the Ram” New Year Banquet Celebration

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On February 8th, 2015, on behalf of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng; Project Manager, Anne Chu; and Office Manager, Jonathan Lee attended the 2015 Year of the Ram Banquet Celebration hosted by House of China, Chinese School of San Diego, and Chinese Service Center of San Diego at Jasmine Restaurant.

A traditional lion Dance show opened the evening program with festivities. This important tradition in Chinese culture was symbolic in bringing good luck and happiness for the new coming year. San Diego County Supervisor, Ron Roberts, and San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria, both presented a proclamation in celebration of this special occasion. Channel 10 News reporter, Michael Chen, the emcee of the evening’s program, acknowledged sponsors, donors, committee members, and community leaders.

The night concluded with prize drawings in which the grand prize was a trip to Hawaii.

 

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CI at SDSU Managing Directors attended “Rabbit on a Bumpy Road” Book Signing Event

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On February 7, 2015, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, attended the book signing ceremony of "Rabbit on a Bumpy Road” by Tom Hom—a story of courage and perseverance in meeting life’s challenges to achieve “The American Dream”- held at San Diego Chinese Community Church.

Dr. Lilly Cheng spoke of the impact on the Chinese American community brought forth from this book. County supervisor, Mr. Dave Roberts, also attended this event to share his reading experience. The author, Mr. Tom Hom, gave his speech regarding his journey in writing this autobiography. He presented his paintings as his token of appreciation to Dr. Cheng and Mr. Roberts for their support.

 

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Tongji University Professor Visited CISDSU

tongjiOn February 5, 2015, Professor Yudan Wang from Tongji University, Shanghai, visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. Professor Wang is specialized in graphic design and social studies at Tongji University. Her meeting focused on her intent to join San Diego State University as a visiting scholar in the near future.

Dr. Lilly Cheng engaged in further discussions with Professor Wang on collaboration in the design of a brochure for CI/SDSU, which would focus on a new concept of the new Silk Road.

 

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Francis Parker School Director Visits CISDSU

franparkOn February 05, 2015, Director of Summer and Extended Programs at Francis Parker School, Tim Katzman, and Professor Yudan Wong from Tongji University, met with Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng. The main purpose of the visit was to connect with the city of Yantai in Shandong province, China, regarding the possibility of offering the summer program of Francis Parker School. Yantai is one of San Diego’s Sister city.

Professor Wong is from Yantai, who has spent time in San Diego assisting in the design and construction of the Pacific Rim Park, a sister cities project. Dr. Lilly Cheng sought after her assistance in bringing the information of Francis Parker program to the proper connections in Yantai.

 

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ECNU Delegation Visits CISDSU

ecnuvisitOn January 27, 2015, a group of delegates from East China Normal University visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. These delegates, led by Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Youqun Ren, included Professor Yixuan Ku of the School of Psychology and Cognitive Science; and Professor Shanshan Gong of the International Exchange Division. The ECNU delegation was welcomed and greeted by Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng; Co-Director, Wei Lu; SDSU Professor of Religious Studies, Dr. Klaleel Mohammed; Professor of Marketing, Dr. Lois Olson; and CI Office Manager, Jonathan Lee. See More

The meeting opened with an introduction of CI/SDSU operations, which provided the ECNU delegation a broad understanding of CI and its objectives. Further collaborations in the future was the focus of the discussion in this meeting.

Dr. Cheng and Dr. Olson expressed their gratitude to the guests for ECNU hosting SDSU Shanghai Summer Program; they planned to further extend the program to recruit more students this summer. Dr. Mohammed expressed his deep interest in establishing a partnership for students from Saudi Arabia with ECNU. The meeting concluded with all parties looking forward to working together in the near future.Show Less

 

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Chinese Dancer Ms. Qi Zhang Visited CI at SDSU

ZhangQiVisitOn Jan.26th, 2015, President of California Chinese Dance Academy, Ms. Qi Zhang, visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. She was warmly greeted by Managing Director of CI at SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng; Co-Director, Professor Wei Lu; and Project Manager, Ms. Anne Chu.

Ms. Qi Zhang, who graduated from Beijing Dance Academy, was born in an artistic family. She has a profound theoretical knowledge on dancing and art, as well as being an outstanding dancer, being especially well versed in Chinese classic dance, folk dance, classic ballet, and modern dance. In her dancing career, Ms. Qi Zhang received the “Splendor Award”, the highest recognition in the Dance profession by Chinese Ministry of Culture. Ms. Qi Zhang also used to be a lead dancer in the Beijing Youth Dance Club, her performances were brought worldwide, alongside many famous directors and artists.See More

In 2014, California Chinese Dance Academy and Beijing Dance Academy formed partnership to introduce a grading system of Chinese Dances. This class, geared for children aged 4-18, was designed and certified by experienced professors in China. Ms. Qi Zhang planned to promote this system in the U.S., especially to Chinese teachers, so they may enhance their Chinese teaching. She hoped that through CI/SDSU, this system may gain greater awareness among all Chinese teachers in town.

Both Dr. Lilly Cheng and Professor Lu praised Ms. Zhang’s passion and commitment in Chinese dances, other Chinese culture aspects and Chinese language. They invited Ms. Zhang to be one of the key speakers in the next Confucius Institute Chinese Teacher Forum in March. Show Less

 

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Managing Director of CISDSU Attends Anna May Wong Documentary Screening

annamaywongOn January 24th, 2015 Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng attended a lecture by Elaine Wool, the producer of a documentary film on Anna May Wong, also known as The Frosted Yellow Willows. This program was offered by the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.

This documentary focused on Anna May Wong's life and legend, a story of a pioneering Chinese American actress who defied the law in pursuing her dreams. The producer Elaine Wool spent years researching the life story of Anna May Wong; she traveled to many places interviewing individuals who had knowledge or association with the actress. The documentary was very touching and remained true to a remarkable woman.

 

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Managing Director of CISDSU meets with Professors on Abacus Teaching

profabacusOn Thursday January 15, 2015, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, met with Dr. Lolowah Alo Angari of the Western Studies Institute of Saudi Arabia and accompanied by Prof. Khaleel Mohammed of the Religious Studies Department of San Diego State University. Dr. Angari demonstrated her interest in establishing a connection with Confucius Institute in relation to the teaching of abacus.

Mr. Mianjun Li of Shenmo Education Group gave a lecture during Dr. Mohammed’s class in the fall of 2014 when he was invited by CI/SDSU as a guest speaker at the 2014 Confucius Institute Teachers Forum. He focused on the teaching and development of the abacus in his lecture. Students were able to learn and understand the principle behind its use, as well as the benefits of mental calculation.

 

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San Diego Cheng Qian Home School Group visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University

ChenQianVisitOn January 14th, 2015, accompanied by Ms. Jie Zhang, key representative of San Diego Cheng Qian Home School, Ms. Li Fang, visited the Confucius Institute (CI) at San Diego State University (SDSU); they were greeted by Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng. The main purpose of their visit was to promote the theory, ‘Enhanced education through recitation’, invented by Prof. Tsai-Kuei Wang.See More

Dr. Tsai-Kuei Wang is the initiator, practitioner, and promoter of ‘Enhanced education through recital’; he also is a formal apprentice of world renowned neo-Confucian scholar, Prof. Tsung-San Mou; a retired professor of Chinese Literature and Philosophy at National Taichung University, Taiwan. Prof. Based on his knowledge and experience in applied education, Wang launched the movement to push for recitation of Chinese classic literature in children education in Taiwan in 1994. The movement was an instant hit among Chinese population around the world. Later, China Youth Development Foundation also launched “Chinese Classics Literature Recitation Project”. Currently, there are more than 2 million children in Taiwan and over 50 million Children in China in this movement. More and more Chinese children living in Europe, America, Australia, and Southeast Asia are participating in this project as well.

Prof. Wang Tsai-Kuei is scheduled to be one of the keynote speakers at a forum with the focus on traditional Confucian culture and applied theory of classic education for children. He hoped that more families will benefit from the knowledge they learn at the forum. Show Less

 

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Research Scholar from Singapore visits CI at SDSU

singaporescholarOn January 9th, 2015, Chinese teacher, Ms. Fang Liu from Singapore Catholic High School visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. Ms. Liu was warmly greeted by Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng; Co-Director, Wei Lu; and Project Manager, Anne Chu.

Ms. Liu planned to stay for 2 months as a research scholar. Several topics were discussed during this meeting, including an introduction of CI; a brief introduction of Public School of Singapore; and the purpose of her research project while she was in town.

With the arrangement and assistance from Project Manager, Anne Chu, Ms. Liu would be visiting several Confucius Classroom affiliated with CI/SDSU, focusing on the comparison of the two education system of Singapore and U.S.

 

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Visitors from Guangzhou China attend meeting with Confucius Institute at SDSU

guangzhouvisitorOn January 6, 2015, a group of visitors from Guangzhou, China led by Mr. Songxiang Huang and Mr. Kening Chen, visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. Dean of Arts & Letters and Executive Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Paul Wong, and Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, greeted the guests warmly in the Finch Conference room.

Mr. Huang and Mr. Chen, were private collectors and philanthropists from China interested in bringing rare antique objects from China for exhibitions in the United States. In addition, they are also interested in establishing a collaborative partnership with higher education institutes in the United States on cultural exchange programs in the future.

 

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