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The Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) has honored Riverview International Academy with the Confucius Classroom of the Year Award. The award ceremony was held at the 11th Confucius Institute Conference on December 10th. At the conference, Brian Thurman, Principal of Riverview International Academy, received the award from Vice Premier Liu Yandong.
Riverview is one of the first seven Confucius Classrooms established by CISDSU. Beginning in November 2009, it has implemented a seven-year Mandarin Immersion Program from kindergarten to fifth grade. Its 50/50 Mandarin Immersion Program allows students to receive instruction in Chinese for half of the day, including math, science and physical education. Over one thousand students have graduated from Riverview speaking fluent Mandarin. Many Chinese Bridge Competition champions from the Southern California region have studied in Riverview.See More
Riverview Elementary is recognized among 1000 Confucius Classroom schools from all over the world. Each year, the Confucius Classroom of the Year Award is presented to the most exemplary Confucius classrooms across the globe. Riverview International Academy is proud to be the only one selected from the United States this year.See Less
SDSU Provost Emerita Nancy Marlin was invited to speak at the 11th Annual Conference of Confucius Institute in China. This meeting was held in Kunming, Yunan from December 10 to the 11th, 2016. Dr. Marlin participated in the Confucius Institute and the âBelt and Roadâ Initiative Roundtable Forum. She talked about the activities of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. She described the New Silk Road initiative. The report was well received and Dr. Marlin was interviewed by the Xinghua News agency.
This year, approximately 2,200 delegates attended the annual CI conference, including university presidents and representatives of Confucius Institutes from 140 countries and regions. The theme of discussion was, âInnovation, Cooperation, Inclusion, and Sharingâ.
On December 9, 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) held a meeting on news and media coverage. CISDSU Co-director Professor Cunlu Zhang and CI news team participated in the meeting.
At the meeting, Professor Zhang brought out several questions to brainstorm: âWhat are the goals for our newswriting?â âHow do we serve the needs of our stakeholders?â âWhat types of audience are we targeting?â By discussing these questions, CI news team re-defined goals in report writing. Meanwhile, team members discussed new methods to improve news coverage.
Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng was invited to speak at the Xiamen University Confucius Institute annual forum. The forum was held in Kunming, China on December 8th. Her topic was on how to bridge and communicate and collaborate using the Confucius Institute as a platform.
44 directors, co-directors and university representatives from 16 Confucius Institutes participated in this forum. SDSU Provost Emerita Dr. Nancy Marlin was also invited to this forum. The forum was hosted by Vice President of Xiamen University, Ms. Xinli Zhan and XMU Southern Base of CI Director Mao Tongwen. Through various discussions, representatives from Europe, Oceania, Asia, Africa and America shared their experiences in CI development.
On December 8th, 2016, San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus (IVC) held a Chinese Language and Culture graduation ceremony. More than 30 students, teachers and school administrators participated in the ceremony. This ceremony is aimed towards students who made great efforts in learning Mandarin and expand their knowledge of Chinese culture.
In this semester, IVC opened Taichi classes to the students. Confucius Institute teacher Ms. Ren planned a curriculum that includes traditional poems, songs, kungfu and more. She even designed a Taichi brochure introducing the students to the benefits of Taichi . Her studentsâ ages range from 12-68. She helped them to design their own Chinese performances. At the graduation ceremony, they had a chance to present their talents. Students presented a Taichi Fan show, Chinese chorus, Chinese Poem reciting and other amazing performances. Nearby residents came to enjoy the celebration, and learn about Chinese culture.
Congratulations to Professor Wei Lu for receiving the âIndividual Performance Excellence Awardâ from Xiamen University for Lu's many years of contributions to CISDSU!
On December 9, 2016, CISDSU Co-Director Professor Wei Lu received the âIndividual Performance Excellence Awardâ from Xiamen University, to recognize his years of significant contributions to CISDSU. In addition to this recognition, Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng was awarded a $500 honorarium.
This December marks the end of Professor Luâs term as CISDSUâs Co-Director. Professor Lu has been providing exemplary service for CISDSU. For the past five years, he has consistently provided excellent work and service. Although Professor Lu has retired, he has continued with his relentless work and pursuit of excellence to promote Chinese language and culture. He has served both Xiamen University and San Diego State University well. Due to the time differences between China and the United States, Professor Lu has worked late and early morning hours in order to meet all the deadlines that have been requested from China. His work ethic sets him apart from many others. We truly appreciate Professor Lu for his integrity, dedication and hard work.
Best wishes to Professor Lu his family. We wish him a healthy, happy and fulfilling retirement.
On December 8, 2016, a Chinese navy delegation visited Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, a Confucius classroom school of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. The delegation consisted of 17 naval officers, led by Naval Admiral Haihua Wu. In the morning, the group visited the school site, and observed classrooms and student activities. School Board President of San Diego Unified School District Dr. Michael McQuary, Principal of Barnard Elementary Aida Hernandez, Co-Directors of CISDSU Professor Wei Lu and Professor Cunlu Zhang, and CISDSU Project Manager Anne Chu, warmly greeted the group.See More
On December 7th, 2016, the Hong Kong Association of Southern California (HKASC) hosted its annual celebration banquet at Jasmine Seafood Restaurant. Confucius Institute at SDSU Co-director Cunlu Zhang, Project Manager Anne Chu, and over 300 guests attended the banquet.
Emcee Yifeng Chen from NBC Television was the host for this evening. HKASC Chamber of Commerce and sponsors gave speeches on future goals and plans to enhance business exchange between Hong Kong, America, and China. The speeches were followed by extraordinary performances oftraditional Chinese dancing, Kung-Fu, and Lion Dances.
On December 3, 2016, We Chinese in America hosted the final round of the Second Voice of We Chinese Singing Competition at Gourmet City Restaurant. Editor in Chief for We Chinese in America publications Ma Ping was there. Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Dr. Lilly Cheng, made time to be at the show and support the singers. Confucius Classroom student, Leah Markworth, from Pacific Beach Middle School, and Priscilla Huang, Confucius Institute staff member, both were present as they ranked within the top ten at the competition. Five judges, performers and specialists in Chinese folk songs and Classical vocal literature and performance, presided over the evening.
On December 3, 2016, Confucius Institute at SDSU held a Teacher Training on the topic âMain Features of Chinese Language: A Contrastive Perspectiveâ. This workshop was lectured by Professor Wei Lu, Co-Director of CISDSU. More than 40 teachers participated in the training, including Confucius Classroom teachers and local Chinese teachers.
Beginning with an examination of linguistic differences between Mandarin and English, Professor Luâs presentation provided an overview of the difficulties for native English speakers in learning Mandarin. Meanwhile, he discussed practical methods for teaching Mandarin listening, speaking, reading, and writing with teachers.
âEveryone has a story to tell. Some stories are so intricate and complex; others are just simple and uncomplicated. We learn and are inspired by all.â This is a quote from Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of CISDSU. On December 3rd, she gave a speech to members of the San Diego Chinese Women Association titled âHer Storyâ. Her speech focused on the stories of many women from history to now, from the Republic of China (æ°ćœæ¶æ) to the west: Bianca Tam, Youyi Zhang (ćŒ ćčŒä»Ș), Huiyin Lin (æćŸœć ), Bing Xin (ć°ćż), Audrey Hepburn, Jill Taylor, Karen Blixen, Issey Miyake, and Yayoi Kusama, to name a few. Everyone has their own story to tell. The courage and wisdom that they share truly inspires us all.
On December 2, 2016, San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) Library Service Coordinator, Loretta Deaver visited the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU). Managing Director of CISDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, and Project Coordinator Ms. Chudan Li greeted Ms. Deaver at Storm Hall meeting room.
In 2015, SDMA and CISDSU collaborated on a project of a collection of Chinese books. The books will be on display to the general public in 2017 when the new CI Culture Center opens to the public.
On November 30, 2016, CISDSU and School of Journalism and Media Studies welcomed the Du family to the Du Nam Xuong Auditorium, to share their incredible family legacy and honor their dedication to the SDSU campus. Three Du family members: David Du, Advisory Board member of CISDSU and CEO of DDH Enterprise, and his sons Kevin Du and Kurtis Du, were honored for their familyâs generous donation to SDSU and CISDSU. Other special guests who attended this event were SDSU Associate Vice President Amy Harmon, Journalist Dominic Lee and all CI staff.See More
To begin the program, JMS Professor Martin Kruming delivered a welcome speech to the Du family and guests. He then introduced, Dylan GrisĂ©, his student who conducted an interview with the Du family about their family history in October. Dylan shared the Du familyâs immigration story from Fujian, China to Vietnam, and from Vietnam to the United States. David Du, the eldest son of Du Nam Xuong, concluded that hard work and giving back to society are the key factors to his familyâs success. At the end of the ceremony, Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of CISDSU, presented David Du an award to recognize the true spirit of Confucianism proven in his generosity and work ethic. Professor Martin Kruming also presented a gift to the family.
The auditorium is donated by David Du and his family, in memory of Du Nam Xuong. In 2009, CISDSU hosted the Du Nam Xuong Auditorium dedication ceremony with the unveiling of the bilingual English/Chinese plaque in the auditorium.See Less
In the evening of November 30, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) attended the 2016 local heroes awards ceremony held at Kitchens for Good at the Jacobs Center. Dr. Li-rong Lilly Cheng, managing director of CISDSU, is one of the honorees. Dr. Cheng works hard to help people understand perspectives foreign to them â to bridge gaps that are very wide, or just unseen by establishing the CISDSU.See More
The celebration was presented by KPBS to honor people who devote themselves to local community. More than 200 people came together to honor and praise those making a difference. There are 16 honorees from different backgrounds. Their story not only inspire us to give thanks by giving back but also motive us to spend more time on taking care of local community and people in needs around us.See Less
On November 29, 2016, theatre writer Mr. David Wiener visited the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. He has begun to work with and advise CISDSU on new drama and theatre projects. He will be helping to expand CIâs performing arts activities in a wide variety of ways, including working with teachers to build theatre arts programs at affiliated schools, writing scripts for stand-alone productions, and developing cultural exchange events and projects in theatre, drama, dance, and music.
On Nov 22, 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) hosted the Farewell and Welcome Banquet for Professor Wei Lu and Professor Cunlu Zhang. Several education administrators; SDSU Provost Nancy Marlin, Professor John Cleary, Riverview International Academy Principal Brian Thurman, Pacific Beach Middle School Principal Kimberly Meng, Hilltop Middle School Principal Grieselda Delgado, and e3 Civic High School Dean of Student Affairs Ke Xu gave presentations at the Banquet. Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng warmly welcomed the guests and made a short presentation about CISDSUâs recent achievements and honors.See More
After the dinner, Professor Wei Lu gave a speech expressing his appreciation to all the members present for their support of CISDSU. Professor Cunlu Zhang shared his vision in co-managing and developing Chinese language and culture projects.
During Professor Wei Luâs 5-year term as the Co-Director of CISDSU, he made enormous contributions to the promotion of Chinese language locally in San Diego.See Less
On November 18, CISDSU Advisory Board members Mr. Kwan So and Mrs. Marion So visited the New Confucius Institute Culture Center at San Diego State University. Managing Director of CISDSU Dr. Lilly Cheng welcomed the guests and introduced them to the new Center. She gave an overview of the construction project, including the design scheme as well as the bidding, approval, and construction process. The Center will be used for classes, workshops, performances and exhibitions.See More
Mr. Kwan So has served as CIâs advisory board member since 2008. He is the president of EVG Enterprises and the Foundation Trustee of the University of California at San Diego.See Less
On November 17, 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) participated in the International Peace Village for the 2016 International Education Week hosted by the International Student Center at SDSU. CISDSU project coordinators, Ms. Chudan Li, Ms. Yijing Yin, and Mr. Muting Huang, attended this event and hosted a booth representing China. Study abroad information, cultural activities such as calligraphy, Beijing opera, Chinese ancient characters, and the geography of China were presented during this event. Many students and visitors stopped by the booth and had their names written in Chinese calligraphy.
On November 10, 2016, Xiamen University (XMU) Deputy Secretary Mr. Jianfa Li led a delegation to visit the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU). Delegation members included Mr. Guoshen Liu, Director of Taiwan Research Institute of XMU, Mr. Guanhua Zhang, Assistant Director at Institute of Taiwan Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Mr. Chaosheng Dang, Research Professor at Institute of Taiwan Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Mr. Fei Li, Professor at Taiwan Research Institute of Xiamen University, and Mr. Chao Chen, Assistant Professor at Taiwan Research Institute of Xiamen University. Managing Director of CISDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, Co-Director, Prof. Weilu, Project Manager Ms. Anne Chu and CISDSU staff team warmly welcomed the group.See More
In the morning, the delegates visited Confucius Classroom School Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy and met with Principal Aida Hernandez. After the meeting, they observed the Six Arts cultural classes. In the afternoon, the group visited the SDSU campus and held a meeting with CISDSU directors and professors at Storm Hall meeting room. Professor John Cleary and Dr. Cheryl Ward greeted the guests and introduced their student exchange programs with Xiamen University. Afterwards, SDSU Provost and Senior Vice President Chukuka S. Enwemeka welcomed the guests in his meeting room and held a short discussion about the future collaborations between the two universities.See Less
On November 5, 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) attended the screening of a new Directorâs Cut of the classic Asian-American film âEat a Bowl of Teaâ at the San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF). Managing Director of the Confucius Institute, Dr. Lilly Cheng, along with Program Manager Anne Chu, and several Confucius Institute staff and volunteers, attended the screening and participated in the Q&A with film director Wayne Wang after the screening. Wayne Wang, director of over 22 movies at this time, including âEat a Bowl of Teaâ, the Asian cult-classic âChan is Missingâ, the Asian-American family portrait âThe Joy Luck Clubâ and even the all-American film âBecause of Winn-Dixieâ, shares work that covers a broad array of genres and subjects though he is often seen as Hollywoodâs token director of Asian American film. âEat a Bowl of Teaâ was the first Asian American film to reach a mainstream American audience. Through this screening and in the interview afterwards, he shared some of the aspects of the film that he had experienced anew in making and watching this new work, a directorâs cut of the classic film.See More
The title of the film âEat a Bowl of Teaâ comes from the Chinese saying that people must âeat bitternessâ. The tea in question is an herbal tea that is bitter and used as healing medicine. A featured piece in the SDAFF, âEat a Bowl of Teaâ has been enjoyed by audiences of different ages and backgrounds ever since its first premiere in California, where a theatre full of middle class, mostly Caucasian, American, 18-25 year old viewers empathized and wept with the characters, and first fell in love with the story. In the interview after the screening, Wayne Wang fondly recounted that this film had been his first foray from experimental to mainstream cinema, and it had paved the way for his later collaboration with Disney to film âThe Joy Luck Clubâ, another Asian American film classic. While the film had been based on Louis Chuâs novel âEat a Bowl of Teaâ that steeps readers in the world of the bitter community struggles brewing in New Yorkâs Chinatown during the 1940âs, Wang deftly turned the story into a lighthearted and innocent romantic comedy, handling difficult themes with potent irony. While the context is historical, the artistry of the film is human, making an Asian American historical fiction empathically accessible to mainstream audiences.See Less
On November 1, 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) team attended and volunteered for the 2016 Town Hall meeting, hosted by the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association San Diego Chapter (APAPA-SDC). In the evening, over 200 guests arrived at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel to watch the congressional candidatesâ debates and City Attorney races.See More
At 6:00PM, APAPA-SDC President, Mr. Ron Cho, introduced host organizations and sponsors. He expressed his appreciation to CISDSU for supporting APAPA events over the past three years. The congressman candidate debate was moderated by Melissa Mecija from ABC 10News. During the opening remarks, Congressman Scott Peters and Candidate Denise Gitsham introduced their backgrounds and experience. Then they debated and addressed policy issues and answered audience questions. Public issues included local economics, housing, healthcare, employments, city development and so forth. The second part of the debate was between San Diego City Attorney candidates Mara Elliott and Robert Hickey.
The 2016 Town Hall meeting was also presented by other local Asian American organizations including Asian Business Association (ABA), Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC), Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), and San Diego Asian Americans For Equality (SDAAFE).See Less
On October 31, 2016, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Dr. Lilly Cheng attended a meeting with Dylan Grise and Amy Harmon with the purpose of interviewing a major donor/ supporter of Confucius Institute, Mr. David Du. He and his son Curtis were both interviewed. The impetus for the interview came from Dylan Grise who took a class in the Du Nam Xuong auditorium. Dylan's curiosity drove him to find Mr. Du through the Confucius Institute. The two hour interview took place at China Max. David Du shared his family history and his success story. The Du family is a strong supporter of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University.
From October 13th to 30th, 2016, Mu-Ting Huang, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University coordinator, led two high school students: Chivas Powers (ć ć ¶äŒ) as a contestant from El Capitan High school, and Jenna Permann (çćš) as an observer from San Diego High school on a two week Chinese Bridge Competition, which is a Chinese proficiency competition, in Kunming, China.
This two-week program started from Beijing where students visited many historical sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Students were very excited to climb the Great Wall, to see the place where Chinese emperor lived and worked and, most importantly, to see the âChinese treasureâ Panda in the Beijing zoo. Students also got chance to visit the Hanban Headquarter, the program organizer, where students tried a hand at traditional Chinese cultural activities such as Calligraphy, Chinese musical instrument and artifacts.
Students then went to Kunming for the competition. The competition had three rounds. First round was Speech and talent performance. Students who were promoted would move to the second round which students worked in teams of two. They collaborated to finish a variety of games related to Chinese culture. For example, teams competed to finish a beautiful scenery puzzle most rapidly. The top ten teams were promoted to the final round. Students who got promoted to the final round teamed up with local students to come up with a performance and a speech.
Beside the competition, students went to many famous sight-seeing spots in Yunnan, and also experienced current Chinese culture. For example, students went to the Stone Forest or Shilin in Shilin National scenic area where many tall rocks which create the illusion of a forest made of stone. Students went to host familyâs house to interact with local high school students, to taste the authentic local meals and to practice Chinese. Moreover, students attended the classes that were taught at the University. The classes, on paper cutting, calligraphy, tea ceremony and archery, were also related to the Chinese Six Arts culture.
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 gratitude for the opportunity to experience such a wonderful cities, and recommended it for anyone that had an interest in the Chinese language and culture.See Less
On October 22, the Consulate General of the Peopleâs Republic of China in Los Angeles Education Office and Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) co-hosted the 2016 October Teachersâ Training. The Training focused on âPositive Principles and Practices for Successful Classroom Managementâ. World Language Coordinator, Ms. Sally Fox from San Diego County Office of Education was invited as the keynote speaker. Over 55 local Mandarin teachers, Hanban teachers, educators and administrators participated in the training. Special guests included Consul Haiying Chai from the Chinese General Consulate Office in Los Angeles, Principal Aida Hernandez from Barnard Asian Language Academy, Confucius Institute at Cal State Long Beach group.See More
Mrs. Sally Fox shared her experiences on smooth classroom management techniques. Following this, kindergarten teacher Sally Lowe from Barnard Asian Language Academy presented her methods about how to use signs and consistent daily routines to create an organized and engaging Mandarin immersion class. High school Mandarin teacher Chi-Ping Chang also shared her experience of building relationships with high school students.See Less
On October 20, 2016, Mr. Kwan Lok So, Advisory Board member of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU), paid a visit to the construction site of the Confucius and Multicultural Center at SDSU. SDSU Associate Vice President Ms. Amy Harmon, Managing Director of CISDSU Dr. Lilly Cheng, Co-Director Professor Mr. Wei Lu and Project Coordinator Ms. Chudan Li warmly greeted Mr. So.See More
At the new Confucius Center site, Dr. Cheng gave an introduction of the construction project, including the design scheme as well as the bidding, approval, and construction process. The Center will be used for classes, workshops, performances and exhibitions. Later on, the group held a meeting at the Storm Hall meeting room. Dr. Cheng and Mr. So discussed the vast developments and accomplishments of CI over the past 9 years, including the award-winning documentary program âBlossoms from a Different Shoreâ, and the Chinese Bridge Competition. Ms. Harmon showed Mr. So the interior design of the Six Arts gallery, which will be a permanent exhibition at the new Center. Mr. So expressed that he is impressed with CIâs development over the years and this new project would strengthen CIâs influence not only in the university, but also throughout San Diego and Southern California. He is confident that the new CI will further promote Chinaâs Thousand Years of culture to more American audiences.
Mr. Kwan Lok So has served as CIâs advisory board member since 2008. He is the president of EVG Enterprises and the Foundation Trustee of the University of California at San Diego.See Less
On October 18, 2016, Pacific Arts Movement Executive Director, Kent Lee, visited the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. Managing Director of CISDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, Project Coordinators, Ms. Chudan Li and Ms. Yudan Wang, warmly welcomed Mr. Lee at Storm Hall meeting room.See More
Recently appointed to be the new executive director, Kent Lee is passionate about Pac-Artsâ mission and he continues to carry it on. At the meeting, he expressed that the organizationâs mission goes beyond the periodical film festivals. Pac-Arts aims to inspire and entertain for a more compassionate society. Therefore, he would like to continue to strengthen the partnership with CISDSU, since both organizations share the same goal of promoting cultural understanding to local audiences. Lee introduced the upcoming 17th San Diego Asian Film Festival, which will be held from November 3rd to 12th, across six venues in San Diego. For more detailed information about the festival, please visit http://pacarts.org/.See Less
On Saturday, October 15, 2016, Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Dr. Lilly Cheng was invited to participate in a multicultural ceremony on the celebration of Indian Doll Festival. Many Chinese dolls were also shown at the festival. The two day festivities were held on multiple sites in Balboa Park.
On October 14, 2016, a group of delegates from Hangzhou, China arrived in San Diego for a one-week visit. Led by Ms. Li Jia Yu, CEO of Yi Jia Culture Corporation, LMT and Founder of Marco Polo Project, these delegates were Master Ming Yu, a Chinese calligraphy and painting artist, and Project Coordinators of Marco Polo Program, Joe Zou and Tom Shan.See More
On their first visit to the North Americas, they were in Halifax the week prior participating in the Confucius Day celebration at St. Mary University. The purpose of their visit to San Diego was to promote Chinese culture and to seek exchange collaboration opportunity with Confucius Institute at San Diego State University.
Escorted by Project Manager of CI/SDSU, Anne Chu, these delegates visited K-12 schools in Pacific Beach cluster, Mission Bay High School, Pacific Beach Middle School and Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy. Adapting an interesting and innovative approach to the traditional Chinese painting style, Master Ming Yu was able to introduce the fundamental essence of Chinese arts easily for students to grasp. They eagerly tried their hands on painting with Chinese paint brushes to create their first Chinese painting based on their understanding and creativity. The final result of their work was evident of what they had learned in less than 30 minutes of time.
In addition to school visits, Master Ming Yu was invited as the keynote lecturer at the Fall Presentation of San Diego Chinese Arts & Cultural Society on Sunday, October 16.
Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, and Co-Director, Professor Wei Lu, met with these delegates on Friday, October 21, for an in-depth discussion for future collaboration.See Less
On October 7th, Xiamen University (XMU) Vice President Ms. Xinli Zhan, Director of the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarters Mr. Tongwen Mao, Vice Secretary General of the General Alumni Association Ms. Huixia Shi visited San Diego State University (SDSU). SDSU President Dr. Elliot Hirshman, Provost and Senior Vice President Chukuka S. Enwemeka, SDSU Confucius Institute (CISDSU) Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng and all CI staff welcomed the delegates.See More
President Hirshman warmly received the delegates for group pictures. Provost Enwemeka met with the delegates in his office and held a short meeting to discuss further collaborations between the two universities. He also congratulated XMU on the new establishment of its Malaysia campus. Vice President Zhan thanked SDSU for supporting CISDSU, and hoped that the two universities will enhance collaborations in the years to come. She also invited Provost Enwemeka to visit XMU in the near future. At the end of the meeting, both parties exchanged gifts and took group pictures.
In the morning, the delegates visited the construction site of the Confucius and Multicultural Center funded by Hanbanâs Model CI Project. Dr. Lilly Cheng introduced to the guests the Centerâs design scheme as well as bidding, approval and construction process. The Center will be used for teaching, workshops, performances and exhibitions. Dr. Cheng then invited Vice President Zhan to the unveiling ceremony next year. Vice President Zhan highly valued the innovative design of the Center and hoped that XMU can share its talents and resources in calligraphy, brush painting and museum artifacts with CISDSU and co-host Chinese cultural exhibitions at SDSU. Director Mao also said that the Southern Base of CI Headquarters will give full support for the Center.
At 10:00 am, Vice President Zhan and Director Mao attended the 2016 CISDSU Council Meeting. After the meeting, Vice President Zhan inscribed CISDSUâs guest book: âWish CISDSU a bright future. May it become a global model Confucius Institute.â
The visit has strengthened the friendship, communication, partnership and collaboration between the two universities and will enhance the further development of CISDSU.See Less
On October 7, the 2016 CISDSU Council Meeting was held in the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (SDSU). SDSU Provost Emerita Dr. Nancy Marlin, CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng, Vice President of Xiamen University Ms. Xinli Zhan, Director of the Southern Base of CI Headquarters Mr. Tongwen Mao, and CISDSU Co-Director Prof. Wei Lu attended the meeting as council members; Chief Representative of North America of Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters Mr. Junbo Chen, Vice Secretary General of the General Alumni Association of Xiamen University Ms. Huixia Shi, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Asian Studies at SDSU Dr. Madhu Madhaven and XMU alumnus Prof. John Cleary participated in the meeting as council advisors or observers.See More
Dr. Marlin warmly welcomed the delegates from Xiamen University. She expressed her appreciation to Xiamen University as a supportive university partner of CISDSU. On behalf of CISDSU, Dr. Cheng gave a brief introduction of CIâs accomplishments since the 2015 council meeting. Then, she and Mr. Chen demonstrated the features of the Tiandee Panda textbook series to the participants. Afterwards, council members reviewed and approved the 2015 work report, financial report and 2017 work plan. In addition, SDSU and XMU representatives discussed further opportunities for cooperation. For example, both institutes may apply to CI Headquarters for co-hosting the 2017 Moon Festival/Confucius Day Celebration program; they may further promote locally designed teaching materials and co-host Chinese calligraphy, brush painting and cultural exhibits either in the Academy for Confucius Institute Directors in XMU or the Confucius and Multicultural Center on SDSU campus. Vice President Zhan thanked SDSU for giving full support to CISDSU. She said that the Southern Base of CI Headquarters in Xiamen University will continue to support CISDSU in its endeavor to build up a global Model CI. At the meeting, both Provost Emerita Marlin and Vice President Zhan also expressed their appreciation for the Managing Director and Co-Directorâs hard work throughout the years.
Before the council meeting, Provost Emerita Marlin and Vice President Zhan exchanged gifts. All participants took group photos.See Less
On October 6th, 2016, Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, was invited to attend the 193rd broadcasting of the ITC Global Videoconference program at KPBS. She was presented a certification of Merit by Dr. Miguel Cardenas. This bilingual English/Spanish program has been in operation for 32 years. Dr. Cheng was a former speaker of the program and helped to launch this program in China with Chinese translation and interpretation.
On October 5th, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) at San Diego State University and the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) co-hosted a celebration of Confuciusâ Birthday and World Teachersâ Day. Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of the CISDSU, honored Alexander Chuang, former Executive Director of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM), as an exemplary Confucian Six Arts Scholar.See More
As a grand opening for the event, CISDSU held a six arts demonstration. Dr. Lilly Cheng awarded a Confucian Six Arts Scholarship Certificate to Dr. Alxeander Chuang. CISDSU Staff Members Chudan Li and Yijing Yin performed an elegant Chinese tea ceremony. Frank Fu, a master of calligraphy, wrote the words chosen by Dr. Lilly Cheng to honor our special guest Dr. Chuang, âæéćæ”· ćŠèŽŻäžè„żâ, which means culture that spreads throughout the world; scholarship that hails from the East and the West. Erhu music was performed by Shulin Han and Priscilla Huang sang the song âThe Moon and My Hometownâ. Siu-Fong Evans, a national master of TaiChi, gave a demonstration. Afterwards, Tiffany Wai Wing Beres, the new Executive Director of SDCHM, SDSU Professors Sueyun Kim, Zhengsheng Zhang, and Raechel Dumas gave their speeches.
Confucius once said that people flourish in six different areas of development, like the multiple intelligences. The ones that Confucius identified are known as the six arts. During Dr. Alexander Chuangâs diverse careers, he has exemplified all six arts. As a student, an engineer, and as the Executive Director of SDCHM, Dr. Chuang has demonstrated his talents in courtesy, his knowledge of music, his capabilities in archeryâthat is, dedication to skill in preference to competitionâand his talents in management and design, in literature, and in mathematics. Dr. Chuang shared some thoughts with the audience about how the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum represented a vision that had taken him over thirty years to create.See Less
From October 3 to October 7, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University launched its Six Arts Cultural Program at Barnard Asian Pacific Academy, one of its Confucius Classroom schools. Over 550 students from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade, aged 4-12, participated in the program.
The Six Arts Cultural Program introduces tea ceremony, music, Kuai-ban, Tai-chi, Chinese chess, calligraphy and abacus into Barnardâs curriculum, which is a combination of cultural activities and language studies. This program aims to inspire studentsâ interest and passion in learning Chinese and Chinese culture. Barnardâs teachers and parents have given positive feedback to the curriculum design and teaching quality. Aida Hernandez, Principal of Barnard Elementary, expressed her appreciation to the program teachers: âThank you so much for bringing such wonderful classes to our students. I can see the glimmer in their eyes. These are the best gifts theyâve ever had.âSee More
In tea ceremony class, students had the opportunity to observe and taste different types of Chinese tea. With music and hands-on activities, they enjoyed learning about Chinese tea culture through fun and diverse activities.
The Chinese music class curriculum is tailored to different grades. Kindergarteners learned the âNumber Songâ while the first-graders learned the poem âShui Diao Ge Touâ. By introducing them to traditional Chinese music and musical instruments, students will open their ears to Chinese music.
In Tai-chi class, students learned step by step about Tai-chiâs horse stance and âQiâ.
In Kuai-ban class, students learned Kuai-banâs different performing formats, and practiced poem recitation with their Kuai-bans.
In Chinese chess class, students learned about the origins and basic rules for Chinese chess. The calligraphy class introduced the Chinese pictographic character for âMonkeyâ and the story âA Monkey Grasps the Moonâ. By playing interactive games, students enhanced their understanding of the Chinese words âgraspâ and âhookâ. Fifth graders and teachers held a lively discussion on the story which improved the studentsâ language acquisition.
In abacus class, students learned the beads on the abacus. They can now use the abacus for simple add-subtract calculations.
The first weekâs six arts cultural classes at Barnard were a great success thanks to our teachers and cultural ambassadors.See Less
On October 2, 2016, the Confucius Institute at SDSU attends Tiger Style at the La Jolla Playhouse. Tiger Style is a play written by Mike Lew and directed by Jamie Castaneda. Dr Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of CISDSU, joined the performance for a special in-depth discussion about âThe Myth of the Model Minorityâ. Other panelists included Dr. Kiyon Chung, Chief of Cardiology at Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Dr. Brian Hu, Artistic Director of Pacific Arts Movement. Moderator of the discussion was Nina Garin, KPBS/Arts Calendar Editor and Producer.See More
Asians who immigrated to America forged a legacy of hard work and ambitious achievement. The second generation of Asian Americans have become known by a few outstanding representatives of the demographic, marking Asian Americans as a model minority. Introducing Albert and Jennifer Chen, who are successful by model minority standards but failures in âadulthoodâ, Playwright Mike Lew explores the existential problems that Asian Americans experience as a result of living between two cultures that they do not fit into. Director Jamie Castaneda brings the lively script to life, motivated by the parallels that he saw between the content of the play and his own upbringing. The play was shown in the La Jolla Playhouse from September 6-October 2.See Less
On September 19, 2016, delegates from Chongqing Federation of Industry & Commerce and Chongqing Youth Commission of Southern California Chongqing Association visited the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU). Managing Director of CISDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, warmly welcomed the group and discussed future opportunities for cooperation in San Diego.See More
At the meeting, Mr. George Peng, Vice Chairman of the Chongqing Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, provided suggestions on building up relations and creating exchange opportunities for both countries. For example, the annual Chongqing Food Festival project will be beneficial for the exchange of food culture between the U.S. and China. Then, the Vice Chairman of Chongqing Yuzhong District Federation of Industry & Commerce, Mr. Renbo Li, proposed that Chongqing and the Confucius Institute can work together to develop cross-cultural exchange programs for entrepreneurs and youth entrepreneurs for studying in San Diego. He also hoped to bring performance groups from Chongqing Yuzhong District to San Diego to perform at traditional Chinese festivals. Ms. Yunjin Wu, Secretary-General of the Youth Commission of Southern California Chongqing Association also mentioned that youth from both cities can interact through sports. For example, they might arrange a friendly match for football. Dr. Cheng gave some positive feedback and suggestions on these proposals. Then, she presented CISDSUâs accomplishments in education and at the moon festival celebration at Balboa Park this year.See Less
From September 17 to 19, China Yellow River Television (CYRTV) Vice President Ms. Xiuyan Man and Chief of Communication Department Mr. Jin Liu visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU). During their trip to San Diego, both parties built new partnerships and strengthened the already existing cooperative relations in promoting Chinese language and culture to the American audience.See More
On their first day of visit, the delegates participated in a lunch banquet to celebrate the 67th Anniversary of the Peopleâs Republic of China, which left them a deep impression of the Chinese influence in San Diego. On the second day, they visited the Abbouds family, the leading characters of the film âBlossoms from A Different Shoreâ. The film was the first joint project between CISDSU and CYRTV and has led to a great success. Ms. Man expressed her appreciation to the family and proposed the idea of producing sequels for the documentary. On September 19, Managing Director of CISDSU Dr. Lilly Cheng met with the delegates at SDSU Storm Hall 104 meeting room. At the meeting, they shared ideas on developing multi-media cultural programs and producing online educational platforms as prospective areas for future cooperation. Both parties held in-depth talks to plan for the future of their cooperative relationship.
Through the partnership, the two institutions have produced two documentaries over the past year: âBlossoms from A Different Shoreâ and âMing Datong and His Summer Programâ. âBlossoms from A Different Shoreâ has won the first-place in the Shanxi Province News Award in 2016 and now competing in Chinaâs national award.See Less
On September 17, 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) attended the celebration banquet for the 67th Anniversary of Peopleâs Republic of China and the Mid-autumn Festival at Hilton Del Mar. The celebration was hosted by the San Diego Chinese American Association, the Global Unified Chinese Organization from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, and Chongqing Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese. More than 300 honorable guests from 18 delegates/organizations attended the event.See More
The program started with a playing of the national anthems of the U.S. and China. Afterwards, Consulate General of the Peopleâs Republic of China in Los Angeles, Wang Lei, delivered welcoming speeches to the audience. He addressed that China has made remarkable economic accomplishments over the past 67 years and that the overseas Chinese play important roles in building friendship between the U.S. and China. San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Congressman Scott Peters also gave remarks on the National Day Celebration. They expressed their appreciation to the local Chinese organizations and their efforts of bringing cultural diversity to San Diego communities. Other special guests who participated in this celebration included Consul Xuezheng Wang (Chief of Overseas Chinese Affairs Section at the Consulate General of the P.R.C. in Los Angeles), San Diego Unified School District Board President Dr. Michael McQuary, CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng, former San Diego Councilman Tom Hom, County Supervisor Chief of Staff Salvatore Giametta, Candidate for Congress Denise Gitsham, Vice Chairman of Chongqing Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese George Peng, and Vice President of China Yellow River Television Xiuyan Man.
Accompanied by music and dance performance, guests enjoyed the lunch banquet. Event chairs, Consul Generals and many honorable guests were invited on stage to sing the grand finale, a song called âDescendants of the Dragonâ, which became the highlight of the banquet. The event was covered by local news media including San Diego Chinese Press, WeChinese Magazine, and World Journal. The celebration promoted friendly relations between China and the U.S.See Less
On September 16, 2016, Confucius Classroom student Kassia Love submitted her essay âćŠæ±èŻćäžćș§æĄ„â (Learning Chinese is like a Bridge) to the âConfucius Institute on the Silk Roadâ Writing Competition Committee. All students of Confucius Institute worldwide are welcome to participate in the competition. Kassia Love studied in China for two months this summer. In her essay, she wrote about her experience living with her Chinese homestay family and communicating with the locals in Chinese. If selected, her essay will be displayed on WeChat platform of Confucius Institute Headquarters /Hanban (WeChat Code: guojiahanban). Authors of selected works will also be awarded a certificate for encouragement.
On September 16th in the evening, on behalf of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Project Manager Anne Chu and Project Coordinator Yudan Wang attended the Back To School night event at Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy. Hundreds of parents were present to learn about the new programs offered in 2016/17 for students.
At the beginning of the evening, Principal Aida Hernandez invited Anne Chu to give a brief introduction of a new Chinese cultural Six Arts program. The Six Arts Chinese cultural program will be fully supported by Confucius Institute at SDSU, aiming to enrich the current Mandarin course for students from Kindergarten to 5th Grade.See More
In celebration of the Moon Festival which fell on the same date, Anne Chu presented a box of moon cake to Principal Aida Hernandez and a lucky parent who won the raffle for the gift. Bringing presents to hosts on festivals and other festive occasions is a common practice of etiquette, which is the first element of Six Arts.See Less
On September 13, 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University participated in the Fall Study Abroad Fair held by International Student Center at SDSU. At the fair, CI staff members Chudan Li, Yijing Yin, Yueying Zhan held an exhibit to promote the 2017 Shanghai Summer Program. Over 120 students and faculties visited the CI booth and learned about the program.See More
The Shanghai Summer Program is an SDSU faculty-led study abroad program jointly sponsored by the new Chinese Studies and Language Program in Asian Studies, the Confucius Institute and the College of Extended Studies at SDSU. The SDSU Summer Program in Shanghai is a 2-week program at the end of May to mid June that will intermix lectures by SDSU professors and Chinese scholars with field visits to local historical sites and cultural attractions. No Chinese language is required.
Students earn 3 units toward GE or Asian Studies requirements, or study-abroad credits toward other majors. Students are also encouraged to apply for the SDSU AS Study-abroad scholarship.
For details visit http://shanghai.sdsu.edu/See Less
On September 12, 2016 the Confucius Institute of San Diego State University hosted a demonstration of the Six Arts of Confucius at Adobe Bluffs Elementary School to an audience of children, parents, teachers, and school administrators. Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng introduced Chinese tea, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese music, Chinese abacus, and the magic of Chinese noodles.See More
An opening tea ceremony was performed by CI staff Chudan Li and Yijing Yin. Afterwards, Principal of Shenmo Educational Group, Mr. Mianjun Li, as well as Dr. Cheng taught calligraphy to the students. Students practiced speaking and writing Chinese characters for the Moon, as an introduction to the forthcoming Moon Festival. Chen Juan, this seasonâs winner of Chinaâs got Talent, sang a rare Tujia minority group folk song where she sang both the male and female voices in the song. Principal Mianjun Li demonstrated abacus and mental abacus to the students. In our grand finale, Chef Lau along with his son and his grandchildren demonstrated the art of pulling noodles while Chinese dancer Nancy Jiang demonstrated a Yi minority folk dance. Other performances included ErHu and Chinese Song The Moon and My Hometown sung by CI staff Priscilla Huang.See Less
On September 11, 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University hosted the 2016 Fall Confucius Classroom Forum at Mission Bay High School. 38 school administrators, educators, local Chinese teachers and Hanban teachers attended the form. This forum featured keynote speaker Professor Hong Zhang, Chinese soprano singer and tenured professor at Binghamton University. Mission Bay High School principal Ernest Remillard, Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy principal Aida Hernandez, Riverview International Academy principal Brian Thurman attended the forum.See More
Professor Zhang gave the audience an interactive lecture called Teaching Chinese through Songs. She introduced the foundation of singing and demonstrated four famous Chinese songs. Participants not only enjoyed the lively lecture but also learned the unique technique of teaching Chinese through songs.
Professor Hong Zhang has performed and gave lectures at numerous venues around the globe, including the United Nations Headquarters in New York.See Less
On September 10, 2016, CW6 San Diego interviewed CISDSU to promote the forthcoming moon festival celebration at Balboa Park. The interview was broadcasted live during the channel's 8:00 morning news segment.
"Six Arts" is the theme of the moon festival performance. To introduce the Six Arts, Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng showcased Chinese calligraphy "äžç§â (Moon Festival). Stage Manager Nancy Jiang was invited to perform authentic Chinese cooking. Acrobatic performers were also invited to demonstrate their Chinese Acrobats act as a preview of the evening show.
News hosts expressed their special thanks to CISDSU for its contribution in promoting culture among San Diego communities.
Video Link: http://www.cw6sandiego.com/ruben-tries-moon-festival-move/
On September 10, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University and House of China co-hosted the Moon Festival Celebration at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Dignitaries in attendance included Chief of Staff Salvatore Giametta, Congressman Scott Peters Representative Anthony Nyguen, Mayor Kevin Faulconer Representative John Ly, Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University Dr. Aaron Bruce, and a number of school administrators from across the Greater San Diego Area. More than three thousand local residents and tourists crowded the audience section, eagerly waiting for the show to begin.See More
The evening started off with powerful drum dance performed by Xing Jian Dance Studio, followed by the Chinese Dance "Swimming Up Stream", Chinese acrobats Group Foot Juggling, Vase Act and Kicking Bowls. Confucius Classroom students performed the Confucius Six Arts performance. This included the tea ceremony, calligraphy, Kai-ban, abacus, tai-chi, yo-yo, and Chinese traditional instruments Hulusi and Erhu.
Chinese song The Moon Represents my Heart, a pop standard from the late 70âs, was sung by Mission Bay High School student Piatt Pund while Tierra del Sol middle school student Harmony Richardson danced a peacock dance. CISDSU Hanban teachers from Riverview International Academy and Leah Markworth performed classic Chinese music and dance "Tuberose". Emcees for the evening were Micheal Chen with 10 News, and Christopher Santy and Leah Markworth from Pacific Beach Middle School.
The highlight of the celebration was Acrobat Sichuan Face Changing, performed by acrobat master Yu Xiao. Zhang Hong, tenured professor of Chinese Folk Singing at Binghapmton University, regaled the audience with a Mongolian song Beautiful Grassland My Home, and a festive, upbeat song Beautiful Mood. We were also honored with the presence of Chen Juan, this seasonâs champion of Chinaâs Got Talent, who sang a Tujia ethnic minority song using her own voice for both the female and male vocals. The evening ended with a lion dance presented by two lion dance troupes; the Lucky Lion Dancers and the Southern Sea Lion dance team.
Artists on the cutting edge of their skills in different kinds of acrobatics, juggling, music, and other performing arts amazed the audience several times throughout the evening. Waving multicolored glowsticks, the audience cheered and clapped. Next to them, student artists proved their developing skills in collaboration. The 2016 Moon Festival Celebration in Balboa Park was presented by performers and enjoyed by audiences from many walks of life.See Less
On August 26, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University held an orientation for new Hanban teachers. A total number of 18 teachers are assigned to six Confucius Classroom Schools and SDSU-Imperial Valley Campus.
In the morning, Co-director, Professor Lu Wei warmly welcomed the new teachers, and expressed his high expectation to them. Professor Lu Wei delivered key rules and regulations under CI/SDSU management; he offered suggestions on 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 Mandarin teaching.
In the afternoon, Project Manager, Anne Chu introduced the differences in culture and etiquettes between China and United States, presented information regarding to house renting, insurance, and driver license. She also responded to teachersâ questions and gave them supportive advice of adapting to the new environment.
The new teachers expressed afterwards that they learned plenty of things through this orientation, and they would dutifully complete their assignments in new positions.
Kassia Love learned to do Chinese calligraphy and Chinese brush painting in Dalian. She showcased her work to an audience of over two hundred parents and children at the Dalian Experimental Elementary School. She also performed her gord music at the evening performance.
On Friday, August 5th, 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) held a closing ceremony for the Chinese Summer Camp program. CISDSU invited parents to attend the closing ceremony. Students presented performances to demonstrate what they have learned during the two-week program.
Performances included Mongolian folk dance, Peacock dance, fan dance, Shao Lin Kong Fu and abacus demonstration. Parents were impressed by the studentsâ fascinating performances; rounds of applause went on and on. They also expressed their appreciation for the CI team.
This yearâs summer camp program was a success in encouraging students to learn Chinese. Students have improved their Chinese communication and abacus calculating skills throughout this two-week program.
Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) Dr. Lilly Cheng was invited by Hanban to provide a training workshop for the directors who will be going to the United States and Oceania. The training took place at Nankai University in Tianjin on August 4, 2016. Over a hundred Chinese directors participated in this training program. They will be dispatched to the United States and countries in Oceania. The presentation included the Six Arts of Confucianism and Tiandee Panda Chinese teaching materials. The participants were interested in the activities organized by CISDSU.
On Monday, July 25th, 2016, the Confucius Institute at SDSU launched its annual two-week Chinese Summer Camp Program. This two-week program is organized to enhance the studentâs Chinese proficiency during summer vacations, as well as to introduce them to different aspects of China. The curriculum, titled âTen Days Traveling in Chinaâ, created by a CI/SDSU teacher had the goal of introducing a new province every day and teaching the cultural highlights of that province. Some of the cultural highlight included festivals, traditional dishes, folk dances and music, style of living and customs particular to that province.
In the morning, twenty-one students ranging from second to fifth grade from both Barnard Elementary and Riverview Academy arrived at the SDSU campus. They spent the day participating in classes where they learned about the Chinese culture and language. The teachers, Zhong and Wang Laoshi, taught in Chinese and the camp team leaders worked together to create an immersive bilingual environment.
In their first class of the day, students learned about the geography of North Eastern China. They learned the names of China's 3 northeastern provinces. They learned about several things that the Dongbei Province is famous for, such as ice sculptures, the Siberian tiger preservation, and its folk dance. In the afternoon they did several exercises where they began to learn how to use the Chinese abacus, which pairs motor skills with mathematical calculation for enhance their abilities when solving math problems. The students were exited to apply what they had learned from the teachers and where eager to answer the teacherâs questions. At the end of the day, the students looked eager to return the next day to learn and participate in the upcoming cultural activities.See Less
From June 23 to July 5, 2016, a group 19 students and educators, including 5th grade graduating students from Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, the first Confucius Classroom school affiliated under Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, their parents and graduate students from Leadership in Education program at College of Education at San Diego State university, went on a journey to China for Chinese cultural and Language exploration.
The group was led by Program Manager of CI/SDSU, Ms. Anne Chu. Throughout their journey in China, they would visit many significant sites in Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai. This 12-day exploration tour offered these students a more in-depth first-hand experience to appreciate Chineseâs diverse cultural elements for its richness, magnificence, and grandeur.
All of them was awed by the sights they visited. It further strengthened their commitment and interest in the pursuit of their continual learning of Mandarin and Chinese culture.
On July 11th, 2016, BELA Education Corporation launched the annual summer camp in San Diego State University. This year, 26 students participated in the program. The students came from Guangzhou Foreign Language School, Guangdong Overseas Chinese High School, Xiang Xian High School, and Shenmo Education Group. Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) co-hosted the ceremony. CISDSU project coordinators Yueying Zhan, Weitao Huang and Weicheng Han assisted this event.
Dr. Lilly Cheng warmly welcomed the students and introduced San Diego State University and the Confucius Institute. Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Aaron Bruce presented the topic on diversity at San Diego State University. He also shared the experience traveling in China with his daughter. Dr. Bruceâs daughter studies Chinese in Riverview International Academy, a CISDSU Confucius Classroom school. They went on a trip to China with other CC school students about two weeks ago. Through the trip, he deeply believes that language education is the bridge for communication between China and the U.S. During the orientation, Dr. Bruce also discussed some U.S. social and political issues with the students, and answered questions on American culture and education. After the opening ceremony, students joined a campus tour led by CISDSU staff members.
On July 14th, students visited the Abboud family, an American family who is passionate about Chinese language and culture. The four Abboud siblings study in the Chinese immersion program at Riverview Elementary. Mrs.Abboud showed the students her Chinese decorations and Chinese calligraphy wall at their home. She also offered Chinese tea by presenting a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Over tea, she shared stories of her children learning Chinese. This visit provides an opportunity for students to understand more about American family, as well as to understand how the Confucius Institute makes a difference on American students and families.
On July 8, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, hosted a meeting with Ms. Katrina Briggs, mother of Confucius Classroom student as well as Chinese Bridge Competition Champion, Kassia Love.
At the meeting, Dr. Cheng discussed CISDSUâs upcoming documentary program on Confucius Classroom students. This project focuses on documenting these studentsâ Chinese learning journey. Kassia, as one of the star students who has been studying Chinese for two years, who is also currently studying abroad in China and staying with Chinese homestay families, will be one of the main characters in this documentary series.
Ms. Briggs expressed her appreciation for the efforts and supports from CISDSU, and gave her best wishes to the success of the program.
From June 20 to June 30, 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) hosted the 2016 Chinese Summer Camp at the Imperial Valley Campus. Twenty students, ranging from 9 to 16 years of age, participated in the summer camp.
The program was coordinated by CISDSU Hanban teacher Ms. Xiaofang Shao. The programâs language courses included daily conversations, Chinese Pinyin, numbers, colors and dates. The cultural programs included Chinese music and paper cutting. After the two-week program, students are now able to use Chinese Pinyin, make simple conversations and sing two songs in Chinese.
On the morning of June 30, all summer camp participants and their parents gathered for the closing ceremony. The ceremony hall had a full house and everyone was excited to see the paper cutting exhibition prepared by Ms. Shao and her students. The Imperial Valley Campus Interim Dean, Dr. Gregorio Ponce, also participated in the closing ceremony. He represented SDSU-IVC to distribute certificates to all of the students, and showed deep appreciation to Ms. Shaoâs extraordinary work on developing Chinese programs on campus, as well as in the community.
The 2016 SDSU-IVC Chinese Summer Camp program was a success. Not only did it intrigue the interest of the students to further study Chinese, but it also helped students to learn more about China. Many students and parents expressed their special thanks to the Summer Camp Program and wished that the program would have been a little bit longer. Two-time summer camp participants, Alex and Viki, also hope to join the Chinese Summer Camp next year and study abroad in China in the future.See Less
In June 2016, with increasing numbers of visitors, the Silk and Tea exhibition co-hosted by the Confucius Institute at the San Diego New Americans Museum has been expanded to two exhibition halls. Over 50 items collected by CISDSU from China, as well as some family heirlooms from CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng, are available to the public.
The Tea & Silk Exhibition, part of the NAM exhibition A Personal Portrait of Four Local Asian American Families, is on display from May 6 to July 31, 2016. The exhibition expressed Asian Community voices through four extraordinary ambassadors of Asian culture: CISDSU Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng; Executive director of Pacific Arts Movement, Lee Ann Kim; Dancer and musician Anamaria Labao; and Teacher Pam Pham Barron. CISDSU provided cultural artifacts for the exhibits, including silk embroidered robes, a ceremonial tea set, and several Chinese paintings as well as Dr. Chengâs family heirlooms. The âSilk & Teaâ exhibition aims to engage the community in experiences of Chinese culture where they have opportunities to learn more about the stories of Chinese immigrants
Our 2014 and 2015 SDSU Confucius Institute Chinese Bridge Competition Champion Kassia Love left for a two-month Confucius Six Arts trip to China on June 28.
She traveled in Beijing and will be staying with her host family in Linyi, Shandong Province. She will be learning the Six Arts of Confucianism in the birth place of Confucius. During her stay she will be visiting many sites and learn first hand about the Chinese culture. We will continue to report about her experience.
On June 24, 2016, San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus (SDSU-IVC) Interim Dean Dr. Gregorio Ponce and Student Affairs Director Ms. Miriam CastaĂ±Ăłn visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU). CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng, and the Confucius Institute Co-Director Professor Wei Lu warmly welcomed the guests at Storm Hall meeting room.
At the meeting, Dr. Cheng planned future China exchange programs for IVC students, and advocated for more administrative support in IVC Chinese Programs. Professor Lu provided suggestions about trainings for future Hanban teachers. Dr. Ponce emphasized the importance that IVC strengthen its relationship with local Chinese communities.
The purpose of this meeting was to enhance the partnership between CISDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley Campus. As the Spanish saying goes, âMi Casa Es Su Casaâ; both parties look forward to collaborating in the future and hosting extraordinary Chinese educational programs together. Not only do they intend to serve IVC students, but local communities in Calexico, California as well.
On June 14th ,2016, staff in San Diego High School(SDHS) held a farewell party for a Hanban teacher, Mrs.Xiaoyuan Li. They prepared a lunch potluck as a surprise. Mrs. Li came to SDHS in August 2013 and worked as a visiting scholar for Chinese language and culture promotion. Her dedication in the past three years has made Chinese learning a wonderful experience for her students and her commitment to the job was greatly recognized by the school.
In order to create an especially Chinese atmosphere in the party, her colleagues made a â Thank you Mrs.Liâ slideshow in Chinese, together with a beautiful Chinese scene picture and Chinese traditional folk music. Mrs. Li expressed her gratitude to all the members in the school and her hopes for the Chinese program. Everyone wrote down their sincere blessings on a card for Mrs.Li and wished her all the best in the future.See Less
On June 22, 2016, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU), Dr. Lilly Cheng and project coordinators, Mu-Ting Huang and Yueying Zhan met with Allan Pan, the abacus teacher for the Confucius Institute Summer Camp Program design, as well as the Professional Development Program at Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy.
At the meeting, Dr. Lilly Cheng emphasized the importance of the Confucian âSix Artsâ. The âSix Artsâ include Rites, Music, Archery, Management, Calligraphy and Mathematics, which constitute a profound Confucian philosophy in traditional Chinese culture. The Chinese Abacus is considered one of the most important mathematic skills for young students to learn. To further develop the âSix Artsâ curriculum, Dr. Lilly Cheng invited Allan Pan to teach abacus lessons for the 2016 CI Chinese Summer Camp, at least 2 hours per day. Furthermore, Dr. Cheng discussed the strategic partnership with Allan Pan for the professional development program at Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy. It is set to start in September 2016, in order to promote Six Arts to students at this school. Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy is one of Confucius Classroom schools, which offers Mandarin immersion programs to 1st- 5th graders.See Less
On June 15, 2016, Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy hosted their annual Asian Pacific field day. This event aims to create opportunities for students to experience different cultures and participate in cultural activities. There were 14 stations and each station hosted a different activity such as parkour training, soccer, fencing, softball throwing and Chinese Outdoor Activities. Each class rotated between different stations to try different activities. Confucius Institute at SDSU (CI SDSU) participated in this event to introduce Chinese outdoor activity to students, teachers and parents.
CI SDSU showed and demonstrated the Chinese Outdoor Activities station. Students learned how to play traditional games with the Jianzi, or shuttlecock, the Chinese jump rope, and spinning plates as well as badminton, a nationally enjoyed sport. Students also learned about the origins of these activities. All the students enjoyed the activities and left for their next station with great reluctance.
This event was a huge success. Students enjoyed new activities; more importantly, they learned the history of each activity, which helped them to understand and appreciate a different culture.See Less
On Saturday June 4th, 2016, the Confucius Institute at SDSU hosted an education conference for Mandarin teachers given by Mrs. Sarah Fox at Liberty Station, a branch of the Point Loma Nazarene University campus. Mrs. Fox shared with Mandarin teachers her own classroom strategies for adopting Common Coreâs ELA standards in her classroom.
At the conference Mrs. Fox introduced the 6 Strategies for Scaffolding English Learning Instruction by Aida Walqui, director of the Teacher Professional Development Program and the Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) project. Mrs. Fox also taught a method of scaffolding known by the acronym PIEâPrepare the student, Interact with Text, and Extend learning. Teachers that attended the conference observed ways to maintain instructional control while helping students interact with one another for learning. Mrs. Fox is a Coordinator for Project GLAD, a curriculum designed for teachers that have significant numbers of ELLs in their classrooms, and a Lead Resource Teacher for English Learning in La Mesa Spring Valley School District.
This conference was a huge success. More than twenty teachers from as far as Los Angeles who teach classes of students from kindergarten to college and adult continuing education have participated in this conference. They enjoyed the hands-on role playing activities and examples that Sarah used to demonstrate the effectiveness of her approach.See Less
From May 28th to June 12th, 2016, Jonathan Lee, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University coordinator, led a group of 15 students on a two week short term study abroad program to Shanghai, China. The students had the opportunity to explore different parts of Shanghai and Hangzhou while attending classes on Chinese culture, history, and business practices.
As they were learning about Chinese culture, students participated in a wide array of activities. They visited the iconic water town Zhouzhuang, learned about Chinese medicine from Dr. Daozheng Li, meditated with a zen master, visited several temples, and enjoyed a Classical performing art, the Chinese face-changing opera. These activities, among others, gave the students a better understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture.
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 gratitude for the opportunity to experience such a wonderful city as well as their desire to return in the future.See Less
On Saturday, May 28th, 2016, in celebration of Asian Heritage Month, the Third 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 schools.
The highlight of the show was the Confucian âSix Artsâ performance by students from Confucius Classroom schools affiliated with Confucius Institute at San Diego University. The âSix Artsâ programs represent Rites, Music, Archery, Skill, Calligraphy and Mathematics, which demonstrate a profound Confucian philosophy in traditional Chinese culture. Performance programs featured demonstrations of tea ware, Chinese musical instrument Erhu, Taichi, Abacus, calligraphy brush, and Kuaiban. The studentsâ performances and showmanship won rounds of applause from the audience.
The festival was a huge success providing opportunity for young talented students to showcase their artistic skill.See Less
On May 20th, 2016, Confucius Institute at California State University Long Beach (CICSULB) visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU). The delegation was led by Heidi Zhang, Managing Director of CICSULB and Xiangmin Li, Co-Director of CICSULB. Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of CISDSU, warmly welcomed the group at the SDSU Storm Hall meeting room.
At the meeting, Dr. Cheng acquainted them with the history of CISDSU, the Confucius Classrooms and various cultural programs. The delegation was impressed by the programs and achievements that CISDSU has obtained. Furthermore, Dr. Cheng discussed the possibility of starting strategic partnership with CICSULB, and co-hosting cultural programs and events. Heidi Zhang and Xiangmin Li said that they look forward to cooperating with CISDSU in near future.
On May 17, the 2016 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Honoree Awards Dinner took place at University Club, Symphony Tower in downtown San Diego. Two faculty members from San Diego State University were awarded the Local Heroes Awards together. Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, was given an honor in recognition of her extraordinary contributions in the Asian American Community. The other honoree recognized was Dr. Huma Ashmed-Ghosh, Director of Womenâs Studies at San Diego State University.
The local hero dinner for the 2016 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month was co-hosted by Union Bank, San Diegoâs Public Radio, and TV KPBS. Vice President of Union Bank Southern California Division Rana Sampson hosted the evening award dinner. To celebrate this special event, Union Bank Managing Director for Downtown and South San Diego region, Anthony Perez, KPBS Associate General Manager Bruce Rogow, Client Relationship Coordinator Charlene Clingman, Senior Community Engagement Coordinator Clare Pister, San Diego Chinese Press Director Fei Lu, CISDSU Project Coordinator Chudan Li, and family and friends of the two honorees joined the dinner.
Union Bank first launched the Local Heroes Program in 1995 to demonstrate the bankâs community service and cultural diversity commitments. In 2011, Union Bank and KPBS extended the program to the eight-month celebration that it is today. Each month, two community leaders are selected as local heroes in appreciation of their efforts and their support of the community.See Less
On May 16, 2016, Lilly Cheng attended the 21st Century China Program salon organized by UCSD. The topic is on Dunhuang and the speaker is from the Dunhuang Academy Director Xudong Wang. Dr. Wang introduced the past history of Dunhuang and current development of the city. In addition he shared the challenges faced by the future tourism development of Dunhuang.
On May 13, Consulate General of the Peopleâs Republic of China in Los Angeles Education Office and Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) co-hosted the 2016 Chinese Bridge Language Proficiency Preliminary Competition at the Mission Bay High School Auditorium.
Fifty-two contestants from sixteen elementary, middle and high schools in southern California, New Mexico and Hawaii participated in the contest. Consular Haiying Chai from the Chinese General Consulate Office in Los Angeles attended the event. Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of CISDSU, served as the emcee. More than 150 audiences observed the competition, including school administrators, Chinese teachers, parents and students.
The contest consisted of three parts: an oral speech, a quiz session on Chinese culture and history, and a talent show. The speech topic was âäžæèŻŸć æŻæćż«äčçćź¶â (The/My Chinese classroom is my sweet home) for K-6 students, and was âèćžïŒææłćŻčäœ èŻŽâŠâŠâ (My dear Chinese teacher, I want to say to youâŠ) and âæ±èŻćœ©æĄ„æïŒç”æäœ æä»â (The Chinese Bridge connects you and me) for 7th-12th grade students. In front of the judges and the audience, Contestants shared journey learning Chinese , proved their Chinese proficiency levels and their knowledge of Chinese history and geography. Contestants also featured their special talents, including Chinese songs, poem recitation, instrumental solo, dancing, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese Kung-Fu, etc. Their Chinese fluency and unique talents made this competition an enjoyable performance for the judges and the audience.
Students from Riverview Elementary and International Academy and Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy covered all prizes from the K-6 elementary group. Both schools are CISDSUâs Confucius Classrooms Schools. From the 7-12 grade groups, winners came from San Diego High School, Pacific Beach Middle School, and Hilltop High School. Contestants from Confucius classroom in El Cajon Valley High School won the first and the third place. Contestants from New Mexico and Hawaii were proud to take home with their âTalent Starâ and the âSpeech Starâ prizes.
This yearâs competition was a huge success thanks to the support of the following individuals and organizations: Chinese teachers, parents, school officials, Mission Bay High School as well as CISDSU staff members and volunteers. The contest has exceeded the past ones in the scale, contestantsâ performance and media coverage; inspired more studentsâ passion in learning Chinese. It also expanded the influence of the Confucius Institute as well as the Chinese Bridge Competition.See Less
On May 7th, 2016, the 7th Annual Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego was held at Mira Mesa Community Park. This year, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) celebrated the festival with their delightful Confucius Six Arts performance, and brought to the visitors lively cultural exhibitions representing Chinese culture.
On Cultural Row, CISDSUâs cultural exhibition hosted different types of family-friendly cultural activities. CISDSU staff and Hanban teachers introduced to the visitors of CIâs Confucius Classrooms and Chinese language teaching materials. Hundreds of visitors were attracted by CIâs cultural activities -- Chinese Yo Yo and art projects that included Chinese calligraphy and Zodiac paper cutting.
In the afternoon, CISDSU, along with Confucius Classroom teachers and their students gave performances of the Confucian âSix Artsâ on the main stage. The âSix Artsâ programs represent Rites, Music, Archery, Management, Calligraphy and Mathematics, which is a profound Confucian philosophy in traditional Chinese culture. Performance programs featured demonstrations of tea ware, Chinese musical instrument Erhu, Taichi, Abacus, Chinese dance, Chinese song solo, Kuaiban and poem recitation. Through the lively performance, the audience was excited to learn bits and pieces of Chinese culture.
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month â a month long celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The Asian Cultural Festival is the largest celebration, with more than 5,000 in attendance from San Diego and nationwide. San Diego County Office Mayor Kevin Faulconer participated in the opening ceremony and expressed special appreciation to the festival organizer. Local media, including FOX 5 News San Diego and US Chinese Press also reported this event. CISDSU participates in the Asian Cultural Festival every year to support and celebrate diversity, and meanwhile furthers their outreach to the San Diego community.See Less
On May 6th, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) co-hosted the Silk & Tea Exhibition Opening Reception at New Americans Museum. The exhibition expressed Asian Community voices through four extraordinary Asian culture ambassadors: CISDSU Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, Executive director of Pacific Arts Movement Lee Ann Kim, Dancer and musician Anamaria Labao, and Teacher Pam Pham Barron. CISDSU exhibited cultural objects including silk embroidered clothing, tea set, Chinese painting etc. as well as Dr. Chengâs family heirlooms.
During the opening reception, CISDSU project coordinator Chudan Li and Yijing Yin performed the traditional Chinese tea ceremony for the guests, followed by Confucius Classroom student Tasie Abboud and her teacher Mr. Roger Caoâs Tai-chi performance. The âSilk & Teaâ exhibition aims to engage the community in experiencing Chinese culture and learning about more Chinese immigration stories.See Less
On May 6th, a delegation of six professors and administrators from Beijing Jiaotong University visited Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU). The group was led by Dr. Guoyong Cao, Secretary of the Party Committee at Beijing Jiaotong University. CISDSU Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, warmly welcomed the group at the SDSU Storm Hall meeting room.
At the meeting, Dr. Cheng introduced the founding history of CISDSU, the Confucius Classrooms and various cultural programs. She also presented to the group CISDSUâs documentary â Blossoms from a Different Shore. The delegation was impressed by the programs and achievements that CISDSU has obtained. Furthermore, Dr. Cheng discussed the possibility of starting the âThree Toursâ project in the near future, which is in cooperation between CISDSU and Beijing Jiaotong University. After the meeting, CI project coordinator led the delegation on a tour of the SDSU campus. Then they met with the president of San Diego State University, Dr. Elliot Hirshman.
Beijing Jiaotong University is one of the oldest universities in China, and accommodates 14 academic schools, 2 vocational colleges and 1 independent college.See Less
On May 2, 2016, a delegation from Hunan Mass Media Vocational Technical College, which included Mr. Jiefu Ouyang, Associate Professor Wehao Ouyang, Associate Professor Rong Hu and Mr. Tong Liu, visited the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus. CISDSU project coordinator, Ms. Yueying Zhan, accompanied the delegateâs visit and meeting.
In the morning, the delegate toured SDSU Imperial Valley Campus, and visited the schoolâs community adult Chinese classroom taught by CI Teacher Ms. Shaofang Shao. After the classroom visit, the delegation group was greeted by the Interim Dean for the Imperial Valley Campus of SDSU, Dr. Gregorio A. Ponce, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Carlos R. Herrera and Director of Student Affairs, Miriam CastaĂ±on.
In the afternoon, Director Miriam CastaĂ±on led the delegate on a tour of the Industrial Technology Department of Imperial Valley College, which left a deep impression on the delegates.
The delegates said that todayâs visit was a learning experience and that they wish to have further collaborations with SDSU-Imperial Valley Campus and Imperial Valley College.See Less
On May 1, 2016, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU), Dr. Lilly Cheng, was invited to the opening ceremony of the special exhibition for President Chien Shih-Liang at the Chien Family Ancestral Hall (é±çç„ ) in Westlake of Hangzhou, China. Drs. Shu Chien and Frederick Chien (sons of President Chien) and their family members were present to share this very memorable moment.
Chien Shih-Liang (1908-1983), a native of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, was a famous Chinese chemist and educator. He obtained Masterâs Degree in Science and a Ph.D in Chemistry, University of Illinois. He used to be the Director of the Department of Chemistry at Peking University, and the President of National Taiwan University. The exhibition is open to the public from May 1-20.See Less
On April 28, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) participated in the opening night for the 16th San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) Spring Showcase. Managing Director of CISDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, Project Manager Ms. Anne Chu, staff members and friends of CISDSU gathered together to join the reception for the documentary âThe Music of Strangersâ. More than 150 participants, including San Diego Councilmember Chris Gate, Pacific Arts Movement Founder Lee Ann Kim, Artistic Director Brian Hu and SDAFF members participated in the event.See More
Before the film started, a welcoming reception was held at the UltraStar Mission Valley Theater. Sponsored by CISDSU, artists presented to the audience traditional Chinese musical instruments, including the Pipa (ç”ç¶), the Bamboo Flute (çŹ), the Drum (éŒ) and the Dulcimer (æŹçŽ). San Diego Councilmember Chris Gate gave a welcoming speech about the diversity that Pacific Arts Movement has brought to the San Diego community. Pacific Arts Artistic Director Brian Hu also expressed special thanks to Lee Ann Kim for 16 years of dedicated service as the Executive Director, and to Dr.Lilly Cheng for her generous support and sponsorship of the festival.
The Music of Strangers captures the journey of Yo-Yo Ma, a Chinese American cellist and his multicultural New Silk Road Ensemble. As the opening film for this yearâs Spring Showcase, âThe Music of Strangers is dedicated to all the different melodies and vibrations in Asian cinema, coming together and forming harmonies unlike any weâve heard beforeâ, said Pacific Arts Artistic Director Brian Hu.See Less
On April 27, 2016, the 25th âNews of Shanxiâ first prize was awarded to SDSU Confucius Institute documentary âBlossoms from a Different Shoreâ. The film is co-directed by the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) and China Yellow River Television.
Filmed in San Diego last October, âBlossoms from a Different Shoreâ is about the Chinese learning journey of American girl Magdalena and her triplet siblings. It tells the story of how SDSU Confucius Institute develops Confucius Classrooms and promotes Chinese language and culture in San Diego and in Southern California. The documentary premiered on China Shanxi Television-Great Wall Channel in December last year, and rebroadcasted during the Chinese New Year in 2016. It has earned high audience ratings in China and in the U.S.
On April 27, 2016, Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU), Dr. Lilly Cheng, received the 2016 Women of Dedication Honor presented by the Salvation Army Womenâs Auxiliary. Family and friends of Dr. Cheng, along with CISDSU staff members joined Dr. Cheng for the luncheon celebration, which was hosted at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel.See More
The Gift of Giving is the theme for this yearâs celebration and so is the celebration of Dr. Cheng's character. As the Managing Director of CISDSU, Dr. Cheng has devoted herself to various educational and cultural programs in San Diego. She has shown extraordinary leadership in promoting Chinese language and Chinese culture to K-12 classrooms. Community wise, Dr. Cheng has led her team of staff in creating Chinese cultural programs in the San Diego community. Nationally and internationally known, she is a keynote speaker on the topics of speech pathology, culture, cross-cultural understanding and language teaching.
The Women of Dedication recognizes women who have made remarkable contributions to the community. Other 2016 Women of Dedication Honorees are Valerie Cooper, Karin F. Donaldson, Arlene Esgate, Kristy Gregg, Dorothea Laub, Carol Lazier, Elizabeth Lou, Sandra Maas, Kerry A. Payne, Rachel Peniche, Charlotte Perry, Fern Siegel and Lise Wilson.See Less
On April 19, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, joined a large group of friends and supporters at the City Council, in celebration of April 19, 2016 as Lee Ann Kim Day. The proclamation was given by City Council Member Chris Cate.
On April 18, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, attended a program held at Balboa Park. She served as the moderator for her table and provided discussions on topics related to the future development of the park.
On April 14, 2016, New Americans Museum Director of the Oral History Programs, Mr. Juan Pazos, visited the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) at Storm Hall meeting room. Managing Director of CISDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, Project Coordinator, Yueying Zhan, Jason Huang and Volunteer Richard Han warmly welcomed Mr. Pazos. The meeting discussed the upcoming co-exhibition -- âTea and Silkâ at the New Americans Museum in May, 2016. The exhibition grand-opening reception is scheduled on May 6, 6PM at the Museum.
During the meeting, Mr. Pazos interviewed Dr. Cheng on the subject of immigration culture. The interview video is going to be shown at the exhibition. At the reception, CISDSU is going to host a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, to introduce Chinese tea culture and the Confucius Etiquette. The âTea and Silkâ project not only tells the story of Chinese American immigration history, but also presents to the audience of Chinaâs New Silk Road.
On April 12, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) invited Professor Xing Gao, Deputy Director of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology & Paleoanthropology, to give a lecture at San Diego State University on the topic of Shuidonggou Site. SDSU Department of Religious Studies Professor, Khaleel Mohammed, CISDSU Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng and staff members attended the lecture. More than 300 students participated in this event.
Professor Gao first introduced the history of Shuidonggou, the earliest Paleolithic site to be discovered in Chinese history, and its influence on East Asia history and culture. He then displayed on-site photos to show his teamâs archaeological process. From these photos, he pointed out various items discovered from Shuidonggou. At the end of the lecture, Dr. Cheng and Professor Mohammed granted Professor Gao an appreciation certificate.
The lecture aims to enhance American studentsâ understanding of Human history. After the lecture, students expressed their interest to visit Shuidonggou in Ningxia Province, and to experience the long history of Chinese ancient culture.
The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road University Presidents Forum was held at Xiamen University on April 5, 2016 in celebration of the 95th anniversary of Xiamen University. Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University participated in the forum.
Director-General of Hanban and Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Madame Xu Lin, and Xiamen University President, Dr. Zhu Chongshi, together opened the forum. Xiamen University Vice President Ms. Zhan Xinli chaired the forum. Professor Liao Shaolian talked about the Relevance of Confucius Institute to the Belt and Road Initiative. The following topics were discussed throughout the day with topics including the role of Confucius Institute in promoting the globalization of higher education; cultural exchanges and mutual learning between Confucius Institutes and the countries along the one belt one road; and the role of Confucius Institute in the one belt one road initiative.
Since 2006, Xiamen University has established 16 Confucius Institutes and 43 Confucius Classrooms in 13 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and Oceania.
On March, 29, 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) participated at the 15th Annual Dual Language and English Learner Institute, hosted by the San Diego County Office of Education. Over 300 scholars, professors, local teachers and administrators attended this event to learn more about bilingual education in the 21st century.
The subject of this yearâs Dual Language and English Learner Institute was âLeveraging Language for Student Successâ. It explored dual language learning resources and tools to improve studentsâ bilingual abilities, and other subjects on language and learning. CISDSU Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, gave a keynote speech on âCode-Switching and Bilingualismâ. Professor Emerita of University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Lily Wong Fillmore, Department Chair of Dual Language and English Learner Education at San Diego State University, Dr. Cristina Alfaro, and Professor of Dual Language and English Learner Education at San Diego State University, Dr. Karen Cadiero-Kaplan presented their ideas on language acquisition, social factors on bilingual learning, education justice, bilingual education and so forth. Additionally, attendees discussed about bilingual education characteristics, theories and challenges at interactive sessions.
Language Teaching Materials and Research Projects were also displayed at the conference. CISDSU, as one of the exhibitors, displayed Chinese teaching resources that included Tian Dee Panda book series and teaching materials.
On March 19, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) held the 2016 Confucius Classroom Forum. More than seventy educators attended this event, including Chinese teachers from Confucius classrooms, local Chinese teachers and school administrators.
The first speaker at the forum was coordinator of Mandarin programs in Lakeside Unified School District, Mrs. Grace Cox. She introduced the development of Mandarin immersion and enrichment programs in the Riverview Elementary, together with opportunities and challenges the school currently has with their language immersion program.
The following topic was discussed by Director of Dual Language and Achievement Gap, Mrs. Olympia Kyriakidis, who gave a speech about the mission and vision of Dual Language programs, and the implementation of immersion programs in elementary schools.
After the tea break, several Chinese teachers from different K-12 schools shared their personal stories and experience in their Chinese teaching, including strategies of effective classroom management, the implementation of technology in language teaching, and the influence of music in mandarin learning.
Following the lunch break, Managing Director of CISDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, gave an in-depth presentation on cultural differences between people in eastern and western countries. It pointed out some lessons and challenges Chinese teachers have in teaching students in American schools. Dr.Lilly Cheng encouraged all the teachers to embrace the differences and teach with an open mind.
At the end of the forum, school principals talked about their goals and expectations for K-12 education, including Principal of Riverview Elementary and International Academy, Mr. Brian Thurman; Principal of Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, Mrs. Aida Hernandez; Principal of Adobe Bluffs Elementary, Mr. Edward Park; and Principal of Fletcher Elementary School, Mrs. Rebeca Nelson.
This event provided great professional development for each Chinese teacher to enhance the advancement and quality of the Chinese program at Confucius Classrooms.
On March 18, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) participated in Hilltop High Schoolâs multicultural festival to support its Mandarin language and culture program. The fair aims to create a more diverse environment for students to experience and appreciate.
CISDSU brought Chinese Yo-Yos for students to experience this traditional Chinese toy and also brought traditional Chinese outfits for students to try on. Students showed huge interest in learning Chinese culture and history. In addition, audiences were entertained by studentsâ performances on the outdoor stage. Students from the Chinese class sang several Chinese songs while other students performed different dances from around the world.
This fair was a great success. Students not only experienced diverse cultures but also tasted many exotic food such as Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French and Italian cuisine.
On March 15, 2016, managing director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, led discussions on awarding scholarships to high school students as Chair of the Kyoto Prize Symposium Scholarship Committee. Six students from San Diego/Tijuana-area high schools were awarded scholarships this year.
The Kyoto Prize Symposium Scholarships, administered through The San Diego Foundation and the Fundacion Internacional de la Comunidad (FIC), are awards to San Diego/Tijuana-area high school students who have been inspired to pursue college education in one of the three annual Kyoto Prize categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, or Arts and Philosophy. The San Diego Foundation is a broad-purpose community foundation helping individuals, families, and organizations carry out their charitable plans, with the common goal of improving the quality of life in the greater San Diego region, now and for generations to come. FIC accomplishes the same goals in Tijuana and Baka California.
On March 8, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University staff performed a tea ceremony at the One SDSU Community campus life special event. CISDSU project coordinators Yijing Yin and Jason Huang performed the ceremony while project coordinator Chudan Li introduced the tea ceremony and described each step of the performance. The tea ceremony was a wonderful presentation of Rites (ç€Œ Li)from Confuciusâs Six Arts and gave students a deeper understanding of Chinese culture.
Following the tea ceremony was a screening of the documentary The Dialogue which follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. Together the students explore each otherâsâ backgrounds and learn cross-cultural communication skills. At the conclusion of the documentary, Interim Assistant Director of SDSU Study Abroad, Ine Williams, held a discussion about cross-cultural experiences.
On March 1, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) welcomed Ms. Yalu Liu, Director of China Central Television (CCTV) Major Production Center, to the Institute. Managing Director of CISDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, warmly welcomed Director Liu and introduced CISDSUâs educational and cultural programs, including Confucius Classrooms, community cultural events such as Balboa Park Moon Festival Celebration, SeaWorld Chinese New Year Performance and CISDSU Documentary Filming Project. Director Liu and CISDSU staff team exchanged ideas through discussions, and took a group photo in the end.
CCTV is Chinaâs premier television broadcaster, with the largest viewing population in mainland China. CCTV Major Production Center, as a main department of CCTV, is responsible for directing, organizing and producing large-scale programs and performances.
On February 29, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University managing director, Dr. Lilly Cheng participated in Balboa Park Cultural Partnershipâs third annual trustee celebration held at the Japanese Garden in the Park. San Diego Mayor, Kevin Falconer, and San Diego Council member, Todd Gloria, addressed the crowd on the importance of development and implementation of partnership programs.
The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is a nonprofit organization through which 27 arts, science and cultural institutions in Balboa Park, San Diego, collaborate to achieve greater organizational efficiency, innovation and excellence. The Partnershipâs member institutions vary in size and type and include museums, performing arts groups and theatres, cultural centers, gardens and the San Diego Zoo.
From December 2015 to February 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) hosted a series of CSET/CBEST (California Subject Exam for Teachers/California Basic Educational Skills Test) training workshops. 15 local Chinese teachers attended the workshops which covered topics on Linguistics, Chinese Linguistics, Chinese Literature and Culture. The final workshop focusing on Chinese history will be held on March 12. CISDSU invited StarTalk Chinese Program Director Ms. Areana Chen and CISDSU Co-Director Professor Wei Lu as guest speakers for the workshops, which cover the important concepts of exam subjects, practice tests, and resources for reference. CISDSU has hosted the CSET/CBEST training workshops for the last three years in order to help local Chinese teachers and Hanban teachers to prepare for acquiring teacher credentials. The series workshops have won good reputation from the trainees from previous years. On Feb 26, 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) hosted the Chinese New Year Appreciation Dinner at Gourmet City Restaurant to celebrate the hard work these teachers and administrators do in promoting Chinese language and culture. Over 80 Confucius Classroom school administrators, local school teachers, and Hanban teachers attended this event.See More At the dinner, CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng presented Friends of Confucius Institute awards to eight members, as an appreciation to their years of significant support to the Confucius Institute. The recipients of these awards include Board President of San Diego Unified School District, Dr. Michael McQuary; Pacific Beach Middle School Principal, Ms. Kimberly Meng; E3 Civic High School Faculty and Students Affairs Director, Dr. Ke Xu; Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy Former Principal, Edward Park; StarTalk Chinese Program Director, Ms. Areana Chen; SDSU Outstanding Alumni, Prof. Anne Rosser; Chinese Martial Art Master, Ms. Siu-Fong Evans; and Chinese Calligraphy Master, Mr. Zhang Cao. On behalf of the Education Committee of San Diego Unified School District, Dr. McQuary presented an honorary award to CISDSU, for its outstanding contribution to the promotion of Chinese language and culture. At the welcoming reception, CISDSU held a traditional Chinese tea ceremony for all guests. Renowned Chinese painter, Ms. Bailan Qin, was also invited to introduce traditional Chinese painting and presented her four graceful meticulous paintings on Chinese heroines to the audience. After dinner, Ms. Qin also drew portraits for the guests which won high praises from the attendees. The Chinese New Year appreciation dinner was meant to strengthen the partnership between CISDSU and the school districts, as well as representatives from various sectors, and to increase our impact in local communities.See Less On February 26, 2016, Confucius classroom at Fletcher Elementary School held their annual Lunar New Year celebration. The school provided a variety of performances which were planned and organized by teachers, staff and parents. The campus was filled with joy as the crowd could not wait to celebrate the Year of the Monkey.See More The show started with several popular Chinese kids songs such as âChinese Zodiac,â âWhere is Spring?â and âThe Handkerchief Gameâ performed by the 3rd and 4th grade Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP) class. The lower grade students then performed many Chinese chants and dances. The grand finale was performed by all MIP students, which was the Chinese New Year Song (Gong Xi Gong Xi) and dragon dance. Students held the hand-made dragons as they moved with the music and interacted with the audience. The audience was amazed at the studentsâ Mandarin proficiency and their marvelous performance, drawing a big round of applause. The celebration was a big success, showing the result of studentsâ Mandarin learning. The show also drew administratorsâ from the school district attention which can expand the Mandarin program to more schools in Orange Unified School Districts, further promoting Chinese language and culture.See Less On February 25, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University invited one of China's "Ten Major Art Masters in 2005â, renowned painter Bailan Qin, to a guest lecture session at Dr. Khaleel Mohamed and Dr. Sthaneshwar Timalsinaâs classes at San Diego State University. Ms. Qin briefly introduced the fundamental structure of Chinese classical painting, she pointed out the finesse and different techniques between the free-flowing and meticulous styles in Chinese paintings, and its impact on modern art. Following her lecture, she performed several on-the-spot drawings which won thundering applause from the students. SDSU Confucius Institute documentary âBlossoms from a Different Shoreâ , co-directed by the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) and China Yellow River Television, is going to participate in the 25th News of Shanxi Province Awards Competition. Once nominated, it will also compete in the âChina News Awardsâ. âBlossoms from a Different Shoreâ, filmed in San Diego last October, focuses on the Chinese learning journey of American girl Magdalena and her triplet siblings. It tells the story of how SDSU Confucius Institute develops Confucius Classrooms and promotes Chinese language and culture in San Diego and in Southern California. The documentary premiered on China Shanxi Television-Great Wall Channel in December last year, and rebroadcasted during the Chinese New Year in 2016. It has earned high audience ratings in China and in the U.S.
From December 2015 to February 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) hosted a series of CSET/CBEST (California Subject Exam for Teachers/California Basic Educational Skills Test) training workshops. 15 local Chinese teachers attended the workshops which covered topics on Linguistics, Chinese Linguistics, Chinese Literature and Culture. The final workshop focusing on Chinese history will be held on March 12.
CISDSU invited StarTalk Chinese Program Director Ms. Areana Chen and CISDSU Co-Director Professor Wei Lu as guest speakers for the workshops, which cover the important concepts of exam subjects, practice tests, and resources for reference.
CISDSU has hosted the CSET/CBEST training workshops for the last three years in order to help local Chinese teachers and Hanban teachers to prepare for acquiring teacher credentials. The series workshops have won good reputation from the trainees from previous years.
On Feb 26, 2016, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) hosted the Chinese New Year Appreciation Dinner at Gourmet City Restaurant to celebrate the hard work these teachers and administrators do in promoting Chinese language and culture. Over 80 Confucius Classroom school administrators, local school teachers, and Hanban teachers attended this event.See More
At the dinner, CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng presented Friends of Confucius Institute awards to eight members, as an appreciation to their years of significant support to the Confucius Institute. The recipients of these awards include Board President of San Diego Unified School District, Dr. Michael McQuary; Pacific Beach Middle School Principal, Ms. Kimberly Meng; E3 Civic High School Faculty and Students Affairs Director, Dr. Ke Xu; Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy Former Principal, Edward Park; StarTalk Chinese Program Director, Ms. Areana Chen; SDSU Outstanding Alumni, Prof. Anne Rosser; Chinese Martial Art Master, Ms. Siu-Fong Evans; and Chinese Calligraphy Master, Mr. Zhang Cao. On behalf of the Education Committee of San Diego Unified School District, Dr. McQuary presented an honorary award to CISDSU, for its outstanding contribution to the promotion of Chinese language and culture.
At the welcoming reception, CISDSU held a traditional Chinese tea ceremony for all guests. Renowned Chinese painter, Ms. Bailan Qin, was also invited to introduce traditional Chinese painting and presented her four graceful meticulous paintings on Chinese heroines to the audience. After dinner, Ms. Qin also drew portraits for the guests which won high praises from the attendees.
The Chinese New Year appreciation dinner was meant to strengthen the partnership between CISDSU and the school districts, as well as representatives from various sectors, and to increase our impact in local communities.See Less
On February 26, 2016, Confucius classroom at Fletcher Elementary School held their annual Lunar New Year celebration. The school provided a variety of performances which were planned and organized by teachers, staff and parents. The campus was filled with joy as the crowd could not wait to celebrate the Year of the Monkey.See More
The show started with several popular Chinese kids songs such as âChinese Zodiac,â âWhere is Spring?â and âThe Handkerchief Gameâ performed by the 3rd and 4th grade Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP) class. The lower grade students then performed many Chinese chants and dances. The grand finale was performed by all MIP students, which was the Chinese New Year Song (Gong Xi Gong Xi) and dragon dance. Students held the hand-made dragons as they moved with the music and interacted with the audience. The audience was amazed at the studentsâ Mandarin proficiency and their marvelous performance, drawing a big round of applause.
The celebration was a big success, showing the result of studentsâ Mandarin learning. The show also drew administratorsâ from the school district attention which can expand the Mandarin program to more schools in Orange Unified School Districts, further promoting Chinese language and culture.See Less
On February 25, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University invited one of China's "Ten Major Art Masters in 2005â, renowned painter Bailan Qin, to a guest lecture session at Dr. Khaleel Mohamed and Dr. Sthaneshwar Timalsinaâs classes at San Diego State University.
Ms. Qin briefly introduced the fundamental structure of Chinese classical painting, she pointed out the finesse and different techniques between the free-flowing and meticulous styles in Chinese paintings, and its impact on modern art. Following her lecture, she performed several on-the-spot drawings which won thundering applause from the students.
SDSU Confucius Institute documentary âBlossoms from a Different Shoreâ , co-directed by the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) and China Yellow River Television, is going to participate in the 25th News of Shanxi Province Awards Competition. Once nominated, it will also compete in the âChina News Awardsâ. âBlossoms from a Different Shoreâ, filmed in San Diego last October, focuses on the Chinese learning journey of American girl Magdalena and her triplet siblings. It tells the story of how SDSU Confucius Institute develops Confucius Classrooms and promotes Chinese language and culture in San Diego and in Southern California. The documentary premiered on China Shanxi Television-Great Wall Channel in December last year, and rebroadcasted during the Chinese New Year in 2016. It has earned high audience ratings in China and in the U.S.
On February 23, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Attended the first Chinese New Year celebration show at Confucius Classroom at San Diego High School.
The performances was coordinated by Hanban teacher, Ms. Xiaoyan Li. More than 40 students in her Mandarin Chinese class participation in the numerous programs. The wide variety of numbers, including popular songs such as âgong xi gong xi,â âEarly Spring Morningâ, Chinese ethnic dances, Huangmei opera skit, and a Chinese fashion show. Each performance demonstrated the diligent work and Mandarin proficiency of these fine students.
The audience roared with excitement as all the students came back up to the stage for their finale.
On February 22nd, 2016, Beijing Opera âThe Drunken Concubineâ Performance from the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) won 3rd Place at the 2016 Online Spring Festival Gala of Confucius Institutes.
âThe Drunken Concubineâ was performed by SDSU-Imperial Valley Campus student Mariah and her Hanban teacher Ms. Shao. Together, they designed the costume, headwear and opera make-up. The online election was supported by CISDSU, the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarters, SDSU-IVC Director of Student Affairs Prof. Miriam CastaĂ±Ăłn and a large number of audiences from domestic and overseas. CISDSU won the 3rd place with 12,296 votes, which is the best performance over the years of participating in the Confucius Institute Online Spring Festival Galas.
On February 21, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University was invited to participate in the Lunar New Year celebration at SeaWorld San Diego. This is the second year for the SeaWorld to produce this ethnic-themed performances from different Asian culture group. More than 30 CI staff members and volunteers performed in the âSix Arts of Confucianismâ, which consists of: Rites, Music, Archery, Management, Calligraphy, and Mathematics. Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, introduced each aspect of the Six Arts as the performers ascended on stage. See More
Tea Ceremony was the first demonstration for âç€Œ - Ritesâ, which offered a glimpse to how Chinese people greeted their guests respectfully; Erhu, a two stringed instrument, was the featire for âäč - MusicâïŒit demonstrated the significance of music in shaping peopleâs lives. Tai-Qi , representing â ć° -Archeryâ, was performed by two Masters. Kuai-ban performance stated âćŸĄ- skillâ, which signified the management of technical ability. Calligraphy was done by an American student whose passion in Chinese characters writing started at a very young age; her work further demonstrated the beauty of â äčŠ-Calligraphyâă The last Art âæ° -Mathematicsâ was illustrated by the function of Abacus. Each demonstration displayed the profound cultural significance of the Six Arts.
Other community performances brimming with cultural entertainment at the park included taiko drummers, lion dancers, and fan dancers. Park goers were mesmerized by each performance and the educational information they learned about the customs of Chinese New Year. See Less
On February 20, 2016, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, was presented a Distinguished Service Award by the San Diego Chinese American Association at its annual Chinese New Year Gala.
The award was presented to Dr. Cheng to commemorate her long-term outstanding service in bridging the Chinese immigrants from different countries and regions, and in her leadership in many cultural organizations.
On February 20th, 2016, Confucius Classroom at Riverview Elementary and International Academy hosted the Year of the Golden Monkey Celebration. Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, and Project Manager, Ms. Anne Chu, attended the event. Over 300 teachers, parents and students from Riverview Elementary School, Winter Gardens Elementary and Tierra del Sol Middle School participated in the performances.See More
Dr. Lilly Cheng opened the festival by introducing Chinese New Year customs, explaining the use of firecrackers, decorating with Spring Festival couplets, and the use of red envelops to the audience. On behalf of CI/SDSU, she presented Chinese traditional painting to Riverviewâs Principal, Dr. Brian Thurman, and gave her best wishes for the continual development of Mandarin programs. Riverview teachers and students showcased various traditional Chinese culture performances, such as Tai-Chi, Chinese Yo-Yo, Chinese Poetry recitation and a Chinese play. Hanban teachers also brought to the audience a beautiful Chinese dance âTuberoseâ. After the performances, Chinese teachers led different cultural activities at the school auditorium such as calligraphy and red envelop making. Students and parents actively participated in these activities to support the schoolâs Chinese programs.
The Chinese programs have grown rapidly since CI/SDSU established Confucius Classroom in Riverview Elementary & International Academy. The number of students learning Chinese has been increasing steadily over the years. This yearâs New Year Celebration is a great success.See Less
On February 16, 2016, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, participated in the San Diego Mayor's Asian Pacific Islander Advisory committee meeting at San Diegoâs City Hall. San Diego Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, led discussions on topics that focused on improving opportunities for Asian and Pacific Islander populations in San Diego.
On February 13 and 14, 2016, San Diego Chinese Center hosted the 34th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Culture Fair in Downtown, San Diego. Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, was an honorary chair and master of ceremonies during the weekendâs lively performances.
Over the weekend celebration, several organizations came to present different cultural acts to the stage that included lion dancing, tai-qi, short-story Theater, music, song, and dance. CISDSU also performed different aspects of the Confucius Six Arts; Li, Yue, She, Yu, Shu, Shu. The many acts included students singing a Chinese New Year song, a demonstration of tea ceremony, tai-qi, kuai-ban, calligraphy, and introducing the abacus. The weekend event attracted many attendees from all over San Diego county and met with huge success.
On Thursday, February 11, 2016, San Diego State University Center for Asian and Pacific Studies hosted a Lunar New Year celebration on SDSU campus. The celebration opened with a lion dance troupe by Delta Beta Tau, a Buddhist co-ed fraternity. Following the lion dance were several kung Fu demonstrations from the master and students of Shaolin Kung Fu San Diego. Confucius Institute at San Diego State University provided a Chinese calligraphy demonstration by Mr. Roger Cao as part of the entertainment.
On February 10, 2016, Shenmo Education Group Principal, Mr. Mianjun Li, and Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, hosted an abacus and mental arithmetic training for 35 students at Mission Bay High School. Principal Ernest Remillard of Mission Bay High School introduced Mr. Mianjun Li and Dr. Cheng to the students as they sat eagerly awaiting for the instruction.
Mr. Li opened the demonstration with a short video presentation. He then demonstrated the practice of mental math, as well as using the abacus to calculate equations to the students. After learning the basic fundamentals of the abacus, the students went on to practice on their own. They were thoroughly impressed by the functionality, and ease of use of the abacus.
On February 10, 2016, Shenmo Education Group Principal, Mr. Mianjun Li, and Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, hosted two abacus classes at Pacific Beach Middle School. Over 80 students and faculty attended the crash courses enthusiastically.
The lectures began with a short video introducing the history and use of the abacus. Mr. Li then demonstrated his speed in mental calculation and basic steps of the use of abacus. Everyone was amazed at the speed of mental arithmetic and abacus that they eagerly engaged in the practice.
On February 10, 2016, Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy (Barnard) held their annual Chinese New Year celebrations in the school auditorium. At this special occasion, Principal Aida Hernandez invited Shenmo Education Group (SEG) Principal, Mr. Mianjun Li; and Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU), Dr. Lilly Cheng; to the stage for an official signing ceremony of the partnership among Barnard, CI/SDSU and Shenmo. Shenmo agreed to continue the abacus training to Barnard students. Dr. Michael McQuary, School Board President of San Diego Unified School District, acted as a witness for the signing.
Students from each class at Barnard performed in front of a standing room only audience to showcase their learning of Chinese culture and language. The variety of programs, including singing, dancing, and kung Fu movements brought forth thundering cheers and clapping from the enthused group. Parents, grandparents could not contain their excitement as they learned the Chinese customs to bring in the Year of the Monkey from their children.
On February 8 and 9, 2016, Confucius Classroom at Central elementary school, affiliated with Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CI/SDSU), gave a grand performance to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year. This Lunar New Year celebration was the most popular event highly anticipated by the community. The show was planned and organized by two Hanban teachers Xiuqing Wang and Baohua Liu. They spent many sleepless nights putting the programs together. See More
Due to the huge demand from parents and the entire community, the event was moved to the auditorium at Nicole Middle School nearby with a bigger capacity. Still, the venue was packed to standing room only for both performances. The interior of the auditorium was decorated with red lanterns, adorable monkey cut-outs, and fire crackers, providing an ambience of festivity with the color of red. All of the programs were performed by principal students and faculty, including Principal Marcia Cole and teachers; they were all dressed in red outfits, one of many Chinese New Year customs. The audience was mesmerized by studentsâ performances and their Chinese proficiency; they couldnât help but applauding them nonstop at the end of each program.
This event was a huge success promoting Chinese culture and language; not only to students, but also to teachers, parents and local community. Parents are eager to enroll their children in the Mandarin afterschool program; eagerly grasping every opportunity for their children to learn more of Chinese culture.See Less
On February 6, 2016, Barnard Elementary School hosted its annual Chinese New Year Celebration. Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU), Dr. Lilly Cheng; Program Manager, Ms. Anne Chu; Project Coordinators Mr. Muting Huang, Ms. Chudan Li, Ms. Yijing Yin and volunteer Ms. Weili Hsu participated in the event to support the celebration.
CI/SDSU staff set up a display to showcase the traditional Chinese paper cutting. This year, the design featured the current Chinese Zodiac, âmonkeyâ, in celebration the Year of Monkey. The creative design attracted many students and parents. Principal Aida Hernandez of Barnard Elementary, and President of the School Board at San Diego Unified School District, Dr. Michael McQuary, expressed their appreciation to all CI/SDSU staff for their continual of support to Chinese programs at Barnard Elementary. See More
Ms. Lee Ann Kim, Executive Director at Pacific Arts Movement, and Dr. Lilly Cheng were co-hosts for the shows. CI/SDSU also sponsored a program featuring Chinese abacus arithmetic calculation during the performances. Principal Mianjun Li of Shenmo Education Group, led the abacus performance with 20 students. Their fast and accurate calculation, using the abacus and mental methods, won cheering applauds from the audience.
Barnard Elementary School has won âThe Confucius Classroom Of The Yearâ award in 2012. CI/SDSU supports Chinese New Year Celebration and many other Chinese programs at Barnard to enhance its Chinese language and culture education.See Less
On Feb 2, 2016, Goodwill Ambassador, Shawn Li, of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University presented a Chinese tea ceremony to a group of fifth-grade students at Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy. Introduction of tea sets and tea preparation was performed by Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of CIS/DSU. After making the tea, Shawn presented it to Principal Hernandez, his teachers and classmates. Everyone enjoyed learning about the tea preparation and ceremony.
From February 1-5, 2016, in celebration of Chinese New Year, Confucius Classroom at Pacific Beach Middle School (PBMS), affiliated with Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU), hosted the âChinese Culture Weekâ. During this week, students and faculty enjoyed various activities, including calligraphy, brush painting, paper cutting, tea ceremony, Chinese chess, traditional Chinese outfits show, etc., to experience traditional Chinese culture and to celebrate the Chinese New Year. See More
Students from Mandarin program participated in the event with great enthusiasm. Many became Chinese culture ambassadors teaching paper cutting for the Chinese zodiac Monkey and the âXiâ (ć, happiness) character to other students. Senior students presented traditional Chinese outfits, and Chinese New Year artifacts to showcase their cultural meanings.
The Chinese Culture Week event was supported by CI/SDSU. PMBS also invited Three Treasures Culture Society to perform traditional lion dance. More than 500 students and faculty participated in the Chinese Culture Week. The event not only promoted Chinese traditional culture to students and teachers, but also deepened their understanding in Chinese language and culture.
In the past three years, the Mandarin Program at PBMS has been growing rapidly. More than 130 students chose Chinese as elective courses at different levels of Chinese curriculum. See Less
On February 1, 2016, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) launched the Abacus and Mental Abacus Training Program in Barnard Asian Pacific language Academy, one of C/ISDSUâs Confucius classroom schools. The program is taught by Mr. Mianjun Li, Principal of Shenmo Educational Group. Principal Li will introduce Abacus and Mental Abacus to students, and will teach introductory and novice classes for Abacus during this month. In addition, the same program will be introduced to middle school and high school students in San Diego. Abacus and Mental Abacus is the main curriculum for Mathematics in the Confucianism âSix Artsâ. Now being implemented by CI/SDSU, the essence of âSix Artsâ aim to promote Chinese culture and enhance studentsâ ability in Mathematics.
On January 31, 2016, Confucius institute at San Diego State University attended the Chinese New Year Celebration Banquet hosted by House of China, Chinese School of San Diego, and Chinese Service Center of San Diego. The event was attended by community leaders and members, including San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Dave Roberts, San Diego City Councilmember, Todd Gloria; and San Diego City Councilmember, Chris Cate. County Supervisors Ron Roberts and Dave Roberts proclaimed January 31, 2016 as the Chinese Lunar New Year Day. Councilmembers Todd Gloria and Chris Cate also presented a proclamation from San Diego City Mayor Office proclaiming January 31st, 2016 as âChinese Lunar New Year Celebrationâ day.
On January 30, 2016, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) celebrated its 20th Anniversary and Chinese New Year Gala at Pearl Chinese Cuisine Restaurant. Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU), attended the event; along with Project Manager, Ms. Anne Chu, and Project Coordinator, Ms. Chudan Li.
SDCHM was officially founded in 1996, to preserve and share the history and culture of the Chinese and Chinese Americans. Other dignitaries included San Diego County Supervisor, Mr. Ron Roberts, San Diego Unified School District, President of the School Board, Dr. Michael McQuary, and many others.
On January 29, 2016, San Diego local Chinese community leader, Mr. David Du, invited Chief of Police, Shelley Zimmerman, and over 20 officials from the San Diego Police Department to a Chinese New Year celebration.
Both parties recognized their cordial collaboration and accomplishments in the past year, they looked forward to future collaborations.
Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, attended this event, along with Mr. George Peng, Ms. Huiming Huang and other community leaders.
On January 29th, 2016, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, attended a Chinese New Year celebration at Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in Poway, California.
The event was hosted by Adobe Bluffs Principal Edward Park. Over 300 students, parents and faculty gathered in the gymnasium to enjoy a video clip featuring Chinese New Year traditions. Principal Park invited Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society to perform martial arts and lion dances as they brought in the Year of the Monkey. CI/SDSU invited Shenmo Education Group Principal, Mr. Mianjun Li, to introduce the abacus and mental arithmetic, several students received an abacus as a prize.
With the support from CI/SDSU, Adobe Bluffs Elementary is now establishing Mandarin curriculum and in the process of applying to be a Confucius Classroom school.
On January 26, 2016, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Lilly Cheng, participated in the China Lymphoma Projectâs first annual Global Conference, which took place at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine in La Jolla, California. It was a lively, informative and inspirational event whose theme was the burgeoning friendship between the people of the worldâs two most powerful countries, and what this compassion can foster. The consensus among the China and lymphoma experts at the conference was that the China Lymphoma Project will save many lives in China and hugely increase cancer awareness not only in China, but globally.