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2017 NEWS


March

CISDSU Attends Chinese Couplets Film Screening

CISDSU Hosts the 2017 Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Preliminary Competition

Adobe Bluffs Elementary School Run to Play and AB Games

Baozi is the New Cultural Ambassador:CISDSU Hosts Chinese Cooking Event at SDSU Imperial Valley Campus

Riverview Hanban Teachers Held Spring Semester Meeting and Celebrated International Women’s Day

Spring Teachers’ Training: Cross-Cultural Communication


February

Ron Roberts Visits the New Confucius Institute Center

CICSULB visited CISDSU

Heilongjiang Polytechnic Visits CISDSU

CISDSU Celebrates Lunar New Year at SeaWorld

Confucius Six Arts Catches Eyes at 35th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair

CISDSU-Imperial Valley Campus Celebrates Chinese New Year

CISDSU Participates in Barnard Community CNY Celebration

Chinese Community Church New Year Celebration Features “Six Arts”

“Six Arts” performance highlights Barnard Chinese New Year Celebration

Shaanxi Normal University Arts Troupe Performed at Confucius Classrooms, “Appeal of Tang, Charm of Quin”

Riverview International Academy Celebrates Chinese Rooster Year

Hangzhou Opera and Dance Theatre Puts on a Spectacular Show at Mission Bay High School

Adobe Bluffs Elementary Presented with Confucius Classroom Plaque

CISDSU Hosts 2017 Chinese New Year Banquet and Welcomes Performance Troupes from Hangzhou and Shaanxi


JANUARY

E3 Civic High School Celebrates the Year of Rooster II

Central Elementary School 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration

“Hope Poetry & Music” Concert Played on New Year’s Eve

Adobe Bluffs Elementary School Celebrates Chinese New Year

E3 Civic High School Celebrates the Year of Rooster I

Chinese New Year Celebration in Fallbrook Union Elementary School District

Year of the Rooster: Chinese New Year Kickoff Celebration

East Meets West

Guangzhou Academy of Education Visits CISDSU

 

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March

 

CISDSU Attends Chinese Couplets Film Screening

Mar 23 '17 Chinese Couplets Film Screening

On March 22th, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) participated in the film screening event for the documentary “Chinese Couplets” on SDSU campus. The event was co-sponsored by CISDSU, Department of History, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the Department of Women’s Studies and the Department of Political Sciences. CISDSU Co-Director Professor Cunlu Zhang, Project Coordinators Chudan Li and Yueying Zhan attended the screening.

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The one-hour documentary focuses on the investigation of the filmmaker’s search for answers about her mother’s emigration to America during the Chinese Exclusion era reveals the often painful price paid by immigrants who abandoned their personal identity. After the film screening, Director Felicia Lowe discussed with the audience about her 17-year journey of making the film. Chinese couplets are the metaphor she used for the relationship between mothers and daughters – two couplets that are separated yet the meaning is connected, similar to mothers and daughters.

Felicia Lowe is an award winning independent producer, director, and writer. Through supporting the film screening event, CISDSU provided a platform for students to learn about Chinese Americans, cultural identities and immigration history. We hope that attendees at the event are educated on Chinese American issues as well as are inspired by the film and presentation.

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CISDSU Hosts the 2017 Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Preliminary Competition

Mar 17 '17 Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition

On March 17, 2017, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles Education Office and Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) co-hosted the 2017 Chinese Bridge Language Proficiency Preliminary Competition at the Mission Bay High School Auditorium.

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Seventy-two contestants from elementary, middle and high schools in southern California and Arizona participated in the contest. Consular Dong Yuan and 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.

The contest consisted of three parts: an oral speech, a quiz session on Chinese culture and history, and a talent show. The speech topics this year were “我认识的中国人” (A Chinese Person that I know) for K-5 grade group, “学习汉语的乐趣” (Fun in learning Chinese) for 6th-8th grade group and “我要去中国” (I want to go to China) for the 9th-12th grade group. In front of the judges and the audience, contestants featured their special talents, including Peking Opera, Lion Dance, Hulusi, Chinese paper cutting, etc. Their Chinese fluency and unique talents made this competition a fantastic performance for the judges and the audience.

Thanks to the efforts of CISDSU staff, Hanban teachers and volunteers, the contest has exceeded the past ones in the scale and contestants’ performance; inspired more students’ passion in learning Chinese. It also expanded the influence of the Confucius Institute as well as the Chinese Bridge Competition.

Chinese Bridge Winners 2017:

Elementary School Group

First Prize: Kamy Carter (Riverview International Academy, 5th Grade)

Second Prize:

Ava Raugust (Riverview International Academy, 5th Grade)

Prash Pinnguen (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 5th Grade)

Third Prize:

Alex Markworth (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 4th Grade)

Kahlei McGonegle (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 3rd Grade)

Anastasie Abboud (Riverview International Academy, 4th Grade)

Best Speech: Nandi Franklin (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 3rd Grade)

Best Talent: Olivia Gerace-Obregon (Riverview International Academy, 4th Grade)

Middle School Group

First Prize: Leah Markworth (Pacific Beach Middle School, 7th Grade)

Second Prize:Christopher Santy (Pacific Beach Middle School, 7th Grade)

Third Prize:Harmony Richardson (Tierra Del Sol Middle School, 6th Grade)

Best Speech:Raina Dorsey (Pacific Beach Middle School, 6th Grade)

Best Talent:Magdalena Abboud (Magnolia Middle School, 6th Grade)

High School Group

First Prize:Jenna Permann (San Diego High School, 12th Grade)

Second Prize:Charlotte Hoffs (Laguna Beach High School, 11th Grade)

Third Prize:Nico Miller (Basis Tucson North, 9th Grade)

Best Speech:Connor Waslo (Basis Phoenix, 11th Grade)

Best Talent:Sarai Knowles (Del Norte High School, 11th Grade)

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Adobe Bluffs Elementary School Run to Play and AB Games

Mar 09 17' Adobe Bluffs Elementary Run to Play and AB Games

On March 09, 2017, the Confucius Institute at SDSU (CI SDSU) participated in Run to Play and AB Games event which was hosted by Adobe Bluffs Elementary School. CI SDSU represented the Chinese Outdoor Activities station, and introduced Chinese outdoor activity to students, teachers and parents.

Students learned how to play traditional games with the Jianzi, or shuttlecock and the Chinese Yo-Yo as well as badminton, a nationally enjoyed sport. Students also learned about the origins of these activities from CI staff Muting Huang and Jason Huang. All the students enjoyed the activities and left for their next station with great excitement but reluctance.

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The event was a huge success. Students not only enjoyed playing these Chinese outdoor activities, but also learned the history of these activities and appreciated a different culture.

This event aims to promote health and fitness as well as to experience different cultures. There were six Health & Fitness stations and each station hosted a different activity, and each class rotated to each of the stations.

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Baozi is the New Cultural Ambassador: CISDSU Hosts Chinese Cooking Event at SDSU Imperial Valley Campus

Mar 08 '17 Baozi is the New Cultural Ambassador

On March 8th, 2017, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) hosted the “Chinese Cooking: Baozi” event at SDSU’s Imperial Valley Campus. CISDSU Co-Director Professor Cunlu Zhang and Project Manager Ms. Anne Chu traveled from San Diego to Imperial Valley to support the program. The event was organized by Hanban teacher at IVC, Ms. Jianchun Ren.

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Over 30 Imperial Valley Campus students, staff, faculty and community members participated in this event. New Dean of Imperial Valley Campus, Professor Gregorio Ponce came to taste the delicious Baozi. Local media journalists reported and interviewed CISDSU about this event.

Baozi, also called Chinese steamed buns, is a type of traditional dish for Chinese families. Ms. Ren prepared three types of fillings: pork, beef and carrots. The class started with chopping the vegetables and meat. Then, Ms. Ren introduced her secret recipes: when folding the wrapper, follow the same directions; the wrapper should be thicker in the middle and thinner on the outside; after steaming, let the Baozi rest for 3-5 minutes in the steamer. Ms. Ren also demonstrated the techniques to students while giving her instructions.

By the end of the class, participants not only learned about how to make and cook Baozi, but also experienced the Chinese culture. The cooking event lasted for four hours. Students took home with the Baozi they made to share with their friends and families. They thanked Ms. Ren and CISDSU for hosting such a fun and learning experience.

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Riverview Hanban Teachers Held Spring Semester Meeting and Celebrated International Women’s Day

Mar 07 '17 Riverview Hanban Teachers Held Spring Semester Meeting and Celebrated International Women’s Day

On March 7th, 2017, Hanban teachers of Riverview International Academy held a spring semester meeting. The meeting was to discuss teaching plans for the new semester, to prepare for the upcoming Chinese Bridge Competition, as well as to celebrate the International Women’s Day on March 8th. Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Co-Director, Professor Cunlu Zhang, Project Manager Ms. Anne Chu and all Riverview Hanban teachers participated in the meeting.

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At the beginning of the meeting, Professor Zhang and Ms. Chu expressed their holiday wishes to the teachers. Then they discussed their preparation plan for the upcoming Chinese Bridge Competition. For the Competition, Hanban teachers play the roles to support students and to promote Chinese language. At the meeting, Professor Zhang also addressed that by having self-assessment, improving teaching techniques, and exchanging ideas with other teachers, they will become successful Chinese language teachers and fulfill their mission to promote Chinese culture overseas.

Riverview International Academy is a Confucius Classroom School of CISDSU, which is well-known for its Chinese Immersion Program. In the 11th Confucius Institute Annual Conference, Riverview was awarded the “Confucius Classroom of the Year” among over 1000 Confucius Classrooms in the globe. Riverview Hanban teachers were also awarded certificates of excellence by CISDSU, for their exemplary dedication and significant contribution towards the promotion of Chinese language and culture in San Diego.

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Spring Teachers’ Training: Cross-Cultural Communication

Mar 04 '17

On March 4th, 2017, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) held a Chinese teachers’ training. The training provided a platform for Confucius Classroom Hanban teachers to discuss how to improve communication skills and Mandarin teaching skills.

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At the beginning, Hanban teachers introduced themselves and expressed their passion and love in teaching Chinese. “I’m passionate about my work here. I love my children.” said one of the Hanban teachers. Afterwards, CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng shared her insights about cross-cultural communication between Americans and Chinese. She introduced the “Sandwich Method” used in delivering feedback or criticism; she also explained the “Tennis Principle”, which is the American style of communication.

Co-director Professor Cunlu Zhang addressed on the topic of “Safety, Efficiency, Achievements, and Progress”. He encouraged Hanban teachers to build positive relationship with students, local teachers, school administrators, and parents. At the end of the meeting, many Hanban teachers expressed that they found the training helpful and that continuous improvements are needed on their cross-cultural communication skills.

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February

 

Ron Roberts Visits the New Confucius Institute Center

Feb 28 '17 San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts Visits CISDSU

On February 28th, 2017, CISDSU Advisory Board Member, San Diego County Supervisor Mr. Ron Roberts visited the New Confucius Institute Culture Center at San Diego State University. Managing Director of CISDSU Dr. Lilly Cheng welcomed Mr. Roberts at 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. Mr. Roberts expressed that the Center will more widely serve San Diego region in promotion of Chinese language and culture.

 

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CICSULB visited CISDSU

Feb 27 '17 CICSULB visited CISDSU

On Friday, February 27, 2017, a group of visitors from Confucius Institute at Long Beach State University visited Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy and Riverview International Academy. Both are Confucius Classroom schools affiliated with Confucius Institute at San Diego State University.

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The group consisted of Dr. Teri Shaffer Yamada, Professor and Chair, Department of Asian And Asian American Studies; Dr. Terrence Graham, Associate Dean & Executive Director of International Programs; Heidi Zhang, Director of International Training Programs and Confucius Institute at CSULB; Kevin Xue, Associate Professor, Confucius Institute at CSULB; and Monica Zhu, Project Coordinator at Confucius Institute at CSULB. These visitors came to visit CI/SDSU and Confucius Classroom schools in San Diego County to learn about the key points of CI/SDSU’s well established programs and the successful Mandarin immersion programs.

Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, and Anne Chu, Project Manager of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University greeted these guests warmly upon their arrival. In her opening welcome speech, Dr. Cheng shared with them the main focus of CI/SDSU, and the fundamental segments behind the outstanding performance by the students at both students. She encouraged these educators to seek their own pathway to establish a unique program fitting local needs and requirements at Long Beach, Los Angeles.

All guests were led through a thorough campus tour at both school sites. They witnessed how teachers in the immersion program managed to communicate with young students in Mandarin, they were amazed at the proficiency level demonstrated by students as young as kindergarten and first grade. They also visited some classrooms where Confucianism ‘Six Arts’ Project was being implemented by CI/SDSU Chinese culture teachers. At the end of their visit, these educators were truly impressed by the best practices modeled at every classroom. They recognized that the remarkable accomplishments at each school resulted from the relentless perseverance of every CI/SDSU staff members, and a marvelous team of Hanban teachers who shared a mutual vision and goal with CI/SDSU.

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Heilongjiang Polytechnic Visits CISDSU

Feb 23 '17 Heilongjiang Polytechnic Visit

On February 23rd, 2017, a delegation of 13 professors from Heilongjiang Polytechnic paid a visit to the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University. The delegation was led by Professor Brian Blake, Director of Marriott Foundation for Student Center for Professional Development. CISDSU Manager Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng, warmly welcomed the group.

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At the meeting, Dr. Lilly Cheng introduced CISDSU and its Chinese language and culture promotion in Southern California and Baja California region. Then she introduced CISDSU’s Confucius Classrooms and community programs. Both parties look forward to collaborations in the future to further promote Chinese language and culture in San Diego.

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CISDSU Celebrates Lunar New Year at SeaWorld

Feb 18 '17 SeaWorld Chinese New Year Celebration

On February 18, 2017, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University participated in the Annual Lunar New Year celebration at SeaWorld San Diego. About 20 Confucius Classroom students and parents performed on stage in a Chinese culture program featuring “Six Arts of Confucianism”, which depicts the modern definition of Rites, Music, Archery, Management, Calligraphy, and Mathematics.

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The show was emceed by Leah Markworth and Christopher Santy, two students from Confucius Classroom at Pacific Beach Middle School. They introduced the essence of each art form in perfect Mandarin. The audience was dazzled by the gorgeous red and gold gown on Empress Wu Ze Tian, the only empress in Chinese history, at the beginning of the show. Followed with performances by students and parents of Confucius Classroom at Riverview International Academy showcasing their talents in music, dancing, Abacus, Kuaiban, Taichi and Chinese Yo-Yo. The highlight of the performance was a duet song “Grandmother’s Penghu Bay” sung by Leah Markworth and her younger brother Alex Markworth, they both had won first prize at the Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Competition, hosted by CI/SDSU, in the past.

This year marks the third year of CI/SDSU participating in SeaWorld’s Lunar New Year celebration. It was a wonderful opportunity for the audience to learn more about Confucian Six Arts from the talented Confucius Classroom students presenting their talents in Chinese language and culture.

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Confucius Six Arts Catches Eyes at 35th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair

Feb 11 '17 Downtown CNY Celebration

On February 11th and 12th, 2017, the 35th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Culture Fair was held at Downtown, San Diego. Confucian “Six Arts” performances organized by Confucius Institute at San Diego State University was one of the most popular programs during this 2-day celebration.

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The ‘Six Arts’ show included an assortment of numbers performed by students and parents from various Confucius Classroom Schools; such as Chinese songs “Spring Flowers” and “Grandmother’s Penghu Bay”, Taichi, Chinese instrument Erhu solo, Peacock dance, Abacus, Kuaiban, Cross-Talk and Chinese Yo Yo. The ensemble included 20 Confucius classroom students and parents who eagerly showed off their passion and interest in Chinese culture.

The weekend event attracted many attendees from all over San Diego County. At the CI/SDSU booth, staff members and Hanban teachers assisted local children in making handcraft rooster hat, and writing Chinese names in Chinese calligraphy fashion. The activities were most popular to crowd attendees. Drafting Chinese names and presented it in Chinese calligraphy has always been a great hit, people were amazed when they learned the symbolic meaning in the Chinese characters carefully selected by CI/SDSU staff to create their name, they showed a deeper appreciation to the profound impact of Chinese culture.

By presentation of Confucian “Six Arts” show and Chinese calligraphy, CI/SDSU continues its commitment to promote awareness of Chinese culture, and to generate interest in learning Chinese language among mainstream society.

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CISDSU-Imperial Valley Campus Celebrates Chinese New Year

Feb 06 '17 CISDSU-Imperial Valley Campus Celebrates Chinese New Year

On Feb 1st, 2nd and 6th, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University – Imperial Valley Campus hosted its Chinese New Year Celebration. The three-day event included four different Chinese cultural activities: Chinese tea tasting, bracelet making, mask painting and dumpling making. Through the celebration, participants have developed a more in-depth understanding of Chinese festival and Chinese culture.

 

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CISDSU Participates in Barnard Community CNY Celebration

Feb 06 '17 Barnard CNY Community Celebration

On February 4th, 2017, Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy held its annual Chinese New Year Community Celebration, which attracted more than 600 hundreds of community members. Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU), Dr. Lilly Cheng, Co-Director, Prof. Cunlu Zhang, and “Six Arts” culture teachers participated in this event.

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“Six Arts” teachers performed Zang Minority Dance, Chinese song, Hulusi, Taichi and Kongfu, which won rounds of applause. Hanban teachers were demonstrating Chinese paper cutting art craft to introduce customs and traditions of Chinese Lunar Year. The window behind the booth was adorned with beautiful paper-cuttings. Many students joined in the activity, eagerly showing off their craft work with excitement.

CI/SDSU is dedicated to promote Chinese culture awareness and acceptance in culture diversity by bringing forth authentic Chinese culture experience to local communities.

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Chinese Community Church New Year Celebration Features “Six Arts”

Feb 04 '17 Chinese Community Church CNY

On February 04, 2017, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CI/SDSU) participated in the Chinese New Year Celebration hosted by Chinese Community Church. Nearly 400 people gathered for a celebration of the Year of Rooster.

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Led by Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, a troupe of Six Arts culture performers provided the main entertainment for the evening. Dr. Cheng introduced the essence of Confucianism “Six Arts” at the beginning of the show. An inspiring beat on the Gong instrument, hit by Justice Bao Gong, marked the beginning of the show. Hanban teachers played Guzheng, Hulusi, and Mongolia dance; CI staff drew “One Stroke Painting-Rooster” to welcome the Lunar Year of the Rooster. The highlight of the evening was a duet act by Leah Markworth and Alex Markworth, both were champions of Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Competition in the past. The audience was in awe by the spectacular contents of the show as they awarded these performers with numerous rounds of applause.

CI/SDSU is actively engaged in many Chinese New Year celebrations each year in local community, bringing cultural experience to the public and strengthen its collaboration with local community organizations.

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“Six Arts” performance highlights Barnard Chinese New Year Celebration

Feb 03 '17 Barnard CNY Celebration

On February 03, 2017, Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy hosted its annual Chinese New Year celebration. This is the first time that the Six Arts Culture program, sponsored by Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, was the main feature in the show. Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, Project Manager, Anne Chu, and all Six Arts culture teachers were present at this special gathering.

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Hundreds of eager parents and relatives swarmed into the school auditorium early in the morning, anxiously anticipating students’ performance. Led by Six Arts culture teachers, each class appeared on stage demonstrating what they had learned, Chinese Kong Fu, Taichi, music, Kuaiban and Chinese calligraphy to name a few. The audience awarded students with thunderous applause as they could hardly contain their excitement and pride.

Many parents and community members approached Principal Aida Hernandez and Dr. Lilly Cheng to share their compliments for a marvelous show. They were pleasantly surprised how much students had learned in such a short period since October 2016, when Six Arts Culture Project was launched. Six Arts Culture project is the first pilot Chinese culture classes being implemented in the regular curriculum in any public school system.

Everyone, including students, administrators, faculty members, parents and CI/SDSU culture teachers, is looking forward to the second session of Six Arts Culture project, scheduled to begin on February 13.

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Shaanxi Normal University Arts Troupe Performed at Confucius Classrooms, “Appeal of Tang, Charm of Quin”

Feb 02 '17 Shaanxi Normal University Performance

On February 02, 2017, a world class show was staged in the auditorium at Mission Bay High School, one of the Confucius Classroom schools in the Mission Bay Cluster affiliated with Confucius Institute at San Diego University. Organized by CI/SDSU, this show was performed by the Arts Troupe from Shaanxi Normal University under sponsorship from Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban. San Diego would be the first stop for the group before it moved on to other CI branches in Arizona and Florida.

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The Troupe, comprised of 23 faculty and students, is led by Director of International Programs Office, Feng Xu, and Vice Dean of School of Music, Jina Liu. The theme of the show, “Appeal of Tang, Charm of Quin”, was specifically chosen to emphasize the geographical essence of Xian, where Shaanxi Normal University is located. Adapting the music and dance moves of Tang Dynasty, the performers simulated the ancient style of melodies and dances to show the cultural opulence and prosperity in Tang Dynasty. Also, using classical props, dancers performed in classical Shaanxi dancing elements to feature the excitement and cheerful spirits indigenous people praying for an abundant New Year during Lunar New Year season. Of course, no Chinese culture shows would be shown without the most popular act, Gongfu. Incorporating Sword duet, stick fight and Taiji fan, the combination of power and serenity, a perfect anecdote of yin and yang, makes for an artistically exciting performance. Mr. Jack Meng, a local resident and avid supporter of CI/SDSU and Chinese culture, co-emceed the entire program along the representative from Shaanxi Normal University.

This first show of Shaanxi Normal University Arts Troupe was specifically set in the beautiful beachside of San Diego city for the faculty, students and parents of 3 neighboring Confucius Classroom Schools, Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, Pacific Beach Middle School and Mission Bay High School respectively. All 3 schools are offering Mandarin classes providing a streamline pathway for students K – 12 to continue their Chinese language courses. Currently, this cluster of schools is the most promising and high-performing cluster in the San Diego Unified School District; Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Confucius Classroom Of the Year” by Hanban in 2013. Before the show, students from all 3 schools went on stage to convey their New Year greetings in perfect Mandarin, winning thunderous applauds from the crowd.

There have been numerous Lunar New Year celebrations among the 20 plus Confucius Classroom Schools affiliated with CI/SDSU in the past few weeks. The diverse variety of shows offer not just a glimpse of Chinese culture, but an ideal perspective allowing the community to learn of the greatness of Chinese language. Lunar New Year is the optimal opportunity for students to deepen their interest in their advancing learning of Mandarin. This wonderful show from Shaanxi Normal University certainly was one of the highlights among all celebrations at various Confucius Classroom Schools.

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Riverview International Academy Celebrates Chinese Rooster Year

On February 2nd, 2017, Confucius Classroom at Riverview Elementary and International Academy hosted the Year of the Rooster Lunar New Year Celebration. More than a thousand people, including teachers, parents and students from Riverview Elementary School, Winter Gardens Elementary, Lakeside Middle School and Tierra del Sol Middle School gathered at this festive occasion.

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11 Confucius Institute Hanban teachers opened the program with a beautiful Chinese dance, “Tuberose”. Students from Kindergarten to 7th grade presented various traditional Chinese culture performances, such as Tai-Chi, Chinese Yo-Yo, Kongfu, Chinese minority tribe dance and a Chinese play featuring the origin of Chinese New Year.

Riverview International Academy was awarded “Confucius Classroom of the Year” at the 11th Confucius Institute Conference in December 2016, the only school in North America being honored with this accreditation.

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Hangzhou Opera and Dance Theatre Puts on a Spectacular Show at Mission Bay High School

Feb 02 '17 Hangzhou Opera and Ballet Theatre

On February 2nd, 2017, The Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles and Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) co-hosted the celebration of Chinese New Year at Mission Bay High School. Hangzhou Opera and Ballet Theatre put on a spectacular performance for the faculty and students of Mission Bay Cluster schools.

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Culture Consul Wang Jin, Director Cui Wei of Hangzhou Opera and Ballet Theatre, President Michael McQuary of School Board of San Diego Unified School District, Principal Ernest Remillard of Mission Bay High School, and Former San Diego City Councilman Tom Hom, were present at the performance. The auditorium was filled with hundreds of teachers and students enthused and eagerly waiting for the show to begin.

Confucius Classroom student from Pacific Beach Middle School, Leah Markworth, was the emcee for the program. Her refined Mandarin proficiency earned applause from the audience. Hangzhou performers began the show with Chinese New Year theme dances, “Happy Lunar New Year” and “Splendid China”. Other plays included traditional Chinese instrument music and Hangzhou-themed dances “Mountains Beyond Mountains” and “Dream of West Lake”.

Hangzhou Opera and Ballet Theatre was founded in 1959. In 2016, its shows was the featured entertainment during the G20 in Hangzhou. Bringing this world renowned performance to Confucius Classroom schools in Mission Bay Cluster fortify CI/SDSU’s unwavering support to the most promising and high-performing cluster in San Diego Unified School District.

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Adobe Bluffs Elementary Presented with Confucius Classroom Plaque

Feb 02 '17 Adobe Bluffs Elementary Presented with Confucius Classroom Plaque

On February 2nd, 2017, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University presented Adobe Bluffs Elementary School its Confucius Classroom Plaque which symbolizes the partnership between both parties.

Among the 500 people in the audience were Culture Consul, Ms. Wang Jin, from The Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles; San Diego City Council President Mark Kersey; Interim Superintendent at Poway School District, Dr. Tony Apostle; Associate Superintendent Mel Robertson, and President of School Board of Poway School District, Michelle Ratcliff O'Connor; and Provost Emerita of San Diego State University, Dr. Nancy Marlin.

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Managing Director of CI/SDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, and Principal Edward Park of Adobe Bluffs Elementary unveiled the gold plaque together to officiate the establishment of Confucius Classroom at Adobe Bluffs. Culture Consul Ms. Wang Jin presented the One Stroke painting, ”Rooster”, and City Council President Mark Kersey unboxed the gift of “Tiandee Panda”, a set of teaching materials designed and edited by Dr. Lilly Cheng, to the audience. Both gifts signify the unwavering support from CI/SDSU.

After the ceremony, student emcees welcomed the troupe from Hangzhou Opera and Ballet Theatre for a series of performances. The opening dance “Happy Lunar New Year” took the breath away from the audience. Later on, an elegant solo dance “Beautiful Feathers” won rounds of applause. Other performances were Chinese instruments, Folk music and a dance play “Friends”, every program was designed with profound implication of Chinese traditions and customs for the Lunar New Year.

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CISDSU Hosts 2017 Chinese New Year Banquet and Welcomes Performance Troupes from Hangzhou and Shaanxi

Feb 01 '17 Welcome Guests from Hangzhou and Shaanxi

On February 1st, 2017, The Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles and Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CI/SDSU) co-hosted a welcome banquet for the Hangzhou Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Shaanxi Normal University Arts Troupe.

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Over 80 guests were in attendance at the banquet held at Gourmet City Restaurant, including Deputy Consul-General Mr.Sun Lushan; Culture Consul Ms.Wang Jin; San Diego County Supervisor, Ron Roberts; President of School Board at San Diego Unified School District, Dr. Michael McQuary; CI/SDSU Advisory Board members, David Du and Professor Shanpu Shen, Chair of International Affairs Board of San Diego, Bruce Abrams; Former San Diego City Councilman, Tom Hom, and many principals of Confucius Classrooms. The banquet was emceed by CI/SDSU Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng.

Deputy Consul-General Mr. Sun Lushan delivered a welcome remark to wish everyone a Happy New Year. He addressed that the Consulate Office would continue to strengthen collaborations between U.S. and China in 2017. San Diego County Supervisor, Ron Roberts, delivered his appreciation to the Consulate and CI/SDSU for their unrelenting support to the diversity in education and cultures in San Diego. Dr. Michael McQuary presented a plaque of proclamation to Deputy Consul-General Mr.Sun Lushan, honoring the Consulate’s achievements in developing education programs in San Diego.

Performers from Hangzhou Opera and Ballet Theatre and Shaanxi Normal University provided entertainments for the guests at the end of the banquet. Yamaya Bruce, a Confucius Classroom student from Riverview International Academy, gave a welcome speech sharing her experience traveling in China in 2016. Her fluent Mandarin won rounds of applause from the audience.

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JANUARY

 

E3 Civic High School Celebrates the Year of Rooster II

Jan 16 - Feb 03 '17 E3 Civic High School Celebrates the Year of Rooster

From January 30th to February 3rd, E3 Civic High School hosted its second series of Chinese New Year celebrations. Hanban teachers Ms. Yan Jiao and Xin Guan prepared dumplings, sweet dumplings, noodles and different types of Chinese food for the students.

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Students not only had the opportunity to sample various Chinese foods, they also tried on different Chinese costumes. In addition, teachers showed the clips of 2017 Spring Festival Gala from CCTV for students to enjoy Chinese New Year programs from China.

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Central Elementary School 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration

Jan 27 '17 Chinese New Year Assembly at Central Elementary School

On January 26 and 27, 2017, Confucius Classroom at Central Elementary School, in Banning Unified School District in Riverside County, hosted its annual Chinese New Year Celebration under the anticipation by parents and local residents. The celebration, hosted by Principal Marcia Cole-Anderson, was always a sell-out event. Over 800 guests each day crowded into the auditorium, Co-Director Professor of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University, Professor Cunlu Zhang; Project Manager, Ms. Anne Chu; Board members of Banning Unified School District were among the honored guests present to join in the festivity.

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Over 23 performances were creatively layout by Hanban teacher, Baohua Liu. Students and faculty members rehearsed for more than a month gearing for a perfect performance. Chinese New Year Dance “Kai Men Hong” (“A Shinning Beginning”) kicked off the program. Children’s songs “To Find My Friends”, “Counting the Ducks”, “Happy New Year”, “Song of the Fruits”, “Healthy Song”, and “Pulling the Carrot” all won rounds of applause from the audience. Each and every show was artistically performed and choreographed. The grand finale showcased teachers gracefully performed the dance, “Blue and White Porcelain”, in their gorgeous Qipaos, which exudes the beauty of the Chinese porcelain.

The Mandarin program has grown from non-existence in 2011 when Central Elementary School first was accredited as Confucius Classroom affiliated with CI/SDSU, to 32 classes and 2 after-school programs currently. With the support from CI/SDSU, Central Elementary School has become the leading school in Banning to promote Chinese language and culture.

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“Hope: Poetry & Music” Concert Played on New Year’s Eve

On January 27, 2017, Chinese New Year’s Eve, staff members of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University participated in the “Hope: Poetry & Music” concert, a celebration of Eastern and Western music, poetry, and culture. The concert featured world renowned musicians, including George Maxman, Duan Aiai, Weicong Zhang, and Jessie Chang.

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Many popular traditional Chinese Music pieces were featured in the program, such as Chinese Butterfly Lover, Horse Rising, and Deep Night. Along with Western classics, such as Moldau and Ravel-Bolero, it was truly a feast for the ears for San Diego art aficionados.

CI/SDSU aims to promote awareness of Chinese culture through participating in a variety of art and musical events.

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Adobe Bluffs Elementary School Celebrates Chinese New Year

Jan 26 '17 Adobe Bluffs CNY

In the morning of January 26th, 2017, Adobe Bluffs Elementary School hosted Chinese New Year celebration. Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng; Co-Director, Professor Cunlu Zhang; and Project Manager, Ms. Anne Chu, participated in this festive event.

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The school auditorium was adorned with many of students’ art work, including paintings of 12 Chinese zodiac, Chinese characters of ‘Spring” and “Luck” in Chinese calligraphy style, and paper-cutting, to name a few. Parents and other family members swarmed into the auditorium soon after the school opened its door early in the morning, they eagerly waited for the performances to start. Students from every classroom, pre-kindergarten to 5th grade, had prepared their individual show for the day; including popular Chinese children’s song, rapping, dancing and so on. The highlights of the show was the Chinese song, “Mo Li Hua” (Jasmine Flower), performed by 5th graders. But the grand finale, a very popular Chinese pop music, “Coolest Minority Tribe” performed by school teachers, brought the crowd to their thunderous standing ovation. Everyone enjoyed the celebration so much, they enthusiastically expressed their eagerness to participate in the festivity next year.

Adobe Bluffs Elementary School was accredited to be the newest Confucius Classroom affiliated with CI/SDSU in November 2016. The marvelous Chinese New Year performances presented the remarkable progress students had gained in their Chinese proficiency within only 3 months of Chinese learning.

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E3 Civic High School Celebrates the Year of Rooster I

Jan 16 - Feb 03 '17 E3 Civic High School Celebrates the Year of Rooster

On January 16th and 17th, 2017, E3 Civic High School, one of the Confucius Classrooms affiliated with Confucius Institute (CISDSU) at San Diego State University, celebrated the Lunar Year of Rooster. Four Hanban teachers introduced Chinese traditional customs, Chinese zodiacs, and New Year wishes to the students. Through key lectures focusing on origin of Lunar New Year customs and folklore stories, students learned more in-depth knowledge of the diverse Chinese culture and the meaning of the Rooster year.

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These Chinese New Year celebration enhanced students’ interest of Chinese and Chinese culture, and they thoroughly enjoyed the Chinese New Year celebration through different activities. To decorate the campus, students designed art work with the theme of “rooster”, such as Chinese calligraphy tablets, holiday greeting cards, lantern paintings, paper-cuttings, making red envelopes and many other rooster craft works.

The festivities in Chinese New Year theme provided an optimal opportunity for both faculty and students to experience the profound beauty of Chinese tradition and culture.

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Chinese New Year Celebration in Fallbrook Union Elementary School District

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CISDSU Hanban teacher Ms.Wei Li, who teaches in Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, held a celebration for the Chinese New Year of Rooster at Maie Ellis Elementary School on January 27, 2017. Director of Fallbrook Union Elementary School District Lea Curcio was present to support the celebration.

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The celebration was divided into five parts: lantern making, lucky money making, Chinese character writing, Peking opera mask making, and dragon drawing. Parents and students worked together for different artworks. The dragon drawing was the most popular activity. Each participant drew their own part of the dragon, and wrote their best wishes for the New Year. Many students went home with red lanterns in their hands and Peking Opera masks on their faces. Parents had character writing in one hand and lucky money envelopes in the other. Over 100 parents and students participated in the celebration this year.

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Year of the Rooster: Chinese New Year Kickoff Celebration

Jan 21 '17 Chinese New Year Celebration & Fundraiser Banquet

This year’s Chinese New Year – the year of golden rooster—falls on January 28, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. It is a time for reunion. On January 21, House of China and Chinese School of San Diego co-hosted the Chinese New Year Celebration & Fundraiser Banquet at Jasmine Seafood Restaurant. CISDSU was proud to kick off the celebration with our Confucius Six Arts performance.

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The Six Arts Performance featured a Chinese tea ceremony, music, archery, leadership, calligraphy and abacus. Managing Director of CISDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, introduced the six arts ambassadors. Justice Bao, a famous Chinese judge from Song Dynasty, started off the performance with a Chinese musical instrument “Gong”. The loud, resonating sound of the Gong symbolizes the way that Chinese people welcome the New Year. Empress Wu Zetian, the only Empress in China’s history, went on the stage with her gorgeous red imperial gown, which immediately caught all the attention from our audience. Tea, calligraphy and abacus ambassadors graciously presented to the audience their beautiful tea wares, calligraphy scrolls, and abacuses. CISDSU teachers also showcased their talents in performances of Guzheng, Mongolian dance, and Kung-Fu. CISDSU Co-Director Cunlu Zhang demonstrated Tai-chi, which won a round of applause from the audience.

Over 300 community leaders and local members attended the event, including Chief of Staff of San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Salvatore Giametta; School Board President of San Diego Unified School District, Dr. Michael McQuary; President of House of China, David Seid. The Emcee for the evening was Michael Chen from 10 News.

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East Meets West

Jan 26 '17 East Meets West

Dr. Lilly Cheng was invited by the San Diego Rotary club to give a talk on the topic of “East Meets West”. This event took place at the Liberty Station Conference center on January 26, 2017. The focus of her talk was on the Chinese New Year and the traditions of the lunar calendar. She explained the differences of the explicit culture of the east and comparison of the eastern explicit culture to the western culture.

 

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Guangzhou Academy of Education Visits CISDSU

Jan 17 '17 Guangzhou Academy of Education visits CISDSU

On January 17th, 2017, delegates from Guangzhou Academy of Education visited Confucius Institute at SDSU. Guangzhou Education Academy is a research institute which focuses on China’s K-12 education, special education curriculums, and assessment research. CISDSU Co-director Cunlu Zhang welcomed the delegates.

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Prof. Zhang introduced CISDSU and its “Six Arts” program in Confucius Classrooms. CISDSU Confucius Classrooms are excellent models for combining American and Chinese education in grades K-12 which have been proven effective. Later, two SDSU undergraduate students from Guangzhou joined the meeting and shared their study-abroad experiences. With a growing Chinese student population studying in the United States, CISDSU also strives to create opportunities for American students to go to China.

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