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2018 NEWS


JUNE

CISDSU Participates in 2018 Barnard Field Day

Tai Chi demonstration at Empower Charter School


MAY

CISDSU Performs at Ethnic Food Fair

Confucius Statue Unveiling Ceremony

CISDSU Performs at Buddha’s Birthday Celebration at Hsi Fang Temple

Barnard Elementary Parent Speaks at 2018 National Chinese Language Conference

2018 Spring Chinese Painting Class Closing Ceremony

CISDSU Introduces Chinese Culture to Linda Vista Elementary School

2018 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Pre-Departure Orientation

Confucius Classrooms attended the Fifth American Chinese Youth Arts Festival

9th Annual Asian Cultural Festival


APRIL

A Special Presentation of Chinese Martial Arts at SDSU

CISDSU Participates in 8th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

2018 North American Confucius Institute Western Regional Conference


MARCH

CISDSU Participates in El Capitan High School’s Multicultural Festival

Experiences sharing on Chinese Bridge competition

Adobe Bluffs Elementary School Run2Play Health & Fitness Day

CISDSU Successfully Hosts 2018 South-West Region Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Competition

SEACLEAR Delegation Visits Six Arts Center


FEBRUARY

Chinese Lantern Festival Celebration Banquet

CISDSU Co-Hosts the Life & Deeds of Dr. Shih-Liang Chien Exhibition

San Diego Downtown Celebrates Chinese New Year, CISDSU Six Arts Leading the Trend in the Year of Dog

Inaugural Soirée: An Enchanting Evening Celebrating the Year of the Dog

Visually Impaired Student Xiangjun Wang Visits E3 Civic High School

CISDSU Assist The 12th Annual Heart-to-Heart Hand-in-Hand Charity Series

CISDSU Celebrates Chinese New Year with Six Arts at SeaWorld

Chasing My Dream In The Invisible World: A Piano Concert by Xiangjun Wang

Riverview International Academy Chinese New Year Celebration

“Chinese Style” Blasts in the town of Banning

The Cultural Week in Pacific Beach Middle School

SDSU CSSA Chinese New Year Celebration

SDSU Lunar New Year Lion Dance

La Jolla Country Day School Celebrates Chinese New Year with Guzheng Performance

Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles Chinese Lunar New Year Reception

Year of the Dog Celebration Banquet

2018 Barnard Chinese Community Celebration

RDFZ Arts Troupe Performs at Mission Bay High School

Barnard Chinese New Year Celebration Featuring “Six Arts” Performances

CISDSU Participates in Adobe Bluffs elementary school Chinese New Year Celebration

RDFZ Art Troupe at El Capitan High School, a Spectacular Performance for the Chinese New Year

2018 SDSU Spring Study Abroad Fair

Chinese New Year Celebration at Balboa Park


JANUARY

Six Arts Featured at San Diego NEWS 8

CISDSU Hosts 2018 January Teachers Training

 

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JUNE

 

CISDSU Participates in 2018 Barnard Field Day

June 06 '18 CISDSU Participates in 2018 Barnard Field Day

On June 6th, 2018, Confucius Institute at SDSU (CISDSU) participated in Barnard Field Day to introduce Chinese outdoor games and cultural activities to students, teachers and parents. Barnard Field day is held annually for students so they have the opportunity to experience different sports, keep in good shape and participate in diverse cultural activities.

There are 14 stations, each station hosted a different activity such as Chinese YoYo, surfing, martial arts and Taiko. Students from K to 5th got the chance to stay in each station for 15 minutes and then move on to the next station.

CISDSU ran a station for students to learn how to play traditional Chinese cultural games like shuttlecock, Chinese badminton, kite and yo-yo. Students tried all the games and had a lot of fun. Students also learned about Chinese culture, which helped them to understand and appreciate a different culture. The event was a huge success.

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Tai Chi demonstration at Empower Charter School

June 06 '18 Tai Chi demonstration at Empower Charter School

On June 6th, 2018, Empower Charter School held an event of Celebration and Exhibition Day to showcase the school’s academic programs and to celebrate the launch of their mandarin program. ASix Arts Instructors of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU), Professor Rensong Li, was invited to demonstrate Tai Chi with the students who attended the Tai Chi class in May. The performance was warmly welcomed and amazed by the school administrators, teachers and students.

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MAY

 

CISDSU Performs at Ethnic Food Fair

May 27 '18 CISDSU Performs at Ethnic Food Fair

On May 27th, 2018, the annual Ethnic Food Fair was held at Balboa Park, San Diego. At the international cottages, thousands of visitors were attracted to the cultural performances at the Fair. CISDSU Six Arts instructor Professor Rensong Li was invited to showcase the Chen style Tai Chi. His performance was received rounds of applause from the audience.

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Confucius Statue Unveiling Ceremony

May 24 '18 Confucius Statue Unveiling Ceremony

On May 24, 2018, the Confucius Statue Unveiling Ceremony was held at the Six Arts Center. President of San Diego State University (SDSU), Sally Roush hosted the ceremony. San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts and President Sally Roush unveiled the Confucius statue together. The ceremony was to dedicate the Confucius statue of the Six Arts Center.

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In President Roush’s welcome speech, she addressed: “Here at San Diego State we have an international focus. We are preparing our students to be global citizens. Our Confucius Institute prepares students for academic, personal and professional success. The teaching of Mandarin and Chinese culture is increasingly important in our interconnected world. The Institute also strengthens the cultural understanding that is so important in a global world. We do this because Confucius taught us that education is both the path to self-improvement and the path to improving society. Today it’s our privilege to honor those values. This statue of Confucius will remind our students and our teachers for generations to come that education transforms individuals and societies.”

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CISDSU Performs at Buddha’s Birthday Celebration at Hsi Fang Temple

May 20 '18 CISDSU Performs at Buddha’s Birthday Celebration at Hsi Fang Temple

On May 20th, 2018, the Buddha’s Birthday Celebration was held at Hsi Fang Temple. CISDSU Six Arts instructor Professor Rensong Li and students were invited to demonstrate Chinese regimen cultures of Taichi Kung Fu Fan and Health Qigong Ma Wang Dui Dao Yin Shu.

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Barnard Elementary Parent Speaks at 2018 National Chinese Language Conference

Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School parent Love Zubiller presented at this year’s National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) in Salt Lake City, UT, on May 17. NCLC is the largest annual conference of leaders and practitioners in the field of Chinese language and culture education in North America. It aims to enhance Mandarin immersion education by sharing best practices among educators and policymakers.

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Zubiller, whose son is in fourth grade and daughter is in first grade at Barnard, spoke about being the parent of Mandarin language learners. She focused on the idea that learning the language also means learning and embracing the Chinese culture. She discussed how the Confucius Institute of San Diego State University, in partnership with Barnard, gives all students at the school a well-rounded, holistic, and meaningful cultural education through the implementation of arts and culture classes, such as Chinese dance, poetry, music, tai chi, abacus, and more.

“School and learning would lose a lot of meaning and a lot of magic for my children if there was no language and no culture,” said Zubiller. “Barnard’s language and cultural programs have given my son and daughter opportunities that no other school in San Diego – public, charter, private, or otherwise - could.”

Through the Confucius Institute, one such opportunity came in summer 2017 when Zubiller and her son traveled to Beijing so that he could participate in an international abacus competition that included 800 students from every part of China. At first, the locals were shocked by her son’s language fluency. However, once they got over the surprise of hearing a blond-haired, blue-eyed American boy speak conversational Mandarin, he became just one of the kids. Together, they experienced a poignant moment during the competition: all of them using an ancient Chinese calculator in a very modern setting.

After taking home a second place trophy at the competition, he delivered a speech in Mandarin in front of 1,500 native Chinese speakers – an event that was also televised. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that would not have been possible without the multi-faceted education he receives through Barnard’s partnership with the Confucius Institute.

To Zubiller, the trip was the perfect culmination of her son’s Mandarin language skills mixed with his cultural education. She hopes that sharing her experiences and thoughts on her children’s success at Barnard will inspire Chinese language educators to bring similar combined language and culture programs to classrooms across the USA.

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2018 Spring Chinese Painting Class Closing Ceremony

May 18 '18 2018 Spring Chinese Painting Class Closing Ceremony

On May 18th, 2018, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) hosted the 2018 Spring Chinese Painting Class closing ceremony at Six Arts Center. At the closing ceremony, CISDSU staff members Ms. Chudan Li and Professor Rensong Li presented appreciation certificate to class instructor, Mr. Kegong Li. The closing ceremony ended with a celebration potluck. All participants showcased their paintings and celebrated their accomplishments throughout the semester.

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Starting from January, Mr. Kegong Li designed his Chinese painting curriculum for CI teachers and students. Painting subjects included bamboos, pandas, chicken, crabs, cherry blossoms, gold fish, sparrow, and grapes etc., tailored to the teaching of Six Arts in Confucius Classrooms. At the end of the semester, participants are able to master painting these subjects beautifully and skillfully.

Mr. Kegong Li retired from Institute of the Xi’an Academy of Arts. He specializes in teaching children paintings and calligraphy. Currently he is a member of the Chinese Arts Association in Los Angeles as well as a member of the San Diego Calligraphy and Arts Gathering Club. Again, special thank you to our Chinese Painting class instructor Mr. Kegong Li for his dedication in promoting Six Arts in San Diego.

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CISDSU Introduces Chinese Culture to Linda Vista Elementary School

May 7' 18 CISDSU Introduces Chinese Culture to Linda Vista Elementary School

In the morning of May 7th, 2018, Six Arts Instructors of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU), Professor Rensong Li and Ms. Dan Liu, arrived at Linda Vista Elementary School. They brought to the school a wonderful Chinese culture presentation.

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Linda Vista Elementary School has not yet developed a Chinese program, but students already showed great curiosity to Chinese culture. They were sitting in the auditorium waiting patiently for the program to start. To begin the program, Professor Li and Ms. Liu introduced themselves and their performances. The first performance was a Taichi Fan performance, prompting a massive cheer from the audience. Afterwards, Ms. Liu performed the traditional Chinese instrument Guzheng. Then, Professor Li showcased the Chen style Taichi Boxing. The performance ended with Ms. Liu’s Han Dynasty Dance “Ta Ge”. After the performance finished, the students gave them rounds of applause. Many students came up to the stage and asked the two teachers how they can learn more about Chinese Culture. They hope that in the future we will be able to bring in more Chinese culture to the students.

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2018 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Pre-Departure Orientation

May 6' 18 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Pre-Departure Orientation

On May 6th, 2018, the 2018 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Pre-Departure Orientation was held in San Diego Library Mission Valley Branch. The orientation was hosted by Project Manager Ms. Anne Chu, and Hanban teachers of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU). Over 80 students and parents participated in the meeting.

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At the meeting, Ms. Chu introduced that the summer camp will be divided into two groups: 37 high students and 10 educators, with 5 teacher leaders. She then introduced the program’s host university – Xiamen University, as well as curriculum and activities offered by the program. For many students and educators, it will be their first time to China. Ms. Chu explained to them the differences on food, life and culture between China and the U.S., which helped the participants understand China and better prepare for their trip. At the Q&A session, many parents and students asked questions followed by Ms. Chu’s answers. At the end, CISDSU presented gifts to all participants and wished them a great journey.

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Confucius Classrooms attended the Fifth American Chinese Youth Arts Festival

May 5 '18 Confucius  Classrooms  attended  the  Fifth  American  Chinese  Youth  Arts  Festival

On the evening of May 5th, the Fifth American Chinese Youth Art Festival was held in Poway Center for the Performing Arts in San Diego. It was a fantastic Arts Festival. The American Chinese Youth presented their talent and elegant demeanor to the audience. The Confucius Classrooms of Confucius Institute at SDSU, Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy and Adobe Bluffs Elementary School performed a musical called "Mulan" and a recitation of the poetry, "I Love Mum". Their performances were warmly welcomed and won rounds of applause from the audience.

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9th Annual Asian Cultural Festival

May 5' 18 9th Annual Asian Cultural Festival

On May 5th, 2018, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) participated in the 9th Annual Asian Cultural Festival. The festival was held in Mira Mesa Senior Center. This year, CISDSU brought to the audience the Six Arts Performance, performed by Confucius Classroom (CC) students and teachers.

The program was emceed by CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng, co-emceed by CC students Leah Markworth, Christopher Santy and Kamila Carter. The Six Arts Performance included lion dance, Yi minority dance, Erhu instrument, Han dance, one-stroke painting, abacus, Chinese yo-yo, Taichi and Chinese sign language song.

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APRIL

 

A Special Presentation of Chinese Martial Arts at SDSU

May 4 '18 A Special Presentation of Chinese Martial Arts at SDSU

On April 30th, Confucius Institute Six Arts Instructor, Professor Rensong Li , invited Professor Jocelyn Killmer of San Diego State University (SDSU), conducted a special presentation of Chinese Martial Arts in Asian Thought and Culture class at SDSU.

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To begin the class, Professor Li introduced Chinese Martial Arts’ extensive and profound history. There are many different schools of Martial Arts. As a Martial Arts teacher for more than 20 years in Xiamen University, Professor Li has taught Chinese boxing, Chinese kick boxing, self-defense skills, Judo, Tai Chi Chuan and Chinese Health Qigong. During the class, Professor Li explained that practicing Taichi Chuan and Chinese Health Qigong not only can strengthen the body, defend oneself, but also can deeper one’s understand of Chinese culture through the movement practices. Mr. Li Rensong introduced the Yin-Yang relations through the Taichi Chuan movements of ascending and descending, opening and closing, inhaling and exhaling, deficiency and excess, dynamic and static, fast and slow, rigid and flexible by showing a Tai Chi diagram. He emphasized the importance of the balance of Yin and Yang in sports and life, the principle of harmony among human being, nature and society.

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CISDSU Participates in 8th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

April 19 '18 CISDSU Participates in 8th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

On April 19th, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) attended the opening night of the San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase. The opening night movie “Meditation Park” screening was held at UltraStar Theatre at Mission Valley. CISDSU participated in the event as one of the community ticket sponsors.

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2018 North American Confucius Institute Western Regional Conference

April 14 '18 North American Confucius Institute Western Regional Conference - Six Arts Performance

On April 14, 2018, the North American Confucius Institute Western Regional Conference was held in San Diego State University (SDSU), hosted by the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU). A total of 23 Confucius Institute (CI) directors and co-directors participated in the conference. The theme of this year was “New Silk Road, New Six Arts”.

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After the opening ceremony, SDSU President Sally Roush addressed in her welcome speech: “San Diego State University is listed the 8th in the United States for students studying abroad. We live in an interconnected world and the more we understand each other on a personal and culture level, the more we can make the world of friendship rather than of conflict. Confucius Institute contributes so much to that. Confucius Institute prepares students for academic, personal, and professional success and they strengthen the cultural understand that is, as I said, so important right now, particularly, today. So I want to thank each and every one of you for your efforts.” Afterwards, Salvatore Giametta, Chief of Staff of San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, spoke: “The Confucius Institute enhances culture exchange and communication. The County of San Diego is committed to recognizing and honoring those organizations that are dedicated to the best ideals of public service and the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University is one such worthy organization. Therefore, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors honors the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University and declares the 14th day of April 2018 to be ‘North American Confucius Institute Western Regional Conference Day’.” He then, on behalf of Supervisor Ron Roberts, presented the proclamation to President Sally Roush. Dr. Michael McQuary, Board Trustee of San Diego Unified School District, said: “The Confucius Institute provides valuable resources for the development of the bilingual programs in the school district, in order to improve students’ culture understanding and engagement.” Last but not least, Principal of Riverview International Academy, Dr. Brian Thurman addressed that “the Confucius Institute teachers play an important role in the school’s bilingual classrooms. They train the students to be global citizens. Therefore, local schools should further collaborate with the Confucius Institute.”

During the Directors’ Forum in the morning, Confucius Institute at University of California, Los Angeles Director Susan Jain, Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University Director Jiaxin Xie, and Confucius Institute at University of Alaska Anchorage Director Ping Zeng shared their programs and experiences. Session Chair, SDSU Provost Emerita Dr. Nancy Marlin concluded that “it is important for the Confucius Institutes around the globe, as professional Chinese education organizations, to share experience and promote the education of Chinese language and culture”.

Other speakers of the Conference included Ron Cho, President of Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA) -San Diego Chapter; Johnny Lee, Board Secretary and Board of Directors, APAPA-East Bay Chapter; Tom Hom, First Chinese American City Council Member in San Diego. They spoke from the Asian American history perspective and today’s political environment perspective, about how the Confucius Institute has contributed to San Diego’s culture and education industry. After that, Lois Olson, Professor of College of Business Administration at SDSU, and Cheryl Ward, Professor of Educational Leadership at SDSU, both stated that it is important to collaborate closely with the Confucius Institute, to develop study abroad programs in China for SDSU’s undergraduate students, graduate students and doctoral students, therefore to foster cultural understanding among the young generations from China and the U.S..

The “Six Arts” is the main theme of the conference. How to engage “Ritual, Music, Archery, Chariot-driving, Calligraphy and Mathematics” into Chinese language and culture teaching becomes the topic of interest for many Confucius Institutes. In order to showcase the outcome of “Six Arts” program, CISDSU prepared the “East Meets West” lunch banquet for the guests, which was hosted by Friends of the Confucius Institute at Six Arts Center. From Devil Egg to Tea Egg, from cold noodles to spaghetti, from American hot wings to Chinese yam salad… every item on the menu reflected the fusion of eastern culture and western culture. It was not only a feast for the eyes, but also a delight to the taste buds. In the afternoon, over 30 Confucius Classroom students and teachers brought to the audience the Six Arts Performance: Chinese tea ceremony (ritual, music), Chinese ballet “Butterfly Lovers” (chariot-driving), one-stroke painting of dog (calligraphy), Miao minority dance (chariot-driving), Taichi Fan (archery), the magic of abacus (mathematics) and Chinese sign language “A Thankful Heart” (ritual, music). The audience was impressed by the talents of the students. The performance demonstrated that the new concepts of Six Arts have been intergraded into the curriculum of Confucius Classrooms. Our children learn Six Arts in their classrooms; they perform Six Arts on stage. Six Arts have gained great popularity among families and communities.

As Confucius Classroom ambassadors, Chinese Bridge champion family the Carters used sign language to speak about their two children, Kamila Carter and Tod Carter, embracing different languages. They learn Chinese, American and Mexican sign languages, Spanish and Chinese. Chinese Bridge champion Leah Markworth spoke about her unforgettable journey to China in the last summer, through a Confucius Institute summer program. Furthermore, vision-impaired student Christopher Adamson, though cannot see the beads on an abacus, uses both hands to learn the ancient calculator from China. He spoke about his journey to an international abacus competition this spring. Confucius Institute teacher from Barnard Ms. Jing Zhang and Confucius Institute teacher from Riverview International Academy Ms. Leixia Liu shared their teaching experiences in Confucius Classroom schools in San Diego.

The closing ceremony was hosted by CISDSU Managing Director, Dr. Lilly Cheng and Co-Director, Professor Cunlu Zhang. Directors from CI at University of Arizona, CI at Clark County School District, CI at Southern Utah University and scholars from Stanford University also concluded the program. The conference ended with rounds of applause from the guests.

The Confucius Institute, while exploring the “New Thoughts on the New Silk Road”, needs to trace back and renew our ancient educator Confucius’ Six Arts concepts. In the era of the New Silk Road, CISDSU implements the Six Arts in its Chinese language programs, which provides valuable experiences for many other Confucius Institutes. The Confucius Institute will need to further understand, promote and develop Six Arts around the world.

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March

 

CISDSU Participates in El Capitan High School’s Multicultural Festival

March 20 '18 CISDSU Participates in El Capitan High School’s Multicultural Festival

On March 20, 2018, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) participated in El Capitan High School’s multicultural festival to support its Mandarin language and cultural program. The fair aims to create a more diverse environment for students to experience and appreciate.

CISDSU hosted a booth where CI staff wrote students’ name in Chinese. In addition, Professor Dan Liu and Rensong Li demonstrated Chinese Fan dance to students and teachers. Students not only enjoyed the show, but also want to learn more about how to do the fan dance and history of fan dance.

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This fair was a great success. Students experienced diverse cultures but also showed huge interest in learning different cultures.

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Experiences sharing on Chinese Bridge competition

March 16 18' Share & Talk - Chinese Bridge competition

In the afternoon of March 16th, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) invited Hanban Chinese teachers to the Six Arts Center for them to share their experiences on coaching the students who participated in the 2018 Chinese Bridge Language Proficiency Competition. During the meeting, the Hanban Teachers were able to learn from each other as they exchanged their ideas and tutoring experiences. At the end of the meeting, all of the teachers expressed how glad they were for having this meeting and benefiting from it. They not only learned how to deal with different kinds of students, but they were also able gain more knowledge about teaching the Chinese language.

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At the end of the meeting, Anne Chu, office manager at CISDSU, and Professor Zhang, co-director of CISDSU, presented gifts to two teachers: Jing Zhang and Jie Zhai. These teachers were awarded for their dedication, as they spend their free time tutoring students in need, and they also did their best to assist students and prepare them for the competition.

The competition resulted in a huge success. The first place winners were all Confucius classroom schools’ (CC schools) students; this is a reflection of the support that the Mandarin programs at CC schools have received from school districts, teachers, students and parents.

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Adobe Bluffs Elementary School Run2Play Health & Fitness Day

Mar 15 18' Adobe Bluffs Elementary Run2Play Health & Fitness Day

On March 09, 2017, the Confucius Institute at SDSU (CI SDSU) participated in the Run2Play Health & Fitness Day event which was hosted by Adobe Bluffs Elementary School and aims to promote health and fitness as well as to expose students, parents and teachers to different cultures. CI SDSU represented the Chinese Outdoor Activities station and introduced Chinese activities to students, teachers and parents.

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At the station, students not only learned how to play traditional games with the Jianzi (shuttlecock), the Chinese Yo-Yo, badminton, and Taichi, a Chinese martial art which was instructed by Professor Rensong Li. Students also learned about the origins of these activities from CI staff Muting Huang. All the students enjoyed the activities and left for their next station with great excitement but reluctance.

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

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CISDSU Successfully Hosts 2018 South-West Region Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Competition

March 6-7th '18 2018 Chinese Bridge Competition

On March 6 and 7, 2018, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles and the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) co-hosted the 2018 South-West Region Chinese Bridge Language Proficiency Competition at the Pacific Beach Middle School auditorium.

One hundred and twenty-one contestants participated in the competition this year, outnumbering all past competitions. Consul Haiying Chai and Qian Cao from the education office at the Chinese General Consulate in Los Angeles, Principal Aida Hernandez from Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, and Principal Brian Thurman from Riverview International Academy attended the event. Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of CISDSU, served as the emcee.

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The contestants were divided into four groups based on their grade: 2nd-3rd grade group, 4th-5th grade group, 6th-8th grade group, and 9th-12th grade group. The contest consisted of three parts: a speech, a talent show, and a quiz on Chinese culture and history. The speech topics were “Fun,” “Family,” “Friend,” and “Bridge” for the four groups respectively. 9th-12th grade contestants were required to complete an additional quiz, which contained 50 multiple choices on Chinese culture, history, geography, and national conditions according to the rules of Chinese Bridge World Competition.

All the contestants delivered their speech fluently and confidently and demonstrated their impressive Chinese talents including Chinese songs, dance, calligraphy, instruments, martial arts, lion dance, and Chinese yoyo. Among all the excellent contestants, Kayla Warner from Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, Russell Boyer from Fletcher Elementary School, Leah Markworth from Pacific Beach Middle School, and Hafeez Merali from El Capitan High School were awarded the first place in 2nd-3rd grade group, 4th-5th grade group, 6th-8th grade group, and 9th-12th grade group respectively.

The 2018 Chinese Bridge Competition has exceeded the past ones in scale and contestants’ performance. The enormous improvement is the result of the year-long effort of the Confucius classroom teachers and an affirmation of the immersive Chinese language program introduced by CISDSU. The success of this year’s competition couldn’t be achieved without the months’ thoughtful preparation of CISDSU and the help and the support from CISDSU staff, Hanban teachers and volunteers during the competition.

Appendix: Chinese Bridge Winner 2018

2nd-3rd Grade Group

First Place: Kayla Warner (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 3rd grade)

Second Place:

Constanza Cardenas (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 3rd grade)

Eileen Terral (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 3rd grade)

Third Place:

Alyssa Lee (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 3rd grade)

Valentina Herrera (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 3rd grade)

Lily Addleson (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 3rd grade)

Autumn Hayes (Riverview International Academy, 3rd grade)

Best Speech:

Kaleigh Heyman (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 2nd grade)

Fiona Salatka (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 3rd grade)

Best Talent:

Brady Hood (Riverview International Academy, 3rd grade)

Edward Lockton (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 3rd grade)

4th-5th Grade Group

First Place: Russell Boyer (Fletcher Elementary School, 5th grade)

Second Place:

Asha Frye (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 5th grade)

Nandi Franklin (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 4th grade)

Third Place:

Angel Gomez (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 5th grade)

Anastasie Abboud (Riverview International Academy, 5th grade)

Angelia Coenen (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 4th grade)

Best Speech:

Kahlei Madelyn McGonegle (Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, 4th grade)

Ravan Haizlip (Riverview International Academy, 4th grade)

Best Talent:

Olivia Geraci-Obregon (Riverview International Academy, 5th grade)

Theodrick Carter (Riverview International Academy, 4th grade)

6th-8th Grade Group

First Place: Leah Markworth (Pacific Beach Middle School, 8th grade)

Second Place: Christopher Santy (Pacific Beach Middle School, 8th grade)

Third Place: Harmony Richardson (Tierra Del Sol Middle School, 7th grade)

Best Speech:

Kamila Carter (Tierra Del Sol Middle School, 6th grade)

Solene Hairston (Lakeside Middle School, 7th grade)

Best Talent:

Liliana Capalbo (Pacific Beach Middle School, 6th grade)

Brenna Boldt (Tierra Del Sol Middle School, 8th grade)

9th-12th Grade Group

First Place: Hafeez Merali (El Capitan High School, 9th grade)

Second Place: Ezra Ennis-Fink (Helix Charter High School, 9th grade)

Third Place: Yoo Ra Sung (Iolani School, 11th grade)

Best Speech: Serenity Dorsey(E3 Civic High School, 9th grade)

Best Talent: Logan Smith (Sahuarita High School, 12th grade)

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SEACLEAR Delegation Visits Six Arts Center

March 3 '18 UCLA SEACLEAR and APAPA visit Six Arts center

In the morning of March 3rd, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University welcomed a delegation of forty students from UCLA's South East Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention program (SEACLEAR). CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng, Co-Director Professor Cunlu Zhang greeted the group at Six Arts Center.

Dr. Lilly Cheng introduced CISDSU’s Chinese teaching and cultural exchange programs to the guests, and invited them to discuss with APAPA members. Through the visit, the delegation learned more about the Confucius Institute as well as the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA).

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Chinese Lantern Festival Celebration Banquet

March 2 '18 Chinese Lantern Festival Celebration Banquet

The Chinese traditional Lantern Festival landed on March 2nd this year. In the evening, the San Diego Chinese American Association held a banquet to celebrate this festival at the Mandeville Auditorium, University of California at San Diego (UCSD). CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng, Co-Director Cunlu Zhang and Six Arts Instructor Rensong Li attended the event.

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February

 

San Diego Downtown Celebrates Chinese New Year, CISDSU Six Arts Leading the Trend in the Year of Dog

February 24 '18 2018 San Diego Chinese New Year Fair

On February 24th and 25th, the Annual Chinese New Year Fair was held on Downtown San Diego, on 3rd Ave and J Street. Thousands of visitors from all around San Diego County participated in this event to celebrate the Chinese New Year. On the main stage, one of the performances that caught the audience’s attention was the Six Arts Performance, presented by the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU).

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The Six Arts Performance included a lion dance, a Mulan musical, a Guzheng performance, a one-stroke painting demonstration, a Tibetan dance, a Hulusi performance, a Peacock dance, a Taichi Fan performance, an abacus demonstration, and a Chinese Sign Language and Chinese song performance. To start the program, the Abboud family, also known as the “Six Arts Family”, performed the Lion Dance to bring the best of luck for the New Year. The emcees of the program were Confucius Classroom students from Pacific Beach Middle School, Leah Markworth and Christopher Santy. Their fluent Chinese skills made a great impression on the audience. The Mulan musical, presented by Confucius Classroom students from Barnard Elementary School, showcased the scene when Mulan joined the military training on behalf of her father. Afterwards, CI teacher Esther Zhu and student Tasie Abboud simultaneously presented a Guzheng instrument performance and a one-stroke painting demonstration of a dog. Students from Barnard also performed a Tibetan dance called “Tibetan Blue”. The Chinese Bridge Competition champion Kassia Love and TDS Middle School student Harmony Richardson jointly gave a Hulusi performance and a Peacock Dance titled “A Happy Peacock”. In addition, Hanban teachers, led by Six Arts Instructor Professor Rensong Li, performed the “Taichi Kungfu Fan”.

One of the most important elements of the Six Arts is “Shu” (Mathematics), which was represented by the Abacus. In the performance “The Magic of Abacus”, the President of Shenmo Education Group, Mr. Mianjun Li, and the Managing Director of CISDSU, Dr. Lilly Cheng, hosted the program together. Confucius Classroom students Luca Abboud, Valentina Herrera, Kassia Love and Christopher Adamson showcased their exquisite abacus skills to the audience. Afterwards, TDS Middle School Student Kamy Carter performed a Chinese Language song “A Thankful Heart” in Chinese sign language, and was followed by Leah Markworth singing a Chinese New Year song “Gong xi gong xi”. All the performers sang together and wished the audience a Happy Chinese New Year.

The Six Arts are the core of CISDSU’s education in its 23 Confucius Classrooms and Confucius Classroom schools. Each year, CISDSU presents the Six Arts in many cultural festivals and events all around San Diego, providing opportunities for Confucius Classroom students and teachers to showcase their Six Arts talents. The Six Arts will be an important theme for this year’s upcoming Chinese Bridge Competition, which will be held in March. Through years of development, CISDSU’s Six Arts have become a great model for teaching Chinese language and culture in San Diego and in the United States.

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Inaugural Soirée: An Enchanting Evening Celebrating the Year of the Dog

February 23 '18 Inaugural Soirée An Enchanting Evening Celebrating the Year of the Dog

On February 23, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) participated in the Chinese New Year celebration concert at Copley Symphony Hall. The concert was performed by Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra and Chongqing Chuanju Theater. The event was hosted by Shillman Foundation and San Diego Yantai Friendship Society. CISDSU served as the in-kind sponsor for this event.

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CISDSU Co-Hosts the Life & Deeds of Dr. Shih-Liang Chien Exhibition

February 22 '18 CISDSU Co-Hosts the Life & Deeds of Dr. Shih-Liang Chien Exhibition

In the afternoon on February 22, Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU), Dr. Lilly Cheng, and CISDSU Project Coordinators attended an exhibition opening at the San Diego Chinese Historical museum. This exhibition features the life story of Dr. Shih-Liang Chien. Dr. Chien was the president of National Taiwan University. At the exhibit opening, Dr. Shih-Liang Chien's son, Dr. Shu Chien, presented the topic "Father's Influence on My Life." After the presentation, guests headed to the exhibition room to view and explore the family tree and rare artifacts of the Chien family collections. This exhibition is informative and inspirational for all guests and participants.

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Visually Impaired Student Xiangjun Wang Visits E3 Civic High School

February 20 '18 Visually Impaired Student Xiangjun Wang Visits E3 Civic High School

In the morning of February 20, Miss Xiangjun Wang, a visually impaired student from Tianjun Conservatory of Music, visited Confucius Classroom E3 Civic High School. She brought to the students a spectacular piano concert. During the concert, Wang shared her music journey. With lots of love and help from the community, with her dedication and hard work, she never stops learning. She encouraged students to close their eyes and experience how visually impaired people play piano and write in Chinese.

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CISDSU Assist The 12th Annual Heart-to-Heart Hand-in-Hand Charity Series

February 18 '18 ACCEF Chinese New Year Celebration

In the evening of February 18, the 12th Annual Heart-to-Heart Hand-in-Hand Charity Series was hosted with great success by American Chinese Culture and Education Foundation(ACCEF) and Xingjian Dance Studio at Poway Center for Performing Arts. Confucius Institute at San Diego State University(CISDSU) was invited as honored guest to participate in this event. And CISDSU Six Arts instructor Ms. Dan Liu performed an Chinese National Orchestra Suite as one of the members of Bohua Academy.

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CISDSU Celebrates Chinese New Year with Six Arts at SeaWorld

February 18 '18 Sea World Chinese New Year Celebration

On February 18, CISDSU celebrated Chinese New Year with Six Arts Performances at SeaWorld. Confucius classroom students and Hanban teachers presented their talents in relation to the Confucius’ Six Arts – tea ceremony, lion dance, one stroke painting, abacus, YoYo, peacock dance, Taichi fan, and Chinese instruments. This year, we also brought to the audience a Mulan musical performed by the Barnard Students Performing Group.

The Six Arts Performances were well-received by thousands of audience at SeaWorld. The festivity and the variety of programs brought to the audience a cultural and educational experience to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

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Chasing My Dream In The Invisible World: A Piano Concert by Xiangjun Wang

February 17 '18 Chasing My Dream In the Invisible World

On February 17, a piano concert featuring visually impaired student from Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Miss Xiangjun Wang, took place at the Canyon Crest Academy. This program was hosted by San Diego Hua Xia Chinese School and the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU). Special guests presented at this concert included Mr. Salvatore Giametta, Representative from San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts Office, CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng, David Du, Yingji Peng and media representatives from WeChinese and San Diego Chinese Press.

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To begin the concert, Wang made a speech about her journey learning music. Even with her impaired vision, she never gives up her dream. Then she beautifully and professionally performed piano music. No one can imagine how she can do that without being able to see the 88 keys on the piano. After each performance, the audience gave her a big round of applause. During the concert, CISDSU Six Arts instructors Professor Rensong Li and Dan Liu were invited to perform Taichi sword and Guzheng. With the western piano played by a Chinese musician, and traditional Guzheng instrument and Taichi, this was a concert of “East meets West”.

After the concert, CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng presented an appreciation certificate to Xiangjun Wang, and encouraged her to continue to chase her dream.

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Riverview International Academy Chinese New Year Celebration

February 16 '18 Riverview Chinese New Year Celebration

On February 16, Confucius Classroom Riverview International Academy celebrated Chinese New Year at the school auditorium. Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) participated in this celebration. CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng and Principal Dr. Brian Thurman made an opening speech. Dr. Thurman appreciated the partnership with the Confucius Institute and the dedication of all the Hanban teachers to make their Mandarin Immersion program so successful. After the welcome speech, students from the K-5 Mandarin Immersion classrooms performed Chinese cultural performances such as Chinese songs, dance, Yo-Yo, Taichi etc. All the performances featured the Six Arts.

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“Chinese Style” Blasts in the town of Banning

February 15 '18 Central Elementary School 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration

On February 15, also Chinese New Year Eve, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) Co-Director Cunlu Zhang and Six Arts Instructors Rensong Li and Dan Liu drove two hours from San Diego, and finally arrived in Confucius Classroom Central Elementary School, which is located in Banning, California. Today was the day to celebrate the Chinese New Year with the students and teachers from the school.

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Before 9:00am outside of the auditorium, parents and families queued up to watch the performance. Students wore Chinese style outfits and felt excited to perform. The performances included singing, dancing and so on. The celebration was emceed by students in Chinese and English. The spectacular performances won rounds and rounds of applause from the audience. The teachers, on the other hand, had prepared a beautiful Chinese style dance to showcase their talents. To end the show, CISDSU Six Arts Instructor Rensong Li performed Martial Arts and Guzheng teacher Dan Liu gracefully performed the Guzheng instrument.

Through the Chinese New Year Celebration, Chinese Style has become a town-wide hit in Banning. Students, teachers and families all embraced the festive celebration.

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The Cultural Week in Pacific Beach Middle School

February 12 '18 Pacific Beach Middle School Chinese New Year Celebration

The annual Chinese New Year Cultural Week is a tradition of Pacific Beach Middle School. During Feb 12th to 15th, we had lots of exciting activities for the 2018 Spring Festival in our school. In order to expand the influence of Chinese year and let more students like Chinese traditional culture, we had series of outdoor and indoor activities.

For the outdoor activities, we invited CI talented teachers Rensong Li and Dan Liu to give a fantastic Kungfu and Guzheng performance. These performances were greatly enjoyed by both the students and the teaching staff. Peking Opera mask and Taijifan show by the students and teacher Zhengzhi Chen were appreciated as well, drawing a great number of students to participate and learn.

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In the library, with the help of the Chinese teachers, Boyan Zhang, Wen Shi, Min Liu, Xiaofeng Liu and Zhengzhi Chen, the Mandarin students set up booths for students all over the school to experience Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Painting, Chinese Zodiac, Ping Pang, shuttlecock, lantern-making, three-dimensional “spring” cutting, chopsticks competition and making dumplings, attracting lots of teachers and students to experience.

At the same time, we were highly praised by teachers from other states in the United States who happened to come to our school for a conference. They were attracted by the amazing Chinese culture took photos for the wonderful moments. We gave them blessings in Chinese Calligraphy by our students as a gift and spread our blessing and Chinese culture to all parts of the United States.

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SDSU CSSA Chinese New Year Celebration

February 15 '18 SDSU CSSA Chinese New Year Celebration

In the evening of February 15, which is Chinese New Year eve, SDSU Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) hosted a Spring Festival Gala at the Student Union. Confucius Institute at SDSU (CISDSU) Six Arts Instructor Professor Rensong Li was invited to perform Taichi Fan. Confucius Classroom student at Pacific Beach Middle School, Leah Markworth, performed Peking Opera. Their performances were warmly received by the audience.

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SDSU Lunar New Year Lion Dance

February 13 '18 SDSU Lunar New Year Lion Dance

On February 13, San Diego State University (SDSU) hosted its Lunar New Year Lion Dance on campus. This event was a collaboration of Confucius Institute at SDSU, Center for Asian & Pacific Studies of College of Arts & Letters, Delta Beta Tao, and Asian Pacific Student Association.

CISDSU staff members Chudan Li and Jason Huang attended the event by setting up a booth to present Chinese culture. Information about the Shanghai summer program was also presented. For more information about the Shanghai Summer Program, please visit https://confucius.sdsu.edu/courses.html

The Lion Dance ceremony left from the Student Union and continued in front of the Arts and Letters Building. Students, faculties and staff joined the lions to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

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La Jolla Country Day School Celebrates Chinese New Year with Guzheng Performance

February 13 '18 La Jolla Country Day School Celebrates Chinese New Year with Guzheng Performance

On February 13, 2018, CISDSU was invited by La Jolla Country Day School, to celebrate Chinese New Year with the students. CISDSU Six Arts instructor Ms. Dan Liu performed a traditional Chinese instrument called Guzheng.

Before the performance, Ms. Dan Liu gave a presentation about the history of Guzheng. Students were able to understand this ancient instrument with over 2,500 years of history. For most students, this was their first time to see the Guzheng. During the performance, the auditorium was filled with audience. Students were eager to learn the beauty of this Chinese instrument.

At the end of the performance, La Jolla Country Day Vice Principal Inez Odom received a Chinese calligraphy from Ms. Liu Dan. Ms. Liu also wished the school a Happy Chinese New Year!

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Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles Chinese Lunar New Year Reception

February 12 '18 Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles Chinese Lunar New Year Reception

In the evening of February 12, 2018, the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles hosted a Chinese Lunar New Year Reception in the Hilton Hotel at Universal City. Confucius Institute at San Diego State University Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng, Co-Director Cunlu Zhang participated in this event. During the reception, Education Consul Haiying Chai and Qian Cao, Culture Consul Jin Wang wished CISDSU a Happy Chinese New Year, and discussed with the directors about future plans to develop culture and education programs in San Diego.

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Year of the Dog Celebration Banquet

February 10 '18 Year of the Dog Celebration Banquet

In the evening of February 10, Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) staff members and friends participated in the Year of the Dog Celebration Banquet hosted by House of China and Chinese School of San Diego. The banquet took place at Jasmine Seafood Restaurant.

CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng, Co-Director Cunlu Zhang, Project Manager Anne Chu, Project Coordinators Chudan Li, Muting Huang, Yueying Zhan, Six Arts Instructors Dan Liu and Rensong Li, Friends of CI members Caroline Chinn, Sharon Garuba and Anne Rosser attended the event.

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2018 Barnard Chinese Community Celebration

February 10 '18 Barnard CNY Community Celebration

On February 10, 2018, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) celebrated Chinese New Year at Barnard’s community celebration event. Six Arts performance was featured, including Tibetan dance, Tibetan “Khata” greeting ceremony, Abacus, Mongolian song, Taichi Fan, Guzheng music and Chinese Yo yo. Performances were presented by Confucius classroom students and teachers.

Audience was impressed by the performance. Principal of Barnard, Aida Hernandez was greeted with a special “Khata” from CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng. “Khata” is a trdaditional Tibetan silk scarf representing the friendship between CISDSU and Barnard.

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RDFZ Arts Troupe Performs at Mission Bay High School

February 9 '18 RDFZ Performance at Mission Bay High School

On February 9th, 2018, “Happy Spring Festival” Exchange Program was hosted at Mission Bay High School, sponsored by Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU). The performers are from the Art Troupe of the High School Affiliated to Remin University of China (RDFZ). Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng of the CISDSU, Vice Principal Xiaohui Liu of the RDFZ, President Michael McQuary of School Board of San Diego Unified School District, and Principal Ernest Remillard of Mission Bay High School were present at the performance.

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RDFZ Art Troupe showed the various programs that express the different characteristics of China. The programs included chamber music: Spring Festival Sinfonia, Butterfly Lovers and Csardas, folk music: Sentiment in Waterside and Jasmine Flower, dance: New Charm of Ancient and Qiao Huadan, martial arts: Shi Feng and Rivalry, and Curtain Call: Welcome to Beijing. Spectacular programs were enjoyed by every student from Mission Bay High School.

This performance program aims to strengthen the friendship and cultural exchange between China and the U.S. In the morning, RDFZ Art Troupe observed classrooms in Mission Bay High School and interacted with the students. Through exchange and interaction, students from both countries enhanced friendship and cross-cultural understanding.

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Barnard Chinese New Year Celebration Featuring “Six Arts” Performances

February 9 '18 Barnard Elementary Chinese New Year Celebration

On February 9, 2018, Confucius Classroom Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy hosted a magnificent Chinese New Year celebration at the auditorium of Mission Bay High School. The students enthusiastically demonstrated the Chinese traditional art they learned from the Six Art Culture Program created by the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU). Principal of Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, Aida Hernandez, Managing Director of CISDSU, Lilly Cheng, and Project Manager, Anne Chu, and President of School Board of San Diego Unified School District, Dr. Michael McQuary were present at the performance to celebrate the Chinese New Year together with the students.

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At 9am, nearly 800 students and parents swarmed into the auditorium. Soon after four student masters of ceremonies opened the show in fluent Chinese. Students from all grades at Barnard Elementary School, including pre-school and kindergarten participated in the show. Led by Six Arts culture teachers, the lively and active children performed songs and dances such as Mulan, Happy Monsters are Patrolling the Mountain, Where is Spring, and Hug Me If You Love Me, and demonstrated the Six Arts skills they have mastered at the program such as Chinese calligraphy, Kong Fu, and Tang poems. Their marvelous performance won thunderous applause from the audience, a strong affirmation to the Six Arts Culture Program by the CISDSU.

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CISDSU Participates in Adobe Bluffs elementary school Chinese New Year Celebration

February 8 '18 Adobe Bluffs elementary school Chinese New Year celebration

On February 8th, 2018, Adobe Bluffs elementary school held its annual Chinese New Year Community Celebration. Managing Director of Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU), Dr. Lilly Cheng, Co-Director, Prof. Cunlu Zhang, and martial arts master, Prof. Rensong Li participated in this event.

Students, teachers, parents and school district officers get together at auditorium to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Students from kindergarten to 5th grade performed a variety of performances and showcased their Mandarin learning achievements. There were two highlights of the performance. One is martial arts master, Prof. Li’s sword dance and the other one is teachers fashion show. Teachers wore different kinds of Chinese outfits to show how beautiful and elegant of these Chinese outfits are.

This event was not only for students but for local community to appreciate and explore ancient Chinese culture. 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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RDFZ Art Troupe at El Capitan High School, a Spectacular Performance for the Chinese New Year

February 8 '18 RDFZ Performance at El Capitan High

On February 8th, 2018, organized by the Consulate of People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles and the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU), the Art Troupe of the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, also known as RDFZ, gave a wonderful performance of Chinese traditional music, dance, and martial arts at El Capitan High School during their US tour to celebrate the coming Chinese New Year with the students and the teachers of El Capitan High School.

At 10am, almost 600 enthused students and teachers gathered in the gymnasium of El Capitan High School, including over 100 students of the Chinese language at the high school's Confucius classroom. Culture Consul Jin Wang of the Chinese Consulate in LA, Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng of the CISDSU, Vice Principal Xiaohui Liu of the RDFZ, Principal Laura Whitaker of El Capitan High School, and the Chinese instructing program coordinator Chi Ping Chang were also present at the performance.

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The performance began with the RDFZ chamber orchestra’s joyous rendition of the Spring Festival Sinfonia, a famous music piece composed specifically for the Chinese New Year. Its vibrant rhythm gave the room a festive vibe and greatly aroused the audience’s interests. The RDFZ boy’s dance troupe and the dance troupe of RDFZ Cuiwei Campus again impressed the audience by immersing them in the dazzling Chinese Tibetan and Han dance. The martial art shows Lion Dance and Rivalry, as well as Chinese and American folk songs by the RDFZ Chinese folk orchestra, all received overwhelming applause from the audience because of the outstanding techniques executed in the show. At the finale Beijing Welcome You, all the students stood up and applauded passionately for having seen such a great show.

The RDFZ Art Troupe’s spectacular performance was cheered unanimously by the audience. Sydney Hood, an 11th grader at El Capitan High School with 5 years experience in Chinese language studying, told us excitedly after the show that “the show was amazing!” She mentioned that her favorite part was the dances, because she “learned a lot about the beauty of Chinese dance from the performance.” Jin Wang, the Culture Consul at the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles, also said that the RDFZ Art Troupe came to perform in the US in order to further develop cultural exchange between China and the United States. By inviting them to perform at El Capitan High School, where Confucius classroom is held, will create a better understanding of the charm of Chinese culture for the American students and also enhance the mutual communication between the students from the two countries.

The RDFZ Art Troupe on this tour consists of over 80 students from RDFZ chamber orchestra, aerobics team, boy’s dance troupe, martial art team, and dance team and Chinese folk orchestra of RDFZ Cuiwei Campus. All performers are current students at RDFZ between 12 and 17 years old with excellent academic records and artistic accomplishments. The 2018 tour is the 12th time that the RDFZ Art Troupe performed in the US.

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2018 SDSU Spring Study Abroad Fair

February 6 '18 SDSU Study Abroad Fair

On February 6, 2018, CISDSU participated in the Study Abroad Fair at SDSU. Project Coordinator Ms. Chudan Li and Six Arts Instructor Ms. Dan Liu attended the event.

During the fair, Ms. Liu’s Guzheng instrument attracted many students. They curiously stopped by and listened to the beautify music. The SDSU Shanghai Summer Program was also promoted at the fair. If you would like to learn more about this study abroad opportunity, please go to: http://confucius.sdsu.edu/courses.html

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Chinese New Year Celebration at Balboa Park

February 3 '18 House of China Chinese New Year Celebration

On Saturday February 3rd, 2018, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) celebrated Chinese New Year with House of China at Balboa Park. This year, CISDSU brought to the audience “Six Arts” performances which include tea ceremony, musical instruments, calligraphy, painting, Taichi fan, abacus, dance and a special Mulan musical. Over 1000 audience watched the performance on that day.

The emcees of the performance were Confucius Classroom students from Pacific Beach Middle School, Leah Markworth and Christopher Santy. They wished the audience a happy new year with their fluent Mandarin skills. Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy student performing group prepared a musical Mulan, adopted from the story of Hua Mu Lan from ancient China. Chinese Bridge champion Kassia Love performed an instrument called Hulusi, with Harmony Richardson from Tierra del Sol Middle Students performed a Peacock dance, a traditional type of dance from Southwest China. Confucius Institute teachers showcased their talents with a Taichi Fan performance. Chinese minority song and dances were also performed by Barnard students. Last but not least, Chinese one-stroke brush painting and abacus performances also brought to the audience an educational and cultural experience.

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The theme of the celebration focused on “Six Arts”. At the grand finale, all performers sang the Chinese New Year song “Gong xi gong xi”. The song’s festive melody won rounds of applause from the audience.

The Six Arts Performance has won so much popularity in Balboa Park. In February, CISDSU is invited to perform at various locations in San Diego. The two biggest celebrations are SeaWorld and Downtown. We look forward to seeing you there! More details: http://confucius.sdsu.edu/events.html

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Six Arts Featured at San Diego NEWS 8

January 30 '18 Six Arts Featured at San Diego NEWS 8

In the morning of January 30, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) was featured by San Diego local news station – NEWS 8. CISDSU Six Arts Instructor, Professor Rensong Li, demonstrated Taichi fan and Taichi sword on the Morning Extra program. House of China president, David Seid, and House of China Director Lily Zhou also gave the audience a preview of this weekend’s Chinese New Year celebrations at Balboa Park. During the show, TV Host Jeff Zevely interviewed Professor Li about Taichi.

Link to the video: http://www.cbs8.com/story/37387009/the-year-of-the-dogcelebrate-chinese-new-year-at-balboa-park

CISDSU will proudly present Six Arts performances on Saturday, February 3 at House of China, Balboa Park. Performances will include tea ceremony, Chinese instruments, Taichi, Chinese painting, minority dances, abacus etc. They )will be performed by our talented Confucius Classroom students and teachers. Come watch the show at noon on Saturday to kick start the New Year!

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CISDSU Hosts 2018 January Teachers Training

January 20 '18 January Teachers' Training

On January 20, 2018, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (CISDSU) hosted the January Teachers’ Training Workshop at Six Arts Center.

In the morning, Dr. Lilly Cheng, Managing Director of CISDSU, presented her topic “Octopus Project”. According to Dr. Cheng, “Creating your vision for 2018” is important because “Your answers not only reflect your value and vision, but will also motivate you to strive to achieve your goals in the new year”. Afterwards, Hanban teachers Ms. Xin Guan and Ms. Xiaofeng Liu shared their experiences on teaching in Confucius Classroom schools. Furthermore, over 20 Hanban teachers also reflected on their teaching experiences and what they’ve learned from previous training workshops.

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The afternoon workshop focused on English writing. Guest speaker, Dr. Leif Fearn, spoke on “English Writing Know How”. His presentation aims to strengthen our teachers’ English writing skills.

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