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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.
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.
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.
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.See More
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.See Less
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.
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.See More
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.See Less
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.See More
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.See Less
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.See More
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.See Less
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.See More
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.See Less
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.
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.See More
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.See Less
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
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.See More
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.htmlSee Less
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.
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!
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.See More
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.See Less