Inauguration Ceremony Held for Confucius Institute at the University of Oregon
Eugene, October 1st, 2010— The University of Oregon officially opened its Confucius Institute in the Gerlinger Lounge, which has a history spanning over 100 years.
The Eugene campus is a beautiful sight in autumn, with busy students adding a sense of liveliness and joie de vivre. On the day of the dedication ceremony, banners celebrating the event were hung over the main road of the campus, which added to the overall atmosphere of the occasion.
The Confucius Institute arranged a number of programs to build up momentum for the unveiling ceremony: an exhibit of Chinese arts on September 29th and a free panel presentation on Kun opera on the afternoon of September 30th. Consuls Yan Li and Guo Qiang from the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco were present at the exhibition. Chinese art collectors provided a large number of their art treasures for the occasion. They were present at the exhibition to help the visitors gain a deeper understanding of Chinese arts. The exhibition will last until December 5th. On October 30th, two Chinese opera specialists delivered keynote lectures on Kun opera which drew an audience of over 60 opera researchers and enthusiasts, presenting a vivid demonstration of Kun opera music, costumes and text. The interaction between the experts and the audience showed their appreciation of traditional Chinese operas.
The two successful events warmed up the atmosphere for the unveiling ceremony which was held at 3 p.m. on October 1st. A total of 110 guests were present at the ceremony. Prof. Bryna Goodman, Director of the Confucius Institute chaired the whole event; Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, President Richard Lariviere and Provost Russell Tomlin delivered speeches to express their congratulations on the event. Deputy Consul-General Lu Wenxiang, Counselor Shao Wei, Consuls Yan Li and Guo Qiang from the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, as well as a delegation from the East China Normal University—the institute’s Chinese partner led by President Prof. Zhuang Huiming came to the ceremony as well. Deputy Consul-General Lu Wenxiang delivered a passionate speech. Counselor Shao Wei read a congratulatory letter from Ms. Xu Lin, Director General of Hanban and General Director of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, in which she expressed her belief that “the Confucius Institute will achieve great success and become a bridge bringing the Chinese and American peoples together”. Deputy Consul-General Lu Wenxiang presented the institute with some delicate Cloisonne crafts. The partner schools also exchanged gifts to express their congratulations and blessings. The guests from both sides unveiled the nameplate for the institute, which marked the opening of a new chapter for the cooperation between the two schools and cultural exchanges between the two countries.
A Kun opera performance followed in the Robinson Theater, which enjoyed a full house of guests. Kun opera artist Le Yiping and other performers staged an excellent performance and won rounds of applause. Chinese opera expert Kate gave explanations and comments at the same time, helping the American audience get a better understanding of the ancient drama form.
The unveiling ceremony was a great success. There are follow-up activities still going on: the Chinese film “24 City” by director Jia Zhangke will be shown on October 6th with a lecture by Prof. Deppman about the means of artistic expression in the film on October 7th.