Miami May Days Are not Hotter than Enthusiasm for Chinese Culture at the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College [Time]    2011-06-08 10:52:20 

Miami, May 24th, 2011—The Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College and the Inter-American Campus of Miami Dade College opened. The festival consisted of 3 parts, namely, entertainment for the opening ceremony on 24th, a cultural show and cultural activities on 25th and the Art Lexing Gallery opened to the public free of charge from 26th. At the festival, Chinese culture enjoyed great popularity among visitors by the virtue of its unique charm.

The Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College was responsible for the entertainment at the opening ceremony. The Institute’s teachers and students, together with local Chinese and professional acrobats, presented visitors with a number of excellent performances. The entertainment began with some amazing Chinese acrobatics. Watching the thrilling performance by a female performer, everybody was breathless with anxiety, but the performer seemed rather relaxed. The following performance given by a local Chinese called Li Wanxi was a perfect combination of folk dance and modern dance and showed the features of modern China.

Acrobatics:Head Balancing

Another local Chinese called Shen Min played a song on the accordion. Accompanied by his music, the beautiful scenery of vast grassland was unfolded before audience’s eyes. An overseas Chinese student called Fan Xueqi played a piece of guzheng music, giving the audience a taste of the charm of Chinese music. The audience was completely enchanted by the elegant music as her fingers ran over the guzheng.

Fan Xueqi performing a guzheng solo

One of the Institute Chinese teachers called Fan Jianhua gave a kung fu show. His tai chi sword and tai chi chuan fully demonstrated the charm of Chinese wushu. Even some of the audience members wanted to have a try. A Chinese teacher called Yang Wensheng also captivated the audience with his folk song entitled “Dance of Youth” and an Asian fashion show he planned. Some students posed for group pictures with the performers after they were done on stage.

Fan Jianhua performing tai chi chuan  More Pics

At the cultural exhibition on the next day, the Chinese culture booth of the Confucius Institute was crowded with visitors. They got involved in various activities, such as practicing tai chi and qigong, kicking the shuttlecock, playing ping pong, learning to speak Chinese and sing Chinese songs, practicing Chinese calligraphy, and so on. The Institute’s Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Wenghui and his wife Shen Xiaohong explained how to use Chinese sound wall chart, a gift from Hanban. The demonstration attracted a large number of visitors. A Chinese teacher called Zhang Jing and a volunteer called Du Yejia demonstrated Chinese calligraphy.

On the third day, the Art Lexing Gallery was opened to the public free of charge. The works of contemporary Chinese artists Bo Yun and Cui Xiuwen were displayed at the gallery. Visitors came to the gallery in an endless stream to have a taste of Chinese art and culture.

Visiting the Art Lexing Gallery

In addition, the Institute’s American Director Dr. Yu Xuejun was invited to give a lecture entitled “The Chinese Cultural Revolution”, giving a detailed analysis of that special historical period, as well as China’s efforts to correct their mistakes and to develop their economy, so as to rank among the world's leading countries. The Institute also played Zhang Yimou's award-winning film “The Road Home” during the festival.

The American Director Dr. Yu Xuejun giving a lecture

The annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival in May, which was sponsored by the Confucius Institute, is the largest one of its kind in the American South. Chinese culture dazzled and left a deep impression on visitors from various countries, starting a wave of Chinese fever.

(Contributed by Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College)