The 1st Southeast Chinese Language Conference
The Confucius Institute at Presbyterian College, in collaboration with CI at the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston, hosted the inaugural Southeast Chinese Language Conference in Charleston on Sept. 17. Over 100 delegates from universities all over America-- N.C. State University, Pfeiffer University, Emory University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Memphis, the University of South Carolina, the College of Charleston, and Presbyterian College-attended this conference.
Dr. Liu Zihua, director of the Confucius Institute at Presbyterian College hosted the conference and gave the opening remarks. In his keynote speech, "Cultural Sensitivities in the Age of Globalization", Dr. Ye Tan, director of the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina, explored the issues of cultural sensitivities from multiple angles. By sharing the stories of cultural conflicts in her own life, Ms. Cathy Bao Bean, author of Chopsticks-Fork Principle and president of the Society for Values in Higher Education, discussed the problems and process of cultural blending as well as ways of dealing with cultural shocks and cultural conflicts.
In the following panel discussions, directors and teachers from different Confucius Institutes had positive and fruitful discussions on Confucius Institute management, Pre-K through 12 education and college and adult education. A workshop given by Stephen Kaplin on Chinese shadow puppetry has aroused much interest in making simple hand-made Chinese shadow puppets.
This 1st Southeast Chinese Language Conference is a good starting point for offering Confucius Institutes, both in and out of the southeast region of America, a platform of sharing resources, information and experience. Meanwhile, it provides opportunities for Chinese instructor to communicate and learn from each other to improve Confucius Institute management and Chinese teaching.
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