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Showing China's Cultural Charm and Publicizing the Idea of a Harmonious Society— On Confucius Institute at UT Dallas in Plano AsiaFest 2012

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Texas [Time]    2012-05-09 10:11:47 
 

Plano, May 5th, 2012—The Plano AsiaFest 2012 was successfully concluded at Haggard Park in Dallas. Over 10,000 local citizens took part in the festival. The Confucius Institute at UT Dallas participated in Plano AsiaFest to promote Chinese language and culture. The Institute showcased Chinese paper cutting and Chinese calligraphy, which attracted a large number of people.

About 9 am on that day, six Chinese teachers and volunteers, led by the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas came to Haggard Park to arrange with great care the exhibits. Chinese lanterns, Chinese knots, Chinese calligraphy works, conveying the spirit of harmony; and brochures on the Confucius Institute and partner universities, courses and exams of the Confucius Institute, and the works of paper-cutting as well as writing brushes, ink sticks, paper and ink stones were put on display at the booth and attracted a large number of visitors. Chinese teachers in Confucius Institute T-shirts were busy welcoming guests and introducing the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas and its partner universities, the Confucius Institute’s aims and Chinese courses. Paper-cutting works were extremely attractive and some students took up scissors to practice paper-cutting under the guidance of the teachers. They left happily and proudly with their own paper-cutting works on which their Chinese names were written. Some Chinese culture amateurs were attracted by the traditional Chinese calligraphy and stopped to watch Professor Tian’s calligraphy. They not only enjoyed the unique visual art charm, but also asked to get pieces of calligraphy work of their children’s Chinese names. They were very interested in the artistic Chinese characters. Professor Tian presented his own calligraphy works conveying harmonious thoughts to visitors to publicize the ideas of social harmony, world peace and the construction of a global ecological civilization.

More Americans are very interested in the aims of the Confucius Institute and Chinese language courses. They constantly consulted about the information of Confucius Institute Headquarters on programs such as Chinese Bridge, Summer Camp, Chinese Proficiency Test, Three Tours, etc. The Chinese teachers gave them detailed explanations and encouraged them to participate in Confucius Institute’s various Chinese language courses and cultural and academic activities. During the festival, the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas presented the organizing committee some gifts for award presentation in the festival, so as to further expand the influence of the Confucius Institute in the local community.

The Plano AsiaFest 2012 attracted over 10,000 local citizens. The event lasted until 6 pm. Asian ethnic groups showed their respective cultures during the event, among which Chinese lion dance, Chinese folk dance, Chinese Kong Fu, Chinese folk music took the lead. In addition, some Asian folk singing and dancing performances from India, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan and Bangladesh with their unique characteristics also won great admiration.  


Chinese Paper-cutting Attracts American Citizens


Chinese Teachers in CI at UTD in Plano AsiaFest 2012


American students ask for calligraphy works for their Chinese names


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Picture 5 Calligraphy display

Text and photo by Tian Xiangbin

Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas

 
Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas

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