Confucius Institute of the State of Washington observes its fifth anniversary, the U.S.

[Source]    the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington [Time]    2015-05-13 17:03:16 

On April 21, the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA) observed its fifth anniversary at South Seattle Community College. Attendees of the celebration included Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Washington, Larry Nyland, Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, Yang Jun, Education Counselor from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco and representatives of Chinese partner universities.

Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, specially sent a congratulatory letter for this occasion, in which she said, “Over the past five years, CIWA has made great achievements in developing its Chinese language teaching, establishing cooperation with local universities and elementary and secondary schools, carrying out cultural exchange activities and serving local communities. With the joint efforts of the University of Washington, Seattle Public Schools and the state’s government and the Department of Education, I believe that CIWA will achieve excellence and contribute a lot more to promoting not only China-U.S. educational and cultural exchanges but the world’s cultural diversity as well.”

The celebration started amid the music of gongs and drums with the performance by the Franklin High School Lion Dance Team. Students from Chongqing Nankai Secondary School presented a Chinese folk dance Jasmine Flower and an erhu solo Horse Racing, both of which showcased the unique beauty of Chinese culture. The Chinese dance Pearl-decorated Curtain Rolled Up, the Chinese song A Crescent Moon and xiangsheng (crosstalk) Who’s on First? by foreign students, all elaborately designed, took the event to a climax. The celebration concluded with a song You and Me, and all the audience stood up and sang along with the performers. “You and me together, gather here in Seattle” – the lyrics expressed the best wishes for CIWA and a long-standing friendship between China and the U.S.


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