King County in the State of Washington officially launches “Confucius Institute Day”
On Oct. 23rd, local time, the celebrations for the “Confucius Institute Day” in King County of the State of Washington were held at Skyline High School, the US. At the event, October 23rd, 2016 was officially proclaimed to be the “Confucius Institute Day” in King County, so as to fully recognize and encourage the efforts of the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington in promoting Chinese language education and popularizing Chinese culture.
Brad Owen, Lieutenant Governor of Washington; Bob Hasegawa, Senator of Washington; Don Gerend, Mayor of Sammamish; Michael Charles, External Relations Specialist at Office of King County; Yang Jun, Education Counselor of the Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco; and Ron Thiele, Superintendent of Issaquah School District, attended the ceremony.
Chinese Director Wang Wenqiu (middle) and Director Zhou Jun (1st left) receiving the Proclamation
The ceremony kicked off with the deafening gong and drum performance and lion dance. King County Executive Dow Constantine entrusted a representative to issue the Proclamation of the “Confucius Institute Day” to the Chinese Director of Confucius Institute Wang Wenqiu in charge of K-12 schools and Chinese Director Zhou Jun in charge of higher education institutions.
Lieutenant Governor of Washington making a speech
Later, Brad Owen, Bob Hasegawa, Don Gerend, Michael Charles, Yang Jun and Ron Thiele delivered their speeches, respectively, extending warm congratulations to the Proclamation of the “Confucius Institute Day”. They all indicated that the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington has always been committed to developing Chinese language education in King County and providing local people with a platform to understand the Chinese culture. It has made tremendous contributions to fostering China-US educational and cultural exchanges and deepening bilateral understanding and friendship between the two countries.
Proclamation of the “Confucius Institute Day”
As the largest county in the State of Washington, King County covers 39 cities and towns including Seattle, Bellevue and Sammamish. The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington is located in Seattle, King County. This event will further boost local people’s enthusiasm in learning Chinese and understanding Chinese culture, and play a positive role in facilitating China-US educational and cultural exchanges and development.
English version of the Proclamation
WHEREAS, the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA) was established in 2010 to strengthen educational and cultural exchange and cooperation between the US and China; and
WHEREAS, the CIWA is a non-profit initiative of the Hanban, the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International, a non-governmental and non-profit organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China; and
WHEREAS, the CIWA works to expand Chinese language capacity and to provide opportunities for students to learn the Chinese language by collaborating with higher education institutions and K-12 schools in Washington State to create or support Chinese language programs; and
WHEREAS, to help promote Chinese language and culture, the CIWA has organized and sponsored many performances, cultural seminars, and community festivals; and
WHEREAS, the CIWA has also built partnerships with businesses to give them the competitive edge and global perspective needed to succeed in the modern economy; and
WHEREAS, the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington will sponsor a Confucius Institute Day event an awards ceremony for “Why learn Chinese” student competition and a Chinese Cultural Experience session on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Skyline High School in Sammamish.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Dow Constantine, King County Executive, do hereby proclaim October 23, 2016 to be
Confucius Institute Day
in King County. I urge County residents to attend and support this community-focused event.
King County Executive
by Chen Suhe