Celebrating Global Confucius Institute Day for Enhance of CI Impact on Chinese Language and Culture Education

[Source]    Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University,CA,USA [Time]    2018-10-16 15:57:10 

On September 28th, 2018, the Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University (SF State), in association with Xiamen University Art Troupe, hosted the Global Confucius Institute Day Celebration: A Glimpse of China – Chinese Dance & Music at SF State's McKenna Theatre. The event was sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters(Hanban). More than 600 audiences coming from SF State and local schools/districts, Confucius Classrooms and Teaching Sites affiliated with Confucius Institute at SF State across Northern California joined the Confucius Institute to celebrate this annual grand event. Congratulations came from Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, Beijing Normal University, San Francisco Unified School District, and Hayward Unified School District.

Welcome remarks by Director Jiaxin Xie of CI at SF State

After a brief introduction and welcome by Director Jiaxin Xie of CI at SF State as a kickoff of the celebration, Dr. Maria Martinez, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management of SF State, delivered warm welcome remarks on behalf of the University to highly commend the Confucius Institute for its great contributions to Chinese language and culture education on campus and in communities. She firmly believed that the Chinese culture performance presented by Xiamen University Art Troupe would be a good example for people to experience and better understand Chinese culture. Prof. Yuanzan He, Dean of Art College of Xiamen University as leader of the guest performers, responded to SF State’s warm welcome with a very positive proposal for teachers and educators form China and the U.S. to work together in promoting friendship and cooperation between two institutions and two countries. He welcomed students who were interested in learning the language and culture to go to Xiamen University through the programs of the Confucius Institute.

Kaylee Doty (right) and Charlie Hoffs (left), winners of the final Team Champion of the “Chinese Bridge” Competition for World Secondary School Students in 2017, are the Masters of Ceremony

Masters of Ceremony for the performance were two American students, Kaylee Doty (a.k.a. Qiuyue Huang) and Charlie Hoffs (a.k.a. Mingxi Jiang). They were winners of the final Team Champion of the “Chinese Bridge” Competition for World Secondary School Students in 2017. Their learning outcomes demonstrated their language proficiency and showcased their knowledge about Chinese culture.

Xiamen University Art Troupe performed ten wonderful traditional dances and instrument presentations, including erhu, flute, etc., as well as adaptations of modern Chinese pop music. The performance gained enthusiastic cheers from the audience.

Martial dance: Flying Dragon, Leaping Tiger

Ensemble: A Moonlit Night on the Spring River

Solo: Ewha Chung

Folk Dance: Why are Flowers so Red

The performance started with a marvelous martial arts dance "Flying Dragon, Leaping Tiger”, which perfectly combined Chinese classical dance with martial arts. Solo "Butterfly Lovers", "Ode to Pear Blossoms", Xinjiang dance "Why are Flowers so Red", group dance "The Beauty of Hui’an Women", flute solo "The Flying Partridge", folk music duet "The Moon is High in the Sky", etc. deeply moved the audience and gained rounds of applause. The audience expressed their interest in the traditional Chinese art and would like to have more opportunities to experience Chinese culture through Confucius Institute’s programs.

Group photo of CI at SF State and Xiamen University Art Troupe

As a comprehensive Confucius Institute, the CI at SF State offers a variety of Chinese courses, teacher’s training, arts and culture events for teachers and multilingual students of SF State as well as diverse language learners in Northern California.

The "Global Confucius Institute Day" celebration fully demonstrates the gorgeous and profound beauty of Chinese Music and Dance, identifying the impact of CI at SF State on Chinese language and culture in global education and friendship building.


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