Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University Successfully Held the 2018 Chinese Culture Day Celebration

[Source]    Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University, USA [Time]    2018-11-27 14:00:03 

On November 13th, the Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University (SF State) held the "2018 International Education Week - Chinese Culture Day" celebration at Annex Student Center on campus. More than 300 faculty, staff and students from SF State and students from four local schools (Cornerstone Academy , Hayward High School , Lowell High School and Western Sierra Collegiate Academy) gathered together to present their performances and showcase their understanding of Chinese culture through participating in all arranged activities.

Participants on the event

Jiaxin Xie, Director of Confucius Institute, officially announced the beginning of the celebrations on behalf of the host and invited three speakers: Dr. Marilyn J. Jackson, Director of Office of International Programs at SF State, Dr. E'leva Hughes Gibson, Director of LEAD Cohort 5 PK-8 School Division of SFUSD, Ms. Renzhu Li, Consul for Education from Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. They delivered welcome remarks to all participants from campus and communities, addressing that Chinese language and culture education is an important part of global education. The Chinese Culture Day Celebrations emphasize the importance for students in the United States to understand all cultures, languages and people, affirming the work of CI at SF State and boosting enthusiasm of local students in learning Chinese language and culture. Dr. Marilyn J. Jackson said: The Chinese Culture Day event emphasizes the importance of understanding world culture, language for American students. Dr. E'leva Hughes Gibson emphasized the important contributions of the Confucius Institute at SF State to the promotion of Chinese language and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.

E'leva Hughes Gibson, Director of LEAD Cohort 5 PK-8 School Division at SFUSD

CI at SF State prepared more than ten Chinese culture exhibitions and traditional games for all participants to attend the celebration and enjoy learning Chinese culture. Auspicious firecrackers, imitating Chinese dance, coloring the mask, Jacks, picking Ping-pang Balls, Touhu,Chinese shuttlecock…The participants visited each of tabling exhibitions, playing all games with enthusiasm and making new friends while learning the new knowledge about Chinese culture.

Imitation of Chinese dance

Coloring the Beijing opera mask

The participants happily tying up the auspicious firecrackers made by themselves.

The CI team worked together with local schools in preparing more than ten wonderful programs to highlight the celebration events. The unique part of celebration was the dragon and lion dance by the student team from Western Sierra Collegiate Academy in Rocklin, California, leading audiences to the stage performances after the opening. Martial arts, guzheng playing, beautiful Chinese dances and songs… the whole performances were fascinating and wan rounds of applauses. The final lucky drew session also made the event full of joyful atmosphere.

Dragon and lion dance by Western Sierra Collegiate Academy

Diabolo Performance by Conerstone Academy

Chinese fan dance by Hayward High School

Kong-fu Show by Lowell High School

The participating teachers and students commended the Confucius Institute upon its hardworking and contributions to promotion of culture exchanges. We all expect that more opportunities will be provided for young students to learn the Chinese language and culture.