Exciting things happened at the Confucius Institute at Mason during 2010!
The Confucius Institute at Mason organizes and sponsors a variety of events on campus and in the community highlighting Chinese culture, artists, and performers. Activities have included performances by acrobats and musicians from China and lectures by renown scholars on Confucian philosophy, Chinese calligraphy, historical reflections and current affairs.
Representatives from the Confucius Institute at George Mason University met to discuss efforts to develop a Chinese language teaching program at a primary school in northern Virginia.
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On October 24 – 25, 2011, George Mason University hosted Madame Junqi Yan, Vice Chair of the National People’s Congress of China, and her 22-person delegation representing the China People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD) during their visit to the U.S. This was the highest-ranking delegation from China to have ever visited Mason. The Confucius Institute at Mason helped coordinate an educational forum on Oct. 24 entitled “Educating Global Citizens: China, the United States, and the World” which was chaired by Madame Yan and Provost Stearns, and then hosted a reception in her honor at the Center for the Arts and later a meeting with Mason students studying Chinese during a private visit to the Confucius Institute offices.
Confucius Institute Board Meeting
October 14, 2010
Pictured at the welcome banquet for the annual Confucius Institute at Mason Board Meeting, held at the Mason Inn, President Cui of the Beijing Language and Culture University presented George Mason University President, Dr. Alan Merten, with a Chinese calligraphy scroll that he himself had created. At the end of the dinner, the Confucius Institute at Mason presented Fairfax County Public Schools with a donation of over 140 Chinese language textbooks for their Chinese language classrooms.
More than 75 high school students in intermediate or advanced Chinese language classes from four high schools in Fairfax County were treated to an entire day of Chinese cultural activities courtesy of the Confucius Institute at Mason. During “Chinese Culture Day”, these high school students first toured an exhibition of Chinese arts and inventions, and then watched a demonstration of Tai Chi and heard a live performance of Chinese music . Later they learned how to make Chinese paper cuts and learned some basic Tai Chi movements. Students were only allowed to speak in Chinese during this full-day program. The Confucius Institute provided bus transportation and Chinese boxed lunches for all students and teachers participating.
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