2011 Events

Exciting things happened at the Confucius Institute at Mason during 2011!

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.

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Language Buddy Reception
September 28, 2011

More than 50 Chinese and American students gathered together at the Confucius Institute at Mason for the first meeting of the Language Buddy Program. The Language Buddies have been meeting for social gatherings, presentations and other cultural activities every two weeks since then. The Language Buddies program provides both American and Chinese students the chance to learn about language and culture, plus make new friends on campus.

Cultural Fusion
Sept. 27 – 28, 2011

For the third year running, the Confucius Institute at Mason participated in George Mason University’s Cultural Fusion Program at the university’s Fairfax campus. Mason students braved rainy weather to see exhibits about different international organizations represented on campus. The bright, red “Confucius Institute at Mason” sign immediately drew students’ attention to the cultural artifacts and photographs on display. Students learned about Chinese cultural and language programs sponsored by Confucius Institute at Mason and met the newly arrived teachers from Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). BLCU instructor, Wen Chen, presented Chinese calligraphy demonstrations, gave Mason students Chinese names, wrote in brush calligraphy, and gave the final draft to them. Our new practice teachers, Ms. Chong Zhang and Ms. Li Yuan, introduced students to the traditional art of Chinese paper cutting. Students sampled Chinese dumplings and learned basic words in Chinese. The Confucius Institute at Mason’s collection of Chinese ethnic minority costumes were showcased in a Chinese Fashion Show and stage performance that featured Mason students, many who are exchange students from China, who modeled the outfits and sang traditional Chinese songs.

The Arrival of New BLCU Teachers
Fall 2011

Although we are sad to see our 2010 – 2011 BLCU teachers return to China, we are excited to welcome our new teachers for the 2011 – 2012 school year. We welcome Prof. Jing Wang, Mr. Wen Chen, Ms. Chong Zhang, and Ms. Li Yuan who join our Chinese Resident Director, Prof. Lihong Wang, at the Confucius Institute at Mason.

Potomac Arts Academy Chinese Language Through the Arts Summer Camp
July 18 – 29, 2011

The Potomac Arts Academy, in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at Mason, held the first ever Chinese Language Through the Arts Summer Camp at the George Mason University Fairfax campus. The summer camp was divided into two age groups: ages 7 – 12 and ages 13 – 18. Camp members experienced Chinese language and culture through activities such as paper cutting, music, painting, dancing, calligraphy, and Tai Chi. Chinese-speaking teachers and college students served as counselors for the two-week program. Both groups of campers put on a talent show at the end of the session.

Please click here for highlights from the camp.

Chinese Bridge Summer Camp
July 15 – 31, 2011

The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp is an annual program organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing (Hanban). For the 2011 program, Hanban sponsored and hosted 568 American high school students who spent two weeks in China studying Chinese language and culture. The group visited Jilin Province where they spent ten days at the Changchun Foreign Language School studying Chinese. The group then flew to Beijing to meet the rest of the participants where they spent five days visiting historical and cultural sites and participated in the closing ceremony. The Confucius Institute at Mason has sent over 80 high school students from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and DC to participate in the Chinese Bridge summer camp since 2009.

Please see Study in China for more information about this program.

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Educational Administrators Trip to China
July 18 – 30, 2011

Educators and administrators from northern Virginia and Washington D.C. were invited by the Confucius Institute at Mason to travel to China so that they could learn more about China and expand their China-related curriculum. The Confucius Institute at George Mason University and its’ partner institution, Beijing Language and Culture University, sponsored the delegation of ten foreign language and social studies coordinators and educators from Fairfax County, Prince William County, Arlington County, and Washington DC public schools. The group visited Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai during their two week visit to China. In addition to meeting with local educators and visiting schools, the group participated in a variety of cultural activities to help them learn more about China and enhance their schools’ programming related to Chinese language, history, and culture.

Press Conference
June 15, 2011

Joy Hughes being interviewed by members of the pressThe Confucius Institute at Mason received a visit by more than thirty DC-based foreign correspondents who were interested in Mason’s efforts to encourage more American students to study in China. The press visit was coordinated through the U.S. State Department as part of President Obama’s “100,000 Strong” initiative. This initiative is spearheading efforts to increase the number of Americans studying in China to 20,000 per year, for a total of 100,000 over the next five years. During their visit to Mason, the journalists learned about outreach programs being administered by the Confucius Institute at Mason, including exchange programs and scholarships for American high school and college students to study in China.

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Orientation for Chinese Bridge Summer Camp
June 11, 2011

Students participating in the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp and their parents had an opportunity to meet other participants and to meet the Confucius Institute at Mason staff as well as the Beijing Language and Culture University visiting teachers. Students were briefed on the itinerary for the trip and learning valuable information on studying and traveling abroad. The 15 participating students are from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and DC.

Filming for the Chinese Ethnic Minority Costumes Video
June 7 and 9, 2011

Models from Mason’s Asian community of students and faculty participated in the filming of Confucius Institute at Mason’s ethnic minority costumes. Participants modeled the clothing, studied and performed dances, and recreated other daily customs. Thank you to our volunteer models!

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Teacher Advisory Board Meeting
May 7, 2011

Dr. Hughes demonstrating a teaching toolConfucius Institute at Mason held its first ever Chinese Language Teacher Advisory Board Meeting. 30 Chinese teachers from Virginia and DC gathered to brainstorm how to support and meet the needs of the local Chinese teachers. The goals of the Board are to increase student interest in studying Chinese and to provide input as to creating programs that support Chinese language teachers in ways that are sustainable and have long range and broad impact.

Donation of Traveling Trunks
May – June 2011

The Confucius Institute at Mason has been recognized for its innovative work in creating the interactive, hands-on teaching tool called the Traveling Trunk. This classroom kit includes twenty-three Chinese artifacts that are representative of Chinese inventions and culture that correlate with the Virginia Standards of Learning social studies curriculum related to China. Each kit includes a teacher’s resource guide, classroom handouts, photo display cards, posters and a CD of Chinese music so that teachers may use these supplemental resources to increase student learning about China.

The Confucius Institute at Mason has donated five trunks to Fairfax County Public Schoos, two to Arlington County Public Schools, two to Prince William County Public Schools and one to Washington DC Public Schools. The teachers have been delighted as the administrators with this helpful teaching aid, and are giving very positive feedback about this easy-to-use classroom resource. The Traveling Trunks are helping both teachers and students to become more comfortable with the subject of China and learning Chinese.

To view photos of the Traveling Trunk artifacts, please check out the new digital library about China, “Baoku”, that is being developed through George Mason University library at baoku.gmu.edu. (Baoku means “treasure trove” in Chinese.)

Click here to view Baoku.

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Time Shadows: Food
American, Chinese, and German Poetry Readings
April 7, 2011

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Chinese Scrolls from the Dr. Chi Wang Collection
March 18, 2011

This exhibition of Chinese scrolls from the art collection of Dr. Chi Wang represents the best of Chinese scroll painting from the 14th to the 20th century. Subject matter includes landscapes, figures, nature studies, and visual entries into unusual places along with works of pure calligraphy.

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Film Screening of Song of Tibet
March 3, 2011

The first Tibetan movie from Xie Fei, the acclaimed director of A Mongolian Tale and Woman from the Lake of Scented Souls, was screened in the Johnson Center Cinema on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus. Students, faculty, and staff enjoyed this free event and were given the opportunity to meet and greet with the acclaimed director after the screening.

Click here to view the advertisement for the event and a synopsis of the movie.

Professor Yu Discusses Journalism in China
February 9, 2011

Dr. Guoming Yu, a well-known expert on Chinese media and deputy dean the School of Journalism at Renmin (“People’s”) University in Beijing, spoke on “Media and Cuture: Reflections on the China Experience” to a large group of students and faculty in Mason Hall Feb. 9. After talking about how the media and audience influence and shape the news, he noted some salient differences between America and China.

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