2013 Events

Exciting things happened at the Confucius Institute at Mason during 2013!

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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Chinese Papercut Exhibition
Oct. 15 – 30, 2013
Johnson Center Gallery 123, Fairfax campus

View new-realism style papercuts developed from traditional Chinese styles that integrate Western painting techniques. These large-scale paper cuts are each uniquely designed and cut by hand in China.

Hands-on paper cut workshops where you will be guided by our teachers to create your own papercut will be available on from 11am – 1pm at the gallery on the following dates:
Tuesday Oct. 15
Thursday Oct. 17
Tuesday Oct. 22


Discover Beijing Opera
October 12, 2013
Harris Theatre, Fairfax Campus at 7:00 pm

Confucius Institute at George Mason University and the School of Theater present a special performance of Peking Opera at the Harris Theater, George Mason Fairfax campus. This one-night event will provide a two-hour performance of this ancient art form of Chinese traditional theatre. Actors and actresses from two local Chinese opera troupes, the Chinese Opera Society of Washington DC and the Chinese Opera Society of Philadelphia, will perform short selections of classic plays and interact with the audience through the combination of bilingual Chinese (Peking) Opera narrative and professional on-stage demonstrations. The troupes will also offer a workshop on the afternoon of Oct. 11 at Theaterspace of of the School of Theater which is open to all who are interested to learn more in advance of the feature show on Oct. 12.


Fall 2013 Chinese Cultural Workshops
Sept. 27 – Dec. 3, 2013

This series of free workshops will be offered bi-weekly on Fridays at lunchtime to introduce various aspects of Chinese culture. Short lectures on a variety of topics will be followed by hands on activities. Come and learn this semester’s range of topics:2013 Fall Chinese Cultural Workshops

Sept. 27 – Chinese Games
Oct. 11 – Paper Cutting
Oct. 25 – Traveling in China
Nov. 8 – University Life in China
Nov. 22 – Traditional Chinese Clothing
Dec. 6 – Food and Traditional Chinese Medicine
The programs are free, but space is limited, so reservations are highly recommended.


Chinese Language Buddy
Sept. 18 – Dec. 4, 2013

2013 Fall Language Buddy
Come and join students from around world with an interest in China. Make new friends while you practice your Chinese and your English. The sessions are held bi-weekly on Wednesdays afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Confucius Institute Office. Each meeting will feature a hands on activity based on our bi-weekly workshops.

Sept. 18 – Meet New Buddies
Oct. 2 – Chinese Games
Oct. 16 – Chinese Paper Cutting
Oct. 30 – Traveling in China
Nov. 13 – University Life in China
Dec. 4 – Traditional Chinese Clothing


China In My Eyes Photography Exhibition
Aug. 12 – Oct. 7, 2013

Come view three Chinese cultural exhibits in one location the “China In My Eyes” photography exhibition, an exhibit about Chinese painting, and a display of Chinese ethnic minority clothing all showing concurrently at the Verizon Galleries at NOVA Annandale.

The exhibit, co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Mason and the Language and Literature Department of North Virginia Community College, is on view at the Ernst Cultural Center until Oct. 7th.

The “China In My Eyes” exhibit features 70 photos of daily life in China taken by over 30 local residents of all ages and nationalities living amd the painting exhibition. A “Student Expedition Guide” is available for K12 students to complete while visiting the exhibit and can go to Room 202F to receive their “China In My Eyes” stamp in English and/or Chinese on their completed worksheet.

This three-part exhibition is free and is open Mon.- Fri. from 9 am – 5 pm. A public reception will be held on Tues. Sept. 17 from 4 – 7 pm and will include artist demonstrations, Chinese traditional tea and light refreshments. Pay parking is available.

NOVA Annandale, Ernst Community Cultural Center website:
http://www.nvcc.edu/wdce/annandale/facilities/cultural/
Click here for NOVA Annandale map


“EuroAsia Shorts” Film Screening
June 10 – 15, 2013

The Confucius Institute at Mason will co-sponsor “EuroAsia Shorts”, the annual festival of short films from Europe, Asia, and the United States. EuroAsia Shorts 2013 will include films from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Japan, Korea, China and the United States. The theme for EuroAsia Shorts 2013 is the FUTURE. With the support of Mr. Yang Wenhuo from the Journal of the Beijing Film Academy, the Confucius Institute of Mason will sponsor two Chinese short films for the opening and closing day’s film screenings: “The Home Gleaners” and “Paper Fox”. See the following website for more details:

EuroAsia Shorts


Kids World Cinema: Children’s Films from China and Germany

Saturday, May 4 from 2 – 4:30 pm
Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 Seventh St. NW

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Short animated children’s films from China and Germany will be presentated, followed by related craft activities, including creating a Chinese paper cut with a Chinese teacher from the Confucius Institute at Mason. Films and accompanying craft activities are appropriate for children age 3-9.

“Three Monks”
China, 1980, DVD, 19 min., no dialogue
Director: A Da

“Three Monk”s is a Chinese animated feature film produced by the Shanghai Animation Film Studio. It is based on the ancient Chinese proverb “One monk will shoulder two buckets of water, two monks will share the load, but add a third and no one will want to fetch water.” The story ends with a happy ending when the three monks finally learned to work together.

Lotte Reiniger’s Fairytales and Fables
Germany, 1922-1961, DVD, 30 min., German with English subtitles
Director: Lotte Reiniger

Fairytales and music formed an integral part of Lotte Reiniger’s (1899-1981) artistic oeuvre and were driving forces behind her work. Moving between different cultures for inspiration, she created animated films full of graceful, beautiful characters. Three of her films, “Caliph Stork” (Kalif Storch), “The Frog Prince” (Der Froschkönig) and “The Gallant Little Taylor” (Das tapfere Schneiderlein), will be shown.

No charge. RSVP to kidsworldcinema.eventbrite.com


2013 Chinese Pedagogy Teacher Training Workshop

Saturday, April 13 from 8:30am – 3:30pm

Register now!

The Confucius Institute at Mason, in cooperation with the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Virginia, will again be hosting the annual Chinese Pedagogy Teacher Workshop on Sat. April 13 in Fairfax, VA. The focus of this year’s training will be “Developing Standards-Based and Culture- and Content-Rich Curricular Themes for Chinese Learners”.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Shuhan C. Wang, President of ELE Consulting, who will lead participants in how to identify the essential elements of a standards-based curriculum and develop these into engaging themes for their students. During the workshop, participants will break into small groups to work on their own teaching units or lesson plans to create content- and culture-rich educational experiences for their students. Dr. Wang’s morning session will be followed by a presentation by Mr. Da Wang, Marketing Director of Beijing Language and Culture University Press, who will present information on Chinese language textbooks.

Registration Deadline: April 10, 2013


Chinese Culture Workshops

Feb. 22 – May 10, 2013

Chinese Cultural Workshops FlyerThis series of free workshops will be offered bi-weekly on Fridays at lunchtime to introduce various aspects of Chinese culture. Short lectures on a variety of topics will be followed with a hands-on activity. Come learn about Chinese cooking, the philosophy of Chinese painting and calligraphy, the book of I-Ching, popular TV shows in China, and the development of e-commerce in China today. The programs are free, but space is limited, so reservation is highly recommended.


Drop by the “Chinese Corner” on Mondays!

Jan. 28 – May 6, 2013

Come drop by our display at the Johnson Center Food Court each Monday from 12:00 – 1:00pm. Learn about Chinese culture or how to say some simple phrases in Chinese with one of our language teachers from Beijing Language and Culture University.


Language Buddy Program

Jan. 30 – May 1, 2013

Make new friends and practice your Chinese and English with students from around the world who are interested in China. Meetings will be held every other Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 – 5:00pm at the Confucius Institute at Mason office and will feature a hands-on cultural activity.


China In My Eyes Photography Exhibition

Feb. 10 – 21, 2013

posterA photography exhibition focusing on daily life in China was sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Mason in February 2013. Entitled “China In My Eyes”, the exhibition will feature photos taken in China by Mason students, faculty, and members of the local community.

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