2014 Events

Exciting things happened at the Confucius Institute at Mason during 2014!

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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Integrating Chinese Characters into Art Design
Nov. 13, 2014
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Learn about new directions in art and design that integrate Chinese characters as artistic elements. Prof. Dongwei Zhai, assistant professor at the College of Art at Henan University, China and visiting scholar at George Mason University School of Art will provide an introduction and overview into how Chinese calligraphy and character motifs are being incorporated in modern artistic designs.

This lecture is being offered in conjunction with an upcoming art exhibition being sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Mason entitled Characters, Letters and Art Design. Prof. Zhai will speak about integrating Chinese characters into art design from the perspective of a scholar, designer and Chinese brush painter.

The lecture on Nov. 13, 2014 will be held from 7:30 – 8:30pm in Room AB 1007 in the Art and Design Building on the George Mason University Fairfax campus.

Integrating Chinese Characters into Art Design flyer

Development of the Chinese Marching Band
October 24, 2014
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Join us for this free presentation on the development of the Chinese Marching Band of China presented by Mr. Haifeng Zhang, conductor. Learn about the history of the band, artistic style and performance pieces that have made this band so famous in China. The workshop will take place in the Confucius Institute at Mason Reading Room. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

8th Annual China Town Hall
October 16, 2014
Mason Global Center, GMU Fairfax campus
6:15 pm Reception in Salon A
6:50 pm Live Webcast Presentation, Former President Jimmy Carter
8:00 pm Local Presentation, Prof. Weiping Wu

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, George Mason University and the Confucius Institute at Mason are pleased to host one of the local venues for the 8th Annual CHINA Town Hall discussion, “Can China Move 250 Million People into the Cities?”

The evening will feature a live webcast with Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, simulcast to 70 U.S. cities, followed by a live Q&A session moderated by Steve Orlins, President of the National Committee on U.S. China Relations.

This discussion will continue at 8:00pm with by a local presentation by Prof. Weiping Wu, Chairman of the Departmenr of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, who will outline the opportunities and challenges that China faces with urbanization and lead a local discussion on the topic.

Reservations are not required but seating will be available on first-come, first-serve basis. The Mason Global Center (formerly known as the Mason Inn) is located on the George Mason Fairfax campus. For directions to the Fairfax campus, please go to http://www.gmu.edu/resources/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html. Visitor parking is available in the Mason Pond Parking Deck. For parking information, go to http://parking.gmu.edu/

Fall 2014 Cultural Workshops
Sept. 19 – Dec. 3
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Come join our free Chinese Cultural Workshops that are offered in English bi-weekly at the Confucius Institute Reading Room on the Mason Fairfax campus. These one-hour workshops begin at noon and offer participants the chance to learn about different aspects of Chinese culture in an informal and interactive setting. Some workshops include hands-on activities. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended.

Fri. Sept. 19: Chinese Calligraphy
Fri. Oct. 3: Han Chinese Clothing
Fri. Oct. 17: Beijing’s Hutong Alleys and Courtyards
Fri. Oct. 31: Names in Chinese Culture
Fri. Nov. 14: Spicy Food in China
Fri. Dec. 5: Visiting China’s Ancient Capital – Xi’an

Chinese Corner Language Table
Sept. 8 – Dec. 8
11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Chinese CornerNeed some help with your Chinese homework? Want to learn a few phrases for fun, but don’t want to take a class? Come learn from one of our teachers at the Chinese Corner language table on Mason’s Fairfax campus. On most Mondays from 11:45am – 1:45pm, you will find one of our teachers from Beijing Language and Culture University at Kiosk G at Johnson Center who can help you.

Fall 2014 Language Buddy Programs
Sept. 10 – Nov. 19
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Attend our bi-weekly Language Buddy gatherings to meet others interested in Chinese cutlure. Programs are held bi-weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 3 – 5pm at the Confucius Institute Reading Room on Mason’s Fairfax campus. Seating is limited, but the fun is not. Come join us.

Wed. Sept. 10: Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
Wed. Sept. 24: Chinese Games
Wed. Oct. 8: Making Chinese Costumes with Paper
Wed. Oct. 22: Short Chinese Videos
Wed. Nov. 5: Chinese Good Luck Knots
Wed. Nov. 19: Chinese Games

Advanced Chinese Reading Club 文心书苑
Fall 2014
Alternating Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Advanced Chinese language students and native speakers are invited to join the Advanced Chinese Reading Club focused on contemporary Chinese literary works and essays.

The Reading Club assigns literary works and essays and participants gather every other week to discusss and to watch clips from related movies and videos. Readings, video, and discussion are all in Chinese.

Come join us, make friends and improve your reading comprehension and conversational Chinese in an enjoyable and relaxed way! The club meets every other Wednesday from 5:00 – 6:30pm at the Confucius Institute Reading Room on the Mason Faifax campus.

Fall 2014 Reading Club Schedule

Sept 17 王 安 忆 《本次列车终点》
Oct 1 刘 震 云 《塔铺》
Oct15 俞敏洪关于中国教育的演讲
Oct 29 汪 曾 祺 《受戒》
Nov 12 冯 骥 才 《市井人物》
Dec3 梁 晓 声 《中国人,你缺了什么?》

“EuroAsia Shorts 2014” Film Festival
June 2 – 6, 2014

“EuroAsia Shorts 2014” (EAS 2014) proudly presents an annual week of short films from Europe, Asia, and the United States which will be screened at embassies and cultural centers throughout Washington D.C. The event is co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Mason, Goethe-Institut in Washington and seven other international cultural centers in the area.

The theme for EAS 2014 is Travel and Journeys. Three Chinese films will be shown in this festival – The Catcher, Mr. Surprise and My Running Homework – all of which are works created by college students in China. These films have been made available to the festival thanks to the support of Prof. Wenhuo Yang of the Beijing Film Academy.

EAS 2014 film screenings will begin Monday, June 2 and last through Friday June 6. All events require advance reservations. Each screening begins at 6:30pm and early arrival is advised. For more information, please visit the festival webpage EuroAsiaShorts.com

Painting with Thread: Embroidery Arts Exhibition from China
May 10 – 11, 2014

Exhibition program
Additional information: www.visartscenter.org

The Confucius Institute at George Mason University is pleased to co-sponsor an exhibition of Chinese embroidery with the VisArts Gallery and the Confucius Institute at the University of Maryland. Artist demonstrations will be held from 1 – 4pm each day.

As one of the oldest folk arts, Chinese embroidery has been acknowledged for its amazing beauty and brilliant craftsmanship. More than 40 works of embroidery arts featuring traditional and modern designs of two regional styles, Hunan and Suzhu embroidery, will be exhibited with artist demonstrations at VisArts on May 9 – 11.

The highlight of the exhibition is “Double-Sided Embroidery” which is embedded in a piece of glass with both the front and back side showing the same or two entirely different pictures. Viewers will see how embroidery artists apply more than 40 variety of needlework stitches and more than 1,000 different types of threads to create these elegant works. Viewers will also see how traditional Chinese paintings and modern Western oil paintings have been integrated into the design of these contemporary Chinese embroidery works.

Chinese Culture Workshops
Every other Friday at noon

Please join one of our free workshops about Chinese culture offered bi-weekly on Fridays at lunchtime. Some workshops include hands-on activities. Workshops are free and conducted in English. Space is limited so reservations are highly recommended.Click here for the Spring 2014 Chinese Culture Workshop schedule flyer

Jan. 24: Chinese Spring Festival
Feb. 7: Chinese Cuisine
Feb. 21: Taking Public Transportation in China
Mar. 7: Shanghai Travel Tips
Mar. 28: Sichuan (Szechwan) Travel Tips
Apr. 11: Chinese Tea
Apr. 25: Chinese Embroidery
May 9: Chinese Folk Arts

Chinese Corner
Every Monday at noon

Drop by the “Chinese Corner” on Mondays! Come practice Chinese each Monday from 11:45 – 1:15pm at the Johnson Center on the Mason Fairfax campus. Look for one of our teachers from China at our kiosk display in the Food Court and learn how to say some simple phrases in Chinese.

Language Buddy Program
Every other Wednesday at 3:00 pm

Make new friends and practice speaking Chinese and English with students from around the world who are interested in China. Meetings are held bi-weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 – 5:00pm at the Confucius Institute office on the George Mason Fairfax campus. Click here for the Spring 2014 Language Buddy schedule flyer

Jan. 30: Chinese Spring Festival
Feb. 12: Chinese Cuisine
Feb. 26: Taking Public Transportation in China
Mar. 19: Shanghai Travel Tips
Apr. 2: Sichuan (Szechwan) Travel Tips
Apr. 16: Chinese Tea
Apr. 30: Chinese Embroidery

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