2016 Events

Exciting things happened at the Confucius Institute at Mason during 2016!

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. The events below took place during 2016.

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Chinese Language Club
Wednesdays 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Sept. 28 – Dec. 7, 2016
Join our Chinese Language Club activities to meet other people interested in Chinese culture. Meetings are held at the Confucius Institute at Mason Reading Room every Wednesday afternoon from 2:30pm – 4:30pm (except for Thanksgiving week). Come learn about Chinese culture through free hands-on activities while practicing your spoken Chinese!Study, Play, Talk and Learn – all are welcome!


Chinese Corner
Mondays 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Sep. 19 – Dec. 5, 2016

Need help with your Chinese homework? Want to learn how to say simple Chinese phrases, Chinese characters or learn about Chinese culture? Come to the Chinese Corner at the Confucius Institute at Mason!Our teachers from Beijing Language and Culture University are eager to help you learn more about China. Bring your lunch and meet them at in our Reading Room in the East Building room 129 on the Mason Fairfax campus from 12:30am – 2:00pm on Mondays for free tutoring.


Hands on Chinese Crafts
Fridays 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Sept. 23 – Dec. 2, 2016
Are you interested to learn more about Chinese culture? Then come to one of our Hands on Chinese Crafts sessions held every week at the Confucius Institute at Mason’s Reading Room from 12:30pm – 1:30pm on alternating Fridays. Seating is limited at this free event so be sure to arrive early.Make your own Chinese craft to take home while having fun learning about Chinese culture:

9/23, Philosophy Stones
9/30, Chinese Lanterns
10/7, Chinese Drums
10/14, Bamboo Books
10/21, Chinese Costumes|
10/28, Chinese Blues Plates
11/4, Chinese Zodiac Cards
11/11, Wind Chimes
11/18, Chinese Paper Cutting
12/2, Chinese Kites


Advanced Chinese Reading Club
Alternating Fridays 2:00 – 3:30pm
Sept. 30 – Dec. 16, 2016
Are you interested to read contemporary Chinese short stories and literary works to discuss with others? Then come join our Advanced Chinese Reading Club where you can improve your spoken Chinese in a relaxed atmosphere while discussion contemporary Chinese fiction. Discussions are facilitated by a Chinese literature professor from Beijing Language and Culture University and there are no membership fees or dues required. Contact us for more information.

Sept. 30 曹文轩:灵龟 , 蓝花

Oct. 7 迟子建:雪窗帘Oct. 21 王小波:一只特立独行的猪

Nov. 4 冯骥才:拾纸救夫

Nov. 18 阿城:棋王

Dec. 2 莫言:诺贝尔奖获奖感言

Dec. 16 莫言:透明的红萝卜


Cross-Cultural Perspectives
“A Variety of Learning Styles”
Thursday, October 6, 2016
11:30 – 12:20pm
Mason Global Center
Salon A (Room 1302A)

Please join us for the next cross-cultural student dialogue event. International and domestic students will join together to share their perspectives and experiences with their different learning styles at the Mason Global Center on the Fairfax campus.

This month’s topic, “A Variety of Learning Styles”, will be moderated by Dr. Beverly Shaklee, Professor of Mason’s College of Education and Human Development and Director of the Center of International Education at Mason. Pizza and other light refreshments will be provided at this free dialogue event. Please RSVP to cievent@gmu.edu.


Tenth Annual CHINA Town Hall
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Mason Center for the Arts
6:15 – 9:30pm

The annual CHINA Town Hall is a national program held at sixty sites across the country which is designed to give Americans an opportunity to learn about and discuss critical issues of concern with leading China experts. This year’s program includes a live national webcast featuring a conversation between Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former U.S. National Security Advisor and 56th Secretary of State, and Mr. Steven A. Orlins, President of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. The live webcast will be followed with a local presentation and discussion facilitated by Dr. Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japanese Studies at the Council for Foreign Relations on the subject of Japan’s reaction to China’s rise.


Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
Confucius Institute Office
Friday Sept. 16th, 2016 1:30pm-3pm

Join on Friday Sept. 16th to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. We will play games, tell stories, try our hand at a few cultural activities while we have some mooncakes.


Ethics and Values between East and West
Student Discussion Forum
Wed. April 13 from 1:00 – 2:30pm

You are invited to join a student discussion on cross-cultural perspectives about Eastern and Western attitudes toward ethics and values and how these contribute to global understanding or cultural conflict. This program will be held on Wed. April 13 from 1 – 2:30pm and will be hosted by Professors Peter Stearns and Young Chan Ro of George Mason University. The discussion forum will be led by Prof. Patricia Maulden and students from the Mason School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

This free event will be held at the Mason Fairfax campus in the Johnson Center Gold Room (basement level) and is co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Mason, INTO Mason and the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. A short reception will follow. Reservations are encouraged. RSVP to cimason@gmu.edu.


Chinese Cultural Workshops
Alternating Fridays 12 – 1pm
Spring Semester 2016

Are you interested to learn more about Chinese culture? Then come to one of our Cultural Workshops held bi-weekly at the Confucius Institute at Mason’s Reading Room from 12:00 – 1:00pm on alternating Fridays. These gatherings include both a historical introduction and a hands-on activity to help you learn about different aspects of Chinese culture. Seating is limited at the free events so please be sure to arrive early.

Feb. 19, Tai-Chi
March 3, Chinese Food
March 25, Chinese Games
April 8, Beijing Opera Demonstration
April 22, Painting Chinese Fans


Chinese Corner
Mondays 11:30am – 1:00pm
Jan. 20 – April 25, 2016

Do you want to learn how to say simple Chinese phrases, practice Chinese characters or learn about Chinese culture? Or are you looking for help with your Chinese language class homework?

Our teachers from Beijing Language and Culture University are eager to help you learn more about China! Meet them at Kiosk G at the Johnson Center Food Court on the Mason Fairfax campus from 11:30am – 1:00pm on Mondays for free tutoring.


Chinese Language Club
Alternating Wednesdays 3 – 5pm
Spring Semester 2016

Join our Language Club activities to meet other people interested in Chinese culture. Meetings are held at the Confucius Institute at Mason Reading Room on alternating Wednesday afternoons from 3 – 5pm (except for the Feb. 10th event). Come learn about Chinese culture through hands-on activities while practicing your spoken Chinese!

Feb 10, Spring Festival – Chinese New Year*
Feb 24, Chinese Seal Carving
March 16, Chinese Paper Cuts
March 30, Chinese Games
April 13, Painting Chinese Opera Masks

* This event will be held at the Hampton Roads Multi-Purpose Room to make dumplings

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