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2014年3月28日下午4点半,叶米兰、李徐玮、王淼、朱廉4位老师,一名学生助理李宇璐和一名志愿者汪烨准时到达孔院办公室,为晚上鲍德温-华莱士学院的“A Small World”活动做准备。
        下午5点左右,我们准时从克利夫兰市区出发,驾车行驶了20多分钟,终于在6点前到达鲍德温-华莱士学院的活动礼堂。活动的组织者将我们引领到特意为孔院准备的“中国”房间。“A Small World”是一个对不同国家文化进行展示宣传的活动。我们的“中国”房间位于会场入口的左侧,在食品区的正前方,是活动的组织者特意为我们预留的最佳展示平台。在鲍德温-华莱士学院一名志愿者的帮助下,我们用自带的对联、灯笼、中国结等物品将房间装扮出了别具一格的中国特色。
        我们的展示主要分为两个部分,首先是中国文字文化宣传。展示桌上摆放了笔墨纸砚等文房用具,汪烨和李宇璐现场教参观的同学们如何用中文写他们的名字。伴随着悠扬的中国传统音乐,我们也用电脑同时播放着孔子学院历年活动的照片与视频。结合现场呈现的活动宣传资料,我们很好地达到了向观众发扬中国文字文化、宣传克利夫兰州立大学孔子学院的目的。
        活动的另一个部分是中华传统游戏的展示。朱廉现场展示围棋、象棋、华容道、九连环、孔明锁等中国传统益智游戏,吸引了很多小朋友和家长的目光。家长纷纷表示这些游戏是对孩子动手动脑能力很好的开发与提高,与美国当代流行的游戏有很大的差别。
        王淼装扮成大熊猫吸引了不少行人的注意,大家踊跃要求与大熊猫合影。有人好奇为什么大熊猫是中国的国宝。孔院的志愿者由此向现场同学对大熊猫的相关知识进行了普及宣传。大熊猫不仅仅是一种可爱的动物,更是中国形象的一种象征。叶米兰和李徐玮老师在现场通过对中国文化和孔子学院的宣传与交流,与很多组织、同学建立了新的友好联系,并将克利夫兰州立大学孔子学院的形象深入推广到了更多的组织和社区。
        活动于晚上9点圆满落下帷幕,经过了4个多小时的辛苦工作,我们感到疲惫却又兴奋。活动的成功是对我们工作的肯定,也是对孔子学院积极正面形象推广的嘉许。在我们准备离开的时候,鲍德温-华莱士活动的组织者和游客纷纷表示希望明年的活动能够再见到我们。孔子学院对中国文字文化的展示给他们留下了非常深刻的印象。
 
 
 
On March 28, 2014, four teachers from the Confucius Institute—Elizabeth Miller (叶米兰), Xuwei Li, Miao Wang, and Lian Zhu—along with a graduate assistant Yulu Li and a volunteer Ye Wang arrived at the Confucius Institute office to prepare for Baldwin Wallace University’s event, “It’s a Small World”.
About 5:00, the group left Cleveland and drove just over 20 minutes, and arrived at Baldwin Wallace University’s activity center before 6:00.  The organizers of the event led us to the area specially set aside for the Confucius Institute’s “China Room”  Our “China Room” was just to the left of the entrance to the activity room, directly across from the snack tables.  It was the best space at the whole activity and was specially set aside for the Confucius Institute by the Baldwin Wallace organizers.  With help from Baldwin Wallace volunteers, we gave the room a unique “Chinese feeling” with Chinese couplets, lanterns, endless knots, and other decorations we had brought from Cleveland.
Our display had two different sections.  The first section displayed China’s literary culture.  The table display included calligraphy tools—brushes, ink stones, calligraphy paper—and Ye Wang and Yulu Li taught visiting students how to write their names in Chinese with traditional Chinese music playing in the background.  At the same time, we used the computer to display photos and videos from past Confucius Institute events.  Through these activities and advertisements, we were able to share China’s literary culture and information about the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University with the attendees.
The other section of our display included many traditional Chinese games.  Lian Zhu displayed Chinese chess, Go, Huarong, 9 rings games, Kongming Suo, and other Chinese traditional games.  They drew the attention of many children and parents.  One by one, parents expressed that these games were wonderful ways to build children’s abilities to think and reason through play—quite unlike modern games in America.
Miao Wang wore our big panda costume and delighted many people walking through the displays.  Everyone asked to take photos with her!  Some people asked what made the panda a Chinese national treasure.  Confucius Institute volunteers explained many things about pandas to those that were curious—the panda is not only a cute little animal; it is also a symbol of China.  Elizabeth Miller and Xuwei Li also shared much about the Confucius Institute and Chinese culture with many of the volunteers and students, and they built many new connections.  They also built a deep connection between this new city and the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State.
The event came to an end at 9:00pm.  After 4 hours of hard work, we were very tired and yet also excited!  The success of this activity was an affirmation of our hard work, and it built name recognition for the Confucius Institute.  As we prepared to leave, Baldwin Wallace University’s organizers and visitors came one by one to say they hoped we would come to the next event.  The Confucius Institute’s displays of China’s literary culture and traditional games left them with a deep and lasting impression.

CHINESE NEW YEAR GALA

Date: February 8th, 2014 7pm-9pm
Cleveland Masonic and Performing Arts Center
3615 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with us this February as the Confucius Institute hosts the Northeast Normal University Art Troupe for a presentation of "China Welcomes Spring", a collection of modern and traditional dances, art, music, martial arts, calligraphy, and painting.

 

Ticketing information, more information, and updates are available HERE.


The Beijing Sea-Dream Art Troupe - Traditional Chinese Dance and Music

Date: 10/5/2013

The Beijing Sea-Dream Art Troupe visited Cleveland State to give a wonderful display of Chinese ethnic art forms including music, dance, theater, and more.

Annual Teacher Appreciation Day

Date: 9/27/2013

Every year, we plant trees in honor of teachers, and host a one-day event at CSU to celebrate the success of our teachers and the achievements of local students.

The ceremonies this year included student performances celebrating Chinese art, culture, and language, as well as an awards ceremony recognizing educators for their contributions to an engaged, multicultural learning environment. Of special note among our honorees this year were Dr. Mark Freeman, retiring Superintendant of the Shaker Heights School District, and Dr. James McLoughlin, the previous Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Cleveland State University.

Student groups in attendance came from Chinese Language curricula and programs from around greater Cleveland area, including groups representing eighteen schools from seven school districts.

Overseas Chinese language Experts Workshop in Cleveland

Date: 9/27/2013

海外华文教育名师巡讲团克利夫兰讲学专场
The Confucius Institute at CSU as co-organizer with CSAUS (Chinese School Association in the United States) and CCCCA (Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association) invites you to attend an upcoming opportunity to share and learn Chinese.

Chinese Bridge Summer Camp

Date: 7/10/2013 - 7/25/2013

Participants: High School students from Greater Cleveland Area, Akron and Toledo area

Ethnic Dances: Colorful China

Date: 4/27/2013

The Confucius Institute presents a Chinese dance and music program that features a wide spectrum of Chinese dance forms from several different ethnic groups. The guest performers visited CSU from South-Central University for Nationalities (SCUN) in Wuhan, China, and proceeds from this event are being utilized for disaster relief following the April 20th earthquake in Sichuan Province.

Confucius Institute makes a great effort to promote Chinese culture

A Report on Chinese New Year Celebration

Written by Qiyuan Zheng

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the most important festival in China. Everyone is coming back home or getting together with family and friends to celebrate the coming New Year. There was no doubt that 2013 would be another great time for us to get Chinese people together, spread Chinese culture, and strengthen connections with local communities. Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University has been very active in collaborating with Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), Chinese American Faculty and Staff Association (CAFSA), and Chinese Professional Entrepreneur and Association (CPEA) for Chinese New Year Celebration. What’s more, the Confucius Institute also successfully hosted the Dumpling Festival at Campus International School (CIS) and sponsored Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) and Westlake Chinese Culture Association (WCCA) for the Chinese New Year Celebration. We can see the Confucius Institute makes a great effort to spread out Chinese culture and impact local communities.

At the Chinese New Year Celebration, the performers gave a wonderful show and provided a window for American friends to view China. The most impressive show was “Kung Fu”(Gongfu). Not only Chinese people performed Kung Fu, but Americans did too. We saw different martial arts styles in the celebration, like Tai-chi(Taiji), monkey boxing, cane knife, etc. I was surprised when seeing a group of teenagers doing Kung Fu with professional moves. Besides the teenagers, there was even a group of children who showed the basic moves of Kung Fu. The youngest children were about only four or five years old. It’s great to know that more and more people from different parts of the world are interested in Kung Fu and willing to put effort into practicing it. It’s fabulous.

As mentioned before, the Chinese New Year Celebration is very important for Chinese people, especially for the people who live abroad. For this reason, the celebration got a lot of people in the communities involved. In the Tibetan dance was given by a group of dancers with average age of 76. The oldest dancer was 82 years old, but they still gave a vivid dance show. You could see the passion and happiness on their faces. The 12-year-old girl who danced Dream won the First Prize in a State Dance Competition last year. The boy who performed Peking Opera—Taking Mount Tiger with Strategy—was only 10 years old but showed a full expression and spirit of the character. Most of the performers were not professional but still trying to bring as much joyfulness as possible to everyone, sending their best wishes. Some of them are students, some are retired people, some are teachers, and some are regular workers. No matter what vocation they are in, the purpose they shared is the same—to celebrate the New Year and bring good luck to everyone!

Special thanks to Ms. Caroline C. Macdonell who commented and revised this article.

Greeting Lunar New Year with Dumplings 饺子飘香,喜迎新春

By Yutong Xin, PhD.
Translated by Qiyuan Zheng
Photograph by Wenzheng Liu
(2/5/2013)

Lichun, or The Beginning of Spring, is the first Solar Term of a year, which falls on February 4th for the year 2013. In order to greet the coming Chinese New Year, Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University organized the Second New Year “Dumpling Festival” for the teachers and students at Campus International School.

During the Festival, all the teachers, students, and parent volunteers watched the whole process of making dumplings by Chinese teachers that mixing, rolling, wrapping, and finally boiling the dumplings. Also, they listened and took notes carefully on each step; many of them even made the dumplings themselves. Later, they learned how to eat dumplings with chopsticks. The teachers, students, and parent volunteers were very satisfied and happy with the dumplings they made. They said the dumplings are very delicious and easy to learn, and indicated that they will learn making dumplings at home and practice using chopsticks.

  2月4日是中国的立春节气,为迎接即将到来的中国新年,美国克利夫兰州立大学孔子学院组织本院中文教学点校园国际学校(Campus International School)师生举办了第二届新春“饺子节”。

   在饺子节上,全校师生和家长志愿者们兴致勃勃地一边观看孔子学院中文教师们亲手示范和面、擀皮、和馅、包饺子、煮饺子的全过程,一边认真聆听和记录各个步骤的具体做法,不少人还亲手包了饺子。随后大家还一起学着用筷子品尝美味的饺子,吃着自己亲手包的饺子,老师、学生和家长志愿者们赞不绝口,他们纷纷表示中国饺子好吃易学,以后不仅要在家里学做中国饺子,还要多练习用筷子吃饺子。(克利夫兰州立大学孔子学院中文教师辛玉彤撰稿、刘文政摄影)

TEN YEARS TO GROW TREES A LIFETIME TO CULTIVATE PEOPLE

Ms. Hui Yu

Golden September. The sky was crystalline, with the smell of fruit in the air. The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University (CSU) welcomed its fourth annual teacher appreciation celebration in honor of Confucius’s Birthday.

The event opened with greetings from Dr. Lih-Ching Chen Wang, Director of the Confucius Institute at CSU. Mr. Anthony Yen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Confucius Institute at CSU, and Dr. Sajit Zachariah, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at CSU also spoke briefly. Dr. Wang said “This past weekend, we planted a cherry tree in Cleveland’s Chinese Cultural Garden in honor of Confucius and his continuing influence on education. There is a Chinese saying. It says that just as planting a tree today will result in blossoms in years to come; educating a child well today will lead to excellent performance in later years. In Chinese, we would say. In planting the tree, we would also like to honor teachers and educators around the world; and we want to honor students who are learning the Chinese language, which is a window into Chinese culture.” Mr. Yen observed that the Confucius Institute had successfully finished the education jobs of last year and will continue to be dedicated to Chinese education and cultural promotion in the state of Ohio. Dr. Zachariah congratulated the Confucius Institute on its success to date, and wished it well in the days to come.

Chinese teachers Qiuhui Li from the Shaker Heights City School District and Hong Zenisek from the Brooklyn City School District introduced their 2010 and 2011 (respectively) Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American high school students. Through these trips to China, sponsored by Hanban and the Confucius Institute at CSU, students experienced authentic Chinese culture in an authentic Chinese language environment, boosting their interest and confidence in learning Chinese.

Finally, students from nine school districts in the Cleveland metropolitan area offered exciting performances demonstrating various aspects of Chinese culture that reflected the students’increasing understanding of Chinese culture and language.