The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University Takes Part in Ohio's 2015 Chinese new year Festival
孔院准备了丰富的体验项目，包括游戏、乐器、书法等多种活动，受到民众热烈欢迎。拼图游戏、画脸谱等活动吸引了很多孩子，他们围坐在孔院的展台前， 稚嫩的小手紧握着还不能熟练使用的毛笔，发挥想象力，描绘出属于自己的独特脸谱。活动还吸引了一大批大学生，他们用熟练地写出中国古诗句，并用中文与孔院 教师交流，询问孔院的各种交换项目。
供稿 谢玉玲；供图 晋晓娜、李牧
A delegation of faculty and administrators from Cleveland State University’s academic partner, Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB) in Beijing, traveled to Cleveland on October 16 for the CSU-CUEB Joint Forum on Sino-U.S. Economics and Business Development.
The event was jointly hosted by CSU’s Confucius Institute and Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, which have served as bridges for learning and exploration of business opportunities between Cleveland and Beijing.
The forum included presentations and discussions among faculty from CSU and CUEB as well as members of the Cleveland civic community on key international business topics facing the U.S. and China, including currency regulation, the costs of health care and demographic shifts.
“There is major interest in exchanging knowledge and developing business opportunities in cities like Cleveland that may not be as visible as some coastal cities in the U.S.,” said Dr. Zhou, director of the Confucius Institute at CSU and associate professor of finance in the Monte Ahuja College of Business.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Roman gave a presentation on opportunities for investment and collaboration with Cleveland businesses. The visit also included a tour of Cleveland Whiskey, a local distillery that is exploring distribution in China.
During the event, educators shared that CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs and CUEB will collaborate on research to address how industrial cities can best weather economic trends. Last year CUEB named CSU President Ronald M. Berkman to the advisory committee for its Academy of Metropolis and Economy Development. Dr. Berkman, who has an academic background in urban affairs, has visited CUEB’s Beijing campus.
The partnership has also created student exchange opportunities, and plans are in the works for continued visits to both campuses.
“We are going to be working together to examine some pressing challenges facing cities in the U.S. and China, including supporting regional economies, addressing pollution and maintaining infrastructure,” said Dr. Hill, dean of the Levin College.
The Confucius Institute at CSU, which opened in 2008, offers Chinese language, cultural and educational resources to the public through courses at the University and programs within 26 area K-12 districts, including at Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Campus International School on the CSU campus.
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。
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
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.
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.
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.
Date: 7/10/2013 - 7/25/2013
Participants: High School students from Greater Cleveland Area, Akron and Toledo area
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
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”。
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.