Chi­nese New Year Event Series

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The Con­fu­cius Insti­tute will be host­ing an all-​campus Chi­nese New Year recep­tion to cel­e­brate the Year of Mon­key. This event will be free and open to the pub­lic with foods, music, dragon and lion dances and tra­di­tional songs. A lion dance demon­stra­tion will be avail­able too! Please see below the announce­ment of addi­tional events. We hope to see you all!

Time: Mon­day, Feb­ru­ary 8, 11:30 to 1 (foods served)

Venue: Pur­due Memo­r­ial Union, South Ballroom.

Spring 2016 Chi­nese Cul­tural Course

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CIP is pleased to once again offer Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­ture course in Spring 2016. Refer to this link for reg­is­tra­tion. We are look­ing for­ward to see­ing you in the class!

Course Descrip­tion

This course will intro­duce a basic vocab­u­lary bank and com­mon use­ful phrases that are related to cul­tural top­ics such as tra­di­tional hol­i­days, his­tory, edu­ca­tion, busi­ness com­mu­ni­ca­tion, social eti­quettes and cul­tural norms. After this course, par­tic­i­pants will be able to func­tion socially and cul­tur­ally in every­day sit­u­a­tions when com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the Chi­nese, and gain a bet­ter insight about China when engag­ing with the Chi­nese com­mu­nity. This knowl­edge will serve as a pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment oppor­tu­nity to higher edu­ca­tion admin­is­tra­tors, fac­ulty mem­bers as well as stu­dents and local cit­i­zens who work and inter­act with the Chi­nese. Weekly review and course mate­ri­als will be pro­vided. All PPTs will be shared via Dropbox.


In addi­tion to for­mal lec­tures asso­ci­ated with this course, par­tic­i­pants will work in groups to explore cul­tural dif­fer­ences. Work­sheets will be pro­vided for self-​learning and assess­ment. This course is HIGHLY INTER­AC­TIVE and requires par­tic­i­pants to be active learn­ers and par­tic­i­pate in dis­cus­sions. The instruc­tor will work as the facil­i­ta­tor of the discussion.

All ques­tions can be for­warded to Prof Wei Hong at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




Intro­duc­tion to (Man­darin) Chi­nese; Basic Phonetics-​Pinyin

Greet­ing, Chi­nese names; For­mal Greet­ings and Salu­ta­tions; the “keqi” (polite­ness) culture


Work­place Cul­tures and Its Rela­tions to Chi­nese Virtues


Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Leg­ends & Folklores

Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Holidays


Cul­tural event: All cam­pus Chi­nese New Year Recep­tion 11:30 to 1, South Ball­room, PMU; foods, music, dance, crafts, cal­lig­ra­phy and costumes


Travel to Greater China: Xi’an, Chengdu, Yun­nan, Taipei, Hong Kong

Diver­sity of China: dialects, local foods, cos­tumes and music


Overview of His­tory and Edu­ca­tion, Chi­nese Youth


Course evaluations/​Farewell Dinner


Wel­come to the Con­fu­cius Insti­tute at Pur­due

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CIP Mis­sion

In part­ner­ship with Pur­due Uni­ver­sity China Cen­ter and Shang­hai Jiao Tong Uni­ver­sity, the Con­fu­cius Insti­tute at Pur­due (CIP) pro­motes Chi­nese pro­grams and stud­ies on China, ini­ti­ates and fos­ters Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­tural pro­grams to serve Pur­due Uni­ver­sity, the Greater Lafayette com­mu­nity and the State of Indi­ana by pro­vid­ing value-​added infor­ma­tion and exper­tise on Chi­nese cul­ture and lan­guage edu­ca­tion in busi­ness, global engi­neer­ing and tourism for aca­d­e­mic pro­grams, research project teams, com­mu­nity out­reach and K-​12 schools.

Watch Online: Video Intro­duc­tion

[Cour­tesy and pro­duced by Xue Dong, stu­dent of Brian Lamb School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Pur­due Uni­ver­sity, Decem­ber 7, 2012.]


Col­lab­o­ra­tion with Shang­hai Jiao Tong University

Agree­ment Signed by Han­ban and Pur­due in Octo­ber 2006

Open­ing Cer­e­mony on May 14, 2007

First CI in the State of Indi­ana /​First CI to Tar­get the Culture/​Language of Inter­na­tional Busi­ness and Global Engineering

Col­lab­o­ra­tions with Kran­nert School of Man­age­ment, Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing, Col­lege of Lib­eral Arts, Col­lege of Human and Health Sci­ences, and local K-​12 schools.