China Night held at Sun­ny­side Inter­me­di­ate School

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On April 13, our annual cul­tural event, “China Night” was suc­cess­fully held at Sun­ny­side Inter­me­di­ate School, Lafayette, Indi­ana. Attract­ing more than 500 peo­ple, this event was a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort of Pur­due Uni­ver­sity Chi­nese Stu­dents and Schol­ars Asso­ci­a­tion, Lafayette School Cor­po­ra­tion and the Con­fu­cius Insti­tute. Cul­tural tables were set up for cal­lig­ra­phy, paper cut­ting, peach knots, dumpling mak­ing and lantern rid­dles. The tal­ent show was a high­light and has been always expected by the crowd. Songs and dances were per­formed by our very skilled stu­dents. “China Night” has become an impor­tant plat­form for local com­mu­nity to learn about Chi­nese lan­guage and culture.

Pro­fes­sor Wei Hong invited to speak at Bing­ham­ton

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On Novem­ber 5, at the invi­ta­tion from Bing­ham­ton Uni­ver­sity, Pro­fes­sor Wei Hong gave a talk enti­tled “Com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the Chi­nese — from lin­guis­tic and cul­tural per­spec­tives”. From Con­fu­cian tra­di­tions, con­cepts of polite­ness and face, and her own per­spec­tives on the con­flicts from cross-​cultural com­mu­ni­ca­tion between Eng­lish and Chi­nese, Pro­fes­sor Hong dis­cussed the ways Chi­nese pre­fer to com­mu­ni­cate: indi­rect­ness and contrary-​fact-​value. With inter­ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion from the audi­ences, this talk was attended by more than 50 stu­dents in Chi­nese lan­guage pro­gram, fac­ulty and grad­u­ate stu­dents at Bing­ham­ton and received very pos­i­tive feed­back from the stu­dents and fac­ulty. News cov­er­age under Han­ban below.


Huang Yi and Kula Dance Res­i­dency at Pur­due

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Con­fu­cius Insti­tute is pleased to part­ner with CON­VO­CA­TIONS on Huang Yi and Kula, a poetic dance of a man and a machine that com­bines dance, mul­ti­me­dia and mechan­i­cal engineering.

Dur­ing the week­long res­i­dency at Pur­due, stu­dents and fac­ulty will have oppor­tu­ni­ties to meet the artist and engage in the dis­cus­sions on how humans work with machines in the future.

For per­for­mance and ticket infor­ma­tion, please click here.

Show Time: Oct 8, 7:30pm, Loeb Playhouse.

Reg­is­tra­tion open for Fall Chi­nese Con­ver­sa­tion Course

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This non-​credit course is designed for adult begin­ners with no or very lit­tle prior knowl­edge of Man­darin Chi­nese. Focus­ing on spo­ken Chi­nese, this course will train the par­tic­i­pants’ basic con­ver­sa­tional skills in Man­darin Chi­nese with top­ics rang­ing from greet­ing, talk­ing about pro­fes­sions to intro­duc­ing fam­ily and mak­ing small talks. Cul­tural top­ics such as fam­ily, cui­sine, tourism, career and edu­ca­tion will be intro­duced as well. After this course, par­tic­i­pants will be able to func­tion socially in every­day sit­u­a­tions when com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the Chi­nese. While mem­o­riz­ing the Chi­nese char­ac­ters is optional, we will also intro­duce the essen­tials of Chi­nese char­ac­ters, or Hanzi, to give the learn­ers a full pic­ture of Man­darin Chi­nese. Course mate­ri­als will be provided.


In addi­tion to some for­mal lec­tures asso­ci­ated with this course, par­tic­i­pants will work in groups to explore cul­tural dif­fer­ences. 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 discussions.


Sep­tem­ber 17 to Octo­ber 22, RAWLS Hall 1071


Dr. Yat­ing Haller, This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reg­is­ter online at: www​.dis​tance​.pur​due​.edu/​c​i​p

If you have prob­lems reg­is­ter­ing, please con­tact Denice John­son at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at (765) 4943571.

If you have ques­tions regard­ing course con­tent, please con­tact Prof Wei Hong at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr. Yat­ing Haller at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look for­ward to see­ing you in the class!