Dis­tance Chi­nese lan­guage courses to receive award

Pro­fes­sor Wei Hong has received the 2015 Award for Excel­lence in Dis­tance Learn­ing, for her online courses Chi­nese 101 and 102. As the first lan­guage courses to be offered online, Dr. Hong has expanded the learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for Pur­due stu­dents to take credit-​granting lan­guage courses. Pro­fes­sor Hong’s team that worked on the courses included teach­ing assis­tants Bailu Li and Sijia Yao. Pro­fes­sor Hong’s award will be rec­og­nized at the Provost’s Fac­ulty Awards Con­vo­ca­tion on May 5.

CIP fea­tured on NBC, local and Chi­nese news media

On Feb­ru­ary 16, CIP hosted the campus-​wide Chi­nese New Year recep­tion, a sig­na­ture cul­tural event, awaited by reg­u­lar atten­dees on-​off cam­pus. As the open­ing event of CIP 2015 pro­gram, the New Year event became a place where stu­dents and fac­ulty get together as a big fam­ily to cel­e­brate the fes­ti­val with­out trav­el­ing to China. Our beloved lion and panda along with cal­lig­ra­phy, dances and foods, were the high­lights of our event. Pres­i­dent Daniels also joined us and inter­acted with the guests. National NBC, Chi­nese as well as local media cov­ered our event extensively.

NBC (national news outlet)


Expo­nent (Pur­due Stu­dent Paper)


Pur­due Today (Pur­due News services)



Jour­nal and Courier (local newspaper)



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Con­fu­cius Class­room hosts China Night

On April 2, the cul­tural event “China Night” was held at Edge­lea Ele­men­tary School. This event was orga­nized by Con­fu­cius Class­room (CC) of Lafayette School Cor­po­ra­tion, and sup­ported by LSC Chi­nese Pro­gram, Con­fu­cius Insti­tute and Pur­due Uni­ver­sity Chi­nese Stu­dents and Schol­ars Asso­ci­a­tion. As an annual Chi­nese cul­tural event, “China Night” has been launched in Lafayette for 8 years. It pro­vides local res­i­dents a great oppor­tu­nity to get a touch of authen­tic Chi­nese cul­ture. Every year, the orga­niz­ers try to put in fresh ele­ments in the event. The 2015 LSC China Night changed its venue from Tecum­seh Junior High School to Edge­lea Ele­men­tary School, which meant to encour­age more ele­men­tary school stu­dents and fam­i­lies to come. The dis­play of sta­tions also changed. This time, a bunch of culture-​themed sta­tions were arranged in the hall­way, where one could enjoy out of their own inter­est such as Chi­nese Cal­lig­ra­phy, Paper-​Cutting, Peace Knot Mak­ing, Chi­nese Origami, Lantern Rid­dles, Chop­sticks Com­pe­ti­tion, Chi­nese tra­di­tional board Games, Dumpling mak­ing, Chi­nese Yoyo, etc. Library was served as a spe­cial zone for the most pop­u­lar Chi­nese game — Majiong. The school gym was used as the main show room for var­i­ous slide shows, pre­sen­ta­tions, per­for­mances. Sun­ny­side 6th graders proudly pre­sented their research on Chi­nese cul­ture top­ics just as appetites to a set of great meal. Through the project, they learned a lot on spe­cific Chi­nese cul­tural terms and made com­par­isons in west­ern cul­ture, which not only let them know bet­ter about both cul­tures, but also pol­ish skills in self-​learning.

Later, Dr. John Lay­ton, Assis­tant Super­in­ten­dent of Lafayette School Cor­po­ra­tion, made a brief intro­duc­tion of the devel­op­ment of Chi­nese Pro­gram in LSC and wel­comed all the participants.

The “Tal­ent Show” remains to be the most eye-​catching part of the event, and this year is no excep­tion. The 30-​minute show time pro­vided a stage for local Chi­nese Pro­gram stu­dents from Edge­lea Ele­men­tary School, Tecum­seh Junior High School, to show their Chi­nese tal­ent in form of singing and danc­ing. Local Chi­nese com­mu­nity and Pur­due Chi­nese stu­dents also brought in Chinese-​featured per­for­mances includ­ing Kongfu, Guzheng and Han fash­ion show.

China Night” opened a win­dow for Lafayette local res­i­dents to know about the exotic ori­en­tal Chi­nese cul­ture, which also deep­ened the mutual under­stand­ing of Amer­i­can and Chi­nese people.

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