CIPAT show­cased sum­mer dance at Union

On June 7, the Con­fu­cius Insti­tute Per­form­ing Arts Troupe (CIPAT) per­formed at the Cul­tural Fes­ti­val Event hosted by Pur­due Stu­dent Union Board (PSUB) PMU front lawn. The per­form­ers included Pur­due Night Train,Clave Caribbean music band and other cam­pus orga­ni­za­tions. CIPAT actively par­tic­i­pates at com­mu­nity cul­tural events and tries to pro­mote Chi­nese cul­ture through dance and music.

The 8th CIP Board of Advi­sors Meet­ing held at Pur­due

On June 29, CIP held the 8th Board Meet­ing at Hovde Hall, Pur­due Uni­ver­sity. In his open­ing remarks, Dr. Deba Dutta, Provost and Chair of CIP Board, said that Pur­due and SJTU were in strong rela­tion­ship and that CIP was widely sup­ported at Pur­due. Dr. Zhen Huang, Vice Pres­i­dent of SJTU and Vice Chair of CIP Board, empha­sized the value of CIP as a plat­form for pro­mot­ing campus-​wide col­lab­o­ra­tions between Pur­due and SJTU. Board mem­bers reviewed work reports by Dr. Wei Hong, Direc­tor of CIP and Dr. John Lay­ton, Direc­tor of LSC Con­fu­cius Class­room. The Board highly appre­ci­ated the won­der­ful per­for­mances of the Con­fu­cius Insti­tute and Con­fu­cius Class­room. In par­tic­u­lar, the Board con­firmed the impres­sive lead­er­ship of Dr. Wei Hong. The Provost pointed out that CIP could be a use­ful resource for involve­ment in all other cul­tures at Pur­due com­mu­nity. Dr. Wei Hong expressed her heart-​felt appre­ci­a­tion to Pur­due senior lead­er­ship, fac­ulty, schools and depart­ments for their con­tin­u­ous sup­port. The board agreed to add two new board mem­bers from the Kran­nert School of Man­age­ment and Pur­due Poly­tech­nic Insti­tute. The board decided that the next Board Meet­ing be held at SJTU on March 2016.

Dis­tance Chi­nese lan­guage courses received 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.

Maymester in China

Pur­due Maymester in China cel­e­brates the 10th year anniversary.

On May 20, cel­e­brated the 10th anniver­sary of Maymester to China “Inter­cul­tural Team­work”, co-​developed and led by ME and SLC/​CIP, funded by Sohmen Endow­ment. “Inter­cul­tural Team­work” was first offered in Spring 2005 as a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort between ME and SLC (then FLL) as a two-​week Study Abroad course to Shang­hai, Bei­jing, Harbin and Ningbo, work­ing with Shang­hai Jiao Tong Uni­ver­sity, Harbin Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and Ningbo Uni­ver­sity. About 220 Pur­due Engi­neer­ing and Lib­eral Arts stu­dents have ben­e­fited from this on-​site expe­ri­ence learn­ing about China includ­ing lan­guage, cul­ture, tech­nol­ogy and econ­omy. They also paired up with Chi­nese stu­dents learn­ing about their col­lege life and in return, under­stand the chal­lenges Chi­nese stu­dents face while they study at Pur­due. In addi­tion to this expanded knowl­edge about China, stu­dents also report actual place­ment ben­e­fit in job mar­ket as US employ­ers seek indi­vid­u­als with global expe­ri­ences. On the thank-​you din­ner at the 10th year cel­e­bra­tion, stu­dents from Ningbo and Pur­due showed off their tal­ents through com­edy, dances, instru­ment and songs. CIP has been sup­port­ing this course with per­son­nel, lan­guage and cul­tural orientations.

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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