News on the 13th China Bridge Speech Con­test

On April 19, the 13th Mid­west “China Bridge” Speech Con­test was held at Pur­due Uni­ver­sity, spon­sored by the Chi­nese Con­sulate in Chicago, CIP and the Chi­nese Lan­guage Pro­gram. 71 con­tes­tants from 15 insti­tu­tions par­tic­i­pated in the con­test with speeches and tal­ent shows. Con­tes­tants are Chi­nese learn­ing stu­dents from the first year to the fourth year of Chi­nese lan­guage pro­grams. Their lan­guage pro­fi­ciency, cre­ative per­for­mances, and most impor­tantly, their moti­va­tion in learn­ing Chi­nese truly rep­re­sent the pos­i­tive atti­tudes of Amer­i­can stu­dents want­ing to know more about China. One stu­dent from Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin Madi­son and one from North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity were selected to par­tic­i­pate in the inter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to be held in Chang­sha, China. The 14th Mid­west “China Bridge” Speech Con­test will be held at Uni­ver­sity of Notre Dame, and we look for­ward to your participation.


2015 Con­test Pro­mo­tion Video

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The Con­fu­cius Insti­tute at Pur­due is pleased to host the 13th US Mid­west Regional “China Bridge” Speech Con­test on April 19 with 80 con­tes­tants and 30+ fac­ulty from 15 insti­tu­tions. It is an annual major event in this region, with Pur­due host­ing in 2011 and again this year. The win­ners will be sent to the World Chi­nese Speech Con­test in China this sum­mer. We look for­ward to your atten­dance and cheer­ing for the contestants.

China Night

March 18, Lafayette School Con­fu­cius Class­room and Con­fu­cius Insti­tute hosted the annual cul­tural event “China Night” at Tecum­seh Junior High School. In atten­dance by about 300 stu­dents, fac­ulty, par­ents and vis­it­ing schol­ars from China, the event show­cased dumpling-​making, Chi­nese games, cal­lig­ra­phy, music instru­ments, Taichi and rid­dles. This year’s “China Night’ was hosted by two stu­dents who are cur­rently in Chi­nese lan­guage classes. High­lights include the stu­dent per­for­mances from kinder­garten and 4th graders who are all learn­ing Chinese.

News of China Bridge

Amaz­ing China Dance Show — A Spe­cial Pre­sen­ta­tion to the Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence of Chi­nese Eco­nom­ics Soci­ety and Pur­due Uni­ver­sity

March 14, Con­fu­cius Insti­tute and Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tural Eco­nom­ics at Pur­due Uni­ver­sity pre­sented a spe­cial dance show “Amaz­ing China Dance Show — A Spe­cial Pre­sen­ta­tion to the Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence of Chi­nese Eco­nom­ics Soci­ety and Pur­due Uni­ver­sity”, ded­i­cated to the Chi­nese Econ­o­mists Soci­ety (CES)’s North Amer­ica Con­fer­ence here at Pur­due. Pro­fes­sor Wei Hong, Direc­tor of Chi­nese Lan­guage Pro­gram and Direc­tor of Con­fu­cius Insti­tute, opened the show with brief wel­come remarks. Two for­mer stu­dents in the Chi­nese lan­guage pro­gram, Chris­t­ian Wright and Chenetta Wat­son hosted tonight’s enter­tain­ment in Chi­nese which was much appre­ci­ated by the audi­ence. The dance show included a his­tor­i­cal pre­sen­ta­tion of Chi­nese dances from the early ages “Peach Blos­som Fairies”, and the more con­tem­po­rary “Spring Out­ing”, “Spring Whis­per”, and a col­lec­tion of Chi­nese minor­ity dances “Amaz­ing China”. As a true cul­tural enter­tain­ment of global diver­sity, Pro­fes­sor Joel Ebarb from the Depart­ment of The­ater, pre­sented “The Old Man and the Cricket” and our own Glee Club impressed the audi­ence with their amaz­ing voice over tal­ents. The Con­fu­cius Insti­tute is com­mit­ted to bring­ing the Chi­nese cul­tures to the Greater Lafayette com­mu­nity and pro­mot­ing the under­stand­ing of China.

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