2016 China Night held at Sun­ny­side

On April 13, our annual China Night event was suc­cess­fully held at Sun­ny­side Inter­me­di­ate School in Lafayette, attract­ing over 500 peo­ple from the local com­mu­nity. This large scale cul­tural event has been held every year since 2008 and has become an impor­tant activ­ity for local res­i­dents. Spon­sored by Lafayette School Cor­po­ra­tion, the Office of Engage­ment at Pur­due and the Con­fu­cius Insti­tute, this event was a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Pur­due Chi­nese Stu­dents and Schol­ars Asso­ci­a­tion, local com­mu­nity and K-​12 fac­ulty and admin­is­tra­tors. Games, foods, music and dances packed the hall with excite­ment and enthusiasm.

Maymester course in China in its 11th year

From May 11 to 25, CIP orga­nized and co-​taught the 11th Maymester course to China. As a name brand of CIP study abroad course, stu­dents vis­ited Hong Kong Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Ningbo Uni­ver­sity and Shang­hai Jiao­tong Uni­ver­sity, and worked one-​to-​one with Chi­nese stu­dents to learn from each other on their cul­ture and Chi­nese lan­guage. From per­for­mances, cul­tural excur­sions and cam­pus vis­its, stu­dents bond quickly with­out bor­ders and expe­ri­ences great friend­ship and hos­pi­tal­ity from our host insti­tu­tions. Upon enter­ing China, the immer­sion helps stu­dents under­stand the impact of study­ing abroad and thus expand their hori­zon globally.

Dr. Nicholas Braso­van gave lec­ture on Neo-​Confucianism

On Sep 22, at the invi­ta­tion of CIP, Dr. Nicholas Braso­van from the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Arkansas gave a lec­ture on “Eco­log­i­cal Mod­els and Envi­ron­men­tal Ethics in Neo-​Confucianism and Chi­nese Bud­dhism” in Pur­due. As Pur­due alum 2001 from Phi­los­o­phy and Chi­nese, Dr. Braso­van vis­ited the Chi­nese lan­guage classes and shared his expe­ri­ences learn­ing Chi­nese at Pur­due and how this expe­ri­ence helped him with his study abroad and work oppor­tu­ni­ties. Receiv­ing his Ph.D from Uni­ver­sity of Hawaii, Dr. Braso­van stud­ied Asian phi­los­o­phy and dis­cussed how ancient Chi­nese philo­soph­i­cal think­ing about humans and nature, par­tic­u­larly, the Neo-​Confucian ideas about rela­tion­ships between and among eco­log­i­cal sys­tems. More than 80 peo­ple inter­ested in ancient Chi­nese phi­los­o­phy attended this event with inter­ac­tive Q&A ses­sion. CIP hosts schol­arly lec­ture series on Chi­nese Stud­ies with the Chi­nese lan­guage pro­gram each semes­ter, and this one is the kick-​off talk on Con­fu­cian­ism and Bud­dhism from eco­log­i­cal and envi­ron­men­tal perspectives.

Cel­e­brat­ing the Chi­nese New Year of Mon­key

As our sig­na­ture event of the year, CIP hosted the annual Chi­nese New Year pro­gram on Feb­ru­ary 8 at Pur­due Uni­ver­sity. Attract­ing a great audi­ence from the Greater Lafayette com­mu­nity, this event pre­sented tra­di­tional per­for­mances such as kongfu, folk dances, songs, lion dances, and tra­di­tional foods spe­cially pre­pared by Pur­due cook­ing staff. See news reports by Pur­due Today and photo gallery by Pur­due Expo­nent.

For more photo gallery by Pur­due Uni­ver­sity mar­ket­ing and media, please go to New Year Gallery.

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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.