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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.