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.
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.
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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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