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Geneva School District
In January and February, CIAU faculty at the Geneva School District held a variety of Chinese New Year activities.
Yanjie Yin and Liwei Wang in North Street School taught students the song “Happy New Year” and a self-written Chinese New Year customs song accompanied by traditional Chinese musical instruments. Student representatives from 3rd graders to 5th graders sang Chinese New Year songs during morning announcement time. Also, students practiced Chinese calligraphy of “福”, “马”, “春”, and “马到成功”, and then a Year of the Horse Chinese calligraphy exhibition was made in the school hallway.
Hui Liu in West Street School taught students the Chinese song “Happy New Year”. Ms. Liu introduced students many Chinese New Year customs and the 12 animal zodiacs. And since this is the Year of the Horse, Hui Liu led the students to recognize the character “马” by doing coloring work.
North Syracuse Central School District
In January, CIAU faculty Katie Wang and Emma Wang continued to present Chinese cultures to the 6th graders in Social Studies classes at the Gillette Road Middle School and Roxboro Middle School. The young students learned how to address family members in Mandarin, among other conversational skills. They loved repeating a rhyme made up by the two teachers. Also, some 5th grade teachers invited the two CIAU teachers into their classrooms just before the Chinese New Year. The students were happy to learn about holiday traditions. They were especially excited to get red envelopes with real Chinese currency inside.
In February, Katie and Emma began Chinese Enrichment lessons for the second semester. The students learned how to introduce themselves in Mandarin. They also learned about the Lantern Festival, and each one made their own lantern to proudly show to their classmates and parents.
Naples Central School District
In January and February, CIAU faculty Tina Jiang introduced traditional Chinese festivals to the students. By receiving red envelopes, sending New Year wishes, and rehearsing the story of the Chinese Zodiac signs, the students get to know more about the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year. With support from the Naples Elementary School, they successfully held a Lantern Festival display for the whole school. Other students were invited to guess the riddles under each handmade lantern.
Distance learning in Binghamton City School District
In January and February, Binghamton West Middle School studied expressions regarding transportation and Spring Festival customs through the distance-learning class. In the face-to-face class, Rosa Luo, Elyn Song, and Tulip Chen presented students with a cultural immersion experience class of making dumplings. The students had fun making dumplings and were excited to display their work to each other.
Daisy Wu’s Visits to Buffalo
In the afternoon of January 16, CIAU faculty Daisy Wu was invited by the Asian Studies Program and the Confucius Institute of the University at Buffalo to give a lecture in the music department for their winter term music course. The students in MUS 264 were very impressed with the guzheng performance, and had a delightful interaction with Daisy. The discussion centered on guzheng techniques and training, the instrument itself, and differences in notation of written scores. In the evening of the 16th, Daisy Wu gave a guzheng concert at Pausa Art House in downtown Buffalo. Daisy’s performance was deeply appreciated by the audience. She also presented a few songs together with local Guchin player Peter Worden.
On January 17th, Daisy gave lectures in two music theory classes at Williamsville South High School. These presentations also won the enthusiastic response of students and teachers. Daisy was very impressed by the students’ interest and questions.
On February 1st, Daisy and her family were invited by Niagara University to attend the CMAA 2014 Fundraising Dinner at the Orchard Park Country Club. Daisy gave a wonderful guzheng performance after the dinner.
On February 2nd, Daisy was invited by the Confucius Institute at the University of Buffalo to perform guzheng music at the Chinese New Year Gala of Western New York at the Center for the Arts in Buffalo.
Chinese Corner Resumed
Chinese Corner at Alfred University was resumed on January 27 this semester. Chinese Corner meets every Monday from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Confucius House (10 Park Street) and welcomes students in Chinese classes and anyone else who is interested in learning the language and culture of China. The session includes language practice, cultural discussions, a video show, and games.
Geneva Chinese New Year Celebration of Paws Night
On Paws Night, January 28, CIAU sponsored a big Chinese New Year Gala at West Street School in the Geneva School District, which attracted many children and parents and turned out to be a great success. The students, their families, and other community members – a total of 300 people - enjoyed themselves with various activities such as using chopsticks, making Chinese knots, tasting Chinese food, and doing calligraphy, as well as with a guzheng concert performed by Daisy Wu and her three students from Geneva schools.
This event was highly supported by the Geneva School District. Administrators including Trina S. Newton, Superintendent of Geneva School, Tracy A. Marchionda, Director of Innovative Programming, Nina McCarth, Principle of West Street Elementary School, and Danielle Quilette, Principle of North Street Elementary School, all joined in the celebration.
Although it was the first Chinese New Year Celebration of Paws Night in the Geneva school district, it was a huge success. The leaders of the Geneva district hope that they can hold a Chinese New Year even every year.
Chinese New Year Dinner Gala
On February 1st, CIAU sponsored the annual Chinese New Year Dinner Gala at Susan Howell Hall at Alfred University, which was enjoyed by many faculty, students, and members of the surrounding community. Guests participated in a variety of interactive cultural activities: Chinese knot tying, lantern making, calligraphy, Chinese painting, and a video showing Chinese New Year customs.
The highlight of the night was a speech given by Scot Brackenridge, visiting assistant professor of Religious Studies, who talked about Chinese New Year customs from a personal perspective. After that, the guests enjoyed the bountiful and delicious food and received a horse toy as a gift.
Performance at St. Bonaventure University
On February 10, CIAU faculty Daisy Wu, Tina Jiang, and Tao Peng were invited to participate in the first Chinese New Year Celebration at St. Bonaventure University. The audience was deeply touched by the beautiful guzheng melody of High Mountain and Floating Water as played by Daisy. The highpoint came when Tina introduced the stories of the Chinese zodiac. Teachers and students were highly interested in Chinese culture and asked many questions. The celebration hall was full of laughter and applause. Sr. Margaret Carney, the President of St. Bonaventure University, sincerely appreciated the great support of CIAU to the celebration. The two universities exchanged exquisite presents at the end of the celebration.
Daisy Wu’s Visit to Fisher-Price, Inc.
On February 11th, Daisy Wu gave a Chinese music presentation and guzheng performance at the Chinese Cultural Awareness Day Celebration at the East Aurora headquarters of Fisher-Price, Inc. She was also invited to tour the audio engineering department and the studios of the company.
North Syracuse Central School District
In November and December, CIAU faculty Katie Wang and Emma Wang gave their presentations on ancient and modern Chinese cultures at the Roxboro Road and Gillette Road Middle Schools. They were invited to the social studies, math, and art classes to talk about the Great Wall, Chinese characters, Chinese food, calligraphy, and the Chinese Lunar New Year. The students and teachers very much enjoyed writing Chinese calligraphy, using chopsticks, and singing a Chinese “Happy New Year” song.
Geneva Central School District
All the students at West Street Elementary School learned a Chinese song, “I Love My Family,” taught by CIAU faculty Jessica Liu. The students created gestures that describe their fathers, mothers, and other family members with the help of Jessica. Moreover, the students learned how to count from one to ten in Chinese. Some of them can even count from one to one hundred. They have also learned addition up to ten in Chinese. During the last two weeks, Jessica introduced them to the way Chinese people celebrate Christmas and taught the song “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” in Chinese. Some kindergarten students performed the song at PAWS night.
The Chinese instruction at North Street Elementary School, led by CIAU faculty Jeff Yin and Olivia Wang, is combined into the school’s educational curriculum. From November to December, third graders learned the scientific method, colors, Chinese pictography, and Peking Opera through various activities. Fourth graders had discussions on peace, the Constitution, and law in the history of Native Americans, with some famous Chinese historical figures being introduced at the same time. The fifth graders discussed the themes of fairness and human rights through a comparison between America and China, which provided the students with a better understanding of Chinese history and the current situation of social justice, in addition to the concept of human rights in China. Moreover, both fourth and fifth graders learned Halloween and household vocabularies in Chinese.
Naples Central School District
In November and December, the students made a book entitled About Me after they learned how to say their names, ages, and family members’ and friends’ names as instructed by CIAU faculty Tina Jiang. Cultural experiences such as using Chinese chopsticks, writing Chinese calligraphy, and paper cutting were well received. The students were also encouraged to send their holiday wishes to loved ones using their own handmade gift cards with Chinese cultural features.
Binghamton Distance Learning
In November and December, CIAU faculty Rosa Luo, Elyn Song, and Tulip Chen introduced to students the topics of food and drink, expressions of likes and dislikes, occupations, descriptions of social situations, locations, and so on. On November 21st, Elyn attended a conference held in Binghamton West Middle School. This conference focused on the discussion of textbooks, teaching schedules, and assessments. A curriculum map for the eighth graders of West Middle School and East Middle School was designed based on the seventh and ninth grade curriculum maps. In the meantime, a modal proficiency test on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills was submitted at the end of this semester.
Guzheng Performance at Alfred State College
On November 14th, CIAU faculty members Daisy Wu assisted by Rose Hu were invited to give a lecture about guzheng at the “Global Topics Seminar” at ASC. Daisy first introduced some basic knowledge to students. She then performed three classic guzheng pieces: Fishing Boat in the Evening, Dance of the Yi People, and Fighting the Typhoon, during which students showed a great interest in the instrument and the music it produced, and, as a result, interacted with Daisy very well.
CIAU Faculty Attend ACTFL
CIAU faculty Wilfred Huang, Tao Peng, Huiyang Li, and Olivia Wang attended the 47th American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) expo from November 22nd to 24th in Orlando, Florida. A set of Chinese teaching textbooks (Explore Chinese) and smartboard software were exhibited. Many attendees, including Chinese teachers and the press, showed great interest in the teaching materials, and suggestions were made to improve the development of the materials in the future.
Online Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration Program
On November 21st, the Alfred University Chorus and Chamber singers, the AU Guzheng Ensemble, and CIAU Faculty filmed a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration program as part of the global Confucius Institute's Chinese Lunar New Year Online Gala. Melodic and graceful guzheng music, a bright and lively song by AU singers, and sincere New Year’s wishes from AU people will be delivered to the whole world.
The videos are now available online:
Please vote for us from Jan 15 to Feb 15 if you like them.
On December 2nd, the HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) Level 1 and Level 3 were successfully administered in Perlman Hall by CIAU faculty Huiyang Li and Rose Hu. Seven students attended the exams.
Master Guifang Liu, the coach of CIAU Taichi class, took part in the Hunan Province Championship which was held in Changsha, China, November 21-24, 2013. Her Swimming Dragon form has won the first prize of the women's group.
Progress Report of Teaching Material ProgramThe name of our teaching material is Explore Chinese. The program is sponsored by Hanban and progressing well that the teacher’s book, students’ book and activity book of Level 3, together with the software development have been drafted. The hardcopy edition and software design of Level 1, 2 and 4 are in process and on schedule. CIAU will be exhibiting the books and software at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) on Nov. 22-24 in Orlando, Florida.
CIAU meeting was held at Confucius House on October 26. The meeting was consisted of two sessions. The first was a mini workshop on the language teaching and cultural communication. After an introduction of Prof. Tao Peng, CIAU faculty Huiyang Li introduced the teaching objectives and teaching plan in the U.S. education system. Katie Wang and Emma Wang then talked about cultural understanding and misunderstanding in the multi-cultural communication. Jeff Yin and Jessica Liu focused on the management of class while Rosa Luo shared her experience of distance learning. Lastly Daisy Wu talked about how she organized the music concert at Alfred.
The first Chinese Cultural Day was held on October 25. A variety of performances and activities were open to the public on campus.
The cultural day started with the dragon dance by students from Chinese classes and ISSO at 1:00 pm between Powell Campus Center and Susan Howell Hall. Former Provost William Hall dotted the dragon eye, initiating the dragon dance. This was the first time that dragon dance has been presented at Alfred, and it was delightfully received by the audience.
Tai Chi performance followed at 1:30 at the Knight Club. Yi Jin Jing, Five-animal Exercise and 24-form steps were performed, which were well appreciated and attracted the audience to join in the performance.
From 2:00- 4:00 pm, Chinese Tea Ceremony and calligraphy demonstration were held in the same venue.
The climax of the day was the Chinese music concert entitled East Meets West, which was held in Miller Theater at 7:30. It was sponsored by CIAU and Performing Arts Division. AU chorus and Chamber singers, AU Orchestra, AU Symphonic Band, Guzheng Ensemble, guest musicians Shijun Cheng and Bo Pang jointly presented a wonderful performance of 11 pieces of classic Chinese music. The concert has won a full house of applause.
On October15, Master Guifang Liu, CIAU faculty Tina Jiang, Rose Hu, and Chinese director Tao Peng gave Tai Chi demos at North Street Elementary School and West Street Elementary School. 240 students from 3-5 grades of North Street Elementary School and 160 students from K-2 grades of West Street Elementary School joined the demos. After a brief introduction of Chinese Kung Fu, Master Liu taught them Five-animal Exercise. Students enjoyed themselves very much by imitating animal movements.
On October 18, a Tai Chi demo was held at Naples Central School District. Chinese Kung Fu was introduced to about 50 high school students and then Yi Jin Jing was presented to them. They got to know the essence of Yi Jin Jing by learning the steps one by one.
End of Tai Chi classes for 2013
Three sessions of Tai Chi classes ended on October 11. Tai Chi members not only reviewed Yi Jin Jing, Five-animal Exercise, 24-form Steps and Swimming Dragon, but also learned the new form of Ba Duan Jin. Master Guifang Liu is deeply cherished by Tai Chi members who are looking forward to her return next year.
Alfred Farmers Market hosted a fall festival on October 6, and invited the Tai Chi group for a demonstration. Master Guifang Liu and Tai Chi members performed Five-animal Exercise and 24-form. It was well received by the audience.
CIAU’s director Wilfred Huang and Chinese director Tao Peng participated in the Joint Meeting of U.S. Confucius Institutes from September 28-30 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Madame Xu Lin, General Director of Hanban, introduced three new projects of Hanban in the coming years, namely, Confucius China Study Plan, Core Teacher Program and Chinese Language Day. Both directors shared their ideas about three projects with directors from other CIs.
CIAU faculty Sha (Rosa) Luo, Yanfang (Elyn) Song and Si (Tulip) Chen began distance learning program in Binghamton City School District from September. There are twelve 8th graders involved in this program. They have a class using Skype every day and skip the seventh class. Instead there is an extended class on every sixth class where CIAU faculty will visit Binghamton classroom and meet with the students face-to-face. Students learned colors, family members, description of the size of houses and rooms, expression of likes and dislikes on food and drinks in Chinese. Three units of “My family”, “My house” and “Food and drink” in the book Happy Chinese 1 were also covered in the class. Students then experienced Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting during the extended classes.
CIAU faculty Tingting (Tina) Jiang began teaching Chinese class in Naples Elementary school from September. In her first Chinese lesson, students were amazed at the cultural diversity in China. Students have learned daily Chinese expressions and explored Chinese culture in a fun way and they were encouraged to use Chinese in their daily life. Telling parents “Mom and dad, I love you” in Chinese is definitely one of their favorites.
From October, CIAU teachers Katie Wang and Emma Wang began presenting the 6th graders at Roxboro Road Middle School Chinese cultures and language in North Syracuse Central School District. The topic focused on the surveying of China by comparing area, population, landforms, climate, main crops, languages, written systems, big cities between China and USA. The students also learned how to introduce themselves briefly in Mandarin Chinese.
The students and teachers welcomed the lessons with active interactions in class, hoping to know more about ancient and modern China.
In September, Jeff Yin and Olivia Wang began teaching Chinese lessons at Geneva North Street Elementary School. The Mandarin Chinese has been designed as a part of the main curriculum. Jeff and Olivia have spent one week practicing class rules and routine in Chinese. They worked along with the art teacher Mrs. DeRoo to teach students paper cutting of butterflies and traditional Chinese painting of panda and bamboo. Those works were in display during the open house later. In October, they began teaching students with topics from other courses such as scientific process, mathematics, family, plant anatomy, and Halloween words. In the 4th and 5th graders’ class of scientific process, students did some interesting experiments to learn and practice how to express actions and senses in Chinese.
In September, Mandarin Chinese teacher Hui Liu launched her teaching at Geneva West Street Elementary School. Students from Kindergarten to 2nd grade were excited to learn the new language and culture. From September to October, they learned how to greet each other, ask names in Chinese, and how to express family members in Chinese.
CIAU’s guzheng (Chinese Zither) musician Zhongbei (Daisy) Wu was invited by The Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University on September 25 to the Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration. Her performance of the “Journey to Suzhou” and the “Fighting the Typhoon” has captivated the audience.
On September 27 the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University held the “Amazing China” concert where Daisy has performed as well. The concert was a success and was reported on the local newspaper.
The Fifth Moon Festival Gala of CIAU was held in Susan Howell Hall on September 19, 2013. The entire CIAU faculty warmly welcomed over 160 guests, including President Charles Edmondson, students and faculty from AU, ASC, and the Alfred community.
The festivity began with performance of Tai Yi Swimming Dragon by the Tai Chi Group, and followed of the solo Swimming Dragon Sword by Master Liu. The high point of the gala is "Under The Silver Moonlight" vocal music and guzheng duet. Alfred University soprano Professor Luanne Crosby and guzheng musician Zhongbei Wu of CIAU have mesmerized the whole audience.
The event ended with CIAU presenting a T-shirt with Chinese characters to every guest.
From August 30 to September 1, the Chinese Language Teacher Workshop offered by the UBCI was held at Buffalo University. CIAU faculty Tao Peng, Huiyang Li (Lee), Daisy Wu, Jessica Liu, Yanjie Yin, Emma Wang, Katie Wang, Rosa Luo, and Rose Hu, including three new members, Tulip Chen, Olivia Wang and Yanfang Song, attended this workshop. With the goal of enhancing Chinese language teaching in Western New York, this workshop covers J-1Scholar issues, K-12 schools in the US, the New York education system, standards, curriculum and testing, and classroom management. Ways to teach Chinese through demo teachings by experienced local teachers were offered. The entire faculty took an active part in each session and enjoyed the discussions and sharing of experiences among the teachers.
On August 26, Richard Lopez gave a guzheng performance at the Open House in the SmithIII Theatre at AU. This show was meant to attract more students to learn to play the guzheng.
Proposal for software development to Hanban official approved - HSK interactive software has been official approved by Hanban.
From July 14-18, the CIAU-sponsored Summer Camp was held at North Street Elementary School. Sixteen students participated in the 4-day program. CIAU faculty, Daisy Wu, Tai Chi master Guifang Liu, Rose Hu, and Lisa Zhang set up the program, and Jessica Liu, Rosa Luo, and Jeff Yin assisted them with the classes. Topics such as calligraphy, paper-cuts, guzheng, and Chinese Kung Fu were introduced to the students, who were all enthusiastic about each one.
On July 5, CIAU faculty Daisy Wu presented a guzheng performance at Buffalo University, with the cooperation of Mrs. Hong Zhang, vocal music professor at Binghamton University. The concertwasa part “China and India: Comparisons and Connections”, a 3-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute organized by the UB Department of Asia Studies and the UB Confucius Institute.
From June 22 to July 4, all CIAU faculty went on a sight-seeing trip to the Rocky Mountains. Everyone experienced much joy and beauty amid the splendid scenery and cultures of the west.
From June 12 to15, Professor Weibing Tang, President of Hunan University of Commerce, visited AU. Accompanied by CIAU Director Wilfred Huang, he visited the Confucius Institute office and the Confucius House. The contribution of CIAU guzheng teacher Daisy Wu was much appreciated as the support of Hunan University of Commerce to CIAU. Professor Tang and AU President Charles Edmondson held a meaningful conference to discuss ways to expand the cooperation between the two universities. Afterwards, Provost William Hall, Associate Provost Nancy Evangelista, CIAU Director Huang, CIAU Associate Direct Carla Coch, and CIAU Director from CUG in Wuhan, Professor Tao Peng enjoyed a welcoming dinner with Professor Tang in the Powell Campus Center.
On June 7 and 8, CIAU faculty Daisy Wu and Professor Luanne Crosby from the Division of Performing Arts presented two concerts of Chinese songs for returning alumni, which were most thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.
From May 13 to June 21, the Alfred Tai Chi class was open to the community. All the members are thrilled that Master Guifang Liu has come back Alfred. The spring class focused on reviewing the Yi jin jing, Five-animals and the 24-forms Tai Chi movements. From July 15 to August 30, the summer classes continued to review and to learn more Kung Fu movements. Every morning from Monday to Friday, more than 30 members have been engaged in practicing Tai Chi under the expert direction of Master Fang.
In May, CIAU faculty Jeff Yin taught the vocabulary for certain household items in Chinese. Students also learned Peking Opera facial makeup and watched a video of a face-changing performance. In June, Jeff taught students to design and make a small Chinese book to help them review specific knowledge points. At the end of the semester, they were given a final examination.
From July to August Jeff Yin met teachers from North Street Elementary School in Geneva to work out a schedule for the Chinese curriculum for the next academic year.
North Syracuse Central School District
CIAU faculty Emma Wang and Katie Wang continued their 6th grade Chinese classes at Gillette and Roxboro Middle Schools. Topics on currency, Kung Fu Panda, education, animal zodiac, dates and days, and Chinese instruments and folk music were introduced during the two months. The students were delighted with their new experiences with Tai Chi, calligraphy, paper-cuts, and Chinese knots.
Kindergarten students reviewed the vocabulary of fruits, animals, and body parts. CIAU faculty Lisa Zhang and Rosa Luo used the Promethean board to interact with students, which was well received by them. Grade 1 students were introduced to new words for sports in Chinese such as soccer, basketball, baseball, ping pong, and swimming. A video of the ping pong contest of the 2008 Olympic Games was shown in the class, and students were excited to play the game themselves.
During the month of May, CIAU faculty Jessica Liu taught students how to describe furniture and other household items in Chinese. On Mother’s Day, she told some Chinese stories about filial piety. In addition, students also experimented with Peking Opera facial makeup and watched a fascinating video of a face-changing performance. In June, she taught students to design and make a small Chinese book. At the end of the semester, students were given a final examination, and they performed very well.
May 3 & 8 - Kids to College Program
On May 3, approximately 65 kids came from Wilson Middle School attended the lecture offered by CIAU. The lectures focused on Chinese traditional art form-Beijing Opera, and mainly introduced the costumes, instruments, gestures, movements and four types of roles of Beijing Opera. The students took an active part in the interaction. Some of them tried the Chinese traditional music instruments, including Chinese drum, gong, small cymbals, double-barreled cylinder, and also performed and imitated the fictitious movements in the Beijing opera, like going upstairs, downstairs, opening and closing door, etc. The students got a lot of fun from those experiences which were totally new for them, and became interested in Beijing opera. CIAU Chinese Director Tao Peng and faculty members Lee, Daisy, Rosa, Rose and Lisa attended this activity. The activity came to the end by Daisy’s Guzheng show “Evening songs on the fishing boat”, which received rounds of applauses by the students.
On Mar 8, 25 6th graders from the Olean Central School experienced a Chinese paper-cutting class. CIAU faculty member Lisa Zhang gave a paper-cutting demonstration. Students first appreciated the delicate Chinese paper-cutting works. The “snake” paper-cutting works on the New Year Calendar aroused their interests, and they practiced cutting double “Xi” and window-flowers then. Some students showed their talents when cutting Chinese traditional window flowers.
On April 21,
China consulate from New York,
Quansheng Chang, Jianqing Liu, Haiming
Sun visited CIAU at Confucius House.
Director Dr. Huang and Chinese Director Prof. Peng introduced to them the development and prospects of CIAU. Faculty members also talked about their life and work here at CIAU. The achievement made by CIAU and the hard work of CIAU faculty members were
highly recognized by consulates. Consulate Quansheng Chang expressed his hope to maintain contacts with all the teachers and wish all the teachers a happy time in the US.
On April 20, CIAU faculty
members Huiyang Li, Rosa Luo, Lisa
Zhang and Rose Hu successfully
administered the HSK test (Chinese
Language Proficiency Test) in writing. This is the first time that CIAU conducted the test online and 8 students took the tests.
April 19 - Visit from Rochester Early College International School
On April 19,
approximately 100 students from
Rochester Early College International
School visited Alfred to experience
Chinese traditional arts -Beijing opera. At the beginning, a video of Beijing opera “Rainbow Gate” was showed to students and then CIAU faculty Rosa generally introduced Beijing opera, including its history, main art forms, music and some fictitious props in Beijing opera. Then, Rosa introduced 4 types of roles (Sheng, Dan, Jing, Chou), including the vocal techniques, costumes, make-ups, gestures, movements, even personality and temperament of the four roles. At the end, 4 groups of students came to the stage to imitate the movements of the typical characters in Beijing opera. This activity was well received by the students and a lot of students expressed their interest in learning Beijing opera.
April 6 - Alfred around the World
On April 6, Alfred around the World, a large scale performance by students at AU, was held in Harder Hall. AU Guzheng Ensemble performed a famous Guzheng musical piece—Evening Song on the Fishing Boat at the beginning and won cheerful applause from the audience. The members of the Ensemble are students from Daisy Wu’s Guzheng class.
On April 4, Dr. Ning Yang from the Confucius Institute at George Mason University delivered a speech entitled From Mahjong to Chinese Philosophy of life in Nevins Theater at Alfred University. Dr. Yang talked about the origin of Mahjong and discussed about the deep influences Mahjong gave to Chinese people and the society. She also illustrated Mahjong from a cultural perspective. After the lecture, seven guests tried playing Mahjong with CIAU faculty members at Confucius House under the instructions of Dr. Yang. This event was highly appreciated by people attending the lecture.
From March 31 to April 2, the second meeting on HSK Interactive
software development was held in
Confucius House at Alfred University.
Faculty members of CIAU gathered
together and presented their text drafts at
different levels respectively. Discussions
were carried out as regard to the content
of the texts and valuable suggestions to
revise were put forward too. This meeting
helped CIAU faculty members to further their understanding of interactive software and moved this project forward with great progress. The next meeting will be held at the end of May.
On March 29, the reception for Chinese Folk Arts was held in Knight Club at Alfred University. New-realism Chinese papercutting works and stone-carving works of Shoushan were presented in the reception. Artists from China also did demos later in the reception. Guests were amazed at the delicate art work and appreciated the skills and efforts displayed in the work. President Charles Edmondson and Provost Bill Hall attended this reception and exchanged gifts with Chinese artists.
March 28 - Demo of Chinese Paper-cutting
On March 28, a demo of Chinese papercutting and stone-carving of Shoushan was held in the Mini Gym of North Street Elementary School in Geneva. About 150 students from 3 grades attended this event. Students first appreciated Chinese paper-cutting works and then stopped by demo booths, where artists were presenting how to do paper-cutting and stone-carving. The demo was well received by students and teachers of the school.
March 17 - Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition
On March 17, two students, Shannon Cirulnick and Richard Lopez from Chinese 102 and 202 classes took part in Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition (New York Preliminary) at Pace University in NYC. There were 28 contestants from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, who showed their Chinese proficiency and talents. Shannon Cirulnick and Richard Lopez did a wonderful job in the competition. In addition, Shannon’s father and Richard’s mother came to support their children. They hoped that AU could offer more chances for their children to improve language skills and broaden their horizon as well.
Reports from Schools:
During the month of March, CIAU faculty member Hui Liu taught students body parts in Mandarin. Students were motivated to participate in the learning through moving and pointing to their body parts. In addition, a China Day was held in North Street Elementary School, during which the 3rd grade students of North Street School exhibited their fantastic work with enthusiasm. Prior to this event, Hui Liu introduced some cities and famous historic sites for students to better prepare their show.
North Syracuse Central School District
During March and April, CIAU faculty members Emma Wang and Katie Wang gave enrichment classes to 6th grade students at Gillette and Roxboro Middle Schools for the 2nd year around. The lessons have covered a wide range of topics, including personal identity , home, family members, profession, table manners, food and drinks, number counting, Beijing Opera, etc. More than 50 students participated in Chinese learning during their study hall periods. They began to get to know some basic Mandarin Chinese. Learning Chinese is a fun experience for them. The music teacher at GRMS, Ms. Seamans invited the teachers to present to her 5th graders about Beijing Opera. The kids were fascinated with the singings, costumes and facial paintings. They displayed their artworks of the painted faces in the hallway.
North Hornell Elementary School
CIAU faculty members Rosa Luo and
Lisa Zhang taught all the kindergarteners
body parts in Mandarin by teaching them
two popular Chinese children’s songs
“Two Tigers” and “If you are happy ” .
The students also used the body parts they
have learned to puzzle a panda’s head.
Besides the body parts, they learnt family
members in Mandarin, the story “little
tadpoles finding their mother” and the
hand making” fold a house”. Asking the students to draw their family in the house highly motivated their passion for learning Chinese.
The 1st grade students learnt all kinds of food and compared Chinese food with American food. They also learnt to use “I like “and “I don’t like” to talk about the sports. Ping-Pong ball was brought in the class, and students have experienced this popular Chinese sport and some even showed their talents in this sport. Chinese traditional kite was brought into the class also. Both kindergarten students and 1st graders learnt about Chinese kite and they each made a simple one with the 2008 Olympic mascot on it.
Naples Elementary School
month of March, CIAU member Jeff Yin
taught students colors and body parts in
Mandarin Chinese. Coloring of Peking
opera facial makeup was made to better
motivate students’ participation, followed
by an introduction of Peking opera.
Students were also fascinated with games
to expand their vocabulary of body parts.
They were asked to follow directions on
body parts movement wearing a facial
In April, Jeff Yin taught students how to
express items in a house in Chinese,
including some commonly used furniture,
rooms and pets. Drawing house layout
and playing word card game were for
students to better understand and
memorize words with fun.
February 23 – Multicultural Event at Montessori School
On February 23rd, the Alfred Montessori School held its 2nd annual Multicultural Event. Daisy Wu performed on the guzeng, and Huiyang Li performed tai chi with people from the community who have been studying the ancient practice for over a year under the guidance of Master Fang (I forget Daisy’s mom’s full name). The group went through the “Yijingjing” warm-up exercises, charmingly portrayed the “Five Animals”, and finished with the more complicated “Swimming Dragon.” Finally, Daisy and her daughter Candy taught the audience “You and Me”, the theme song of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
February 22 - Chinese Corner
Beginning on February 22nd, students in Chinese 102 and 202 at AU have participated in a Chinese Corner for one hour each week. The conversation events take place at the Confucius House (102 students) and Pearlman 218 (202 students).
February 19 - Spring Festival in Corning, NY
On February 19th, CIAU faculty members Rosa Luo, Lisa Zhang, and Rose Hu sang “May Love Last Forever” in Sullivan Park as part of the Corning Chinese Association-sponsored celebration of the New Year.
February 10 - CIAU Meeting
On February 10th, all members of CIAU met to discuss the Chinese textbook project which is overseen by the Hanban in Beijing. The textbooks are based on the HSK proficiency exam syllabus which uses Smart board applications. Last year, the HSK Level 1 text was completed, and now HSK Levels 11, 111, and 1V are in preparation. The series is expected to be completed by the end of June.
February 9 - Spring Festival at Alfred University
On February 9th, CIAU sponsored the annual Spring Festival celebration enjoyed by faculty, students, and members from the surrounding community at Susan Howell Hall. Guests participated in a variety of interactive cultural activities on the 2nd floor: writing down New Year’s wishes in Chinese, learning their zodiac animal sign, trying their hand at paper-cutting, kicking a shuttlecock, and enjoying the guzheng performance. Before dinner downstairs, Provost Bill Hall gave a welcoming speech. Then host Margret Wilson introduced Garrett Borden, Gillian Guizzotti, and Richard Lopez, who gave a presentation about the Year of the Snake. Shannon Cirulnick, Jordana Carlson, and Jennifer Rhoades showed both talent and skill with songs in Mandarin from pop and folk traditions. Everyone enjoyed the bountiful and delicious food brought from Rochester by CIAU directors Wilfred Huang and Peng Tao.
Reports from Schools:
During the month of January, CIAU faculty member Hui Liu taught students to write the sinogram “Fu” (blessing, bounty) using maobi, the traditional Chinese brush. Students also made paper-cut lanterns, learned vocabulary for traditional foods, and practiced singing “Happy New Year.” The following month, students decorated their classroom with New Year motifs and studied the animals of the Chinese zodiac. The school superintendent along with many parents came to Hui Liu’s classes; all were surprised and delighted with the amount of vocabulary andsentence structures the students have learned.
CIAU faculty members Katie Wang and Emma Wang have begun to introduce Gillette Road Middle School students to sinograms, i.e., Chinese characters or ideograms. Students have learned to the proper stroke order and spacing by using the traditional graph tracing paper divided into squares.
Katie and Emma were invited into 5th grade classes to teach numbers in Mandarin. The teachers and students were fascinated by the logic and graphic depiction of each number. In addition, Katie and Emma joined Mrs. Burti’s class where everyone enjoyed making Chinese lanterns in celebration of the New Year.
North Hornell Elementary School
CIAU faculty members Rosa Luo and Lisa Zhang taught all the kindergarten classes about animals by means of the popular children’s story “Kitty, Go Fishing”. The youngsters also made panda bear paper cuts and tiger and dragon head-dresses. New Year traditions were introduced through a coloring brochure which showed how the Spring Festival is celebrated in China.
The 1st grade students expanded their animal vocabulary and learned how to express “I like” wishes in Mandarin. The song “Two Tigers” and the game of musical chairs both helped reinforce the new words and motivate active participation. The children decorated a dragon boat they had built. For a 3-week unit, the Rosa and Lisa introduced Spring Festival traditions, including paper cuts of pandas and window pane flowers. In addition, Li Huiyang (Lee) came to class to perform traditional tai chi ritual movements.
Naples Elementary School
During the first two weeks of January, CIAU faculty member Jeff Yin taught students many words for food and drink in Mandarin and also ways to express which their favorites are. Games as well as realia facilitated quick memorization. Money was the focus of week 3 with mastery of numbers 1 to 100.
Toward the end of the month and the first half of February, Jeff taught students to use the traditional Chinese maobi brush in order to write the sinogram “Fu” and to create paper-cut Chinese lanterns. Red packets were distributed for the Spring Festival, and its customs were taught along with the vocabulary and characteristics for the animals of the Chinese zodiac.
The 7th annual Global Confucius Institutes Conference was held in Beijing from December 16 to 18. CIAU Director Wil Huang was a presenter; his subject was how to create a model Confucius Institute.
At the event, CIAU had a booth displaying the software for teaching Mandarin based on preparing for the HSK test and using smart boards; this software has been developed by the School of Arts and Communication at China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, CIAU’s partner institution.
CIAU instructor Lee arranged for his Chinese 101 and 102 students at AU to take the official HSK Language Proficiency Test, which was offered last year for the first time. At Level One, 14 students participated, and 4 students took the Level Two test in Perlman Hall. Lee was assisted by three other CIAU faculty: Rosa Luo, Lisa Zhang, and Rose Hu. In the evening, all students were treated to a festive dinner of dumplings and hot-pot made by teachers and students and held in the Confucius House.
Three CIAU faculty members, Tao Peng, Daisy Wu, and Rose Hu, were invited to present at the Rochester Early College International School on November 13. Master guzheng player Daisy Wu gave a scholarly talk about her traditional stringed instrument and played songs, including “Jasmine Flower” to the delight of the audience.
CIAU-Sponsored Children and Youth Learning Initiative (CYLI) Programs at Alfred University
December 7 – Fifty students from the Alfred-Almond Central School District came to AU for a 3-hour long immersion in Chinese culture and language. They practiced calligraphy and enjoyed experimenting with playing the guzheng. During a break, the students had a lot of fun trying to use chopsticks.
November 28 – Daisy Wu, Rosa Luo, Lisa Zhang, and Rose Hu offered a program for 13 students from Belfast Central School that featured calligraphy and folk songs with Daisy’s accompaniment on the guzheng.
November 7 – Eighteen 6th graders from Canaseraga Central School visited the Confucius House where they learned about the guzheng, sang the “Jasmine Song”, and played the instrument themselves. In addition, the students practiced the traditional Chinese folk art of paper-cutting and made snowflakes and the “double xi” sinogram.
November 15 – The Powell Campus Center’s Knight Club was the venue where 27 Wellsville Central School students were introduced to a wide range of Chinese crafts and culture. CIAU faculty member Lee (Li, Huiyang) gave a calligraphy demonstration featuring the traditional “4 treasures of the scholar’s study” after which the students tried their hand with the brush. Daisy Wu, Rosa Luo, Rose Hu, and Lisa Zhang assisted with these activities which were all much appreciated. This event was part of the “Kids to College” program with which CYLI is affiliated.
Reports from Schools:
All elementary students taught by Jessica Liu learned to count, name their family members, and say “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” in Mandarin. They were taught the cultural underpinnings of family traditions, how Christmas is celebrated in China, and how to play jianzi, a traditional kicking game.
All 6th graders studied the history of the ancient Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE) and the building of the Great Wall of China. The students learned how to sing “Happy New Year” in Mandarin and were introduced to Spring Festival (Lunar New Year) traditions in China by their CIAU teachers Katie Wang and Emma Wang. They were invited to 5th grade music class twice to give a presentation about Beijing Opera. The young children were amused with the characters, costumes, painted faces, and singing of the artistic form in China.
Taught by CIAU faculty member Jeff Yin, the after-school Chinese classes continued during November through December. During these 2 months, students learned how to count in Mandarin and how to hold and write with the “maobi” or writing brush, with which they painted traditional lotus flowers and leaves; their work was then exhibited on the walls in the hallways. The students were delighted to learn how to sing “Happy New Year” in Mandarin and to understand the different ways Christmas is celebrated in China and in the US.
CIAU faculty member Rosa Luo taught all kindergarteners to count and to name common colors in Mandarin. She used a song called “Number One” as a way of helping students remember numbers and added another popular children’s song “Two Tigers” with words and dance moves. The youngsters learned about the Dragon Boat Festival and hand-built and colored their own model dragon boats.
First-graders learned more advanced numbers and grammar constructions to identify objects by means of a children’s story about a kitten that goes fishing. Another song, “Finding Someone to be a Friend” included acting and dancing which the children thoroughly enjoyed.