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Summer 2017 Newsletter
May - August
Gates Chili School District
On May 4th, CIAU instructor Juan (Rita) Xu wrapped up the Mandarin Club at Walt Disney Elementary School. The children learned about the culture of China and did some traditional Chinese activities such as paper cutting, making lanterns, and using chopsticks, etc.
On June 6th, Ms. Xu finished the Chinese class at Florence Brasser Elementary School. The students enjoyed Chinese culture very much. They learned about such things as musical instruments, clothes, some traditional festivals, and money, and how to say some basic sentences.
Geneva West Street School District
On June 7th, the semester at Geneva West Street School came to an end. Mengwei Zhu, the Chinese teacher in first grade, prepared "lucky coins" for each student and worked with the students on "reunion dumplings".
On June 13th, the teacher presented students with blue and white porcelain tableware and helped them to observe the exquisite paintings. Paper plates and blue marking pens allowed students to give full play to their creativity in designing their own blue and white "porcelain" plates.
North Syracuse Central School District
In May, the social studies classes at both Gillette Road and Roxboro Road Middle Schools discussed Chinese history. The lessons were taught by Yao Zhang, Suping Wang and Yuanhuan He. Students in grade six were happy to learn about the four great Chinese inventions, the Silk Road, and the great explorer, Zheng He. The students' interest in silk was aroused, and they asked plenty of questions about it!
In mid-June, Suping Wang and Yao Zhang taught students at Gillette Road Middle School how to write calligraphy. For most students, it was completely new to hold a writing brush, fill it with ink and write Chinese characters. What a fascinating experience for them!
At the same time, Yuanhuan He taught students at Roxboro Road Middle School how to fold a special boat, called a Shaoxing boat, which is quite common in Jiangnan, China. The students were amazed by the transportation which the local people use in Jiangnan. They did a great job at completing the boat!
Chinese Summer Camp at Geneva North Street School
From July 24th to 27th, Geneva North Street Elementary School held a Chinese summer camp. In the four-day course organized by Chinese teachers Yuan Yuan and Yuanhuan He, students learned about the four great inventions and cuisine in ancient China. The last day, the third grade students presented to Yuan Yuan and Yuanhe He their gifts - their own paintings of Chinese characters and their feelings about learning Chinese.
Confucius Institutes of AU and UB Meet
On the afternoon of May 1, CIAU Director Wilfred Huang and Chinese Director Jijun Yu went to the University of Buffalo to meet with Professor Zhiqiang Liu, the new director of UB's Confucius Institute. UB Assistant Directors Qiaomei Lu and Bruce Acker attended, as well. They exchanged views on the sharing of resources, teacher training, and other cooperation between the two Confucius Institutes and reached a broad consensus.
CIAU Faculty Attend the 15th New York Chinese Teaching International Symposium
On May 6, fifteen teachers from the Confucius Institute at Alfred University attended the 15th New York Chinese Teaching International Symposium. During the seminar, four teachers from CIAU, Juan Xu, Lili Huang, Jing Wu, and Suping Wang, gave a report. The topics were "Cultural Teaching Methods in Teaching Children Chinese as a Foreign Language", "The Influence of Chinese and American Cultural Differences on Chinese Classroom Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools and the Countermeasures", "How to Enter Chinese American Mainstream Education System", and so on.
Test Site of the Chinese Martial Arts Section Launched at CIAU
On June 9, CIAU Director Wilfred Huang signed the "Agreement on Cooperation Between the Chinese Wushu Association and CIAU". The cooperation as a test site of the Chinese martial arts section between the Chinese Wushu Association and CIAU was officially launched. CIAU became the second test site in the United States, after the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona.
Wilfred Huang and Daisy Wu attend the U.S. – China – Thai (UCT) Health Forum
On June 11th, at the invitation of the UNESCO Association of New York and UCT International Culture Development, Inc., CIAU Director Wilfred Huang and Associate Director Daisy Wu attended the UCT Health Forum at the UNESCO Exhibition Center. Other attendees included Gordon Johnson, Deputy Speaker of the New Jersey House of Representatives, Yiling Li, Chairman of the UNESCO Association of New York, and Xu Lin, Senior Translator of the United Nations.
Professor Huang spoke on "Tai Chi and Health" at the forum, mentioning the popular Alfred Tai Chi group which has met each morning for the past seven years.
Professor Wu explained the concept of "harmony" in traditional Chinese music culture and the promotion of health through this ancient music. She then played the guzheng piece "High Mountain and Flowing Water" to demonstrate how music helps people to relax.
Daisy Wu Performs "Lin'an Hatred"
At noon on July 14, Daisy Wu, Associate Director of CIAU, performed as part of a "Sound Bites" concert during Alfred University's annual Most Arts Festival. Accompanied by West Virginia University Assistant Professor Lucy Mauro on piano, she presented a soul-stirring guzheng song, "Lin'an Hatred".
Chenchen Lin Performs Erhu at the Corning Children's Center
On the afternoon of July 14, CIAU office volunteer Chenchen Lin performed erhu at the Corning Children's Center, attracting more than one hundred children and parents.
CIAU Teaching Documentary Completed
A documentary of CIAU's involvement with various school districts has been completed by office volunteer Mengjia Zeng. Beginning on May 9th, Chinese teachers and students' parents were interviewed at Geneva School District, Northstar Christian Academy, and North Syracuse School District. On July 20, under the guidance of Chinese Director Jijun Yu of CIAU, the Chinese language teaching documentary of Alfred University was successfully completed.
Farewell to Departing Teachers, Hello to New Colleagues
On July 27th, teachers and volunteers at the Confucius Institute at Alfred University gathered at Seneca Lake Park in Geneva to bid farewell to friends whose term in the U.S. expired this year and also to greet some of the new arrivals.
Dr. Wenying Zhou of Michigan State University; Marty Fuller, AU Head Cashier and Bookkeeper; Zuyan Chen, professor in the Asian and Asian American Studies Department and Director of the Confucius Institute at Binghamton University; Professor Hong Zhang, Master of Music in Voice Performance and Instructor in Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University; and David W. Morton, Chinese program coordinator at North Syracuse, were invited to give lectures.
Drawing from her many years of experience in English-Chinese bilingual teaching, Dr. Zhou gave a detailed and vivid explanation to the teachers about classroom culture, classroom management, game design, and other aspects.
Spring 2017 Newsletter
March - April
Gates-Chili School District
March 6th was the last day for the after-school Mandarin Club led by CIAU faculty Juan (Rita) Xu at Neil Armstrong Elementary School. Twelve students from 2nd and 3rd grades joined this club. They learned about the culture of China and did some traditional Chinese activities such as singing songs, kicking shuttlecocks, making lanterns, modeling with dough, doing ornamental paper cutting, and making other Chinese crafts.
On March 21st, Ms. Xu started another Mandarin club at Walt Disney Elementary School. The children came to the club every Tuesday and Thursday. Mrs. Xu taught them some Chinese words and phrases, and also introduced some interesting Chinese culture. The children were eager to learn. One girl told Mrs. Xu she loves learning Chinese.
Ms. Wu was responsible for the high school and middle school classes. She covered two topics, school life and shopping. Through the study of these two topics, students learned the names of different courses, the names of school sports, and some sentence patterns, such as “What classes do you have today?” “How much homework do you have today?” or “We don't play football.” Students also learned Chinese phrases used while shopping, for example, “How much is the apple?” or “I want a chicken; how much is it?”
Ms. Chen was responsible for the primary school, where students learned about parts of the body and orientation. The body parts included head, shoulders, knees, toes, nose, arms, hands, and fingers. The children could use the question and answer pattern: “What is this?” “This is the (body part).” Orientation words included up, down, left, right, middle, before, and behind. They were used in sentence patterns such as “Where is the table?” “The table is on the left.” Ms. Chen composed some children’s songs with these new words. The children liked the songs and learned them quickly.
Geneva North Street School District
Ms. Yuan helped students at Geneva North Street School to appreciate the glamour of Chinese culture and writing by introducing the origin and development of the written characters. Students imagined that they were the ancestors from ancient China and designed Chinese characters with pictures by themselves. They told Ms. Yuan that they were thrilled to write with Chinese characters. Also, Ms. Yuan was glad to introduce the culture regarding Chinese food to all the students at North Street School. The children were excited to express all the food items of their breakfast in Mandarin Chinese and to learn more about the differences between the foods of China and America. They felt curious about words borrowed from English used in Mandarin Chinese, which was a fun discovery in learning Mandarin.
With more students taking Mandarin classes, all the teachers from the Confucius Institute of Alfred University donated books about Chinese culture to the Geneva Public Library in order to give parents in the community more opportunities to learn about China. Wendy Freier, the Library Assistant for Collections, said, “Thanks so much for all your efforts to provide a more convenient platform to all our citizens in our community to know more about Chinese culture.”
Geneva West Street School District
After the cold winter, West Street School began to meet the spring. Ms. Zhu taught about a variety of small animals and helped her students to make handmade rabbits for Easter.
First grade student Victoria Madera likes Chinese class very much; she is diligent and good at thinking, and she made her own hand-made Chinese kite and paper firecrackers, which incorporated her knowledge of Chinese culture. She painted “China” on her firecrackers and drew her own zodiac tiger on her kite.
On April 12th, Teacher Zhu and Victoria Madera were interviewed by Heather Swanson, who works as Public Relations Officer for the Geneva City School District Office. She wrote the news and a post for The Geneva City School District Newsletter in May.
North Syracuse Central School District
In March and April, students at Gillette Road and Roxboro Road Middle Schools learned Happy Birthday, Family Members and Time during their language classes. The CIAU teachers went to students’ social studies classes and introduced to them the Qin Dynasty, which was popular among students. Also, three Chinese activities were successfully held in Syracuse schools and the community college.
On March 16th, invited by Ms. Wheeler, the ESL teacher, Emma Wang told the story of Brown Bear, Brown Bear in Chinese at the Allen Road Elementary School Literacy Night. Students and parents were thrilled to feel the charisma of another language from around the world.
On March 28th, Lucy Zhang and Emma Wang went to Smith Road Elementary School and taught Grade 1 students about the Chinese New Year, the twelve-year zodiac cycle, and greeting words. All the students did a great job in learning. At the end of the lesson, students were deeply involved in making bookmarks with their own zodiac animal.
On April 26th, Onondaga Community College held an Asian Celebration Event. Lucy Zhang taught students calligraphy. For most college students, it was their first time to write Chinese characters with ink and brush. They wrote “爱” and “福”, which mean love and blessing. Some college students learned to write their Chinese names!
At the same time, Beverly He helped students make paper lanterns. Besides students, several teachers even took part in the activity. They made wonderful handcrafts!
Thy A. Bui, the Associate Professor in charge of the event, spoke highly of the Chinese activities.
Pine Plains Central School District
Professor Huang and Daisy Wu visited Pine Plains Central School District on April 26 and held a meeting with the superintendent, Dr. Handler. Dr. Handler expressed great appreciation to the Confucius Institute at Alfred University and hopes to expand cooperation in organizing a summer camp for American students in China and offering the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) in Pine Plains. The Pine Plains Central School District is the first school district to offer a Mandarin program in Dutchess County.
AU Professors from the Division of Performing Arts visit China
On March 6th, AU Prof. of Theatre Steve Crosby and Prof. of Voice and Chorus Luanne Crosby traveled to the China University of Geosciences (CUG) in Wuhan for a one-month teaching exchange visit.
Yuhui Gui, Director of CUG Arts and Media Division, gave the AU professors a warm welcome and set up their schedules. During their visit, Prof. Luanne Crosby gave students a series of lectures on chorus and vocalization practice, while Prof. Steve Crosby taught on drama performance. They also shared with teachers of the CUG Arts and Media Division. Their professional insights and knowledge impressed both the teachers and the students.
The First AU “Confucius Institute Cup” Ping-Pong Tournament
On April 1st, the First AU “Confucius Institute Cup” Ping-Pong Tournament was held by CIAU in the Joyce and Walton Family Center for Health and Wellness. More than forty people participated in this event and together enjoyed pizza, drinks, friendly but energetic competition, and making new friends.
The “best of three games” system was adopted for the singles event, with each game played to 11 points for both the Men’s Group and the Women’s Group.
After several rounds of competition, Xiaomin Li, Jacob Nordin and Madison Maley of the Men’s Group and Sola Prince, Jiaofeng Yang and Theresa Brown of the Women’s Group won the first, second, and third prizes, respectively. AU Provost Rick Stephens awarded the winners with the specially-designed trophies and congratulated them.
“Learning Chinese through Song” Workshop
On April 3rd, a workshop on “Learning Chinese through Song” was held at AU’s Powell Campus Center by CIAU. Prof. Hong Zhang from Binghamton University was invited as the guest speaker.
This workshop introduced the groundbreaking approach of teaching Chinese through song. Ms. Zhang covered the why of singing as well as the how, noting that singing makes a person a better communicator, more confident, poised, and attractive. Participants, including AU students from Chinese language classes and local residents, went through a step-by step learning progression to grasp the basics of vocal techniques, including posture, breathing, voice projection, and singing expression.
Under the guidance of Prof. Hong Zhang, they sang popular Chinese songs together and even danced. Through singing, they learned how to improve their Chinese pronunciation, diction and language expression.
Professor Hong Zhang is a faculty member of the Department of Asian and Asian-American Studies and the Department of Music at Binghamton University. She holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance. She has given concerts, lectures, and workshops at dozens of universities nationwide and internationally.
“Sound of China” in Buffalo
Daisy Wu, Associate Director of the Confucius Institute at Alfred University (CIAU), was invited to give a musical program entitled “Sound of China” for the Twentieth Century Club in Buffalo.
Over 100 club members attended this lecture on April 5. Along with performing on the traditional Chinese musical instrument, guzheng, Daisy Wu elaborated on the history and development of Chinese music, which was well-received by the audience.
Jean M. Jain, head of the Music Committee of the Twentieth Century Club, praised Wu’s performance and presentation as “very informative and educational about this unique instrument and its history.” “This was a unique opportunity for all of us to learn more about the music and culture of China,” she wrote in her letter of thanks to Ms. Wu.
Tea Party at Powell Campus Center
On April 11th, CIAU faculty was invited by the Asians in America Association at Alfred University to give a lecture on Chinese tea at the Powell Campus Center.
CIAU faculty member Yonghuan Zong introduced the history of Chinese tea and the basics of brewing tea. She demonstrated making some famous Chinese teas like green tea, black tea and dark tea, and invited all the participants to have a taste.
All who attended were interested in the benefits of Chinese tea, and they took home a sample of their preferred kind of tea after the tea party.
2017 Tai Chi and Health Week in Alfred
To introduce the Chinese Duanwei ranking system to martial arts practitioners in the United States, with support from the Confucius Institute at Alfred University, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in Beijing, and the Chinese Wushu Association, the First International Wushu Duanwei Ranking Evaluation took place during the Chinese Tai Chi and Health Week from April 12 to 14.
A special delegation from the Chinese Wushu Association also attended this year’s Tai Chi and Health Week event and provided the overseas clinics and evaluations for Duanwei ranking.
They introduced the clinics, evaluation, and certificates which are available for Chinese Wushu lovers. This opportunity is open to people of all ages and with all levels of Chinese martial arts proficiency.
Over twenty CIAU Tai Chi group members participated in the Wushu Duanwei Ranking Evaluation and the workshop training for it. For their diligence and years of practicing, almost everyone passed the test and acquired the first level of Wushu Duanwei.
“Melody of the Spring” in Webutuck
On April 21st, CIAU faculty visited Webutuck School District and brought a traditional music and Tai Chi performance entitled, “Melody of the Spring”.
Over two hundred students and teachers attended this event. The beautiful guzheng and erhu music won prolonged applause from the audience.
HSK Test Held at AU
On April 22, the HSK Chinese Language Proficiency Test was offered at AU’s Perlman Hall, home of the Division of Modern Languages. Ten students from Chinese language classes participated in this test.
The HSK is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency which assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives.
Dumpling Making at Chinese Corner
On April 28, CIAU held a dumpling-making activity for Chinese Corner at the Confucius House. This attracted many students to participant and experience Chinese culture.
The activity started with the introduction of some Chinese cultural knowledge, and then the CIAU faculty demonstrated the six steps of the whole process, including making the dough, making fillings, forming wrappers, wrapping the dumplings, cooking the dumplings, and serving the dumplings.
After the event, all the participants tasted their hand-made dumplings with chopsticks.
January - February
On Jan. 26th, CIAU faculty Juan (Rita) Xu finished the Mandarin Club at Florence Brasser Elementary School. It is an after school class. There are 19 students from 3rd grade joined this club. The kids learned Chinese culture and did some traditional Chinese activities such as paper cutting, calligraphy, traditional Chinese dough modeling, making lantern, kicking shuttlecock and eating Chinese food by using chopsticks, etc.
On Feb. 6th, Ms. Xu started another Mandarin club in Neil Armstrong elementary School. It is a 12-kid group who will join the club every Monday after school. She has taught the kids a Chinese song named “Mom and Dad, I love you” before the Valentine’s Day. It was amazing that the kids were able to sing it less than 20 minutes even though they didn’t learn any Chinese words before.
On the same day, Ms. Xu also went to Gates Chili High School to teach the multicultural club about Chinese paper cutting. All of the teacher and students are impressed by the delicate and beautiful Chinese paper-cut.
Geneva West Street School District
When the Spring Festival is coming, Mrs. Robertson’s class Pre-K brought in the Chinese New Year by making fun crafts with Mandarin instructor Ms. Zhu in the West Street School. This is the students first time to learn about the cultural of the Spring Festival, they are very curious, Ms. Zhu told they the story about “Monster Nian" and the custom of the Spring Festival. For the Chinese zodiac, the students find their own phase and learn a different genus has a different meaning, 2017 is the year of the chicken, meaning hard-working studious, the students drew their own big cock, but also collective Making the New Year paper firecrackers, this section of the cultural class also boarded the gay tile to learn Facebook.
Kynthia Smith, the teacher in charge of kindergarten preschools, thanked the e-mail, and I was very supportive of the Chinese class in the pre-school class.
January 26th Jie Guowa campus in the North Street Primary School held a grand New Year celebration, Zhu is responsible for calligraphy showcase, students and parents have attended the scene to participate in writing calligraphy.
On January 19, Ms. Yuan and Ms. Zhu attended the Chinese New Year cultural activities in the Library of Geneva and Ms. Zhu help the students to make paper lanterns and boarded the fingers of the lake.
Northstar Christian Academy
From January to February, two Chinese teachers Wu Jing and Chen Jinxiang in the Rochester School District carried out Chinese language teaching activities in accordance with the teaching plan.
In the elective classes Ms. Wu taught Middle school students on the textbook "Happy Chinese" from lesson 15 to 20. Students learned Chinese vocabulary and sentence patterns as for the "work" and "hobby". Chen Jinxiang continued to teach Chinese to students from grade 1 to 6 in primary school. Students learn about Chinese words concerning "color", "animal", "sporting goods" as well as sentences and children's songs. In addition to the traditional Chinese teaching, two teachers in the classroom led the children to do a series of manual activities.
Two teachers initiated to include in the Physical Education in North Star School shuttlecock, which is a traditional sport in China. PE teacher Miss She said: Chinese shuttlecock enriched our physical education and children love it.
Chinese Spring Festival falls on January 28, 2017. Two teachers illustrated the folklores and customs on the festival before the coming of the day. On the festival, a lot of activities were held to celebrate the special day.
January 19 2017 witnesses the first Chinese Spring Festival Celebration in NorthStar with the help of AU teachers. Activities varied from paper-cutting, chopsticks competition to listening to Erhu. Students felt overwhelmed by the charm of Chinese culture. Landen, a student of Grade two, said, “I go in for Chinese Spring Festival. I like the New Year gift. I hope I may have a chance to attend Chinese Spring Festival Celebration next year.” The director Kier thought much of the event and believed it was a good way to arouse students’ interest in Chinese.
North Syracuse Central School District
In January and February, two Chinese festivals has been celebrated in the North Syracuse Central School Districts.
On 31st of January, the Guzheng and Erhu musician Ms Wu and Ms Lin together with Taichi Master Liu came for the New Year Festival celebration in Roxboro Middle school held by Confucius Institute at Alfred University.
Parents, students enjoyed the music played from traditional Chinese musical instruments, and learned about Chinese culture through the presentation of Ms. Zhang. Kids from Mandarin Enrichment Program performed the Happy New Year Song which surprised the audience.
On 16th of Feb, the lantern festival is celebrated in Gillette Road Middle School. Around 280 guests including kids and parents showed up for the event, and they were welcomed by musical performance by Ms. Lin.
Kids learned how to play Taichi following Master Liu and Emma Wang. Parents and kids learned the tradition of lantern festival with Ms Zhang and they learned how to make lantern with Beverly He. Chinese food sampling was provided to all the guests including special treat of Yuan Xuan which is normally eaten by Chinese on this particular festival.
Webutuck School District
It’s the Spring Festival in February; Webutuck school district organized a series of theme activities about the Spring Festival. Students took an adventure about the custom of Spring Festival and had shown high interests about Chinese culture, which made a significant effect on students.
The primary students held activities about the culture of Spring Festival. By reading, students get the opportunity to take a brief view of the country locating over the ocean. The difference of customs between China and United States show unique attraction among students. Many customs, such as pasting couplets, putting firecrackers and so on, make students feel novel, as well as longing for Chinese culture.
Senior students got a more challenging task, practicing calligraphy and writing couplets of their own. As there is no students who once used the brush before, it is a task which is hard to finish but also interesting.
The lesson was divided into three parts. During the first lesson, we introduced the connotation of calligraphy, taught how to use the brush and the basic strokes of calligraphy. Then we taught students to write some simple Chinese characters. Finally, we asked students to write short couplets. At the beginning, student’s use the brush and ink to paint pattern, however, as the lesson pass by, they learned how to write. Though it’s not easy to write the calligraphy, they reached the goal by practice hardly. Moreover, the beauty of calligraphy attracts them a lot. Andi said that it’s the lesson that made her like calligraphy, student Anthony said:” It’s much harder than my imagination, I almost gave up it. But I heard that even Chinese still need to practice it for years or decades, so I think I’m well done.” The beauty of Chinese culture shows its side face through calligraphy, it’s reasonable to anticipate that calligraphy will spread a seed of Chinese culture and philosophy to students.
Pine Plains Central School District
Chinese Program in Pine Plains Central School District is regarded as a window for students to know China and experience Chinese culture. Students not only study the language in the school, they will also have fun in lots of Chinese activities.
On January 6th, Chinese teachers organized more than 40 students in 7th grade for a field trip to Chinese restaurant in Albany. They learned using chopsticks and ordered in Chinese and had a wonderful meal.
On February 3rd, Chinese teachers organized a Chinese New Year celebration in school cafeteria. More than 60 students, parents and teachers came from local community and joined in. They wrote Chinese characters “福”, which means good fortune, and play Chinese traditional games. What is more , they experienced a wonderful Chinese new year.
“Chinese Language Wall” at Geneva West Street School
At the beginning of the new semester, Geneva West Street School added a new decoration - the Chinese wall. The Chinese wall is used to exhibit the teaching achievements of the teachers and the works of the students, and also serves as a window of the Chinese language program and the Chinese culture.
As a new promotional window of Chinese language teaching program in West Street School, the whole wall is very festive and has Chinese characteristics. The upper part of the wall is a long "Chinese dragon", which symbolizes the family of the whole teachers and students of the West Street School. The scales of dragon are made by the name cards of Chinese teachers and students, which represents that everyone here are learning and making progress together. Students personally produced their own business cards. Students are excited for the joint efforts to complete this "Chinese dragon" together.
The rest of the wall exhibits the students' recent assignments and handicrafts. The students are very happy see their work getting the opportunity to show on the wall. They are excited to say every time they pass the wall: "See! That is my homework!" The Spanish language teacher Mrs.Sarratori also praised: "This wall is really beautiful and this dragon is lifelike. The children are very interesting."
Sara Beth Stachura, the first-year class teacher, said: "The students will be more seriously with their homework when they know that it will be exhibited.
Tricia Budgar, the principal of West Street School is very supportive of Chinese projects. She soon approved the application of Chinese teachers for a new publicity window, and offered the first wall as the Chinese wall. "I really like the design of the Chinese dragon," she said, "and it is very characteristic of the Chinese wall."
Chinese New Year Gala in Geneva School District
Geneva School District and CIAU held a Chinese New Year Gala on January 26th. Students, parents, teachers and local residents celebrated Chinese New Year at Geneva North Street Elementary School with all kinds of cultural activities.
Students in Mandarin classes from both North Street and West Street Schools gave many fun performances in the auditorium, including a Chinese Zodiac dance, Gongxi Gongxi, “Yong E” (Geese), “Xin Nian Hao” (Happy New Year) and CIAU faculty presented Guzheng and Erhu music performances and Tai Chi Sword.
There were some interesting stations in the gymnasium that attracted many students and parents: Paper-cutting, Twelve Zodiac Animals station, Chopsticks Competition, Lanter-making, Shuttlecock game and Rooster Race.
Many guests waited in a long queue in the cafeteria for the delicious Chinese foods. The dumpling-making station was very popular, as many young cooks learned how to make dumplings.
This is the fifth annual Chinese New Year celebration hosted by Confucius Institute at Alfred University and Geneva School District. “I love Chinese New Year and Chinese calligraphy!” Nicole Hunsberger, a student of Geneva elementary school, said excitedly after the event.
Master Fang Received the 2017 Alfred Community Spirit of Service Award
On January 26th, Guifang Lui (Master Fang) received the 2017 Alfred Community Spirit of Service Award.
As a local Tai Chi instructor, Guifang Liu began offering a class in Tai Chi, at no charge, to meet each weekday morning on the Village Green in Alfred. The group, which has since grown to more than 60 people, includes people from Alfred and the surrounding communities. She has also provided a bridge and an opportunity for the local community to meet and befriend many Chinese members of the Confucius Institute, thereby exposing the community to another culture.
The Spirit of Service Award recognizes Alfred students, faculty, staff, and community members who demonstrate a strong commitment to serving others. This award honors members of the Alfred campus and village communities who are actively living out the principles for which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, including equality, social justice, community, and service. It is awarded annually during a community gathering at the Village Hall.
CIAU faculty joins Lunar New Year Celebration at Clinton Elementary School
On February 1, 2017, CIAU faculty was invited by BOCES to hold a New Year Celebration at Clinton elementary school. Students from 6 different schools which set up Chinese language classes by BOCES participated in this gala.
Daisy Wu and Chenchen Lin played the Chinese traditional musical instrument, Guzheng and Erhu respectively. Master Fang performed Taichi Sword accompanied by the Guzheng music.
Later, Merry Zeng introduced Five Steps Boxing to the audience and lots of students volunteered to learn the basic steps on the stage. In the end, the students gave CIAU faculty very delicate New Year gifts and roses and express their thanks in Chinese to them.
Chinese Corner of this Semester Resumes
On February 2, CIAU Chinese Corner of 2017 Spring Semester was resumed at the Confucius House. Over ten people participated in the Chinese Corner and learned how to greet and express thanks. The Confucius House was decorated with auspicious Chinese knot and paper-cutting and varieties of Chinese desserts were offered.
Chinese Corner meets every Wednesday or Thursday from 10:30-12:00 am 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.
2017 CIAU Chinese Teaching Experience Exchange Conference held at AU
From February 11 to 12, CIAU successfully held the 2017 Chinese Teaching Experience Conference. 21 teachers attended the meeting.
CIAU Director Huang greeted teachers’ returning to Alfred University to attend the meeting and encourage the communication between CIAU and school districts.
The conference is divided into two parts: the teaching situation of the school district and the exchange of Chinese teaching experience. In the Chinese language teaching experience exchange session, Instructors respectively, from the perspectives of teaching environment, teaching content arrangement and organization , Teaching methods, as well as Chinese immersion teaching methods, classroom management, exchanged their own practices and experience. Some instructors shared how to build a good relationship between colleagues, how to carry out new projects to promote the work and so on.
Finally, Prof. Yu Jijun, Chinese director of CIAU, analyzed the present situation of the teaching work of CIAU, and proposed that "we should better meet the needs of the people of New York to learn Chinese and to understand the needs of Chinese culture.”
2017 Chinese New Year Gala at AU
On February 12th, the Confucius Institute at Alfred University sponsored its annual Chinese New Year Gala in the Knight Club in Powell Campus Center. More than 200 people from Alfred University and surrounding communities attended the gala and celebrated a traditional Chinese New Year with a festive and joyful atmosphere.
Guests watched the video of Spring Festival celebrations held in different CIAU school districts. Then a special performance Dragon Dance and Lion Dance was presented by AU students. After that, Prof. John Buckwalter and Brian Oglesbee shared their experience in China with all the guests.
What’s more, Tai Chi performances of Swimming Dragon, Taichi fans and Taiyi Sword were well-received. Also, delicious Chinese dishes were enjoyed by all.
The 2017 Chinese New Year Gala turned out to be a successful gathering with the cooperation of teachers and students from the Confucius Institute at Alfred University.
Students from Chinese class singing a Chinese song
Visit from Chinese Consulate-General in New York City
On February 15th, Education Counsellor Yongji Xu of the Chinese Consulate-General in New York City, Consul Quansheng Chang, and Zhe Qiao visited the Confucius House in Alfred.
Alfred University’s President Mark Zupan and Provost Rick Stephens received them and had a friendly conversation with them.
In the Confucius House, CIAU faculty and Director Jijun Yu introduced both the development and prospects of CIAU to them, especially the achievements in language teaching and cultural communication, such as the Chinese programs in cooperative school districts, the Immersion Program in Geneva, and the Tai Chi classes.
The significant influence made by CIAU and the hard work of CIAU faculty members were recognized by Education Counsellor Yongji Xu. He discussed the future work of CIAU faculty.
CIAU Faculty Participated in the Cultural Bowl
On February 24th, CIAU faculty participated in the Cultural Bowl sponsored by Asians in America and the Institute for Cultural Unity in the Knight Club.
The Cultural Bowl is an annual community-based charity event. The gathering features handmade ceramic bowls from Alfred University artists along with donated family-style meals from community members to help benefit such local charities as the Hornell Animal Shelter and Alfred Housing Assistance.
CIAU faculty gathered at the Confucius House to make dumplings on February 23 for the event. Students from Chinese language class and ICU came to help with the work as well. 300 dumplings were cooked and donated to the Culture Bowl on 24th and were well received by participants.
Confucianism Lecture at Alfred University
CIAU’s Haley Gao was invited by Chris Yarnal to give a lecture on Confucianism for the AU class on February 27th.
Ms. Gao introduced the doctrines of Confucius, who is the representative figures of Confucianism, which is sometimes termed religions, but is more accurately considered to be ethical systems, or systems of norms. Ms. Gao not only presented the core ideas of the systems, but also answered students’ questions afterwards. They discussed the effect of the central ideologies on Chinese culture and society.
2017 Chinese New Year Gala in Rochester
On February 28th, CIAU faculty accepted an invitation to hold a Chinese culture-experiencing activity and Chinese New Year Gala at Paul Road Elementary School in Rochester, NY.
They facilitated four stations featuring Guzheng and Erhu, paper-cutting, Tai Chi and Chopsticks in school. Students rotated to each station to watch and try.
CIAU faculty explains how to get involved in the Chinese culture experience and make a demonstration at first. Children are all excited to be a part of it.
At the end, they expressed their thanks to the entire CIAU faculty in Chinese: “Xie Xie!”