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WMCI launches Chinese Culture Semester program of events

In anticipation of its grand opening in Spring 2012, the William & Mary Confucius Institute (WMCI) will host a Chinese Culture Semester that brings together a WMCInumber of academic and cultural events across the College and in the local Williamsburg community.

The WMCI is a collaborative program between the College, Beijing Normal University (BNU), and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban). Confucius Institutes aim to promote Chinese language and culture, support the teaching of Chinese at the host institutions and in their local communities, as well as facilitate cultural exchanges.

“This is a very exciting time at William & Mary. We are just beginning our Confucius Institute activities and these events will enrich the cultural environment of the campus and the community,” said Yanfang Tang, director of the William & Mary Confucius Institute and associate professor of Chinese Studies. “The new institute will continue to evolve over the coming years with educational and cultural programming that will make William & Mary a vibrant place to teach and to study.”

Chinese Culture Semester events include:

  • A screening of the film “Suzhou River” during the annual W&M Global Film Festival.
    February 15, 6:30 p.m., Williamsburg Regional Library.
  • A Chinese Culture parade from the Sadler Center to the Kimball Theater (Merchants Square), organized by the Chinese Student Organization. Followed by an Asian Fusion reception.
    February 18, 5–6 p.m.
  • A screening of the film “Beijing Bicycle” as part of the “China’s Urban Filmmaking” event of the W&M Global Film Festival. Director Wang Xiaoshuai will be available to take questions via Skype following the screening. An Asian Fusion reception will precede the screening, beginning at 6 p.m.
    February 18, 7 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Merchants Square.
  • Dr. Zhang Jijiao’s lecture “Analyzing Shanghai Expo 2010 as a Nationally-Owned Enterprise of China.” Co-sponsored by the Asian and Middle East Studies program (AMES).
    March 12, 5 p.m., Blow Memorial Hall Room 333.
  • Dr. Zhang Jijiao’s lecture “Shanghai Expo and China’s Private Enterprises.” Partly sponsored by the Reves Center for International Studies.
    March 14, 5 p.m., Blow Memorial Hall Room 333.
  • The W&M Chinese Majors Forum: Contested Traditions in Modern Chinese Culture. Keynote speech to be presented by Charles Laughlin, professor of East Asian Studies, director of the East Asia Center, and professor of Chinese Literature at the University of Virginia.
    March 23, 2 -6 p.m., Washington Hall Room 201.
  • Chinese Culture Semester Dance Gala. An evening of Chinese culture through live performances of Chinese dance, music, and songs.
    March 28, 7 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Merchants Square.
  • Chinese Language Speech Contest. All students currently enrolled in W&M Chinese language courses are welcome to compete for the chance to speak at the WMCI Grand Opening Ceremony.
    March 30, 3 p.m., Washington Hall Room 201.
  • Dr. Vanessa Fong’s lecture “Transnational Chinese Students and the Quest for Flexible Citizenship in the Developed World.” Reception to follow, co-sponsored by the Asian and Middle East Studies program (AMES).
    April 2, Washington Hall Room 241. Time to be announced.

Further information on these and all William & Mary Confucius Institute events can be found on the Confucius Institute calendar.