The Beijing Normal University Dance Department came to the College of William & Mary from October 4th- 7th for an unforgettable weekend of artistry and intercultural exchange. BNU led and participated in workshops with the William & Mary Dance Department, and gave an enchanting performance in Confluence: A Performance of Traditional and Modern Chinese Dance.
The William & Mary’s Confucius Institute (WMCI) held its own Chinese Language Day event April 20th, an Open House at their headquarters in Rowe House on Jamestown Road. WMCI offered an impressive sampling of their year-round offerings at its Open House – calligraphy, paper cutting, music and language – everything that could fit in just two small rooms, that is. Visitors could learn from the numerous photos and news clippings about the many large-scale events WMCI sponsors throughout Virginia, such as the Asian Festival at Williamsburg Pottery, the Spring Festival Celebration, and World Taiji and Qigong Day.
On April 2nd, Professor Andrew Walder, the Denise O’Leary and Kent Thiry Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, gave a lecture entitled "China's Rise: Past, Present, and Future.
The William & Mary Confucius Institute hosted three events at the William & Mary Global Film Festival: the "Looking at China: Short Films & Discussion" workshop, a panel discussion titled "When Chinese Cinema Meets the World," and a screening of the 2017 Chinese film "Cook Up a Storm." These events were not only a smashing success, but also a wonderful time. We hope everyone who came to our events left with not only a smile on their face, but also with some more knowledge and familiarity with Chinese culture!