On April 16, 2012, William & Mary opened its Confucius Institute in partnership with Beijing Normal University.
Spring Festival (chunjie), or Chinese New Year, is the most important celebration in China. The Confucius Institute brings a variety of Chinese cultural festivities to W&M students, faculty, and the community in order to recreate the lively atmosphere of this festival.
On the 15th day of the 8th month on the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, zhongqiujie is celebrated under a full moon. Each year Confucius Institute holds various cultural events to mark this festive holiday, and supplies moon cakes for the W&M community to enjoy.
Confucius Institute brings Chinese cultural flair to the Homecoming Parade, one of W&M’s biggest events of the year. Students and volunteers march in the parade performing a traditional Chinese dragon dance. Spectators enjoy the sight of the legendary beast flying through Williamsburg, and kids are especially enthusiastic as the dragon rushes up to meet them. On the Homecoming Day, WMCI also holds an open house with interactive cultural demonstration such as music, calligraphy, and paper cutting to spread interest in Chinese culture.
Over the years, WMCI has put on several exhibitions relating to Chinese art and culture. Past exhibitions have centered on subjects such as paper cutting, Chinese calligraphy, and Chinese oil painting. Our exhibitions give community members a fun, engaging way to learn about Chinese culture.
On the last Saturday of April each year, millions of people around the world gather to celebrate World Taiji and Qigong Day. Celebrate with WMCI next year!
WMCI holds a number of various performances throughout the year, inviting local talents as well as famous groups from around the globe to display cultural spectacles for the W&M community.
China Nights are themed events that give WM students, faculty, staff, and community members alike a chance to enjoy a special facet of Chinese culture and tradition.
WMCI collaborates with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond in a number of events to further spread the enjoyment of Chinese culture, especially traditional Chinese arts.
Since 2016, WMCI has participated in the Asian Festival sponsored by Williamsburg Pottery by demonstrating traditional instruments such as the guzheng, erhu, and hulusi.
WMCI and the Chinese Studies Program work together to hold a Chinese Language competition for W&M students, giving them a chance to display their Chinese skills and enjoy skits or speeches by their peers
Below are the winners of the 2017 Chinese Photo Contest arranged by category. Their photos were put on display by the Muscarelle in early April 2017 in the Sadler Center.