Academic & Business Programs

Faculty Exchange: The ASU Confucius Institute promotes both academic and cultural exchange through visiting scholar programs with Sichuan University and other universities in China.

Lectures and Symposia: The Confucius Institute regularly invites scholars and professional experts to present public lectures and presentations on China-related research and business topics.

Past Events

Friday, November 15, 2013 - 4:30pm


"Will China Be Able to Actualize its Dream of Restoring the Significance of the  Ritual Classics?"

The ASU Confucius Institute and the School of International Letters and Cultures invite you to join us at a talk given by Professor Yin Hui of Hunan University.  China is renowned for valuing ritual and ceremonies since ancient times. Though ritual and music are still somewhat part of everyday life in China, the values espoused in earlier traditions are less apparent in modern society. During this talk, Dr. Yin will share her research on whether China might still be able to maintain and promote these earlier traditions, despite the current challenges posed by global interactions.

Dr. Hui’s research focuses on conceptions of Ritual during the Song dynasty (960-1279), especially in the context of the Song philosophers’ commentaries on the Confucian Ritual Classics.  Dr. Yin has published over 12 articles on topics related to “The Structure of Zhu Xi’s Thought on Ritual and its Modern Implications,” in Chen Lai, et. al., eds., Renwen yu jiazhi (Humanity and Values) and “The Establishment of the Studies on the Four Booksduring the Song as Viewed from the Development of the Northern Song School of Mind and Human Nature.”  Her forthcoming book is about Zhu Xi’s thought on the Ritual Classics.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

The ASU Confucius Institute will host the AAPPL workshop presented by Mr. Arnold Bleicher, ACTFL, OPI Tester/Trainer and AAPPL Measure Lead Trainer.  The AAPPL test is a computer-based test developed by ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and is a standardized language test, commonly administered to students learning another language in the United States.  The workshop will introduce  the major levels of  proficiency in AAPPL test and the AAPPL measure in listening, speaking and writing.   This information will help participants understand how they can best prepare their students for the assessment.

RSVP at Jin Zhang @ before September 18

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Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

China has become an economic powerhouse and an increasingly influential global player with growing collaborative and strategic opportunities.  In this panel, the speakers will share experiences and discuss strategies for developing synergies of conducting business between the U.S. and China. 

Featured Speakers:

  • "China: Strategic Partner or Economic Competitor?"
     Matt Salmon, Congressman, United States Representative 5th District of Arizona
  • "Commercial Aviation in China: A Close-Up View"
     Briand Greer, President,  Aerospace Asia Pacific Honeywell International, Inc.
  • "Intel's Next Pivot Point: Mobile in China"
    Steven Tu Chief Architect of Mobile Product Line,  Intel Corporation

For questions, please contact Tony Tam at or Fannie Tam at

This event is free and open to the public. Seats are limited, please click the title to register.

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Friday, April 5, 2013 - 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Ms. Mengren Li will present “Moon and Willow Images in Tang Poetry” and Ms. Yijing Wang will present “China on Paper: How to Read Chinese Paintings/纸上中国:如何欣赏中国画”. These two talks are free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

The ASU Confucius Institute presented a teacher workshop on “Proficiency Target and Language Assessment” for Chinese teachers at the Confucius Classrooms in the Cave Creek Unified School District.