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

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 8:30am - Friday, December 7, 2012 - 5:00pm

“Onstage and Off: Space, Text, and Performance in Chinese Literature”

This international conference on Chinese literature is co-sponsored by ASU CI and School of International Literatures and Cultures. It features keynote speakers: Tseng Yong-yih, Professor of Chinese, National Taiwan University, New World University, and Oh Sukyung, Professor of Chinese, Hanyang University, plus twelve renowned scholars from around the world. The conference is free and open to the public.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 1:00pm


ASU CI and SILC will co-sponsor a talk “The Talented Scholar and Beautiful Woman: An Archaeological Exposition of the Tang Romance “Story of Li Wa” presented in Chinese by Dr. Qi Dongfang.

亚利桑那州立大学人文学院及亚利桑那州立大学孔子学院有幸邀请到北京大学考古文博学院的齐东方教授来亚利桑那州立大学讲授一场题为“才子佳人”是中国传统文化中男女婚姻最理想、最美妙的搭配。唐传奇小说《李娃传》描述的人物容貌、服饰、道具、场景、环境、空间等,保留了许多当时生活的素材。考古发现的很多古代绘画、石刻、雕塑、器物、遗迹,可靠地构成了时空综合系统,是古代社会的缩影,将零散的考古发现,与正史文献、笔记小说进行一次重组,或许可以《李娃传》的文字描述形象化,人物行为立体化,故事事件空间化,构建出唐代丰富生动的社会生活,激活历史的记忆。 齐东方教授主要研究汉唐时期考古、历史、文物与美术史。著有《丝绸之路——通向中亚的历史故道》、《中国通史·隋唐史·隋唐考古》、《唐代金银器研究》、《走进死亡之海》等著作,并主编《花舞大唐春》考古报告。

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Friday, November 2, 2012 - 7:30am - Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 9:30pm

November 2, 7:30am - 7:30pm
November 3, 8:15am - 9:30pm 

Location: The Valley Ho Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ 
Cost: $50- $90 

Co-sponsored by the ASU School of International Letters and Cultures and ASU Confucius Institute, the 2012 meeting of the American Oriental Society Western Branch will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 2 and 3, 2012. All AOS members are cordially invited and enthusiastically encouraged to attend and to present papers. We recommend registering as early as you can, and by Wednesday, September 5th at the latest.

The American Oriental Society is the oldest learned society in the United States devoted to a particular field of scholarship. The Society was founded in 1842, preceded only by such distinguished organizations of general scope as the American Philosophical Society (1743), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1780), and the American Antiquarian Society (1812). From the beginning its aims have been humanistic. The encouragement of basic research in the languages and literatures of Asia has always been central in its tradition. This tradition has come to include such subjects as philology, literary criticism, textual criticism, paleography, epigraphy, linguistics, biography, archaeology, and the history of the intellectual and imaginative aspects of Oriental civilizations, especially of philosophy, religion, folklore and art. The scope of the Society's purpose is not limited by temporal boundaries: All sincere students of man and his works in Asia, at whatever period of history are welcomed to membership. 

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Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

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:

• Jun Li 

Avnet Inc.

Chief Governance & Compliance Officer; Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Secretary

“The X Factor in the Global IT Supply Chain”

• Hank Marshall

Arizona Commerce Authority

Senior Vice President, International

“Arizona the Next 100 Years”

• Jeremy Schoenfelder

AZ Sourcing, LLC

Vice President of AZ Sourcing, LLC

“EB-5 Investment: Benefits and Challenges”

For questions,please contact Tony Tam at aktamaz@gmail.comor 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, May 4, 2012 - 9:30am

The ASU Confucius Institute and the Confucius Classrooms in the Deer Valley Unified School District and Cave Creek Unified School District hosted a teacher workshop on “Effective Classroom Assessment Techniques” for the teachers in ASU CI’s Confucius Classrooms. Various effective formative and summative assessment tools were presented in this workshop.