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

Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 9:30am - 2:30pm

The 2011 ACTFL conference in Denver provided educators and administrators with an opportunity to hear the latest research and developments in the field of Foreign Language Teaching. The ASU Confucius Institute invited teachers of Chinese who attended this conference to share what they learned at this event with each other and also make a presentation for other K-12 teachers at the Post-ACTFL Conference Workshop. This event is FREE and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Wenjing Xie at before January 5.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Curricular Design
  • Student Motivation & Classroom Management
  • Teaching Strategies and Assessment
  • Integrating Technology and Culture into Language Classes

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Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

The ASU Confucius Institute hosted a workshop presented by Dr. Shuhan Wang in ASU Tempe Campus. In this workshop, Dr. Wang first discussed a conceptual framework that incorporates standards, culture, and content. She shared her views about how to translate the 5Cs into curriculum and instruction while facilitating the discussion of what a culture- and content-rich curricular theme looks like for a Chinese classroom. Participants had an opportunity to go through the steps of developing such themes. At the end of the workshop, participants were able to explain what a standards-based and culture/content-rich curricular theme is, identify essential elements of such a theme, and go through the steps in developing other curricular themes for Chinese language learners.

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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 5:00pm

Guest speaker Xiaomei Chen is professor of Chinese literature and chair of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Davis. She is the editor of Reading the Right Texts: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama (2003), and The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Drama (2010). With Claire Sponsler, she co-edited East of West: Cross-Cultural Performances and the Staging of Difference (2000). This talk is sponsored by the ASU Confucius Institute and the School of International Letters & Cultures Chinese language program. For more information, click poster.

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 5:00pm

The ASU Confucius Institute is co-sponsoring this special presentation by guest speaker Christopher Lupke, associate professor of Chinese and film studies at Washington State University. Lupke specializes in modern Chinese literature and cultural studies and has written on modernist authors as well as contemporary writers. His research delves into the uneasy career of "filiality" in modern China, how it has undergone critique and change and yet remains resilient in some ways, and how its presence is virtually ubiquitous in modern Chinese cultural production. For more information, click poster.

Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 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:

  • “Working in China”
    Wei Chen,  General Manager, Embedded and Communications Group of Intel China
  • “Arizona – the new West Coast… How location and economics create competitive advantage for Chinese corporations”
    Rudy Vetter, Senior Vice President, International Business Development of Greater Phoenix Economic Council
  • “Growing the Solar Industry in Arizona”
    Jerry Liu, General Manager of Suntech Arizona, Inc.

This event is free and open to the public, please click the title to register. Click for poster.

On September 18th, the China Forum on “Working with China in the Global Market”, hosted by ASU Confucius Institute (ASU CI) and United Chinese Association of Arizona (UCAA), was successfully concluded with applauses from a full house of enthusiastic audience at the ASU Memorial Union.  Consul CHEN Zhunmin of the Consulate General of People’s Republic of China at Los Angles kicked off the forum with a welcome keynote to explore the collaborative and strategic opportunities between the US and China.  Professor Madeline K. Spring, Director of ASU Confucius Institute, gave an overview of the presentations and introduced the three esteemed speakers - Dr. Wei Chen, general manager of Intel China, Mr. Jerry Liu, general manager of Suntech Arizona and Mr. Rudy Vetter, senior vice president of Greater Phoenix Economic Council.  Click here for full article in English version, in Chinese version(中文版).

Other News Release

Press Release on China Forum in Chinese:  Press Release1, Press Release 2