Cultural Events

Talks and Conferences: The ASU Confucius Institute invites distinguished scholars and professionals to offer lectures and presentations on topics such as Chinese history, literature, and culture. 

Chinese Cultural Activities: As part of our cultural mission, the ASU Confucius Institute regularly presents artistic musical performances and other significant cultural events that showcase the visual and performing arts of China.  

Chinese Culture Contest and Classes: As part of the goal to encourage and to develop young Chinese language learners’ knowledge of China’s rich culture and history, the Institute hosts Chinese speech and writing competitions, photo and drawing contests and classes in calligraphy, Chinese knotting, traditional Chinese painting and crafts. 

School Presentations: The ASU Confucius Institute sends ASU students to K-12 schools as China Ambassadors to present information related to Chinese culture, geography and history.  Students also proffer presentations related to major Chinese holidays such as the ritual and traditions of the Chinese New Year and Moon Festival.  

Past Events

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

ASU CI sponsored the annual Chinese dance performance and art show prepared by the students in the Arizona Chinese Arts Academy. More than 15 different Chinese ethnic dances was showcased. This event was held at Orpheum Theater. Click for poster.

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 9:30am - 1:30pm

The Confucius Institute and the School of International Letters and Cultures at ASU along with Mesa Academy will host the “Experience Chinese Culture” class. Students who sign up for this class will participate in Chinese calligraphy and Chinese knotting. Chinese calligraphy, shufa in Chinese. Shufa is the art of writing Chinese characters using special brushes dipped in ink. Chinese knotting or zhongguo jie is a type of handicraft where intricate knots are made into decorations. Click for event poster.

Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

This event, presented by the Confucius Institute and The Chinese Language Flagship at ASU, is free and open to the public. The film explores the extraordinary life of the Chinese revolutionary heroine and women's rights activist Qiu Jin (1875-1907), known as China's "first feminist." In sharing the story of Qiu Jin, the project unveils a remarkable chapter in the history of modern China and provides a deeper understanding of the lives of Chinese women today. The filmmakers will be available for a Q&A session after the film screening. Download poster for this event.

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