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, February 19, 2016 (All day) - Saturday, February 20, 2016 (All day)


The Chengdu Performing Arts Show celebrated the Year of the Monkey with the spectacular performance in Salvation Army KROC Center Theatre. The audience enjoyed unforgettable cultural performances by performers from Chengdu, China, and experienced the spectacular production, fun for the whole family!

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Sunday, October 18, 2015 (All day) - Tuesday, December 15, 2015 (All day)

The ASU Confucius Institute, together with the ASU Center for Jewish Studies and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society presented a travelling exhibit of the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum.  Jewish Refugees in Shanghai, 1933-1941 documents the unique story of the City of Shanghai during the Holocaust. Shanghai was an open city, with no visa requirements, although some form of documentation was required to exit Europe.  Shanghai became a modern-day “Noah’s Ark” accepting some 18,000 Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust in Europe.  

The exhibit brought together photos, personal stories and artifacts from Shanghai’s Jewish Refugee Museum located in the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue in the Tilanqiao Historical Area. The exhibit opened with a formal reception on October 18 at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center. For the duration of the exhibit there were lectures by specialists, films, organized tours for students, and a variety of community events involving Chinese and Jewish residents of metropolitan Phoenix. 

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Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Students who participated the 2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp in China shared their China experiences through photos, essays, and power points. There was an exhibit of China photos from the Photo Contest. Photo competition awards were announced at this event.

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Winner List