Chinese Comic Dialogue Performance held by CIWA
On February 1st 2017, the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA), invited the famous American comedian Jesse Appell to hold the Chinese comic dialogue lecture and performance at the communication building at the University of Washington. More than 60 students attended the event.
Jesse Appell is a disciple of the famous comic dialogue master Ding Guangquan. He is currently presiding the “China-U.S. Comedy Center” in Beijing and often invited to other countries to perform comic dialogue. He has a lot of fans of crosstalk art and his own understanding of Chinese and American comedy arts.
Dressed in traditional long robe, Jesse began his performance with an English introduction of Chinese crosstalk and characteristics. During the Chinese comic dialogue performance, Jesse prepared English on the big screen in order to fully display traditional Chinese art, and to facilitate the audience to understand and enjoy Chinese humor. The whole event lasted nearly two hours full of laughter and applause.
Jesse also combined Chinese comic dialogue and U.S. comedy, to convey insights of contemporary Chinese social life in eyes of an American guy, and to enrich audiences’ understanding of China in form of American modern music. In the interactive questioning session, Jesse shared his life, learning and career experience in China, with particular reference to how the Chinese comic dialogue brought his life opportunities and his strong recognition of China and Chinese culture. Sincere emotion between his words touched all audience.
Jesse will also perform at University of Puget Sound, Evergreen State College and other CIWA partner institutions. The comic performance is also a part of CIWA’s Spring Festival series activities. CIWA offers a variety of activities to teachers, students and the local people, from the magnificent “Wulin Hanyun”, the UW Chinese Spring Festival Evening Gala to the exquisite comic dialogue show. CIWA conveyed to local people the colorful Chinese culture and the prosperous Chinese rooster year.
美国东部时间2017年2月1日，华盛顿州孔子学院邀请著名美籍相声演员和喜剧表演者艾杰西（Jesse Appell）在华盛顿大学Communication Building（传播系大楼）举办了中国相声艺术讲座及表演专场。六十多位华大师生观看了此次活动。
除了擅长传统相声，艾杰西还将相声技艺和美国喜剧形式相结合，传递出一个美国人眼中的中国。例如“mo money mo 发展”、“报销”等说唱歌曲勾勒出老外视角下当代中国社会生活的方方面面，以美式现代音乐艺术形式丰富了现场观众对发展中的中国的认识。在互动环节，很多观众向艾杰西提问，不仅对于相声，也关于中国现状。例如有观众问道“是什么让你一直留在中国”，艾杰西先是做夸张惊讶状“你是我妈妈吗？”引来全场大笑，然后正色并充满深情地与大家分享了自己在中国生活、学艺和开展事业的情况，特别提到对自己相声师傅的敬慕、汉语和相声带给自己的人生机会和对中国以及中国文化的强烈认同。字里行间真挚的情感也打动了在场的所有观众。
本次Jesse应邀来华盛顿州孔子学院也是华州孔院春节系列活动之一。除在华盛顿大学举办中国相声讲座和表演外，还将赴普吉湾大学（University of Puget Sound）、长青州立学院（Evergreen State College）和雪兰社区学院等华州孔院合作伙伴院校举办多场讲座和表演。从大气磅礴的“武林汉韵”，充满祥和喜庆的华大春晚，到小巧精致的相声专场，华盛顿州孔子学院以丰富多彩、生动活泼的系列活动，向华盛顿大学师生和当地民众呈现了多姿多彩的中国文化，与孔院所在地民众共同迎来红红火火的雄鸡中国年！
Wulin Hanyun Performed in University of Washington
On January 17th 2017, Wulin Hanyun, a cultural performance troupe from Henan Provincial Department of Education came to the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington to give a fantastic show at the University of Washington which highlighted Chinese martial arts and traditional Chinese music and dance performances. The group is sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and led by Hengzhen Xu, director of the Education Department of Henan Province.
The performance began at 7:30 pm that evening in Kane Hall 130. Dr. Jun ZHOU, CIWA Chinese director extended a warm welcome to the troupe on behalf of the entire CIWA leadership. The whole show was brilliant with not only vigorous Shaolin martial arts, but also the beautiful classical Chinese dance and music including melodious pieces of Pipa, bamboo flute and Guzheng.
The highlight of the performance was from students of Songshan Wushu Institute, who brought martial arts program “Kung Fu Animal”. Seven performers demonstrated Kungfu that simulated animal behaviors. Interactive demonstrations attracted children from the audience on stage who were guided by performers to learn postures. The stage became live with excited young kids learning from their masters and the entire hall was filled with hearty laughter. Joy and harmony and sharing, the theme of Wulin Hanyun turned into reality throughout the night at Kane Hall 130.
演出当晚雪风冷雨，一如西雅图大部分的冬夜。4点刚过，夜幕就已经悄然来临，下班的人们行色匆匆，等不及要回到温暖的家中。然而，华盛顿大学凯恩厅（Kane Hall, University of Washington）此时却灯火辉煌，一派春意盎然景象。观众们纷纷提前到来，以找到最佳位置；而路过的行人也忍不住驻足询问，今天什么活动？听着好有意思！
为了确保华大师生和当地民众能欣赏到这场以中华武术为主题、来自中国武术圣地-嵩山少林的文化盛宴，华盛顿州孔子学院和华盛顿大学Whole U (教职工综合办公室)携手，提前一个月开放了晚会网上注册。短短两周，720个座位就被热情的华大师生和对中国文化充满好奇的社区群众预定一空。充分利用多方资源和渠道一直是华盛顿州孔子学院的重要工作理念。在汉语和中华文化推广的大框架下，高效地利用汉办提供的优质文化资源，面向当地民众宣传中国文化。
Oct. 27 When East Meets West Voice Recital
On October 27, Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA) invited soprano Yanyan ZHOU, a Chinese visiting scholar at the University of Washington and instructor at Shanghai Normal University to hold a solo voice recital in the Brechemin Auditorium. The concert was one of the Confucius Institute’s serial events to celebrate the third Global Confucius Institute Day.
Famous tenor and UW professor at the School of Music Thomas Harper, vice president of Global Business Development and International Medical Services, Seattle Children’s Hospital Mark Wen and Chen Dapeng from UW STI group and the Seattle Chinese Art Troupe joined nearly 300 UW faculty and students and other audience from the local communities throughout the concert.
During the concert, Yanyan Zhou performed traditional Chinese folk songs like “A Moonlight Night on the Spring River” and “The sky Railway” along with famous opera periscopes in Italian, German and French using difficult soprano opera aria. Her wonderful mellow singing, superb skills and perfect interpretation of both Chinese and Western music art amazed the entire audience who expressed their appreciation of Yanyan’s outstanding performance with thunderous applause when the concert concluded.
Professor Harper commented the concert as “very stunning and unbelievably superb”. He also commended the Confucius Institute for promoting Chinese music culture both to the UW and the local communities by organizing this concert. Several viewers from the audience said that the concert was their first encounter with Chinese songs and they were yet deeply fascinated by the unique artistic beauty.
CIWA, since its inception in 2010, has been actively engaged in serving Washington communities to learn Chinese language and culture, including universities, K-12 schools and local businesses and organizations. It is committed to promoting China-US exchanges and cultural diversity in the state of Washington. Thursday night’s concert brought together both Chinese and Western music. It also provided UW faculty and students and the local communities with an opportunity to experience unique charm of Chinese music.
Oct. 26: The Art of Chinese Tea
On Oct. 26, the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA), in partnership with FIUTS on UW, organized a special talk on Chinese tea entitled “The Art of Chinese Tea Drinking” in HUB 337. The seminar attracted tea fans from across the UW campus, including faculty and students and visiting scholars. During the one-hour talk, audience accepted a baptism of the elegant art of Chinese tea drinking.
This talk was delivered by Professor Lotus Perry from the Chinese Program of the University of Puget Sound. Throughout the 60 minutes, Professor Perry introduced the history of Chinese tea drinking, including people’s various tea preferences, brewing and drinking methods in different dynasties, as well as the cultural connotation of tea and classification of contemporary Chinese tea.
After the talk, all attendees had an opportunity to join Prof. Perry tasting Taiwan oolong tea, West Lake Longjing (one type of green tea from Zhejiang province) and Zhengshan (one type of black tea from Fujian province) accompanied by traditional tea dessert. Professor Perry also answered the participants’ questions about Chinese tea and shared her own personal story with the Chinese tea. When the talk ended, everyone not only left with a wealth of tea knowledge but also experienced the essence and spirit of the art of Chinese tea drinking as different from the Japanese tea ceremony.
The talk was one of the three invited talks organized by the Confucius Institute to help the UW community to learn about China and Chinese culture. There will be two more talks during the Fall quarter. The schedules for the upcoming talks are 12:00 – 1:00 pm in HUB 214 on Mondy, Nov. 14 and Friday, Dec. 9 in HUB 340.The two speakers are Steve Harrell who is much renowned UW Professor of anthropology and Prof. Aga Rehamo, a UW visiting scholar from Sichuan Normal University. Prof. Harrell will speak on the different writing systems of the YI peoples in southwest China and the talk of Prof. Rehamo will focus on the dilemma of modernizing education for the Yi ethnic minority. Both talks are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
十月二十六： 佳茗众品 修德美心——华盛顿大学中国茶艺讲座
美国当地时间10月26日，华盛顿大学内举办了一场名为“品茗之道（The Art of Chinese Tea Drinking）”的中国茶艺专题讲座。本次讲座由华盛顿州孔子学院主办，讲座吸引了众多对中国茶艺兴趣浓厚的听众，包括华盛顿大学的教职员工与学生、来自国内的访问学者及留学生等，大家聚精会神、兴致盎然，接受了一场中华高雅茶艺的洗礼。
本次中国茶文化讲座为当天参加活动的华大师生了解和认识中国茶独特的历史和文化提供了一次及其生动的机会。华盛顿州孔子学院将于11月14日星期一和12月9日星期五中午12至下午一点在HUB 214和HUB 340邀请华大著名人类学教授Steve Harrell和来自四川师范大学的访问学者Aga Rehamo教授分别就中国西南地区彝族书面文字和彝族现代化教育的困境举办免费讲座。欢迎大家参加。
August 24, 2016: Dual Immersion Bootcamp
The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington was proud to be a cosponsor of the seventh Dual Immersion Boot Camp for Educators on August 24, 2016. The Dual Immersion Boot Camp was a success as many educators took the opportunity to learn more about dual language /immersion programs and to learn from experienced teachers and administrators about the critical features you need to know from the very beginning for this strategy.
This year’s Boot Camp was a one-day overview with demos of immersion teaching. There was an exceptional presentation of Chinese immersion techniques, teaching numbers and basic time concepts as a model for other teachers. Participants got a taste of what the students experience in this type of program and picked up lots of resources to help on the road to developing better dual immersion learning for students.
May 21, 2016: A Glimpse of China
Seattle Center Festál organized a day long event of Chinese art and cultural activities entitles A Glimpse of China. This Chinese Culture and Arts Festival, was held on Saturday, May 21st, 2016. Attendees explored and experienced the cultural roots and contemporary influences of China through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Attendees were welcomed to learn Chinese folk dances, create delicate artworks, and share in cultural traditions covering 5,000 years of Chinese history.
A Glimpse of China was presented in partnership with the Washington Chinese Art and Culture Committee and sponsored by the Confucius Institute.
This event was free and open to the public. Please join us again next year.
May 14, 2016: Celebrating the Success of the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington’s Contestants at “The 15 Annual World College Student Chinese Language Competition Selection in San Francisco”
The 15 Annual Chinese Bridge College Student Chinese Language Competition World College Student Chinese Language Competition Selection on May 14th, 2016 was held at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. The two contestants, Central Washington University’s Veronica Wu and The University of Washington Trudy Boothman received awards.
The annual College Bridge Competition World College Chinese Language and Talent Competition’s selection in San Francisco was held by the Chinese Consulate general. There were a total of 12 participants in this selection process from the Confucius Institute’s of University California in San Francisco and the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, the Confucius Institute’s of University of Portland, the University of California Davis, the University of Alaska at Anchorage, and the University of Oregon. The contestants participated in three rounds beginning with the delivery of answers to questions about their “dreams and future ambitions,” followed by trivia, and talent performances.
The Chinese Bridge World College Student Chinese Language and Talent Competition San Francisco selection is an opportunity for college students across the west coast of the United States of America to experience coming together to improve their Chinese language skills in a regional platform. Since the establishment of the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington there have been selections of Confucius Institute students for five years to continue on in the competition.
On April 23, 2016, the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington celebrated it’s sixth year of success in the State of Washington. The evening was filled with performances of Chinese arts and talent including dance, tai-chi, and traditional Tibetan singing.
April 23, 2016: The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington’s Confucius Classrooms workshop
On April 23, 2016, the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington was honored with the presence of specials guests from China. Principals from Seattle’s sister city of Chongqing and other locals were present to witness the unveiling of three new Confucius Classrooms in the State. During the workshop, educators and administrators exchanged ideas about extending this partnership for an even stronger future for this collaboration.
On March 20, 2016, the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington co-sponsored event, the CE Competition, took place at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle.
On February 21, 2016, Ms. Qin Bailan, famous Chinese painter, arrived in Seattle with over 40 pieces of her works at the invitation of the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington to host the Belle Painting of Ancient China Exhibition and classic Chinese painting talks from February 22 to 26.
On February 23, the opening ceremony of the exhibition was held in the University of Washington Tower. Over 100 people including Amber D. McCoy, President of Art Committee of UW Tower, representatives from the Whole U Program at the UW, directors of CIWA and many UW faculty, staff, students, community members attended the event.
February 8, 2016: Ringing in the Year of the Monkey
The Confucius Institute sponsored Lunar New Year celebrations at schools throughout the region. Students at Lakeside enjoyed a a calligraphy and paper folding lesson along with a visit from the Confucius Institute Chinese Director Wang Wenqiu.
The Confucius Institute co-sponsored Lunar New Year celebration at the Wing Luke Museum was well attended. Community members turned out on Saturday morning to watch a lion dance outside the Wing Luke in Seattle’s Chinatown and to welcome the year of the monkey, 2016. Below, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray addressed the crowd to initiate the mornings events.
The summit was successful and saw the collaboration of educators from a diversity of backgrounds in the field of world language teaching. The summit included a large number of Chinese language educators who valued the opportunity to come together and work together to promote the further development of Chinese language and cultural education in the state. The summit also provided a forum for the exchange of information and resources and was an invaluable space for intercultural exchange and professional development.
January 14, 2016: Confucius Classroom Students receive encouragement from President Xi
Skyline Confucius Classroom students, Joseph Yang, Nathan Shih, Angela Shi and Kimberly Heitkamp, just received a truly memorable letter from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China. In the letter, In the letter, Consul General Luo Linquan expressed appreciation and encouragement from Chinese President Xi Jinping and the first lady, Professor Peng Liyuan.
Inspired by President Xi’s recent visit to the state of Washington, Joseph Yang, on behalf of the Skyline Confucius Classroom students and students from other schools, wrote a letter to President Xi for support in Chinese learning. Kimberly Heitkamp sketched a pencil portrait for the Chinese president and the first lady. “Both of them were very impressed with your letter and the portrait, which remind them of fond memories of their recent visit in the State of Washington. They encourage you to put more enthusiasm in learning of Chinese language and culture, to participate actively in the friendly exchanges between China and the United States and to be envoys to further enhance the friendship between our two countries,” all ambitions facilitated by the active support of the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington.
November 14, 2015: CLTA-WA Fall Workshop with Professor Cynthia Ning
CLTA-WA Workshop: Task-based Instructional Activities to Maximize Language Learning with Authentic Material and Reading Aloud
We are pleased to announce the success of a day of instruction and collaboration with Dr. Cynthia Ning, Professor of University of Hawaii, author of Encounters and Communicating in Chinese, and Director of the UH Confucius Institute and Stratal Summer Programs. The event took place at the University of Puget Sound on Saturday November 14th, 2015, and is free for all CLTA-WA members. This event was co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington and the University of Puget Sound.
October 25, 2015: Confucius Institute Day Cultural Experience Camp
The Confucius Institute is pleased to announce the successful celebration of C.I. Day. We enjoyed a wonderful day of language immersion and cultural activities at Tyee Middle School on October 25th, 2015. The day included traditional and contemporary Chinese games, musical and martial arts performance, a costume show and much more. We look forward to celebrating again next year.
September 25, 2015: SooChow University Student Art Performing Troupe Made its Grand Debut in Seattle
SooChow University Student Art Performing Troupe arrived in Seattle on September 25, 2015, starting its culture and art exchange tour in the States.
September 23, 2015: Chongqing Troupe Performance September 23rd Report-back
We are pleased to announce the success of the celebration of Confucius Institute Day 2015 with a performance of Chinese acrobatics, dance, and traditional Sichuan face changing on Wednesday September 23rd. This 25-member troupe is from Seattle’s sister city in China, Chongqing and we are very pleased to have hosted them.
As one of the important celebrations for the 5th anniversary of the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA), the LightReal Music Festival organized by UWCSSA, sponsored by CIWA was successfully taken place on May 10th at the Space Needle Amphitheater. There were over 400 audiences attended the festival including international Chinese students and overseas Chinese in the Greater Seattle Area. With a perfect fusion of Chinese and American music, and stunning stage set-ups, the festival was a great success. The number of views of posts about the festival on Weibo exceeds 100 thousand.
April 25, 2015: The 5th Chinese Immersion Day on Fox Island
April 21, 2015: Happy Birthday, CIWA!
April 23, 2015: 华州孔子学院太极第一课 Tai Chi Classes Pilot by CIW
March 28, 2015: “Why Learn Chinese?” Award Ceremony