Friday, September 21, 2012

first Annual Chinese Cultural Festival at the University of Arizona


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Chinese Culture Festival in Tucson


Sept 22-30


TUCSON−The Confucius Institute<>  at the University of Arizona is proud to present the first Annual Chinese Culture Festival<>, September 22-30, 2012 in Tucson. From Chinese medicine, martial arts, and tai chi to poetry, movies and music, Tucsonans are guaranteed a rich cultural experience.


"It is well known that people around the world are interested in the long history, extraordinary culture and recent economic advancement in China. More than 40 million people outside of China currently study Chinese. The rise of Chinese language instruction in American schools has been a phenomenon even in places that don't have a significant Chinese population," said Dr. Zhao Chen, co-director of the Confucius Institute (CIUA).


The week-long festival will be held on the campus of the University of Arizona and other locations in the Tucson metropolitan area. All events are free and open to the public.


"The Confucius Institute is committed to serving the Tucson community's interest in learning about Chinese language and culture," said Dr. Chen. "The festival programs are specifically designed for health promotion, cultural enrichment and entertainment for all ages."


Chen hopes the festival will be a bridge between Chinese and American culture. The CIUA is working closely with other university and community organizations to deliver a broad spectrum of events to enhance the Chinese cultural experience.


Schedule of Events:


Chinese Health Day


Saturday, September 22 • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Explore Chinese Martial Arts and Tai Chi with Masters Junmin Zhaoand Junjie Feng from Shaolin, China, the leading performers at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.  Discover traditional Chinese medicine, learn how to cook healthy Chinese cuisine, and receive complimentary admission to the Reid Park Zoo.  Co-hosted by the UA Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention & Health Promotion.


Location:  DeMeester Performance Center, Reid Park, Tucson, AZ 85716


Lecture I: Chinese Martial Arts


Sunday,September23•3p.m. –5p.m.


Lecture on the history and the development of Chinese Martial Arts by Masters Junmin Zhao, and Junjie Feng, visiting from Shaolin, China, followed by the rare opportunity to view a live demonstration of traditional Chinese weaponry.


Location:  UA Student Union,Ballroom South, 3rdfloor


Lecture II: Traditional Chinese Music


Tuesday, September 25 • 11a.m. – 12 p.m.


Hear a stimulating lecture on Confucius ceremony music andLu-Nantraditional Chinese instrumental music by guest lecturer Professor Huiqing Cheng, visiting from Shandong University of Arts. Co-hosted by the UA School of Music, College of Fine Arts


Location: UA Crowder Hall,1017 N. Olive Rd., Tucson, AZ 85721


Lecture III: Chinese Cinema & Director Wu Tianming


Wednesday, September 26•3:30p.m. –6:30p.m.


Learn about Chinesefilms andDirector Wu Tianming with Professor and Scholar Tan Ye from the University of South Carolina.Free screening ofWu's multi-award winning film"King of Masks".


Location:  UA Student Union,Ballroom South, 3rdfloor


Chinese Moon Festival Poetry Concert


Thursday, September 27 • 7 p.m. –9 p.m.


Attend a Chinese Moon Festival Poetry Concert, co-hosted by the UA Department of East Asian Studies. This is an event to experience Chinese vocal and instrumental music, along with a lecture on ancient and modern Chinese poems by UA Professors Brigitta Lee and Dian Li.


Location:  UA Poetry Center, College of Humanities, 1508 E. Helen Street, Tucson, Arizona 85721


Lecture IV: "Recent Efforts in the Search for Remote Human Ancestors in China"


Friday, September 28 • 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.


Xing Gao, Professor of Archaeology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, will outline recent efforts in the search for ancient human ancestors in China. Co-hosted by the UA School of Anthropology.


Location:  UA Student Union, Kiva Room, 2nd floor


Chinese Language Day


Saturday, September 29 • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Co-hosted by Tucson Chinese Association


Tucson elementary, middle, high school, and college students test their knowledge of Chinese language. Other activities include making traditional moon cakes, Chinese games, cultural activities and prizes!


Location:  Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85704


Moon Festival Concert


Sunday, September 30 • 7 p.m. –9 p.m.


Attendees can experience Chinese traditional music, folk songs, and choral masterworks at the Moon Festival Concert. Co-hosted by the UA School of Music and the Tucson Sino Choir, this celebration of Chinese composition is an encounter not to be missed.


Location:  UA Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Rd., Tucson, AZ 85721


About the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona


The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona's (CIUA) mission is to enhance people's understanding and appreciation of Chinese language and cultural heritage. With more than 350 Confucius Institutes worldwide, CIUA is proud to be one of a small number of institutes positioned in a top-ranking U.S. research university.  Established in 2008, the Institute provides comprehensive training to teachers of Chinese language and culture. In addition, the Institute promotes health and wellness via a focus on Chinese medicine, martial arts, music, and performance. The CIUA's ultimate goal is to foster multiculturalism and to advance friendly and productive relations between the United States and China.


For more information about the Chinese Culture Festival, visit the CIUA website<>




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