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Confucius Institute hosting Chinese Business Etiquette Dinner on Nov. 10

The WKU Confucius Institute is hosting Chinese Business Etiquette Dinner to help businesses that currently do business or want to do business in China.

The dinner and workshop will be 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Knicely Conference Center, 654 Campbell Lane, Bowling Green. Cost is $50 for professionals and $25 for students. Reservations can be made by contacting the WKU-CI at (270) 745-2836.

The evening dinner and workshop will consist of a panel discussion and instruction on proper table etiquette and conversation. Panelists include Ted Nixon, chairman and CEO for D.D. Williamson; James Ullum, managing partner for Sourcing International; and Dennis Felchner, product engineering manager for Federal Mogul Corp. The moderator for the event will be Dr. Jeffrey Katz, dean of WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business.

The dinner will include a traditional Chinese meal using chopsticks and a demonstration and discussion of proper business dinner table etiquette and conversation. This part of the event will be led by the Volunteer Teachers from the WKU-CI, Shanfeng Guo and Xiaolin Tian.

Entertainment will include music by the Pauli Quintet and a performance of a traditional Lion Dance, performed by Bobby Madison and his troupe. Sponsors include Cumberland and Western Resources, the University College-Professional Studies Program, the Gordon Ford College of Business and Gryphon Environmental.

Part of the WKU-CI’s mission is to reach out and serve all parts of the community in which it resides, and an economically vital part of any community is its businesses. The WKU-CI has established Chinese language classes that have already assisted the business community and will continue to grow this part of its program by offering unique and relevant learning opportunities that will provide sustainable, long-term growth and partnerships between China and Kentucky.

The WKU-CI and Hanban, China’s Ministry of Education, work to promote understanding of the Chinese language and culture through children’s programming, training courses, cultural workshops and community events. Together, these organizations have introduced fully articulated K-16 instruction in Modern Standard Chinese into local school systems, serve as a regional center for Chinese teacher training and Chinese curriculum development, and build connections and partnerships between Kentucky and China.

Contact: Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, (270) 745-2836.

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