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Confucius Institute making plans for 2015 Confucius Day

The Confucius Institute at WKU is making plans for the second annual Confucius Day that will be celebrated on Sept. 26 in conjunction with the Bowling Green International Festival.

Activities leading up to the 2015 Confucius Day began Aug. 13 as WKU President Gary Ransdell and his wife, Julie, welcomed the incoming group of Chinese Hanban Teachers.

On Aug. 15, the Confucius Institute at WKU was part of the 2015 Multicultural Festival at the First Presbyterian Church in Owensboro as more than 15 cultures were celebrated in the 17th annual event. The CI at WKU displayed the CI Mobile unit (Chinese Cultural Experience) and set up booths engaging participants through chopsticks demonstrations and Chinese calligraphy. More than 5,000 attended the festival.

On Aug. 22, the CI at WKU team was Grand Champion at the fifth annual Owensboro Dragon Boat Festival. The CI has participated in every event, coming in first place in 2013 (with the best overall time) and third place in 2014. The team of rowers was captained by Erin Richter.

Activities will continue the week of Sept. 6 as the CI at WKU will host the New York Chinese Traditional Art Center for presentations of “Amazing China.” The troupe will make trips to Logan County High School, East Hardin Middle School, Franklin-Simpson schools, Bowling Green Independent Schools, Lost River and Rich Pond elementary schools and Fields Elementary and St. Francis School in Jefferson County.

On Sept. 12, the CI at WKU will be among the sponsors of the Second Annual Louisville Dragon Boat Festival. The CI will have 15 booths (displaying calligraphy, chopsticks demonstrations, fan painting, fan dancing, language table, traditional Chinese musical instruments, and more). The CI Mobile unit will be on display. The CI at WKU, through a partnership with WKU Conference and Catering, also will unveil the “Chinese Food Truck,” offering foods that will mesh the East with the West. And, after a second-place finish last year, the CI at WKU team is looking for a win in the 2015 dragon boat races.

On Sept. 21, the CI at WKU will partner with Owensboro Public Schools and Daviess County Public Schools for the Huanggang Huangmei Opera Performance at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro. The troupe will perform for more than 1,000 students in the first Chinese performance to be held in Owensboro through the CI at WKU.

During the week of Sept. 21, the CI at WKU will open Confucius Classrooms at Boyle County Public Schools and Trinity High School in Louisville. With these two new additions, the CI at WKU will have a total of 13 classrooms, with an additional two pending at Butler County Schools and Field Elementary School in Jefferson County.

The activities culminate on Sept. 26 as the CI at WKU celebrates the second annual Confucius Day with five booths (displaying calligraphy, chopsticks demonstrations, fan painting, fan dancing, traditional Chinese musical instruments), the CI Mobile unit and the “Chinese Food Truck.”

About the Confucius Institute: The CI at WKU is a conduit of all that is China. These partnerships are far reaching that will not only create or advance research opportunities for faculty/staff, but offer research and internship opportunities for WKU students. Anyone interested in partnering with us or interested in creating programs, contact Betty Yu at (270) 745-2836 or Terrill Martin at (270) 745-2530.

Contact: Terrill Martin, (270) 745-2530

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