The Confucius Institute at WKU brought in a professional Chinese art troupe from the New York Chinese Traditional Art Center in Flushing, New York, to visit several schools districts in Kentucky last week.
The “Amazing China” troupe amazed more than 4,000 students, teachers and community members in Warren, Simpson, Hardin and Jefferson counties. The troupe performed pieces such as Face Changing (Bian Lian), Fighting in the Dark, The Monkey King Uproar in Heaven, the Goddess of Heaven Scatters Flowers, and Chinese Magic.
The troupe visited Plano Elementary School and Rich Pond Elementary School on Sept. 8; Lincoln Elementary School and Lost River Elementary School on Sept. 9; Bowling Green Junior High School and East Hardin Middle School on Sept. 10; and Emmett Field Elementary School and St. Francis Schools on Sept. 11.
According to Dr. Jana Kirchner (Instructional Supervisor in Simpson County Schools), “It was wonderful. The kids were so engaged and loved all of the different components of the presentation. They did a great job of including the student volunteers.”
On Sept. 12, the CI at WKU provided all of the cultural activities at the 2nd Annual Louisville Dragon Boat Festival. The CI had 15 booths (displaying calligraphy, chopsticks demonstrations, fan painting, fan dancing, language table, traditional Chinese musical instruments, and more). The CI Mobile unit was on display. In addition, the “Amazing China” troupe performed for the ninth time in one week.
After a second-place finish last year, the CI at WKU team finished as Division Champions this year with the best overall time of the day and took home its second trophy of the year, after being Grand Champions at the Owensboro Dragon Boat Festival in August.
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