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‘Chinese Cultural Experience’ mobile unit still on the move

Since the official unveiling of the Confucius Institute at WKU’s mobile unit in September 2013, the “Chinese Cultural Experience” has visited more than 200 sites in Kentucky and is still on the move.

The unit is a 40-foot by 13-foot by 10-foot mobile home that has been converted to be a Chinese museum on wheels. Inside, the CI mobile unit is divided into six compartments, including musical instruments, facts/holidays, Chinese calligraphy, arts/crafts, Chinese games and costumes. The unit has been transported strategically throughout the state of Kentucky to promote the Chinese language and culture. To date, more than 30,000 students, teachers, staff and community members have been impacted by the mobile unit.

On Tuesday (June 14), the unit traveled to the Pioneer Village at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro for “Cub Scout Day” where the focus language was Chinese. Guan Chunmei, associate director for the CI at WKU, led a presentation for more than 100 Cub Scouts where the students learned how to count from 1 to 10. Upon the conclusion of the presentation, groups were led to the unit and traveled to China right in Owensboro.

On Wednesday (June 15), the mobile unit traveled to the Kentucky Dam Village in Gilbertsville for the “Global Symposium Program” presented by the Kentucky Department of Education. Guan Chunmei co-presented with Alfonso De Torres about the importance of world languages within school curriculum. In addition, more than 120 educators throughout the state joined the symposium and visited the mobile unit. Many in attendance said that when the next school year starts, they will be recommending the mobile unit to their respective schools/districts.

For anyone interested in having the mobile unit visit your school, local event or festival, contact Terrill Martin at (270) 745-2530, (270) 792-9330 or terrill.martin@wku.edu.

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 Guan Chunmei at (270) 745-2836 or Terrill Martin at (270) 745-2530.

Contact: Terrill Martin, (270) 745-2530

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