Confucius Classroom – A Partnership with the Confucius Institute at University of Kentucky
Please join us for our inaugural year of the Confucius Classroom! Through the Confucius Institute (CI) at University of Kentucky, Asbury has been awarded a Confucius Classroom by the CI Headquarters in Beijing. The Confucius Classroom at Asbury University will be a collaborative undertaking with the purpose of enhancing understanding and friendship between the young people of China and the U.S. by sponsoring the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture. This program will allow us to enhance our Chinese language program and conduct additional programs and seminars. There will not only be opportunities for the Asbury community but also for greater Wilmore. This program will be on our campus for the calendar years of 2016-2020. Please check back regularly for upcoming events and activities.
Fall 2017 Confucius Classroom Seminars & Programs
Mid-Autumn Festival – Saturday, September 30, 8pm-10pm – Reasoner Archway/Green
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the “Moon Festival,” is one of the most important Chinese holidays, second to the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). It is also celebrated by many other Asian cultures, as well. The Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Han calendar, which is essentially the night of a full moon, which falls near the Autumnal Equinox. The ancient Chinese observed the movement of the moon and noted its relationship with the changes of the seasons and the agricultural production. Thus, the origins of this holiday was to for the Chinese to express their thanks to the moon and to celebrate a successful harvest season. Today on the festival day, family members gather to enjoy each others company, moon gaze, eat special foods (such as the moon cake), and play traditional games and activities, such as lanterns.
This event will be a collaboration between the Global Engagement Office, Office of Intercultural Affairs, Alpha Sigma Alpha (Asian American Student Association) and the Confucius Classroom. There will be booths introducing different cultural artifacts, crafts, demonstrations food samplings, and lanterns to light up the campus!
Confucius Classroom Seminars:
- Tea Ceremony – Wednesday, September 6, 4 – 5 p.m. – Kinlaw Library Boardroom
Take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and learn about the various aspects of tea drinking in China.
- Chinese Music – Wednesday, October 11, 4-5 p.m. – Kinlaw Library Boardroom
Professor Luo from the University of Kentucky will come to present and perform the erhu, which is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument – sometimes known as the Chinese violin or fiddle in the Western world.
- Traditional Chinese Decorations – Wednesday, November 8, 4 – 5 p.m. – Kinlaw Library Boardroom
Introduction to traditional Chinese decorations – umbrella, lanterns and fans. AU’s Confucius Scholar, Wei “Joy” Zhang, will share the history and cultural significance of each of these items, as well as give attendees the opportunity to make their own artwork to take home
Cultural Refreshments will be served at each event.
Tai Chi for Beginners – Every other Tuesday, Noon – 1 p.m. – Reasoner Green (Rain Location: Student Center)
Our expert, Mr. Song, is an active member of the Chinese Christian Church of Lexington and comes to us having studied tai chi for a number of years. He’s here to share how this has improved his health and also to dispel any spiritual concerns about doing tai chi. Join us and take a break from your hectic day! We’ll conclude each session with delicious Chinese tea.
Dates: Sept. 5, Sept 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Nov. 7 and Nov. 21