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NEWS RELEASE: Confucius Institute at Pace University Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival and Confucius’s Birthday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In Celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival and Confucius’s Birthday, the Confucius Institute at Pace University (Pace CI) in Conjunction with Duowei News to Hold Open House and Screening of the Film Confucius.

With a Panel Discussion, “Confucius: A New Chinese Icon?” featuring Dr. Ying Zhu, from the City University of New York (CUNY),  College of Staten Island, an expert on Chinese Cinema and Media.

NEW YORK, NY, October 2, 2012 — The Confucius Institute at Pace University, with support from Duowei News, will hold an open house and film screening celebrating Confucius’s 2,563rd Birthday and the Mid-Autumn Festival on Friday October 5, 2012, from 12 – 5 PM, in the Lecture Hall North of 1 Pace Plaza. The event will also feature a panel discussion, “Confucius: A New Chinese Icon?”

To mark the occasion of Confucius’s birthday, the Institute will hold an open house beginning at noon with cultural demonstrations and exhibition by members of Pace’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) and Pace CI .  Moon cakes, a traditional delicacy during the Mid-Autumn Festival, as well as other refreshments, will be served.

At 1:30 the Institute will screen the film Confucius, a biopic starring the Hong Kong movie star Chow Yun Fat, and produced and directed by the acclaimed Chinese film director Hu Mei.  The film follows the philosopher’s journey from trusted advisor to noblemen and kings to his days as an outcast, wandering from kingdom to kingdom, followed only by his closest students and disciples.  The film is in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles.

Following the film will be a panel discussion, “Confucius: A New Chinese Icon?” moderated by Dr. Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, co-director of the Center for East Asian Studies and History Professor at Pace University.  The panel will feature Dr. Ying Zhu, an expert on Chinese cinema and media and Department Chair and Professor of Cinema Studies at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, along with Dr. Ronald Frank, co-director of the Center for East Asian Studies and History Professor at Pace University.

The event is open to the public. RSVP to either ci@pace.edu or 212-346-1880.  Further information about the Confucius Institute at Pace University can be found at www.pace.edu/confucius.

About the Confucius Institute at Pace University

Located at the financial, civic, and cultural center of Manhattan, The Confucius Institute at Pace University is the first university-based institute of its kind in New York City. Founded in partnership with Nanjing Normal University, China’s Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, Pace’s Confucius Institute integrates pedagogical, scholarly, and professional expertise to promote the learning of Chinese language and culture and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding between people in the United States and China.

About Duowei News

Duowei News is a publication of Chinese Media Net Inc., located in New York, and founded in 1999 with a mission to serve as a forum for information, knowledge and entertainment to help make the global Chinese community truly one community. Through its online news website, Chinese Media Net engages the Chinese American conversation and connects global readers online through news and social media applications. www.dwnews.com

About Pace University

For 106 years Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Contact:

Mr. Ansel Lurio

Program Coordinator

Confucius Institute at Pace University

alurio@pace.edu

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