NEWS RELEASE: Pace University Hosts Regional Finals of Competition in Knowledge of Chinese Language and Culture for Prizes of Trips to Beijing

On Saturday, April 23, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus, approximately 25 non-Chinese contestants will try to impress Chinese judges with knowledge of the world’s most-spoken language and its culture.

2nd Annual Chinese Bridge East USA Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students; Celebrating Chinese Culture and Language Education

Saturday, April 23, 2011, 10 AM-4 PM, Pace University Schimmel Center for the Arts, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY

Media Contact:

Cara Cea, Pace Public Information, 914-773-3312, cell 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

NEW YORK, NY, April 21, 2011 – On Saturday, April 23, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus, approximately 25 non-Chinese contestants will try to impress Chinese judges with knowledge of the world’s most-spoken language and its culture.

They will give speeches in Chinese, perform Chinese songs and dances, demonstrate paper cuts, calligraphy, and martial arts, and answer questions China – past and present.

The winners will get a chance to compete against contestants from around the world in a final round this summer in Beijing, all expenses paid, where they could win scholarships to study in China for a semester.

The event is free and open to the public. The auditorium is located at 3 Spruce Street, just east of City Hall. Please contact alurio@pace.edu or call 212-346-1686 for free tickets.

Media admission by press pass.

The competition is the 10th annual “Chinese Bridge,” officially known as the Greater New York Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students. It is hosted by the Confucius Institute at Pace University and sponsored by Hanban, the nonprofit organization organized by the Chinese government to spread knowledge of Chinese language and culture around the world.

Saturday’s competitors have risen to the top of an original field of approximately 85 contestants from preliminary rounds held earlier this month at New York University and Ohio State. The initial entrants came from over 13 countries including the US, England, Germany, Spain, Korea and Japan. They are studying at 32 universities ranging from Penn State and Princeton to the University of Akron and SUNY Binghamton.

Roughly a third of the regional finalists will be chosen for the final round.

Opened in 2009, the Confucius Institute at Pace University is the first university-based Confucius Institute in New York City and one of 60 in the US and nearly 300 around the world created by China to spread knowledge of Chinese language and culture.

Confucius Open House
April 29, 2011, 12:00-4:00PM, Student Union, 1 Pace Plaza, NYC Campus

Including tours of the Confucius Institute, a hands-on demonstration of calligraphy with world renowned expert Dr. Bin Zhou, a full breathing and body Qi Gong workout with master Xueming Bao, a presentation about our Chinese Classes, refreshments, and more.

About the Pace Confucius Institute

The competitions are among the first events arranged by the Confucius Institute at Pace. It expects to inaugurate Chinese language classes for both students and professional groups; encourage interdisciplinary scholarship on China through collaborate research, conferences and public lectures; develop innovative teaching and learning techniques and institutional exchanges, integrate study of China into Pace University’s liberal arts and professional curricula, and sponsor seminars for professionals in business, education, film and theater.

Its budget is contributed in equal shares by Pace, Hanban, and the Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, one of China’s largest media conglomerates. PPMG has sent executives to Pace’s graduate publishing program since 2007.

About Pace University

For 105 years Pace University 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

NEWS RELEASE: Teachers Day – a new celebration for New York?

On Friday, October 15, Pace University’s Conficius Institute will present a Chinese cultural festival at MS 345, the Castle Middle School on the Lower East Side of Manhattan at 220 Henry Street. The festival will be held after-school between 3:30 and 6:30 PM. About 60 middle school students are expected to attend.

Pace University Confucius Institute shows the way Friday, October 15 with transplant of traditional Chinese observance

Tree planting and cultural festival at Castle middle school on Lower East Side

NOTE: The Director of the Pace Confucius Institute, Weihua Niu, PhD, and school officials are available for interviews.

Photo available of this fall’s Teacher Day in China showing schoolchildren displaying collages and greeting cards that say “I love you, teacher.”

NEW YORK, NY, October 8, 2010 – In China, a special day each fall is devoted to celebrating teachers.

Why not do the same thing in New York?

That idea is being put forward by the Confucius Institute at Pace University, which teaches Chinese language and culture to students, businesspeople, and ordinary citizens.

As a demonstration, on Friday, October 15, the Institute will present a Chinese cultural festival at MS 345, the Castle Middle School on the Lower East Side of Manhattan at 220 Henry Street. The festival will be held after-school between 3:30 and 6:30 PM. About 60 middle-school students are expected to attend.

The theme of the festival will be honoring teachers, as they are honored in China at this time of year when Teachers’ Day is celebrated.

Media admission by press pass.

Nectarine tree and dumplings

Teachers’ Day falls around the traditional birthday of Confucius, the great sage and teacher.

He once said that “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” To symbolize the growth that teachers bring to their students’ lives, a nectarine tree will be planted in the courtyard of the school.

After the tree planting, the students will participate in two interactive workshops to learn Kung Fu techniques and philosophy and will view a short video on Chinese traditions. They will then paint murals to reflect on what they learned.

After the workshops, the students will be treated to a traditional Chinese buffet dinner of dumplings, stir-fried vegetables, and desserts. The festival will conclude with a version of the Chinese opera “The Monkey King,” performed by the acclaimed theatre troupe Chinese Theatre Works.

“The dumplings and Chinese food are optional, and so are the workshops and other details,” said Weihua Niu, PhD, the director of the Pace Confucius Institute. “We just think a ceremony involving students in honoring teachers is an idea that makes universal sense.”

She added that the Pace Confucius Institute will explore ways of encouraging the idea further next year.

About the Pace Confucius Institute

The Pace Confucius Institute, founded in 2009, is the only Confucius institute in the New York metropolitan area associated with a University.

This fall it is inaugurating Chinese language classes for students and professional groups, starting with an early-morning, one-month set of hour-long classes on 50 of the most useful phrases for business travel in China, and a month long set of one-hour lunchtime classes in basic conversation.

The Institute also is offering custom courses conducted at businesses and institutions. One witty consumer of New York City’s ubiquitous Chinese “take out” food has called these Chinese “take-in.”

The Institute additionally works to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship on China through collaborative research, conferences, and public lectures; develop innovative teaching and learning techniques and institutional exchanges; integrate study of China into Pace University’s liberal arts and professional curricula; and sponsor seminars for professionals in business, education, film, and theater.

Its budget is contributed in equal shares by Pace, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), and the Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, one of China’s largest media conglomerates. PPMG has sent executives to Pace’s graduate publishing program since 2007.

About Pace University

For 103 years, Pace University has produced 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, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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Contacts

Christopher Cory, media relations, Pace University

212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

Weihua Niu, PhD, Director, Pace University Confucius Institute

212-346-1815, wniu@pace.edu

Media/Great “Photo Op” Alert – Friday, June 11th at 3:00 p.m.

The 2010 Chinese Culture Festival will have demonstrations, lessons, and activities with students from M.S.131 Dr. Sun Yat Sen School. Students will participate in three different collaborative programs, with each lasting 30 to 45 minutes.

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN AN AFTERNOON OF CHINESE CULTURAL WITH STUDENTS FROM M.S. 131 IN CHINATOWN AND  SHADOW PUPPET EXTRAORDINAIRE STEPHEN KAPLIN (BROADWAY’S THE LION KING).

  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Invitation/Press-Only Activities with middle-school students from M.S. 131 Sun Yat Sen School – Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Martial Arts, Overview of China (history, culture and customs), and Student Artistic Interpretations of the day.
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Tiger Tales, Chinese Theater Works Puppet Show, Free and Open to the Public (ages 6 and up) with Stephen Kaplin, who designed the shadow puppets for Julie Taymor’s Lion King on Broadway.
  • 6:00pm: Food Tasting.

WHO/SPONSORS: The Confucius Institute at Pace University, the YMCA 21st Century Community Learning Center in Chinatown, and the Pace University Community and Volunteer Mobilization AmeriCorps program

WHEN: Friday, June 11 at 3:00 pm.  Puppet show, open to the public, begins at 5:00 pm.

WHERE: 21st Century Community Learning Center @ MS 131 CHINATOWN YMCA, 100 Hester Street, New York, NY 10002

WHAT/2010 CHINESE CULTURAL FESTIVAL (invitation/press only) – demonstrations, lessons, and activities with students from M.S.131 Dr. Sun Yat Sen School. Students will participate in three different collaborative programs, with each lasting 30 to 45 minutes. The first, Chinese Art Forms, will be facilitated by David Shen, who will provide demonstrations in calligraphy writing, followed by an active lesson in which the students, too, will practice the art of calligraphy. Chinese Martial Arts, the second program, will be conducted by Lin Ai Wei, founder of Jing Xin Yuan (Bensonhurst Brooklyn), who will give a brief history of martial arts in China, as well as a demonstration. The third program, Magical China, will provide, through video clips and other visuals, a brief history of China, and its culture and customs.  Students will then be encouraged to draw, paint and write words that reflect what they learned throughout the day. After the completion of the programs, there will be a food tasting, in which participants can sample a variety of Chinese foods from local Chinatown vendors.

WHAT/TIGER TALES SHADOW PUPPET SHOW (FREE and open to the public).  Drawing on China’s two-thousand-year history of shadow puppetry, Tiger Tales features an artful blend of Eastern and Western, ancient and contemporary techniques that is the hallmark of all Chinese Theater Works (CTW) productions.  The show has been widely-acclaimed and performed across America, South Korea, Taiwan and China, notably at the 2005 First International Shadow Play Festival in Tangshan, China, where it won citations for Best Performance, Best Short Plays, and Best Voice-Over Narration. At the 2009 Shanghai International Puppet Festival, Tiger Tales was honored with awards for Best Directing, Best Puppet Design and Arts Innovation. Tiger Tales is performed in English accompanied by traditional Chinese music.

Tiger Tales is based in the popular wisdom of Chinese folktales and literature.  The production deals humorously with issues of power and survival of the small and powerless in the modern jungle, where the proverb, “working for the emperor is as dangerous as working for the tiger” still holds true.  The stories are narrated by a wise old rabbit, telling her grand-daughter some of the adventures of her eventful life, including her hair-raising encounters with Tiger, the reigning King of the jungle.

CTW’s Stephen Kaplin, who designed the shadow puppets for Julie Taymor’s Lion King and Ping Chong’s Cathay (for which he won a Hewes Award), has created new acetate figures for this production based on the 80-year-old, leather shadow antique figures.  In performance, Kaplin solos as the live story teller creating unique and detailed voices for more than a dozen of the characters in the show.

MEDIA CONTACT/RSVP: Samuella Becker, Pace Public Information, sbecker2@pace.edu, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172

ABOUT THE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE AT PACE UNIVERSITY. Founded in 2009, it is the first university-based Confucius Institute in New York City and one of 70 in the US and over 300 around the world created by China to spread knowledge of Chinese language and culture. Pace’s Confucius Institute expects to inaugurate Chinese language classes for both students and professional groups; encourage interdisciplinary scholarship on China through collaborative research, conferences and public lectures; develop innovative teaching and learning techniques and institutional exchanges; integrate study of China into the university’s liberal arts and professional curricula; and sponsor seminars for professionals in business, education, film and theater. www.pace.edu/confucius

ABOUT PACE UNIVERSITY. For nearly 104 years Pace University has produced 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, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

230 Chinese Language Teachers to Participate in 8th Annual Conference at Pace

How are Americans doing at learning Chinese? Come find out on May 15 when the Confucius Institute at Pace University will host the 8th annual conference of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York, in which more than 230 teachers and scholars are expected to participate.

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Contact:

Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

Do you Speak Chinese? Why not?

230 TEACHERS AND SCHOLARS EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN 8TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER NEW YORK AT PACE UNIVERSITY

Confucius Institute at Pace to host; Pace demonstrates increasing links to China with third of four China related events in a month

NEW YORK, NY, May 12, 2010 – How are Americans doing at learning Chinese? Come find out on May 15 when the Confucius Institute at Pace University will host the 8th annual conference of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York, in which more than 230 teachers and scholars are expected to participate.

Attendees from secondary schools, colleges and universities will be offered nearly 60 presentations on everything from Chinese naming conventions to motivating online learners and “digital Chinese storytelling.” The presenters range from master teachers from China to professors from Yale, Columbia and NYU to teachers of Chinese at such private schools as Far Hills Country Day School and Rye Country Day School.

More information on the conference is at http://clta-gny.org/10conf/10conf_invite.html.

This comes as part of current efforts by China to encourage foreigners to know it better at the levels that undergird commerce and diplomacy.

The conference will take place from 8:00am – 5:30pm in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts auditorium, 1 Pace Plaza, NY, NY, entrance at 3 Spruce Street, just east of City Hall.

The event is free and open to the public. Media admission by press pass. Please notify us if you will cover this event or would like to interview some of the organizers and participants by phone.

Opened last May, the Confucius Institute at Pace University is the first university-based Confucius Institute in New York City and one of 70 in the US and over 300 around the world created by China to spread knowledge of Chinese language and culture.

More About the Pace Confucius Institute The conference is one of the four major events arranged by the Confucius Institute at Pace to celebrate its first anniversary. It expects to inaugurate Chinese language classes for both students and professional groups; encourage interdisciplinary scholarship on China through collaborative research, conferences and public lectures; develop innovative teaching and learning techniques and institutional exchanges; integrate study of China into Pace University’s liberal arts and professional curricula; and sponsor seminars for professionals in business, education, film and theater.

Its budget is contributed in equal shares by Pace, Chinese media conglomerate Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG), and Hanban, the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International. PPMG has sent executives to Pace’s graduate publishing program since 2007. Its Chinese partner university is Nanjing Normal University, one of the leading universities in China for preparing Chinese teachers for teaching Chinese as a second language.

A first anniversary celebration a screening of the film “Confucius” followed by a panel discussion is planned for May 19 beginning at 2:00pm at Pace’s downtown NYC campus as well. Panelists include professors from Pace, Purchase College and Yale University.

http://www.pace.edu/pace/dyson/media/files/pdf/confucius/first-anniversary/FirstAnniversaryProgram.pdf

For more information on Confucius Institute visit www.pace.edu/confucius

About Pace University

For nearly 104 years Pace University has produced 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, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Visit Pace on the web: Pace.edu | Facebook | Twitter | Flickr | YouTube. Follow Pace students on Twitter: NYC | PLV

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