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Past Events

  • 2018: Chinese Culture Week
          • September 25, Chinese Art Exhibition: Enjoy free refreshments and art show!
          • September 26, Chinese Movie Appreciation: Watch brilliant Chinese movie clips!
          • September 27, Chinese Wushu (Kungfu) (ǁ): Learn different fist and help you keep healthy!
          • September 27, Chinese Wushu (Kungfu): Learn the essence of Kungfu!
  • 2017: Ancient Wisdom to Modern Healthcare: Understanding Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
    November 1st, 2017

    UAA Campus Bookstore

    Expert Bingzeng Zou, Ph.D., D.C., LAc. answers your questions.

    What is the Chi? What are the meridians? What are the benefits of an integrative approach to health using acupuncture and Chinese medicine?

    Dr. Zou has over thirty-four years of expertise in practicing and teaching acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Dr. Zou is a professor and the Academic Dean at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

  • 2017: Move Mountains or Move Home? Understanding Chinese Culture and Social Customs
    October 20th, 2017

    Rasmuson Hall, RM 316

    Guest Lecture from University of Notre Dame Professor Dr. Yongping.

    This lecture will discuss the differences between Chinese Culture and Wester Culture. The goal is to help our international friends to understand the characteristics of Chinese Agri-Culture and its influence from Chinese Idiomatic Expressions.

  • 2017: Political Ideas Conceived in The Book of Changes (Zhouyi)
    September 9, 2017

    UAA Campus Bookstore

    Visiting professor from the College of William and Mary Confucius Institute. Anonymous Peer Review, Editorial Board for Studies of The Book of Changes.

    Professor Zhen Liu has been invited to give lectures at the UAA Bookstore and RH115 separately. His first lecture is titled "Political Ideas Conceived in the Book of Changes (Zhouyi)" and will cover topics like rituals, political advocacy, and virtuous pursuit value of traditional ideas for contemporary social development.

    His second lecture titled with "Zhouyi and Fengshui" will talk about the influences of Fengshui upon contemporary life. 

  • 2014: Chinese Double Ninth Festival
    October 7th, 2014

    UAA Library, RM 307

    The UAA Chinese Language Program, UAA Japanese Language Program, UAA Confucius Institute, and the Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language and Culture are hosting a discussion/lecture on the Double Ninth Festival that is celebrated by both China and Japan. Learn about this festival, the details, and differences! Details are in the PDF file attached.

    We will be offering refreshments that are typically eaten during the Double Ninth Festival: Chongyang Cake and Japanese Cake!

  • 2017: Mid-Autumn Festival
    October 3rd, 2017
    Rasmuson Hall, RM 303
    In Chinese tradition with the Mid-Autumn Festival marks the changing of the seasons. Everyone is welcome to join the celebration. Eat mooncakes! Enjoy performances! Play games!
  • 2017: Chinese Culture Week
    Dumpling Culture
    Sept 11th, 2017

    Rasmuson Hall, RM 112

    Chinese Art Exhibition
    Sept 12th, 2017

    Rasmuson Hall, RM 303

    Chinese Poetry & Classical Music Appreciation
    Sept 13th, 2017

    Rasmuson Hall, RH 112

    Chinese Movie and Show
    Sept 14th, 2017

    Rasmuson Hall, RM 303

    Lecture: Linguistic Challenges and Cultural Congruence with Dr. Shinian Wu
    Sept 15th, 2017

    UAA Campus Bookstore

  • 2017: Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
    May 30th, 2017

    Rasmuson Hally, RM 316

    Experience Chinese Culture, make Zongzi, free food and admission.

  • 2017: Chinese Language Contest and Talent Show
    April 21st, 2017

    Student Union Den

    Invitation Letter

    Dear All:

    In order to promote understanding of Chinese culture and language and help students learn Chinese better, we have continuously hosted Alaska Chinese Contest and Talent Show for six years which focused on cultural knowledge in the past. This year the contest (on April 21st) will take a new form. It will consist of two rounds, and each round includes both topic speech and a poetry recital (see the following table). Topic speech aims to test non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using Chinese in their daily lives. Poems recital can help them understand and enjoy the beauty of ancient Chinese poetry. We would like to warmly invite you and your students to join us for this event.

    We look forward to your participation and excellent performance.We also welcome middle and elementary school students to show their talents, There will be no specific criteria for performance type. Students may perform Chinese dances, songs, calligraphy, etc. In order to test Chinese proficiency of contestants, we will conduct the contest in Chinese.  

  • 2017: Bi Lingual Poetry Reading and Translations
    April 14th, 2017

    UAA Campus Bookstore

    A selection of poems will be signed in ASL and read in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish with English and ASL translations, by current UAA students in the Department of Languages.

    Sponsored by the Department of Languages

  • 2017: Chinese New Year Celebration
    January 27, 2017
    UAA/APU Consortium Library, RM 307
    Celebrate the Year of the Fire Rooster.
    Exciting performance, food, special gifts
  • 2016: The Double Ninth Festival
    October 8th, 2016

    Rasmuson Hall, RM 111

    Hear the legend of Huan Jing, make chongyang cake, drink chrysanthemum tea

  • 2016: Chinese Movie Day
    Sept 24th, 2016

    Student Union Den

    Exciting Movies, bite of China, funny role-play

  • 2014: Chinese Double Ninth Festival
    October 7th, 2014

    UAA Library, RM 307

    The UAA Chinese Language Program, UAA Japanese Language Program, UAA Confucius Institute, and the Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language and Culture are hosting a discussion/lecture on the Double Ninth Festival that is celebrated by both China and Japan. Learn about this festival, the details, and differences! Details are in the PDF file attached.

    We will be offering refreshments that are typically eaten during the Double Ninth Festival: Chongyang Cake and Japanese Cake!

  • 2017: Kung-Fu: Galaxy of Kung-Fu Masters from Shaolin Temple

    The UAA Confucius Institute is honored to present a free, public celebration of traditional Chinese martial arts, music, and dance with Alaska’s first visit from the world-renown Wulin Hanyun Performance Tour for one night only on January 22, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Alaska Performing Arts Center’s Discovery Theatre. No prior registration is necessary.

    Featuring students and teachers from across China, Wulin Hanyun travels the world showcasing Chinese performance art including heart-stopping demonstrations of Tai Chi, Badunjin, and Shaolin Swordplay, modern music skillfully performed on traditional instruments such as the Guzheng, and storytelling through intricate folk dance. Organized by the themes of happiness, harmony, and sharing, the evening presents ancient culture in a modern style that is exciting for the whole family.

    Sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, Hanban, organized by the Education Department of Henan Province, and co-hosted by The University of Alaska Anchorage Confucius Institute, Wulin Hanyun features Chinese Kung-Fu, traditional dance, and folk music performed by students and teachers from Songshan Shaolin Wushu College, Zhengzhou University, and Henan Normal University. Since appearing in the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, Wulin Hanyun has performed on six continents for audiences of thousands. January 22, will be their first performance in Alaska.

  • 2014: Confucius Institute Day/Global CI 10th Anniversary

    2014 is the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Confucius Institute around the globe. On this special occasion we celebrated with an evening of special performances, and a week of activities on campus. The four-day series of events was widely enjoyed by many participants, including local teachers, University leaders, students and many friends from the Anchorage community. It was a great pleasure for all the performers and participants to share their art and culture here in Alaska.

    The series of events actually begin a month in advance with the UAA Campus Kick off Day on August 22, where focused on cultural bridge and language activities with new UAA students. On September 22, the first event of Chinese Culture week began with a Chinese food culinary demonstration and free samples in Cuddy Hall. There were activity tables for Chinese Painting, Calligraphy, and Paper Cutting. This event attracted a large number of teachers and students who participated with much enthusiasm. We successfully helped those who participated begin to understand the seemingly complex mysteries of Chinese art. We further encouraged everyone to continue to participate through our free Chinese cultural workshops held every Saturday throughout the semester.

    On September 23, UAA-CI held a grand opening ceremony for the "Confucius Institute Day." In attendance at our ceremony were many distinguished guests, including UAA Chancellor Tom Case and UAA CAS Dean John Stalvey. Both leaders were kind enough to address the audience and express warm congratulations and thanks for the contributions of the Confucius Institute at the University of Alaska, for striving to provide a rich academic and multicultural environment, as well as promote Sino-US relations in academic, cultural, trade and other aspects of cooperation. The opening ceremony received strong support from the local Chinese community, arts organizations, and primary and secondary schools in the Anchorage School District. We had many wonderful performances. The Alaska Chinese Association lion dance team opened up the performances. The Confucius Institute Lingbo Dance Troupe performed the "Geese Dance" and "Fleeting Dance." Children from the local community performed on the violin and piano, as well as sang Chinese songs such as "Jasmine", "Happy Yi People." Our guest of honor, Professor Zhang Hong from Binghamton University Confucius Institute performed a soulful song medley of Chinese minority folk songs. The same day, Professor Chen Zuyan, also from the Confucius Institute at Binghamton University, visited Bartlett High and presented cultural lectures to the students there, helping them to better understand Chinese language and culture.

    On September 24, the UAA-CI organized two lectures by Professor Zhang Hong at Bartlett High School and Nicholas J. Begich Middle School. The lectures were called, "Learning Chinese Through Song," and were received enthusiastically by the students. In the evening, Professor Zhang also gave a training program on Learning Chinese Through song to local Chinese teachers. Both UAA and Binghampton University Confucius Institutes hope to continue these kinds of cooperative and educational exchanges. In the afternoon of the 24th, Professor Chen Zuyan gave a lively and interesting lecture on Chinese poetry at the UAA Bookstore.
    September 24, Alaska and Kong Academy will celebrate the event to the community and schools. Zhang Hong teacher organized two "singing learn Chinese" lecture at Bartlett High School and Nicholas J. Begich Middle School, responded enthusiastically. That night, Zhang Hong teacher for the local Chinese teachers were "singing learn Chinese" wonderful training local teachers have said that learning Chinese fun to sing, benefit. Meanwhile Alaska and Kong hospital with Zhang Hong teachers reach deeper cooperation intention, will join Binghamton University, University of Alaska, both domestic universities and the Confucius Institute, at a deeper level of academic cooperation and exchanges. In the afternoon, Professor Chen Zuyan for the University of Alaska Anchorage campus and students bring a lively and interesting Chinese poetry lectures. That night, the Confucius Institute in cooperation with Alaska Anchorage campus restaurant, jointly organized the "Confucius Institute" China themed dinners. Well-furnished restaurant full of Chinese elements, carefully prepared Chinese food, writing Chinese names and tai chi teachers and students experience the full range of activities, resulting in feelings of Chinese local flavor.     

    The Confucius Institute Day and Chinese Culture Week events came to a close on September 25, with the Chinese Movie Night event in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. Food and beverages were provided for students and community members who attended. Three short Chinese films were provided by the Beijng Film Academy: "Grandpa's Little Opera", "Return to the Grasslands," "Can't Piss." These fun, family friendly films were enjoyed by all. The UAA-CI will continue to promote films from the Beijing Film Academy in collaboration with the Vancouver International Film Festival this winter at the Anchorage International Film Festival. We hope to share what the new generation of Chinese filmmakers are accomplishing, so we hope you take some time to attend the Anchorage International Film Festival this December.

    Let local audience tastes China in the laughter of modern China have a more vivid and in-depth understanding. Alaska Confucius Institute will steadily push forward the Beijing Film Academy, Anchorage International Film Festival in collaboration with the Vancouver International Film Festival and effort to the new generation of Chinese film to a higher level and broader platform, these three films and other Beijing film Academy film will also be sending held in December at the Anchorage International film Festival, and was first introduced Chinese film column.    
    This week long series of events received a very positive and enthusiastic response from the students at UAA as well as the local community.

    The "China Week" Confucius Institute Day celebrations at the local attracted enthusiastic responses. Local media station KRUA interviewed UAA-CI Director Professor Annie P. Zeng exclusively for these events. As Chinese President Xi Jinping said in his congratulatory letter to the Global Confucius Institute, "The Confucius Institute is to connect Chinese people and the people of the world." The University of Alaska Confucius Institute has always been committed to sharing Chinese culture in institutions around the state, and the establishment of a high-level, comprehensive cultural exchange platform that provides domestic and international diversified exchange for development, so that more people can understand China and Chinese culture.

  • 2014: 4th Annual Chinese Knowledge Contest and Talent Show
    April 5th, 2014

    UAA Student Union, the Den

    This is going to be a really fun event for everyone! The first part of this event will be the Chinese Cultural Knowledge Contest, it will be a game show style quiz, for details on how to participate please stop by UAA-CI office in RH115, or call us at 786-1760.

    To participate in the Cultural Knowledge Contest, you must first take a placement test in RH115.

    The Talent Show is actually open to anyone who is interested in doing a performance. It can be anything related to Chinese language and Culture in any way. If you have something you would like to share, such as poetry, song, dance, a skit, whatever you can come up with, come and perform, it will be a great time for all!

  • 2013: Academic Presentations
    • September 23 "Negotiating in China" with Lihong Wang
    • October 4 "Cognitive Theories and Chinese-L2 Vocabulary Instruction" with Halen Shen
    • October 14 "Classic Chinese Tales/Chinese Auspicious Pictures" with Lei Ma
    • November 4 "Clothing and Social Status in Traditional Chinese Culture" with Lin Yang
    • November 11 "Chinese Calligraphy" with Xinshi Tu
  • 2013: Chinese Business Seminar, International Trade Bootcamps

    World Trade Center Alaska presents:

    September 26 "Module 6: Cross-Cultural Communication with China"

    Module 6 is designed together with our partners at UAA Confucius Institute to help companies, organizations and individuals to successfully do business with China. In 2011, China became Alaska's largest trading partner and it's importance increases every year. This module will inform those who decided to make China the target market for their goods and services, how to successfully communicate with the Chinese and understand their mindset, cultural "dos and don'ts", and other practical information. Knowing cultural and psychological aspects of the Middle Kingdom will be beneficial for succeeding in Alaska's largest export market.


    • Annie Ping Zeng, Director, UAA Confucius Institute
    • Ming Lu, Chinese Director, UAA Confucius Institute
    • Jiajia Ru, Instructor, UAA Confucius Institute
    • Feng Chen, Instructor, UAA Confucius Institute
  • 2013: Moon Festival
    September 15: Moon Festival Celebration at Asia Center Alaska

    Moon Festival Celebration is on September 15 Please Join us to celebrate this Chinese traditional Autumn Festival.

    September 20: Moon Festival Celebration at Bartlett High School

    Hosted by Bartlett High School, UAA Confucius Institute presents yearly celebration of moon festival celebration. Please come and join to enjoy moon cakes and fun games.

    Moon Festival ( Mid-Autumn Festival) is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, during a full moon, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar.

    The Government of the People's Republic of China listed the festival as an "intangible cultural heritage" in 2006, and it was made a Chinese public holiday in 2008. Among the Chinese, it is considered the second most important holiday tradition.

    September 23: Moon Festival Celebration at Scenic Park Elementary Gym 

    Hosted by  Scenic Park Elementary School, UAA Confucius Institute presents yearly celebration of moon festival celebration. Please come and join to enjoy moon cakes and fun games.

  • 2013: Chinese Dragon Boat Festival Celebration

    The Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Festival, Duānwǔ Jié, Double Fifth, Tuen Ng Jit) is a traditional holiday in China.

    June 10th, 2013

    UAA Main Campus, the 2nd floor at UAA Bookstore, 2905 Providence Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508

    Event: Open to Public

    1. Presentation: History & Stories about Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
    2. DIY Fun: Make your own Chinese Zongzi by yourself and bring it home.
    3. Free Zongzi for people who registered for the event, we will order it from Seattle.
    4. Practice speaking Chinese with native Chinese. 
  • 2013: Summer Chinese Business Seminar

    Seminar on Chinese culture and business etiquette is designed for faculty and students who may visit China or have interests in getting to know about Chinese culture, business etiquette, and basic Chinese daily expressions. It can help prepare you with cross-cultutural knowledge and cultural tips for successful communication.

    This program focuses on four particular subjects by Chinese Culture, Chinese Historical Philosophy, Daily Life in China and Daily Chinese. With students actively participating, our instructors will give you better understanding about China.


    • May 20th "Chinese Culture" with Feng Chen
    • May 11th "Chinese Historical Philosophy" With Feng Chen
    • May 20th "Daily Life in China" with Jiajia Ru
    • May 15th "Daily Chinese" with Ming Lu
  • 2013: Chinese Talent Show

    UAA Confucius Institute is hosting "Chinese Talent Show" on Friday, April 26th. To help promote Chinese culture,stimulate students' enthusiasm in learning Chinese, and develop friendship. The Talent Show is for students who are interested in Chinese language and culture. There will not be specific criteria in regards to the type of performances, e.g. your students can perform Chinese dances, sing songs, calligraphy, poetry readings, etc. The Talent Show will consist of two sections. The first section will be intended for college students and high school students;the second section for middle school students and elementary school students.

  • 2013: Chinese Chess Class

    Free Chinese Chess Workshop

    4/6/2013 - 4/27/2013

  • 2013: Chinese Paper Cutting Class

    March 9- April 6, every Saturday

    • March 23: Butterfly and Dragonfly
    • March 30: Chinese Lantern
    • April 6: Chinese Paper Cutting
  • 2013 Spring: Spring Cooking & Culture Workshops

    Joint activity with Alaska Chinese Association.

    • Traditional Chinese Snacks (cooked: China North-East Dixanxian)
    • Entertainments in China (cooked: Stretched Noodles)
    • Chinese Gong Fu (cooked: Noodles)
    • Traveling in China (cooked: Chinese Muxiu Meat)
    • Travel to Harbin (cooked: Fish-Flavored Shredded Pork)
    • Appreciation of Chinese residential building (cooked: Chinese cabbage and Toufu)
    • American Stars in China (cooked: Chinese Salad)
  • 2011: Chinese Bridge Summer Camps for American Schools
    Dates, 6/9-18/ 2011

    Cities Visiting: Beijin, Shangdong, and Shanghai

    UAA Confucius Institute is pleased to announce the 2011 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American College Students, a 10-day program in China. UA students of all majors are invited to attend this unique Chinese culture experience trip to China as guests of Hanban and UAA Confucius Institute.


    Location: China

    UAA Confucius Institute is pleased to announce the 2011 Chinese Bridge for American Schools, a week-long program in China for American educators. School and district leaders are invited to attend this unique education trip to China as guests of Hanban and UAA Confucius Institute.

  • 2011 April: 1st AK Chinese Language Bridge Cup Contest

    Sponsored by UAA Confucius Institute and the Anchorage School District, supporting organization ACA Yen Wulin Alaska Chinese School.

    The University of Alaska Anchorage Confucius Institute and the Anchorage School District are pleased to announce the inaugural Chinese Bridge Language Contest. Students from throughout Alaska are invited to submit applications to compete in the Chinese Poetry Recitation Contest, which tests student’s oral skills, or the Chinese Calligraphy Contest, which tests student’s writing skills, or both. Rules and procedures are outlined below. The deadline for submission of registrations for the Poetry Recitation contest and the Calligraphy contest is March 31st and the competition will take place in Anchorage on April 16. The contest is made possible with the cooperation of the Alaska Chinese Association Yen Wulin Alaska Chinese School

  • 2011: "Liberating Confucius: Must Hierarcy be Hostile to Femeinism" by Joanna Crosby
    Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Morgan State University
    Graduate Coordinator of International Studies Program

    Coordinator of the Institute for East Asian Studies.

    Confucianism has been the basis of Chinese social thought and morality for thousands of years. Its emphasis on strict hierarchies in social relationships traditionally place women in a subordinate role to men. However, as China adapts and changes its traditions change with it. Prof. Joanna Crosby will discuss how Confucianism and Feminism can find a way to co-exist in modern Chinese society.

  • 2011: A Celebration of Chinese Performing Arts
    March 24th, 2011
    Wendy Williamson Auditorium

    Sponsored by UAA Confucius Institute, presented by the Academy of Music of NENU

    The Academy of Music of Northeast Normal University has gained high reputation in national as well as the provincial and municipal performing competitions since its foundation in 1956. The students of the Department of Dance and music won the second prize in the National Dance Competition on CCTV in the self-designed and self-direct session with the dance “ the Last Tango” in 2009. In 2003 in the Seventh "Taoli Cup" (Peach and Plume Cup) Dance Competition of China Youth Art Competition, the dance department students won two high prizes with "The 1000 Red" as Performance Third Prize and Creation Third Prize and folk dance" Black Pearl "as Outstanding Performance Award.

  • 2010: Chinese Culture Week

    In celebration of the autumn moon viewing festival, the UAA Confucius Institute presented Chinese Culture Week. The event featured performances, speakers, activities and film screenings. All events were free and open to the public.

    October 6 "Daoism in Chinese Culture: Then and Now"

    Prof. Littlejohn is the author of the highly regard Daoism: An Introduction, and writes and speaks frequently on the evolution of Daoist philosophy and its place in Chinese culture. Daoism is one of the great spiritual traditions of Chinese culture and has contributed much to the Chinese world view since its creation over two thousand years ago. But Daoism is a living tradition and still has an important place in contemporary Chinese culture. How has this key element of Chinese culture evolved and adapted to the great transformations taking place in China?

    October 8 "A Concert of Chinese Classical Music"

    The group Melody of China is an award winning ensemble of classical Chinese musicians based in San Francisco. For years they have performed innovative programs that combine traditional and contemporary musical styles. Their extensive repertoire includes folk songs and festival music, traditional music and Chinese opera, popular and contemporary pieces as well as an array of music from different ethnic groups. This is an excellent opportunity to experience the broad range and great variety of Chinese music played by masters of traditional instruments.

    October 9 "Festival: Chinese Adventure"

    A carnival of activities, games, performances, free food and prizes for the whole family. Dance and Martial Arts Performances will be featured along with Calligraphy, Paper Cutting and Folding, Chinese Games and more. A fun and easy way to get to know Chinese culture.

    October 10 " Chinese Movie Afternoon: Go, Lala, Go"

    Genius is ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration. That is the case for Du Lala, who begins her career in a Global Top 500 company as a humble receptionist.

    Lala tackles the pressures and frustrations of office life in a positive manner knowing that success depends on jumping through hoops and overcoming obstacle.

  • 2011: Presentations by Dr. Shih, Taiwan, China

    The University of Alaska, Anchorage Confucius Institute was proud to hold three free public lectures in celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival. The UAA Confucius Institute had the pleasure to host Dr. Te-Yu Shih, a Professor from the Chinese Culture University, and Director of the Chinese Folk-Arts Foundation, in Taiwan, China.

    The first event was a lecture held specifically for the UAA Department of Music, and featured the origins and history of traditional Chinese musical instruments.  The next event was held on September 8th, in collaboration with the Confucius Institute and the UAA Bookstore. Dr. Shih gave her presentation on classical Chinese poetry, and the different styles. The presentation was given to a delighted audience comprised of UAA students, faculty and local community. The UAA Confucius Institute had a wonderful turnout for this event, and Dr. Shih received a very warm welcome.

    On September 9th, CI hosted a Cultural Confucius Café in which Dr. Shih gave a presentation on classical Chinese Folk Songs, to the public. The presentation featured the origin of folk songs, as well as the different genres of songs. The audience was privileged to experience several classical songs sung by Dr. Shih. In addition to a wonderful and engaging presentation, the audience was provided with a free sampling of delicious Chinese food, courtesy of the Confucius Institute.

    On September 10th, Prof. Shih also gave a performance at Moon Festival celebration party held by Alaska Chinese Association.

    The UAA Confucius Institute is extremely grateful to Dr. Shih for conducting these wonderful events, and would like to express our thanks to the public for showing their interest in our programs, and for making these events a success.

  • 2010: Chinese New Year Celebration

    BNU Troupe gives performances, workshops

    The UAA CI hosted a performing troupe from Beijing Normal University, the top normal university in China and among China’s top ten overall, for a performance and several demonstrations Tuesday February 23 and Wednesday February 24.

    The troupe’s performance at 7 PM Tuesday February 23 at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium featured a variety of dance styles, from traditional to modern as well as musical performances of modern works on traditional instruments like the arhu, a single string violin, lute and flute. There were also martial arts demonstrations. The audience of about 500 hundred enjoyed a lively and tightly produced show. The performers from Beijing Normal definitely demonstrated why their university is so highly regarded.

    On the morning of Wednesday February 24 some of the performers gave a special demonstration to 400 elementary school students at Scenic Park Elementary school. The children sat in wrapped attention during the performances but once the performers were done and they came out to meet them a big scramble began to get a chance to speak to the artists. Everyone had a marvelous time.

    From 11:30 to 12:45 the rest of the 23 performers and teachers gave a demonstration for students from the UAA Drama and Theater Department. More than 60 students attended the demonstration, enjoyed a number of music and dance numbers and were able to practice some of the performer’s moves and engage in questions and answer with members of the troupe.

    The UAA CI hosted a reception for the performers that evening at the CI office suite attended by Chancellor Fran Ulmer, Provost Michael Driscoll, Dean of CAS James Liszka and International Affairs Director Ted Kassier along with UAA faculty and many members of the Alaska Chinese Association.

    Alaska was the final stop on the tour of the troupe which had also visited Oklahoma University and San Francisco State University. They departed for Beijing later that evening and the students will be back in classes as the school year resumes from holiday break on Monday.

  • 2009: UAA Confucius Institute brings Peking Opera to Alaska

    The UAA Confucius Institute sponsored a performance of Beijing Opera by a troupe from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing on Tuesday November 3, 2009 at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium.

    The appearance of the troupe in Anchorage, the first time Beijing Opera has been performed here, was the final leg of a national tour co-sponsored by five US Confucius institutes including the University of South Carolina, George Mason University, Eastern Michigan University, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Minnesota as well as UAA.

    The audience of over 800 was the largest on the tour and had a wonderful time. They enjoyed a two hour presentation starting with a lesson in Chinese Opera appreciation, discussion of musical instruments and performance techniques, and highlights from six famous Chinese Operas; Autumn River, The Reed Jungle, Picking up the Jade Bracelet, Sitting in the Palace, the Peony Pavilion, and Crossroads Inn.

    Chinese Opera is much more than music and song. Bright and colorful costumes such as those seen in the Peony Pavilion and Sitting in the Palace, and brilliant make up, as seen in Autumn River, are also an integral part of the performance. So are dance, highlighted in The Reed Jungle, and martial arts seen especially in Crossroads Inn. 

    Along with the performances and lectures members of the audience were asked to come on stage to try their hand at singing and movement.

  • 2009: UAA Delegation visits China 

    The staff of the UAA Confucius Institute was part of a delegation of UAA officials traveling in China October 14-22, 2009. The delegation included Provost Michael Driscoll, Director of International Affairs Ted Kassier, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences James Liszka, UAA CI Director Paul Dunscomb and UAA CI Associate Director GuoFeng Fricke.

    The trip had several objectives; to participate at the Conference for Chinese International Education and Exchange in Beijing, to discuss possible future exchange and other activities with Renmin University and Beijing University of Language and Culture as well as activities of direct interest to the UAA CI including visits to the Confucius Institute Headquarters at Hanban and a trip to Changchun to visit the campuses of Northeast Normal University, our CI partner.

    • The delegation visited Renmin University the afternoon of Thursday October 14. Our Provost met with Vice-President Chen Yulu to discuss the prospects for faculty and student exchanges and other areas of cooperation.
    • Dean of CAS James Liszka, UAA CI Director Paul Dunscomb UAA CI Associate Director GuoFeng Fricke visited Hanban on the morning of Friday October 16. We met with Liang Xueming and Cao Ding of the Division of Confucius Institute Affairs. Ms. Liang oversees Hanban's relations with about 300 CI's worldwide and Cao Ding is responsible for more than two dozen CI's in the US. They're very busy people! We were delighted to share the morning with them and then enjoy lunch while discussing the operations of the UAA CI.
    • The afternoon of Friday October 16 the delegation visited Beijing Language and Culture University. Provost Driscoll discussed prospects for exchanges and other areas of cooperation with Vice-President Zhao Min. Beijing Language and Culture University is partner to 16 CI's worldwide and four in the US.
    • On Monday we flew to Changchun, 500 miles northeast of Beijing, to visit Northeast Normal University. This was a first time visit to Changchun for everyone except Dean Liszka and we were all excited to make the trip. Ms. Li Yingge, who is NENU's liaison for its three CI's met us at the airport along with Prof Huang Jiying who will join the UAA CI in January!
    • On Tuesday Provost Driscoll and the rest of the delegation met with Vice-President Zhang Shaojie, Dean of International Cooperation and Exchange Zhao Junfeng, Li Yingge and Prof. Huang to talk about the present and future of the UAA CI and various projects and exchanges we could pursue in the future. Our two immediate priorities are to try and organize and scholarly symposium on biological and environmental issue in Anchorage this coming May, and for UAA to host a meeting of the Directors and staffs of the CI's in South Korea and Valencia, Spain (and perhaps a new one in Canada, too) which are all partnered with NENU.
    • The last major event of out trip took place the afternoon of Wednesday October 21 when Provost Driscoll, Director of International Affairs Ted Kassier, UAA CI Director Paul Dunscomb and UAA CI Associate Director GuoFeng Fricke returned to Hanban to meet with Deputy Director General Zhao Guocheng, who had returned earlier that day from a twelve day trip to Africa and Europe and had other duties later that night! We very much appreciated the time DDG Zhao spent with us. At the end of our meeting DDG Zhao and Provost Driscoll signed an agreement to establish the fulltime position of Associate Director of the UAA Confucius Institute. This will provide permanent, fulltime staff for the UAA CI and is a vital step forward in making it a success.
  • 2009: Chinese Culture Week
    September 10 "Celebration of Chinese Performing Arts"

    A crowd of nearly 400 people enjoyed the celebration at UAA Wendy Williamson auditorium on Thursday September 10 at 7:00 PM. Artists from San Francisco joined local artists from the Anchorage community in performances and demonstrations.

    September 11 "Overcoming the Global Economic Crisis: the China Gamble"

    Professor Barry Naughton, So Kwanlok Chair of Chinese and International Affairs at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at University of California, San Diego, spoke to a crowd of students, faculty and interested members of the Anchorage community on Friday, September 11, 2009 to discuss the global economic crisis and China’s role in bringing us out of it.

    September 12 "Chinese Adventure"

    About four hundred people came out on a rainy Saturday, September 12, 2009 to enjoy the Chinese Adventure, a carnival of games, performances, prizes and activities from noon to 4:00 PM in the UAA Student Union. Many families with children came and had a fine time. Volunteers from the Alaska Chinese Association and the UAA Chinese Language Club were instrumental in making the event a great success

    September 12 "Chinese Movie Night"

    A very successful and enjoyable Chinese Culture Week concluded on Sunday, September 13, 2009 with a screening of the 1999 film by Wu Tianming King of Masks, the story of a master of the Sichuan Opera art of “Change of Face” and his quest for a young protégé to whom he can pass on his art. The audience of forty plus people enjoyed the film immensely.

  • 2009: Chinese Consuls Visit

    On July 17, 2009 a delegation from the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco led by Deputy Consul General Wang, Chief Education Consul Shao and Consul Liu met with UAA Officials including Provost Michael Driscoll, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences James Liszka, Director of International Affairs Ted Kassier and UAA CI Director Paul Dunscomb to discuss the UAA CI opening ceremony and support for Chinese Culture Week, September 8-13. They received a tour of UAA’s brand new ConocoPhilips Integrated Science Building.