2010 Chinese Cultural Show-Hangzhou Normal University
Twenty one performing artists from Hangzhou Normal University traveled to the US in April. In collaboration with Middle Tennessee University, the Confucius Institute at KSU organized two Chinese cultural shows: Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA on April 17; and Atlanta on April 24 with over 1,000 people attended the events. The performances include Chinese folk and modern dances, singing, Peking Opera, and traditional musical instruments. This program was featured in the Evening News on WTOL and four major newspapers in Savannah.
A history professor from AASU wrote CI “It's such a great pleasure to meet you in Savannah. Again, thanks so much for bringing this wonderful performance to our culturally isolated Armstrong! You may not know that so many students, faculty and community members were still talking about the great show even today. This "oriental monsoon" definitely became a milestone in the history of the transmission of Chinese culture in Savannah!”
Confucius Institute Book Show and GLCE Luncheon - February 27, 2010
Confucius Institute Hosted the Georgia Chinese Language Educator's meeting and luncheon. Over 45 Chinese language teachers from Atlanta area elementary and high schools attended the first Confucius Institute Book Show and received educational materials for their classrooms.
2009 Commissioner Holly Robinson, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Dr. Holly Robinson, Commissioner of Georgia Department of Learning, Ms. Mary Mazarky, Assistant Commissioner, and Mr. Ken Jin, CI Director visited China from July 2 to 12, 2009. The delegation visited Hanban in Beijing and had a meeting with Mr. Zhao, Guocheng, the Director-general and Ms. Liang, Xueming, Deputy Director on July 8th about plan to launch Chinese language education in Pre K centers in Georgia starting in the fall 2009. DECAL initiates and funds the program at three locations with six classes for 120 4-year old pupils. The delegation also visited Yangzhou University and a daycare center in Yangzhou to further discuss the implementation of the program. For the cultural orientation, the delegation visit historic sites in Beijing, Xi An, Yangzhou, and Shanghai.
2009 Chinese Bridge for the US Leaders in Education
Confucius Institute at KSU partnered with North Georgia-Pioneer Rising Stars to initiate a study trip in China for future educational leaders in Georgia from September 7 to 19, 2009. Twelve professionals participated, six of them from Georgia Virtual School of Georgia Department of Education. The objectives of this program included:
- Identifying the on-line Chinese language education program which can be integrated into Georgia Virtual School;
- Learning the best practices in on-line Chinese language education;
- Understanding virtual school development in China;
- Exchanging information with Chinese professionals in on-line education;
- Understanding the educational system in China
- Experiencing Chinese culture and learning Chinese history
Each participant is required to develop an action plan on implementation of Chinese language education in Georgia Virtual School with the target date of course offering on August 9, 2010.