Confucius Institute to celebrate five-year anniversary

April 12, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Confucius Institute will celebrate its five-year anniversary with a show of ethnic cultural dancers, singers and accompanists highlighting the 56 ethnic cultures of China.

“The five-year anniversary is a large milestone for us in the Confucius Institute,” said Mei Reeder, assistant director and program manager of the Confucius Institute. “It is a high honor to be selected to perform and we look forward to their performance as it encompasses the different aspects of Chinese culture.”

The UW-Platteville Confucius Institute is part of an international network of over 700 Confucius Institutes and classrooms dedicated to enhancing the understanding of Chinese language and culture. The UW-Platteville Confucius Institute educates people in Wisconsin and around the tri-state area through outreach activities including classes, seminars and training.

The Confucius Institute will host its celebration themed Colorful China with a show on Saturday, April 20 from 1:30-3 p.m. at UW-Platteville’s Center For the Arts. The show will feature a professional student dance troupe from South-Central University of Nationalities in Wuhan, China. They will perform martial arts, ethnic folk dances from the 56 ethnic communities of China, duets from the Sichuan Opera and use traditional instruments such as the Hulusi.

“When the Chinese government set up Confucius Institutes, the idea behind them was to promote international harmony through expanding the understanding of culture and language,” said David Van Buren, dean of the UW-Platteville Confucius Institute.

UW-Platteville hosts the only Confucius Institute in the state of Wisconsin.

“We have provided a window to China for community members, educators and businesses, as China is a multifaceted culture,” said Marian Maciej-Hiner, director of Continuing Education and the Confucius Institute.

“The institute has had success in raising awareness of Chinese culture,” said Reeder. “Instructors from China have gone as far north as four hours to present daily life, language and general culture to K-12 students.”

The Confucius Institute invited dignitaries from the Chinese Language Council International-Hanban, State Ethnic Affair Commission. Chen Dayun, president of South-Central University for Nationalities in Hubei, China, UW-Platteville partner university, along with other administrators will attend the celebration, tour the UW-Platteville campus and explore the surrounding culture.

“We are very proud to promote our program and the services we provide to the whole state of Wisconsin,” said Reeder. The Confucius Institute strives to educate more than 50,000 people over the last five years.

“The entertainment on April 20 will be spectacular,” said Van Buren. “Hopefully this will mark the first five years with many more successful years to come. I look forward to welcoming our friends from afar.”

Tickets for Colorful China are available at the University Box Office by calling (608) 342-1298 or toll-free at 877-747-1232, or online at tickets.uwplatt.edu. Tickets are $5. Those under 12 years old will be admitted for free.

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu

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