Significant Outreach during the Chinese New Year Season
February 20, 2013
During the Chinese New Year season in February, USF Confucius Institute (CI) made significant outreach to the schools and communities in the Tampa Bay area.
On February 2, the largest Chinese New Year event in Tampa Bay area was organized by the Chinese American Association of Tampa Bay (CAAT) and Suncoast Association of Chinese Americans (SACA), attracting more than a thousand participants to Largo Central Park. USF-CI was pleased to be a co-sponsor and provided performances by CI assistant Victor Florez and student Elizabeth Birmingham. Victor also co-hosted the event and the whole audience was thrilled by his Chinese language and performance skills.
On February 8, Victor Florez and Kun Shi participated in the Chinese New Year celebration event at All Saints Academy. Victor performed “The Ultimate Menu” in Chinese for several hundred elementary school students and their parents.
On February 10, we hosted the USF Chinese New Year Festival event, with over 500 students and community members attending. Dr. Roger Brindley (Associate Vice President of USF World) and representatives of co-sponsors welcomed the audience. Participants tasted dumplings and spring rolls, and enjoyed wonderful performances (lion dance, singing and dancing from community artists, and talents by the USF students studying Chinese as well as Chinese students at USF). This year, we added jeopardy questions and raffle drawings, which were well received by the audience. For a list of co-sponsors and the event program, please download the 2013 USF Chinese New Year Program (pdf).
The 8th Florida Chinese Language Competition was held on February 15-16 at Pine View School. It was co-sponsored by the Florida Chinese Teachers Association (FCTA), Pine View School and USF Confucius Institute. In addition to sponsorship, we provided two teachers (Zhenying Wang and Wei Wei) as competition judges, and Victor Florez gave a performance. CI Director Kun Shi joined the FCTA President Ginger Lin to present the awards to two “Best Teachers of the Year” (Chengmei Rothschild of the Bolles School and Kitty Wang of Pine View School), an event co-sponsored by FCTA and the USF Confucius Institute. We are proud to be partner of FCTA.