10. CI staff with Dr. Bridley, after welcoming Dr. Mingjian Zhang
Chinese Culture Festival and Other CI Events in the Spring
April 28, 2014

After a series of events around the Chinese New Year season (details at http://global.usf.edu/wordpress/?p=4166&cat=31), the USF Confucius Institute has (co)sponsored more cultural events for the USF and Tampa Bay communities. We are able to do more after Dr. Mingjian Zhang from Qingdao University came in March to serve as the CI Associate Director. Dr. Zhang will also engage in teaching and research at USF.

The events since March include the following:

  • Local Chinese Bridge Competition on March 21 and regional competition in Dallas on April 27. The college student we recommended, George Tedder from the University of Florida, won the first place at the regional competition and will represent the Houston region to compete in China this summer. His superb speech and magic performance touched the hearts of the judges and audience. Our best wishes to George for another top award at the international Chinese Bridge Competition.
  • The six-week class “China’s Cultural History” for the OLLI members ended on March 19. The class was taught by Kun Shi at the Tampa Museum of Art. Twenty senior citizens attended the class for twelve-hour sessions. Some expressed an interest in visiting China.
  • CI Lecture on March 20: “China’s Government and Governance – An Australian Perspective” by Prof. Andrew Podger, Australian National University. About 40 people attended.
  • Two CI Lectures by Dr. Siu-Leung Lee about the maritime exploration of the Ming Dynasty on April 6 and 7. His extensive research and conclusive findings about the first world map in Chinese attracted dozens from USF and local Chinese-American communities.

The 5th annual Chinese Culture Festival was held on April 8 at the MSC Ballroom. The CI is pleased to partner with the Honors College again for this event, and co-sponsors include the Chinese Students & Scholars Association, Chinese Culture & Language Club, and INTO USF. The event included hands-on activities, performances of K-16 students and professional musicians, as well as martial artists from the Mt. Song Martial Art Academy. The CI information table and calligraphy table attracted big crowds. Again, the annual event began with the lion dance and ended with the dragon dance. Chinese snacks were provided and awards were given to the winners of the ping pong competition. Nearly 900 people attended this annual event, including more than 200 from five K-12 schools (Thurgood Marshall Middle, Franklin Middle, Ferrell Prep Academy, Middleton High, and Countryside High).

1. lion dance with K-12 students

2. Ferrell Academy at CCF

3. Ferrell Academy students

4. Musicians at CCF

5. tea-tasting at CCF

6. students at the CI table

7. Wei Wei at CCF

8. Yanfeng Wang demo at CCF

9. dragon team - Honors College

10. CI staff with Dr. Bridley, after welcoming Dr. Mingjian Zhang