Three More Classes by CI Staff to Enhance Partnership with OLLI
June 11, 2017

The USF Confucius Institute (CI) has provided classes related to Chinese culture, history and language for USF employees and community members since 2011 (a list of courses available at The courses usually last 4-6 weeks with 8-12 sessions, and most of them are provided for the senior citizens in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

So far this year, the CI has offered three classes to strengthen its partnership with OLLI. These classes reached more than forty people and covered the topics of cultural experience, cultural history and basic language as described below.

  • “Experiencing Chinese Culture through Tea and Handicraft” by Xia Li and Liping Yan on Tuesdays during Feb. 7-28 at John Knox Village. The participants were excited by the practical information about Chinese teas and their benefits to health, as well as hands-on experience about Chinese paper-cutting and lucky knots.
  • “China’s Cultural History” by Kun Shi on Wednesdays during March 22-April 12 at Renaissance Senior Living. The course surveyed China’s cultural history with images from the pre-historic period to the present, outlining the continuous civilization of China through the dynasties and the contemporary times.
  • “Basic Chinese for Fun” by Jingping Du on Tuesdays during May 16-June 6 at John Knox Village. The class included the history of Chinese language, phonetic system, basic greetings and numbers in speaking and writing.

OLLI class on Chinese Culture through Tea and Handicraft by Xia Li and Liping Yan

OLLI class on China's Cultural History by Kun Shi

OLLI class - Basic Chinese by Jingping Du