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China Day for High Schools:
Connecting Globally Through Chinese Music

Featuring: Gao Hong, Chinese pipa soloist and composer

Date and Time:
Thursday, February 16, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Join us as we explore the ways in which Chinese music connects people worldwide with renowned Chinese pipa soloist and composer Gao Hong.

A Chinese musical prodigy and master of the pear-shaped lute, the pipa, Gao began her career as a professional musician at age 12. She graduated with honors from China's premier music school, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she studied with the great pipa master Lin Shicheng. In both China and the U.S., Gao has received numerous top awards and honors. Learn more about Gao Hong.

At China Day 2017, Gao will perform with the trio Butterfly-- including Michelle Kenney on cello and Nirmala Rajasekar on veena-- to demonstrate cross-cultural musical collaboration.

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2016 Chinese Language Teacher's Conference

On Saturday, November 5 over 60 educators from across Minnesota attended the 9th annual Minnesota Chinese Language Teacher's Conference hosted by the Confucius Institute. Attendees had the opportunity to network, learn about Confucius Institute resources and listen to veteran Chinese teacher Lucy Lee's keynote lecture "Learning Chinese, Thinking Globally." Attendees also benefited from additional presentations from the University of Minnesota Chinese Flagship program and the University's College in the Schools program.

2016 Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony

On Saturday, October 8, 2016, the University of Minnesota Confucius Institute and the Minnesota Department of Education hosted the fourth annual Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony and Reception. This event recognized more than 500 Minnesota students who had successful performances on the 2016 Youth Chinese Test (YCT), Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Chinese proficiency test, Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL), and/or the STAMP Proficiency Assessment.

Remarks were provided by Consul General Hong Lei of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago; Minnesota Department of Education Director of Government Relations, Adosh Unni; and Executive Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota, Joan Brzezinski.

During the ceremony, selected student ambassadors had the opportunity to ask a question in Chinese and receive a response from Consul General Hong Lei on the topic “Friendship between the United States and China."

Congratulations to all of the award recipients and their families!


Enrollment for Spring 2017 Community Chinese

Spring term dates:
February 6 - April 20

Registration deadline:
January 27
View course offerings here.

2017 Minnesota Chinese Speech Contest

Date: April 22, 2017
Location: University of Minnesota
More information,

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