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China Day 2011

On February 25, 2011, more than 950 students from 17 Minnesota high schools gathered at Ted Mann Concert Hall for China Day—an annual event for high school students who study Chinese. Coordinated by the Confucius Institute and co-sponsored by the China Center, the event focused on the theme of Chinese fashion.

The first fashion-themed activity of China Day 2011 was a t-shirt design contest that 30 high school students participated in. A small team of Chinese language students from Minnetonka High School created the winning design, which was printed on 1,000 t-shirts and given to each student who attended China Day.

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Dr. Juanjuan Wu—an assistant professor in the department of design, housing, and apparel at the University’s College of Design—delivered a keynote lecture about the history of Chinese fashion. Dr. Wu’s lecture provided high school students with an overview the dramatic changes in Chinese fashion since the beginning of China’s modern history. She referenced her 2009 book Chinese Fashion: From Mao to Now (now available in the Confucius Institute Resource Center) and a 2010 exhibit of the same name at the University’s Goldstein Museum of Design, which she co-curated.

China Day would not be complete without student participation, so the lecture was followed by a student fashion show. Students from 13 schools walked the runway as their classmates described fashions from many different regions and eras in Chinese.