Donation to Wares Ferry Elementary School Library
On November 15, Auburn Montgomery’s Confucius Institute donated over 200 Chinese language books, CD’s and movies to Wares Ferry Elementary School Library.
(Left to right, Wares Ferry Elem School Head Librarian Ms. Nina McMath, Confucius Institute Senior Program Associate Doris Willis, Principal Ed Drozdowski, Deputy Dean Confucius institute Diana Wong, student assistant Ray Chen, and Ms. Toni Turner, Wares Ferry Office Staff. )
The AUM Confucius Institute One-year Anniversary Celebration
On November 8, 2013, the AUM Confucius Institute celebrated its one-year anniversary. The festivity lasted for a whole day. In the morning, the ground-breaking ceremony of the Confucius Garden was held. Among the guests at the ceremony was Todd Strange, the mayor of Montgomery, who highly praised AUM for its active role in the internationalization of the city of Montgomery. In the afternoon, over a hundred public school children enjoyed workshops on Chinese traditional music instruments. The celebration reached its climax in the evening with a performance of Peking opera and Chinese acrobatics by the artists from the Binghamton University Confucius Institute.
2013 U.S. South Confucius Institute Directors’ Conference.
From November 2th to November 3th, Dean QiangZhai and Hong Wang attended the 2013 U.S. South Confucius Institute Directors’ Conference held by Chinese Consulate General in Houston at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
The AUM Confucius Institute at the fourth Montgomery Dragon Boat Festival
The AUM Confucius Institute participated in the fourth Montgomery Dragon Boat Festival, which is the largest festivity of its kind east of the Mississippi River.
Modeled on the traditional Chinese dragon race, the Montgomery Dragon Boat Festival takes place on the Alabama River in August every year. Over seventy teams participated in this year’s festival, attracting more than ten thousand Montgomery residents to attend and watch. This is the first large-scale community event that the Confucius Institute has participated since its founding in November 2012.
To the Confucius Institute, the Dragon Boat Festival is not only an entertaining event but also an ideal platform to promote Chinese culture. In the evening of August 22, the Confucius Institute served as one of the sponsors for the 2013 Dragon Boat Festival Reception hosted by the Central Alabama Association of Chinese (CAAC). Over one hundred guests representing different walks of life in Montgomery attended the reception, where a slide show on the origins of the Chinese dragon race was presented. As a special guest, Zhang Chuanbin, Deputy Consul General from the PRC Consulate General in Houston spoke on the importance of Sino-American relations. Chinese students from the Confucius Institute performed on Chinese musical instruments, winning rounds of applause from the audience.
On August 24, Confucius Institute staff set up five tents on the bank of the Alabama River, where they displayed Chinese cultural materials and artifacts and distributed gifts and souvenirs such as cups, pens, key-rings, and T-shirts. The dragon boat sponsored by the Confucius Institute performed well in the race. The enthusiasm and team-work spirit demonstrated by the paddlers left a strong impression on American spectators.
Happy Children in Summer
With the help from one of the local children education organizations, and the School of Education, AUM Confucius Institute initiated “Happy Children in Summer” program. Confucius Institute made a special training schedule for this program: 10 topics are given to the kids, which include Chinese Legends and Fairytales, Chinese Songs and Beijing Opera, Chinese Chopsticks and Food, Magic Chinese Words, Chinese PE Activities, etc.
The purpose of this program is to stimulate the imagination and understandings about China. Two Hanban teachers and two volunteers were sent to the learning center to teach simple oral Chinese as well as to train the kids to make Chinese lanterns, Beijing Opera facial masks, and Chinese flags and kites. On June 21, kids were invited to visit AUM Confucius Institute. There Chinese volunteers put on a special show of Chinese famous story “The Monkey King Thrice Defeats the Skeleton Demon" . To show their thanks, kids performed a Chinese song “Little star” after receiving the certificate.
Chinese Cultural Day at Wares Ferry School
At the invitation from Mr. Edward Drozdowski, Principal of Wares Ferry Road Elementary School, the Auburn University at Montgomery Confucius Institute participated in the school’s first Multicultural Festival on April 26, 2013.
In the morning, the AUM dragon dance group students and staff were warmly welcomed by Principal Drozdowski at the door. After an announcement that the dragon was approaching the school, over 450 students, teachers and parents hurried outside to watch the Dragon Dance performed by AUM students.
Following the performance of the Dragon Dance, Chinese teachers from the AUM Confucius Institute taught lessons of simple Chinese words, Chinese paper cutting, and many other arts and crafts. The students played games including shuttlecock, and learned handkerchief dance.
In the afternoon, Confucius Institute presented Tai Chi and an ancient Chinese costume show. The students could not help dancing and clapping hands when the Chinese folk music was played.
Confucius Institute also brought many Chinese crafts, ink paintings, and Chinese tea, to exhibit throughout the day. The students were excited to learn so many new and different things at one time. Principal Drozdowski appreciated AUM’s Confucius Institute for their contribution to the success of the school’s Multicultural Week. “We are looking forward to more collaborations in the Fall,” said Principal Drozdowski.