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Confucius Institute at University of Utah Hosts 10th Annual Chinese Culture Week

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah (CIUU). From September 24th through October 2nd, CIUU hosted its 10th annual Chinese Culture Week, which included cultural events and activities at the University of Utah, Confucius Classrooms and other local schools throughout the state.

To start the week, University of Utah School of Music faculty members Ning Lu and Jie Lu came together with members of the Utah Symphony to perform a mix of traditional and contemporary Chinese music.

members of the utah symphony play string instruments on stage

Utah Symphony members accompany Dr. Ning Lu on stage at Libby Gardner Hall


The next day, CIUU hosted Dr. Xiaolu Wang as he presented his lectureTrans-border and In-between: Americans in Late 19th and Early 20th Century China.” Dr. Wang is a professor at Sichuan University’s Colleges of Literature & Journalism and Foreign Literature & Culture. His lecture focused on the role of American missionaries in creating change in 19th and 20th century China.

This year’s main cultural activities featured Chinese painter and calligrapher Wenjie Miao. Throughout the week Mr. Miao held lectures and demonstrations to give UU students and staff an introduction to Chinese art. He also travelled to Utah Valley University and Uintah Elementary School, where he instructed students in calligraphy and painting. To give community members a taste of his art, his work has been displayed at the Salt Lake County Whitmore Library through mid-October.

students gather around a table to watch wenjie miao paint

Graduate students in the School of Fine Arts observe Mr. Miao’s painting

children hold up paintings of panda bears 

Students at Uintah Elementary show off their paintings

wenjie miao draws leaves onto a long sheet of paper 

Mr. Miao demonstrates his painting at the Salt Lake County Whitmore Library, where his work is on display

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Mr. Miao show his work to Fusheng Wu, director of CIUU


2017 Culture Week also saw the continuation annual activities, including the Chinese Speech Competition, Chinese Major Day, and Chinese Open House. Every year, cultural activities like these help CIUU to share Chinese culture with the local community and build a bridge between the American and Chinese people.


You can find the original Chinese version of this article here.

Last Updated: 11/2/17