Dr. Ronghua Ouyang, Director
Dr. Wen Wang, Co-Director
Saturday, October 7, 2017
The Mid-Autumn Festival / Annual Confucius Institute Day
Celebration was held on October 07, 2017 at the University of North Florida in
Jacksonville, Florida from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. In Chinese culture, the
Mid-Autumn Festival is a holiday that celebrates the fall season harvest.
Confucius Institute Day is a day representative of the founding anniversary of
the Confucius Institute at the University of North Florida. During this event
the Confucius Institute at UNF shared various aspects of Chinese culture
through games and activities, including Chinese chess, ping pong, tai chi, calligraphy,
tea culture, Chinese knotting, paper cutting, as well as free lunch. Mooncakes,
a dessert traditionally eaten at Mid-Autumn Festivals, were also served. There
were over 180 community members of varying ages at the event who, after signing
up, participated in each of the activities, some participating in as a much as
four out of six of the activities in order to be eligible to win a prize at the
end of the event. Prizes varied from Chinese masks, and Confucius Institute
backpacks, to Chinese language bookmarks. This event provided a delightful
range of cultural and creative experiences for all.
Special appreciation goes out to all the volunteers,
Confucius Institute teachers, staff, and supporters from the local Jacksonville
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
In celebration of the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival,
Confucius Institute at the University of North Florida, with a collaboration
with Jacksonville University, invites the Changsha Normal University Department
of Music and Dance to hold a concert at Terry Concert Hall, Jacksonville University at 7:30 p.m. on September 19, 2017.
The concert showcases various Chinese traditional
instrument performances, including Zheng solo, Bamboo Flute solo, dulcimer
solo, Erhu solo, Pipa solo and traditional instruments ensemble. The evening’s program features some of the most remarkable pieces from the traditional repertoires and includes
Mongolian duo dance and Tibetan duo dance. It
promises to be a beautiful and unique concert and one not to be missed!
Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Confucius Institute at University of North Florida (“CI at UNF”) will offer 2017 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American high school students and college students around mid-June next year. Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students and college students is an annual Chinese language and culture camp experience sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in cooperation with Confucius Institute at the University of North Florida, and Shaanxi Normal University. This two-week program is structured to enhance understanding between American and Chinese students. Through a combination of classroom study and excursions, students have a unique opportunity to expand their language skills while experiencing China’s rich culture and history on a personal level.
Chinese Bridge Summer Camp activities include but are not
limited to: Tai-chi, calligraphy, brush painting, paper-cutting, Chinese
language and culture classes, Chinese music & arts appreciation workshops,
etc. Visits to Chinese cultural landmarks, historical sites, and museums in
Xi’an and Beijing. Confucius Institute Headquarters and Shaanxi Normal
University will cover expenses in China including food, accommodation, visits,
tours and group activities. The cost is around $2,200. Students will be responsible
for international travel fees, international insurance, visa application fees,
and any unforeseen expenditures.
Participants must be registered through the Confucius
Institute at UNF aged 15-30, who have studied Chinese for no more than 3 years,
and have not participated in a visit organized by Headquarters before. They
must be an American Citizen (has a US passport), have an interest in Chinese
language and culture, be healthy enough for travel, and be willing to
participate in all camp activities.
For questions, contact the Institute at (904) 620-5436 or email
On-line application form for 2017 Summer Camp
Documents for downloading:
2017 Summer Camp Application Form (hard-copy)
2017 Summer Camp Flyer
2017 Summer Camp tentative Itinerary
Saturday, May 20, 2017
The 2017 Chinese Culture Day was held by the UNF Confucius Institute on May 20, 2017 at the University Park Branch Library in Jacksonville, Florida from 11:00 am – 3:00pm. This event, a part of the institute’s Chinese cultural immersion education program, promoted understanding of the Chinese culture through various games and activities. The celebration included the game of Chinese checkers coordinated by Dr. Chang, the craft of Chinese knotting taught by Professor Chen, the fragrant tea poured by Professor Tian, the performance of Tai Chi by Master Liu, and the art of calligraphy and papercutting led by Ms. Yang and Ms. Song. There were over 25 community participants of varying ages at the event. After signing up, receiving gifts like fortune cookies and Chinese bookmarks, then learning more about the UNF Confucius Institute, most of the young community participants moved towards the games, while most of the adult community participants moved towards the tea culture. Following this trend, all the participants randomly explored the other activities throughout their visit. The diverse range of activities provided an immersive experience of fun learning for all ages.
Special appreciation goes out to all the volunteers, Confucius Institute teachers, staff, and supporters from the local Chinese community.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Confucius Institute is proud to
announce that Sanmin Park, a student from Stanton College Preparatory School,
won the third prize award among all the 14 participants at the 10th “Chinese
Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students. He
delivered his speech “My Music Dream” and performed “Bawu”, a festival dance
composed by Chunling Lu. Confucius Institute at UNF is proud of Sanmin’s
accomplishment. Sanmin is any teacher's dream student. He is polite,
friendly and serious about his education. He is passionate about
learning Chinese language and culture. He specially interested in ancient
Chinese dialects and has done some in-depth researches on the evolution
of Chinese language, and its influences. He likes Chinese calligraphy so
much that he takes notes using a brush pen. He loves Chinese music, and studies
bamboo flute, Xiao and many other Chinese wind instruments on his own. He
helped arrange the music for our ensemble piece, and plays the flute part.
The "Chinese Bridge"
Chinese Proficiency Competition is a world-wide contest sponsored by the
Confucius Institute Headquarters/ Hanban. Since its launch in 2002, the
competition has been held in over 100 countries around the world. Every year,
finalists selected by each country gather in Beijing to attend the final
competition organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters/ Hanban. As one
part of this international Competition, the preliminary competition plays a
role of selecting competitive contestants for the regional and national
competitions. This year, the Southern US Preliminary Competition of the 16th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students and the 10th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students took place at the Confucius Institute of the University of Texas at Dallas on
April 23th (Sunday) 2017. The contest includes three parts: a 30-minute written
test on Chinese language, culture, history, national affairs, a two-minute
Chinese speech on the theme of “Dreams Enlighten the Future” and a three-minute
talent show. Confucius Institute at UNF sponsored Sanmin Park to participate in
the competition at high school level, and Ikumi Tomlinson to participate in the
competition at college level .
Friday, March 3, 2017
- Sunday, March 5, 2017
The Confucius Institute of University of North Florida participated in the
25th annual World of Nations Celebration which kicks off March 3 and opens to
the public on March 4 and March 5 at Metropolitan Park downtown. The
festival showcases the unique cultural diversity of our planet with wonderful
sights, sounds, and tastes of different nations. Attendees experience the food,
drinks and cultural practices from 30 countries, including, but not limited to:
the Bahamas, China, Cuba, Haiti, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Spain,
Syria, Taiwan, Venezuela and Vietnam. The tent hosted by
the UNF Confucius Institute is one of the most
popular cultural destinations.
Festival goers loved the Chinese dragon dancers and adored the Chinese umbrella decorated with Chinese calligraphy. Kids enjoyed making
cutting and beautiful Chinese lucky charm knots.
The Tai Chi team from the UNF Confucius Institute performed 24-form traditional Tai Chi. The performance, featuring softness with strength, attracted a lot of people on the site. Dr. Peng Liu, a full-time Martial Arts teacher from the UNF Confucius Institute, demonstrated Chinese Kung Fun, winning rounds of applause.
The event presents a wonderful opportunity for the UNF Confucius
promote Chinese cultures.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
In celebration of the upcoming Lantern Festival, Confucius Institute at the University of North Florida invites the Shaanxi Normal University School of Music to hold a "Appeal of Tang, Charm of Qin" concert at Andrew A. Robinson, Jr. Theater at 7:00pm on Febuary 11th, 2017. The concert features Chinese famous songs, dancing, Erhu/Guqin/Guzheng playing, Chinese Kung Fu (Martial Arts) demonstration and much more.
Falling on the 15th day of the first lunar month, Lantern Festival is the first significant feast after Chinese New Year. It marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations and usually falls on some day in February or March on the Gregorian calendar. Because every household eats Yuanxiao (rice dumplings stuffed with different fillings) on that day, it is also known as "Yuan Xiao Festival". During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns. For its rich and colorful activities, it is regarded as the most recreational among all the Chinese festivals and a day for family reunion and appreciating the bright full moon .
This concert is free and open to the public but registration and e-ticket are required for admission. Please make your reservation by clicking the link below and e-ticket will be sent to you via email.
For more information, please contact Ms. Allison McLarty, Office Manager, at (904) 620-5436, or email email@example.com
2017 Lantern Festival Concert Program List
2017 Lantern Festival Concert Report 1 (in Chinese)
2017 Lantern Festival Concert Report 2 (in Chinese)
Saturday, January 28, 2017
The Confucius Institute at UNF hosts 2017 Chinese Language and Culture Festival featuring performances related to Chinese language and culture. Talented performers from the elementary, middle and high schools in Jacksonville area present a variety show in the form of speech, reading, storytelling, dancing, singing or solo, duet and group musical performances that showcase Chinese culture. Each School had at least three performances and additional one display project for exhibition.
For more information, please contact the Confucius Institute or Professor Zhihua Tian at 904.620.5436 or Email
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Date：January 22nd, 2017，Sunday
Location：UNF Coggin College, Classroom
Topic： Teaching Children According To
Their Aptitude（in Chinese）
Speaker：Mr. Deyi An
Dr. Kening Wang
In this lecture, Mr. Deyi An
shares his insight about educational philosophy of Confucius and discussed the aptitude-based
education. He concluded that there are four layers of good family education,
which focuses on the essentials: recognizing human nature, understanding child
psychology and characteristics, being aware of a child’s family situation and
relations, and practicing the craft of reciting Chinese classics and
traditional Chinese culture-anchored schooling.
Before deciding on the best
educational approaches, we need to recognize human nature and human
constitution, which includes inborn nature, disposition and habits. It is not
easy to know what kind of method has to be adopted in imparting education to
children, unless we have an in-depth knowledge of the human being himself. The
aims of upbringing and teaching of children are to develop virtues and improve
human nature. Secondly, families are where children learn values, skills, and behavior.
Teachers and parents need to be fully aware of a child’s family situation and
relations. A child’s behavioral and personality issues often result from the chronic
family problems and stressing family dynamics. Thirdly, it is important to
understand a child’s characteristics, including age, situation, personality,
traits and psychology. Depending on the type of personality or ability to be
taught, a different strategy may be devised. Confucius discusses his philosophy
of education at some length in The Analects of Confucius. Mr. An recited some
passages illustrating Confucius’s view of education. It does consist in
devising separate educational methods based on the person’s personality and tuning the attitude that the person takes on the subject. Lastly, if
the ideas discussed above form the bedrock, then the effective family education
involves actions. Mr. An argued that it is important to impart traditional Chinese values to Chinese American children.
Reciting traditional Chinese classic, such as Analects, Doctrine of the Mean, Great
Learning, Mencius and other classics of Confucianism, is a great way of
learning Chinese culture. Three young grandchildren of Mr. An performed
reciting a famous Chinese poem, Luo God Fu, which has a total of over one
thousand words. The audience was awed by their good memory and fluency. It
demonstrated Mr. An’s educational approaches for teaching children Chinese classics.
In the end, Mr. An gave us his advice on how to raise a successful child
according to their aptitude and personality.
Deyi An is a famous Chinese expert in Confucianism and education, a master of
studies of ancient Chinese civilization. He has over 30 years teaching
experience and delivered over 2000 lectures on traditional Chinese culture . As
of today, his audience topped one million. Mr. An was invited to lecture at
China Central Television ‘s Oriental Masters program and Shanghai Television’s
Oriental Auditorium program. He is highly representative in practicing
traditional Chinese culture in real life and is the head consultant at Renhe
(Group) Confucianism Culture Development Company.
Date：Febuary 12, 2017，Sunday
Location：UNF Coggin College, Classroom 1114
Topic： A Mathematician’s Journey to Search Her Chinese Cultural Roots
Speaker：Professor Kening Wang
Moderator: Dr. Jing Xu,
Mr. Deyi An
Dr. Kening Wang, Associate Professor of Mathematics at University of North Florida, reflects on her journey to find her roots in the traditional Chinese cultural realm. The philosophy and methodology in the mathematical realm has made it possible for her to interpret Chinese classics in a particular way. No matter where our journey starts or what path we follows, our pursuit for the cultural roots returns us home to the very source of our beings.
Date：April 2nd, 2017,Sunday
Time：2：00 - 4：00pm
Topic：Mathematical Mysteries in Oracle-bone Script （in Chinese）
Speaker：Mr. Tuyun Zhang
Oracle bone script (Chinese: 甲骨文) is the form of ancient Chinese characters inscribed on bones or tortoise shells in the late 2nd millennium BCE, and is the earliest known form of Chinese writing and the earliest writing in East Asia. The vast majority were found at the Yinxu site (in modern Anyang, Henan Province).They consist of short texts inscribed on ox scapulae and turtle shells and are known as oracle bones, and the script is known as the oracle bone script. In this lecture, Mr. Tuyun Zhang shared his passion for research on oracle-bone inscription and gave us a basic introduction to this abstract and esoteric writing. Based on the currently available evidence, the ancient civilization in China independently developed mathematical symbols which were used in the oracle bone script. The development of mathematical symbols in China is a significant piece of Chinese history. Mr. Zhang revealed to us the significance of their origin, evolution, rise and fall within Chinese mathematics. Some interesting stories about mathematical development in China and other countries captivated the audience. They are excited to learn a little about the ancient Chinese script .
Mr. Tuyun Zhang, an accomplished and talented researcher on o
racle bone script,
development of mathematics, calendar science in Ancient China and the Yi
Jing. He has authored many articles on a variety of topics related to
Chinese Mathematics development in Shang and Zhou dynasty. His recent
representative works include Four Topics of Mathematics in Shang and
Zhou Dynasty, which discusses the mathematics and calendar development
in the early days of China based on Oracle bone scripts. The book’s
research on mathematics development in the Western Zhou dynasty is based
on the divination practices of the Yi Jing. Mr. Zhang retired from
Guizhou Normal College in 2009 where he presided over the infrastructure
management department. He has been engaged in the teaching and research
on Civil Engineering Mechanics for many years.
is a wonderful pastime of Mr. Zhang.
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Saturday, January 21, 2017
The Jacksonville Chinese Association and the Confucius Institute at UNF successfully held the Jacksonville Chinese Lunar New Year Gala on January 21, 2017 at the Avenues Mall, open to the public. The event started at 4:00pm, and lasted past 7:30pm. The event features local Chinese artists, students, fans of Chinese culture who drew a large crowd of mall patrons to celebrate the upcoming year of the rooster.
Performances included a traditional dragon dance by members of the JCA, renditions of popular Chinese songs and dances by talented high-school and middle-school students from the Stanton Chinese Club and James Weldon Johnson Chinese Club, a lively folk dance presented by kids adopted from China, an elegant tea-art show, graceful displays of Tai-Chi by a group of seniors, and much more.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Dragons were flying, Tai Chi was flowing, tea was fragrant and happiness was everywhere during the Chinese New Year Celebration put on by the UNF Confucius Institute on January 19th, 2017 at The Pablo Creek Regional Library in Jacksonville. The Celebration had a dragon dance performance, an elegant Chinese traditional dance performance by Li Tong, Tai Chi being taught by Master Liu, terrific tea pored by Mrs. Tian, great Chinese food, Chinese calligraphy instruction by Ms. Yang, paper cutting taught by Mrs. Song, Chinese Checker games led by Mrs. Chang, and many more exciting Chinese cultural stands. There were over 130 people from all different cultures at the event to celebrate the Chinese New Year of Rooster and learn and experience Chinese culture during China’s biggest holiday of the year. Everyone ate wonderful food, enjoyed wonderful performances and got a true feeling of what it is like to celebrate the Chinese New Year amongst Chinese friends. It was a great and exciting event and we would like to thank everyone involved and wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year and the best of luck in the year of Rooster. View photos
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Mr. Ben Giaimo, former president of the UNF Chinese Culture Club, earned a master's degree in Ancient Chinese Characters and Literature from Shaanxi Normal University in Xi'an, China. He has studied and lived in China for
over 5 years and has made many speeches on Ancient Chinese Language and
Culture, Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism. He performed many Chinese songs and
dances all over China and he also translated some ancient Chinese Classics into
American Slang. He firmly believes if more people learn and understand
ancient Chinese history and wisdom, the world will become more and more
After five years of learning and traveling around China, American scholar, Mr. Ben Giaimo or Ben Ben in Chinese，came back to America and partnered with the UNF Confucius Institute to spread his experience and knowledge of Chinese culture and wisdom with the students at UNF.
An Overview and Comparison of Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism (
On January 17th at 7:15 in Building 10 Room 2419, on UNF campus. Ben Ben delivered a lecture on Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism to UNF students, faculty and also Chinese and American friends from Jacksonville.Wearing ancient Chinese attire, and starting his lecture with a 2700 year old Chinese poem with professional banjo Qin player Bryan Davis, he told about his experiences in China doing Confucian ceremonies, visiting Daoist Mountains, and also living in Buddhist temples. He compared Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism to enlighten everyone about the wisdom within. He explained how Confucianism is all about having fun learning, compassion, politeness, respect, superheroes and understanding people. Daoism is about the Yin and Yang patterns of the universe and understand nature. Buddhism is about fate, enlightenment, cherishing all life and understanding ones own heart. He also stressed if people understanding these three philosophies it will bring them closer to all Asian people and culture. Ben Ben hopes by spreading ancient Chinese wisdom on bread it will be easier for everyone to take in. It will also bring the two cultures closer together, and teach everyone to be at harmony with people, nature and themselves.
Ancient Methods to Reading and Understanding Chinese Characters - Part I (用古方法学习与了解汉字 I)
On Tuesday, February 7th from 7:10-8:30pm Ben Giaimo gave a lecture on Ancient Methods to Reading and Understanding Chinese Characters Part One. Ben first introduced the history of Chinese Characters and explain how all of them derived from nature and how Fu Xi, Shen Nong Shi and Cang Jie all had a big influence on the creation of the Characters. Ben then explained all Chinese characters are pictures of different objects and how all Chinese characters can be placed into 6 different groups called “Liu Shu” or the six ways Chinese characters were created. Ben explained the six different ways Chinese characters were created and told everyone if they can understand these concepts they can understand all Chinese characters.
Ancient Methods to Reading and Understanding Chinese Characters - Part II (用古方法学习与了解汉字 II)
On Tuesday, February 21st from 7:10-8:30pm Ben Giaimo gave a lecture on Ancient Methods to Reading and Understanding Chinese Characters Part Two. The second lecture on characters first reviewed the concept of “Liu Shu” the six ways Chinese characters were created, and then went into the origin and development of Chinese characters over the past 3000 years. Lastly he explained how traditional Chinese characters were simplified and how all Chinese characters were created for writing down history and important ideas , all of which had to do with being kind, loving and respectful.
Confucianism and Super Heroes (儒家思想与超级英雄 )
On Tuesday, March 7th from 7:10-8:30pm Mr. Ben Giaimo gave a lecture on Confucianism and Super Heroes. The speech started
with a interesting song about Confucianism and then gave a brief history of
s life. Ben then talked about the main ideals
in Confucianism and the main types of people in the philosophy. The main ideals
were Compassion, Justice, Politeness, Wisdom and trust. The different types of
people were sheng ren(sages), jun zi (superheroes) and xiao ren(super
villains). Ben explained how Confucianism is all about superheroes and gave
examples from four different Confucian classics.
Daoism, Yin Yang and The Patterns of The Universe
Tuesday, March 28
from 7:10-8:30pm, Mr. Ben Giaimo
gave a lecture on Daoism, Yin Yang and the Patterns of The Universe. The
lecture started with a Chinese song about Daoism that his band “China Boys”
wrote themselves. Then Ben gave a brief overview of Lao Zi and the book he wrote
Dao De Jing
. He then went on and explained the meaning of the Dao,
Ben explained that the Dao has many different meanings but the main meaning is
the patterns of the universe. After explaining the Dao Ben used different
examples he translated himself from the book the
Dao De Jing
the concept of Yin and Yang. Yin representing the earth, female and soft, and
Yang representing the sky, male and strength. Lastly, Ben gave more examples of
how the Dao De Jing really does describe many patterns in the universe, and
gives an explanation of how the universe works. Ben finished his lecture by
explaining the idea of Feng Shui and how the human body is really just a small
world or universe so we should all take care of ourselves.
Buddhism, Meditation and Enlightenment
Tuesday, April 4th from 7:10-8:30pm Ben Giaimo gave a lecture on Buddhism, Meditation and Enlightenment. The lecture started with Ben and his amazing Buddhist banjo playing friend Bryan performing two Chinese Buddhist songs. Ben then went on to explain the main concepts in Buddhism such as Reincarnation, Karma, Oneness and understanding one’s own heart. After this enlightening explanation Ben taught the class how to properly bow and meditate. While explaining this, an enlightened scholar from India taught the class that in Hindi Zen is called Dan, in Chinese it is called Chan, and in Japanese is it is called Zen, and that the original meaning was meditation. Lastly he explained the idea of enlightenment and how suffering really only come from excessive desires and by not having so many wants and staying away from all thing bad one can reach enlightenment and possibly learn to fly. After the lecture four wonderful friends from India shared thoughts and ideas on Buddhism and its true meaning.
Basics on How to Live in China
Tuesday, April 18th from 7:10-8:30pm Ben Giaimo gave a lecture on The Basics on How to Live in China. The lecture started with a Chinese ethnic minority folk song about drinking cha (tea), Ben and Bry the man Davis also brought tea and crackers for everyone. Then the lecture began with a big Confucian bow from a wonderful and inspiring special guest Raymond Giaimo. Ben started by teaching the class how to greet people in Chinese and say things like Ni Hao(Hi!), Ni zen me yang(How are you)?, Xie xie (Thank you). He then taught the class how to get around in China, how to ask for directions, how to buy stuff, and also how to bargain. Lastly, Benben told everyone what different things there are to do in China like singing KTV, drinking cha with friends and also dancing the night away with A yis. The whole class was very excited and happy to have got to learn about how to live in China, and no lecture series could be complete without Xiao Ruirui flying in on a phoenix and bringing happiness to the whole class. Ben thanked everyone for their support throughout the semester and Ben Giaimo’s lecture series on Chinese language and Culture came to a Zhong guonderful end.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Beginning Chinese Language and Culture
Discover the Chinese language and culture taught by a visiting instructor from the School ofChinese Language and Literature, Shaanxi Normal University. This interactive 10-week course will help you learn basic Chinese language skills and understand key concepts of Chineseculture through role-playing, storytelling and situational real-life learning environment.Textbook: “Experiencing Chinese” available in CI office, containing 50 daily life conversational topics.This Courses is taught by Dr. Meixiang Chang. Dr. Meixiang Chang is a professor in Chinese Linguistics. She teaches Chinese students modern Chinese, Chinese phonetics, Chinese lexicology at the School of Chinese Language and Literature, Shaanxi Normal University.
January 10, 2017 – April 20, 2017
Arena Room: 39A/1032
Dr. Meixiang Chang
Click here to register
Chinese Language and Culture II
Chinese language and culture II will be a follow-up course of Chinese Language and Culture I. This interactive course will help those who have learned at least 20 hours of basic Chinese to improve their communication skills so that they can speak more fluently and feel more confident to talk with native speakers. It also has a small focus on business circumstances communication which helps the learners start the first step of their career. The course will be instructed through role-playing, storytelling and a situational real-life learning environment. The textbook is Experiencing Chinese, which contains 20 daily life conversational topics.This Course is taught by Confucius Institute Professor Zhihua Tian. Professor Tian earned her master's degree in linguistics and applied linguistics. She teaches Chinese language and culture to students from abroad at the School of International Studies, Shaanxi Normal University, China for 12 years. Business Chinese teaching is her area of expertise.
January 9, 2017 – April 19, 2017
Monday & Wednesday
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Professor Zhihua Tian
Click here to register
Chi originally refers to Chinese classical philosophy that the world is made up
of two opposite sides: Yang and Yin. Yang is a collective name for positive for
a thing, while Yin for negative. Yang includes motion, hard, advance, open,
flexion, tense, high, man, attack, etc. while Yin includes stillness, soft, retreat,
close, extension, low, woman, defense, etc. This course will cover skills of
Zhanzhuang (Standing-pole), basic skill of Tai Chi, and 24-style, 42-style Tai
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Wen Wang or Allison McLarty at 904-620-5436 or Email
Friday, December 23, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Date: November 10, 2016 (Thursday)
Time： 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location： Bldg. 57 (College of Education), Room 1100b
Topic： An Overview of Chinese Language and Culture and Study Abroad ( in English)
Speaker： Mr. Ben Giaimo
A brief overview of the 5000 year old history of China and how the ancient Chinese philosophers and legends made China what it is today all starting from a magic turtle and a dragon horse. Ben Ben also shares his experiences living in China for 5 years.
Mr. Ben Giaimo, MA in Ancient Chinese Characters and Literature from Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an China, and former president of Chinese Culture Club at UNF, has studied and lived in China for over 5 years and has made many speeches on Ancient Chinese Language and Culture, Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism. He performed many Chinese songs and dances all over China and he also translated some ancient Chinese Classics into American Slang. He firmly believes if more people learn and understand ancient Chinese history and wisdom, the world will become more and more peaceful.
(904) 620-5436, or
Saturday, September 17, 2016
- Sunday, September 18, 2016
Join the Confucius Institute on September 17th and September 18th to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and Confucius Institute Day! Festivities begin on Saturday September 17th at UNF Building 57, Room 1100A from 10:00 am and last until 3:00 pm. Free lunch is provided as well as cultural activities and games! Join us again on Sunday September 18th from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm for a concert celebration featuring performers from Orlando and Jacksonville. Come enjoy traditional Chinese singing, Beijing Opera and music.
China’s Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on month 8 day 15 of China’s lunar calendar (in September or October). Mid-Autumn Festival this year is on September 15.
On Mid-Autumn night the harvest moon is supposed to be the brightest and fullest of the year, so the festival is also known as the "Day of Reunion" and the "Moon Festival".
Chinese people believe the full moon is a symbol of peace, prosperity, and family reunion.
The two events are free, but e-ticket required.
For the Saturday Confucius Institute Day,
RSVP to Allison McLarty at firstname.lastname@example.org or
904-640-5436 by September 12th as space is limited.
Performers Introduction for the 2016 Mid-Autumn Concert
2016 Mid-Autumn Festival Concert Poster
2016 Mid-Autumn Festival and Confucius Day Poster
View video recording for the concert- Part I
View video recording for the concert- Part II
View video recording for the concert- Part III
View video recording for the concert- Part IV
View video recording for the concert- Part V
View video recording for the concert- Part VI
View photos for 2016 Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
View Photos for 2016 Mid-Autumn Festival Concert
Monday, August 22, 2016
- Friday, December 9, 2016
Confucius Institute at University of North Florida offers two non-credit Chinese courses and tutoring in fall 2016. The courses and tutoring are free to UNF faculty, staff and students. The details is as follows :
Business Communications in
This course will improve learners’ Chinese business communication abilities. To do business in China requires not only language skills, but also knowledge of Chinese business culture and economic information. For this purpose, the classes will feature a series of business conversations portraying a businessman’s business trip to China. Role playing, pictures and more activities will be used to encourage students to speak using the target language.This rare opportunity to gain an insider’s view of Chinese culture is made possible through the Confucius Institute at University of North Florida, a joint collaboration between the University of North Florida and Shaanxi Normal University, China. Courses are taught by Confucius Institute Professor Zhihua Tian.
(* This course is also taught by Continuing Education, click here for details)
August 22-December 7
Monday & Wednesday
Dr. Zhihua Tian
Basic Chinese Language and
Discover the Chinese language and culture taught by a visiting instructor from the School of International Studies, Shaanxi Normal University. This interactive 10-week course will help you learn basic Chinese language skills and understand key concepts of Chinese culture through role-playing, storytelling and a situational real-life learning environment. Textbook: “Experiencing Chinese,” (included in the tuition), contains 50 daily life conversational topics.This rare opportunity to gain an insider’s view of Chinese culture is made possible through the Confucius Institute at University of North Florida, a joint collaboration between the University of North Florida and Shaanxi Normal University, China. Courses are taught by Confucius Institute Professor Meixiang Chang.
(* This course is also taught by Continuing Education, click here for details)
August 23-December 8
Tuesday & Thursday
For any questions, please contact Dr. Wen Wang at (904) 620-5436 or Email
Saturday, July 16, 2016
- Saturday, July 30, 2016
The Confucius Institute at University of North Florida (“CI at UNF”) offers the 2016 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American high school students. Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students is an annual Chinese language and culture camp experience sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in cooperation with Confucius Institute at the University of North Florida, and Shaanxi Normal University. This two-week program is structured to enhance understanding between American and Chinese students. Through a combination of classroom study and excursions, students have a unique opportunity to expand their language skills while experiencing China’s rich culture and history on a personal level.
Chinese Bridge Summer Camp activities include but are not limited to: Tai-chi, calligraphy, brush painting, paper-cutting, Chinese music & arts appreciation workshops, etc. Visits to Chinese cultural landmarks,historical sites, and museums in Xi’an and nearby areas..Confucius Institute Headquarters and Shaanxi Normal University will cover expenses in China including food, accommodation, visits, tours and group activities. Students will be responsible for international travel fees, international insurance, visa application fees, and any unforeseen expenditures.
(1) American Citizen (has a US passport)
(2) High School Student (ages between 15-30, grades 9-12)
(3) Less than 3 years of Chinese education
(4) Have interest in Chinese language and culture
(5) Healthy enough for travel
(6) Be willing to participate in all camp activities and comply with requirements.
Click here to download the following documents:
2016 Summer Camp Application Form - Updated
2016 Summer Camp Application Form for Teacher
2016 Summer Camp - Flyer
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
- Thursday, July 14, 2016
Confucius Institute at University of North Florida offers one non-credit Chinese courses and Chinese tutoring in summer 2016. The course and tutoring is free to UNF faculty, staff and students. The course details is as follows :
Dates/Time: May 10, 2016 – July 14, 2016Section One: Tuesday, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Section Two: Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Room 10/2427
Tuition:FREE for UNF faculty, Staff and students.
Instructor: Dr. Meixiang Chang Dr. Meixiang Chang is a professor in Chinese Linguistics. She has been teaching Chinese students modern Chinese, Chinese phonetics, Chinese lexicology at the School of Chinese Language and Literature, Shaanxi Normal University.
Course Description: Discover the Chinese language and culture taught by a visiting instructor from the School of International Studies, Shaanxi Normal University. This interactive 10-week course will help you learn basic Chinese language skills and understand key concepts of Chinese culture through role-playing, storytelling and situational real-life learning environment. Textbook: “Experiencing Chinese” available in CI office, contains 50 daily life conversational topics.
Registration:Please click the link HERE for registration
For any questions, please contact Dr. Wen Wang at (904) 620-5436 or Email
Sunday, April 24, 2016
The "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency
Competition is a world-wide contest sponsored by the Confucius Institute
Headquarters/ Hanban. Since its launch in 2002, the competition has been held
in over 100 countries around the world. Every year, finalists selected by each
country gather in Beijing to attend the final competition organized by the
Confucius Institute Headquarters/ Hanban. As one part of this international
Competition, the preliminary competition plays a role of selecting competitive
contestants for the regional and national competitions. This year, the 9th
“Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students
Preliminary Competition in Southern United States was held on April 24, 2016 at
University of Texas, Dallas campus. Confucius Institute at UNF sponsored a
student competitor from Paxon School for Advanced Studies to participate in the
preliminary competition - Miss Simmons Alannah, accompanied by her Chinese
teacher Ms. Lijuan Song. The contest consists of three separate and independent
parts: Chinese language proficiency test, speech (Theme: “Dreams Enlighten The
Future”) and talent show. It provides a great platform for high school students
to demonstrate their talents and achievements in Chinese language and culture
Contestants’ high proficiency
in Chinese and passion in making their speeches had brought rounds and rounds of
applause among the audience. The performance many contestants put on stage had
also dazzled the judges and the audience .As the only one ninth grader attendee
in the high-school group, Simmons performed very well. She delivered the speech
“My China Dream” and performed calligraphy writing Chinese characters for
“China Dream”. She eventually won the Excellence Award. “I’m so happy that I
can take part in this Chinese Bridge Contest.
I love the friendly ambiance here and would like to participate in it
again.” said Miss Simmons Alannah, “The exposure to other great contestants
gave me real, vivid, and living goals. I know how to improve my Chinese
I am sure I can perform much
better! I wish I can win the first prize next year and realize my China dream!”
Thursday, April 21, 2016
- Sunday, April 24, 2016
The 24th annual World of Nations
Celebration was held from April 21 to April 24 2016 at Metropolitan Park on St.
John’s River. It is a multicultural festival that showcases the unique
diversity of our planet. This festival features cuisine, artistry, music, and
entertainment from over 30 countries. It hosts dozens of booths featuring arts
and crafts and authentic food from various nations. It provides a chance for
different cultures to gain a mutual understanding of each other. In
collaboration with Jacksonville Chinese Association, UNF Confucius Institute
participated in the festival and our booths attracted thousands of visitors who
enjoyed arts, crafts and beautiful Chinese books. Our efforts to promote
Chinese culture and language and reach out to the Jacksonville community met
with complete success.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
On April 16, 2016, Confucius Institute at University of North Florida co-sponsored UNF students’ “Teach Locally, Think Globally” Diversity Conference. About 200 students of College of Education and Human Services participated in the forum. There were six sessions on 29 different diversity topics as highlighted presentations and 25 poster presentations at the conference. One of exchange students from Shaanxi Normal University led a Chinese cultural trivia game at the lunch time. Students had actively explored a unique Chinese cultural game and experienced a unique Chinese learning and culture sharing with cell phone technology.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Confucius institute (CI) at University of North Florida cohosted a teacher training workshop for the Duval County Public Schools world language teachers with UNF International Business Flagship Program in Coggin College of Business on Friday, April 8, 2016. The workshop was presided by DCPS world languages supervisor Dr. Joanne Davis. Dr. Ronghua Ouyang, Director of Confucius institute at University of North Florida, delivered a welcome and opening remarks. Dr. Ouyang, Director introduced CI to the teachers and informed teachers of CI’s past and coming programs and activities, and available resources/supports to Chinese language and cultural development programs in and around the county, including the 2016 Chinese Bridge Summer camp to Xi’an, China.
Dr. Nile Stanley, associate professor at UNF, presented “Teaching with Poetry in the Foreign Language Classroom,” an interactive workshop providing tools and inspiration for foreign language instructors. Teachers in attendance were moved by Dr. Stanley’s enthusiasm and hand-on approach to excellence in education. Dr. Stanley ended with an invitation to attend the 2016 Untested Ideas International Research Conference June24-26, sponsored by the College of Education and Human Services at University of North Florida.
Director of UNF International Business Flagship Program, Dr. Andres Gallo outlined the importance of reaching language students early, citing that early encouragement in language education leads to more fulfilling and meaningful experiences on students’ study abroad. Dr. Gallo detailed the Global MBA, Coggin College of Business Study Abroad opportunities, a guide to an IB internship, and the Coggin Delegation- an international student exchange buddy program.
Duval County teachers gained the opportunity to converse with their counterparts in other schools to collaborate classroom ideas and pacing, and were left with increased knowledge of their support structures and inspirations for their own classroom activities.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
The Confucius Institute at UNF collaborated with the Jacksonville Chinese Association ("JCA") to celebrate the Chinese New Year at
UNF Student Union in
University of North Florida. The event was free for all UNF faculty, staff, and students while the Jacksonville Community had to pay an entrance fee. About 300 guests attended the event. The JCA provided all entertainment and catering for the night. The Confucius Institute wrapped gifts for children and provided all guests with bags printed with the Confucius Institute logo.
Entertainment for the night included singing performed by JCA members, a magic show, and a trivia game. The Confucius Institute collaborated with the JCA for the trivia game, creating questions and wrapping them in handkerchiefs to be handed out among a few guests. Winners were gifted with Confucius Institute T-shirts.
The New Year Celebration was a family fun event, serving as an opportunity for the Jacksonville community to gather and enjoy entertainment in welcoming the Year of the Monkey. It is also a wonderful opportunity to socialize and network with students and faculty members.
Confucius Institute at UNF hosts a Chinese Language and Culture Festival on 2/6/2016 in Mandarin Middle School. This event focuses on performances related to Chinese language and culture, The performances are presented by elementary, middle and high schools in Jacksonville area in the form of speech, reading, storytelling, dancing, singing or instruments playing individually, in pairs or in groups. Each School prepares at least three performances and additional one display project for exhibition. We encourage all Chinese learning students and their parents to participate.
For more information, please contact Professor Zhihua Tian.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Confucius Institute launches a series of lectures in spring semester 2016. List of lectures is as follows:
Lecture OneDate: 01/29/2016Time：2:00 - 4:00pmLocation： UNF Coggin College, Classroom 1114Topic：Neo-Confucianism: A Brief Introduction ( in English)Speaker：Dr. Sarah Mattice
Moderator: Dr. Kening Wang
In this presentation, Dr. Sarah Mattice, who holds a PhD in Comparative Philosophy and Specialty in East Asian Philosophy, gave an amazing and very comprehensive lecture on Neo-Confucianism. In her lovely and detailed lecture, she covered the founding of Neo-Confucianism, which due to the strong influence of Buddhism at the time on Meta Physics, lead to the Confucian scholars of the day rethinking and reinvigorating their own teachings. She also covered many of the scholars that helped in the founding Confucianism as we know it, including the Cheng Brothers, Zhu Xi and Wang Yang Ming. All of these great details and her outstanding ability to respond to many insightful and complex questions due to her strong knowledge of the history, lead to a very educational and fun lecture that anyone could cognize after being present.
Date: 03/06/2016Time：2:00 - 4:00pmLocation： UNF Coggin College, Classroom 1111Topic：Reading the Classics and Enjoying Happy Life ( in Chinese)Speaker：Professor Wen WangModerator: Dr. Kening Wang
Happiness, which everyone yearns so much for, becomes something really easy to get by reading classics. In this lecture, Professor Wang discussed the meaning of happiness via various classic works of literature and philosophy. He explored the ways happiness has been treated throughout the history of ethics, includes writings by Aristotle, Confucius, Mencius and Zhuangzi, etc. He argued that happiness is a dynamic concept. It can have different meanings to different individuals. Happiness can take different forms and interest. For an individual, happiness involves some sense of achievement and accomplishment, a conscious recognition that one has reached the fullness of one’s being and being content with what one is. The ability to feel happy is a very personal and powerful choice.
Everybody’s life can generally encompasses three dimensions of wellness: physical, social and spiritual. Each dimension is interrelated with another, however, spiritual dimension is vital in the pursuit of happiness. Professor Wang speaks unambiguously about his own perceptions in the spiritual realm, which is of an entirely different nature than all the other ones. Spiritual realm is independent, self-supporting and self-governing. Reading classics can help us build up our spiritual realm and learn how to be happy. We can benefit from the insights of some of the wisest people who ever lived by opening a book. What this means in practice is that we can indeed learn how to be happy, or at least greatly increase our chances of being happy. Reading classics can lead us to some critical realizations about what may not make us happy and transform our lives for the better. More importantly, classics can build up a realm in the inner territory of our mind that is separated from the outside world and help us withstand the buffets and tremors of life.
When it comes to happiness, our decisions and actions are profoundly important. However, human beings in general seem to have a propensity to misapprehend the true complexity of the world around them. Nonetheless, classics is absolutely critical in shaping our judgement, identity and worldview. Professor Wang uses anecdotes and his own success life stories to illustrate the power of reading the classics. In the end, Professor Wang articulated his own perspective of happiness. Happiness lies in contentment. A man who is contented will be happy.
Professor Wen Wang is the co-director of UNF Confucius Institute, doctoral advisor and former Dean of School of Foreign Languages at Shaanxi Normal University in China. He is the director of Shaanxi Foreign Literature Society, vice chairman and secretary-general of Shaanxi Association of Comparative Literature, member of English Division of National Foreign Language Teaching Advisory Board under the Ministry of Education. Professor Wang has authored many articles on a variety of topics related to British American literature, comparative literature and world literature. He authored a nationally recognized book “American Modern Poems” and co-authored a multitude of books used as reference materials for scholars and foreign language teachers. He brings the lecture his original talent, enriched by a profound knowledge of literature and philosophy.
The Yi Jing, also known as the Book of Changes, has always been regarded as one of the most important books in the world's literature. Of all Chinese classics, the Yi Jing ranks number one and is considered as the root of the great Dao by Daoism.
It takes place in every dimension of life, in the evolutions and revolutions of the world as well as in natural cycles.
Indeed, not only the philosophy of China but its science and statecraft as well have taken the inspiration from this book. It was the manual for kingship and used by military and political strategists.
UNF Confucius institute hosted one lecture from Mr. Tuyun Zhang to talk about the Yi Jing. The lecture covers a basic introduction to the Yi Jing, some interesting stories about divination practices in history, a brief introduction to the divination principles of the Yi Jing, the image-numerology, bamboo slips, and research highlights. Mr. Zhang also revealed us the relationship between mathematics and the Yi Jing.
Mr. Tuyun Zhang, an accomplished and talented researcher on development of mathematics, calendar science in Ancient China and the Yi Jing. He has authored many articles on a variety of topics related to Chinese Mathematics development in Shang and Zhou dynasty. His recent representative works include Four Topics of Mathematics in Shang and Zhou Dynasty, which discusses the mathematics and calendar development in the early days of China based on Oracle bone scripts. The book’s research on mathematics development in the Western Zhou dynasty is based on the divination practices of the Yi Jing. Mr. Zhang retired from Guizhou Normal College in 2009 where he presided over the infrastructure management department. He has been engaged in the teaching and research on Civil Engineering Mechanics for many years. He brings his unique perspective and insight into the Yi Jing research.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Confucius Institute at University of North Florida offers two non-credit Chinese courses and Chinese tutoring in spring 2016. Both courses and tutoring are free to UNF faculty, staff and students. The course details are below :
Dates/Time: January 6, 2016 – April 28, 2016Section One: Tuesday, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Section Two: Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration:If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Wen Wang at 904-620-5436 or email at email@example.com
FREE for UNF faculty, Staff and students.
Professor Tian earned her master's degree in linguistics and applied linguistics. She has been teaching Chinese language and culture to students from abroad at the School of International Studies, Shaanxi Normal University, China for 12 years. Business Chinese teaching is her area of expertise.
This course is to improve learners’ business Chinese communication abilities. To do business in China requires not only language skills, but also knowledge of Chinese business culture and economic information. For this purpose, the classes will feature a series of business conversations portraying a businessman’s business trip to China. Role Playing, pictures, and more activities will be used to encourage students to speak using the target language.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Mr. Chase Grant, a study abroad honor student, has successfully completed his 8-month-study in China. His experience in China, stories of learning Chinese language and culture are surely inspiring to us. In his capstone project, he said “I not only found myself happier, but academically enlightened and ultimately proud of my transformation.” Confucius Institute at UNF hosted his presentation in Building 57 Room 1100B at 2:00 p.m. on November 24, 2015. He shared with the audience about his personal stories and pictures taken in China.
Exploration in China Student Presentation
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
On November 17th, 2015, Confucius Institute joined UNF Coggin Study Aboard program for the event “Think Locally, Swoop Globally”, which is part of the activities held during International Education week. Confucius Institute booths adorned the corner of library walkway and attracted many students. They viewed exhibitions and participated writing calligraphy and other hands-on activities. It is a good opportunity for us to present what programs Confucius Institute offers. We are pleased with the turnout as many students made enquiries and signed up for more information on two free Chinese Course offered in spring 2016. On November 19th, 2015, Confucius Institute participated in World Fest Village held by UNF International Center during International Education Week. Our pavilion outside UNF Student Union attracted many festival-goers. Tons of students visited our display table to learn about our programs and signed up for more information on two free Chinese courses that will be offered in spring 2016. They enjoyed our book exhibits and writing Chinese calligraphy. The fair was a wonderful success and features authentic foods from ethnic vendors, continuous ethnic music and well-decorated culture booths.
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Friday, October 23, 2015
- Sunday, October 25, 2015
In co-sponsorship with the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States (ACPSS), Confucius Institute at UNF held the 21st international conference on the campus of the University of North Florida (UNF) from October 23-25, 2015. This year’s conference featured the theme on “Cultural Exchange and Globalization” and drew over 60 scholars from both America and China to present their research papers and participate in theme-related roundtable discussion in a total of 17 panels. A few scholars from UNF also participated in the panels totaling in over 60 presenters. The panels covered a variety of topics ranging from practice and challenges of Confucius Institutes in the U.S.A. to cultural education and communication in the era of globalization. It also features panels about Music as a Tool to Enrich Chinese Culture, Traditional Culture and Modernization, Education and Culture and intercultural prospects of China’s globally oriented initiatives on “One Belt and One Road” – a new “Silk Road” project for the 21st century, etc. The conference started with warm welcome remarks made by both Dr. Earle Traynham, Provost of UNF and Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, Vice President of UNF International Affairs and Students Affairs, which were immediately followed by a keynote speech delivered by Professor Xiao Zhenghong, an eminent scholar of cultural studies from Shaanxi Normal University, China, on “A Pluralistic and Process-oriented Perspective on the Basis for the Understanding of Traditional Chinese Culture”.
On the second day of the conference, right after the regular panels, ACPSS conducted its bi-annual election for new president and the new board of directors. Dr. Ouyang Ronghua was elected the president to succeed his predecessor Dr. Huang Shaorong. On a different occasion, ACPSS also announced the list of award recipients at its bi-annual award ceremony where Dr. Song Jingyi and Dr. Han Aiguo received the outstanding service awards, and Dr. Li Xiaobing, Dr. Shan Fuliang, Dr. Huang Yonggang, Dr. Huang Shaorong, and Dr. Zhang Jie received the best research awards on different categories of publication. The conference culminated with a special event featuring a dinner-opera combination at the local Alhambra Dinner Theater. where all participants watched a Broadway classic musical Anything Goes while enjoying the delicious food and drinks – it was indeed a wonderful night!The Conferences concluded with success on October 25 at 10:30 a.m. We were honored to co-host such an event and are thankful for all who attended and helped to make this possible. It provided us with a perfect opportunity to facilitate a cultural exchange right here on UNF’s campus. For more information, please visit ACPSS website.
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View video recording for the opening ceremony - Part I
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View video recording for the opening ceremony - Part III
Monday, October 5, 2015
Confucius Institute at University of North Florida offers two non-credit Chinese courses and Chinese tutoring this fall semester. Both courses and tutoring are free to UNF faculty, staff and students. The course details are below :
Dates/Time:October 5, 2015 – December 16, 2015Section One: Monday, 12:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.Section Two: Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.Location: Room 10/2427
Tutoring Session for Professor Tian: 10/2474
Tutoring Session for Professor Chang: 10/2475
Tuition:FREE for UNF faculty, Staff and students.For non-UNF members, click here.
Tutoring Session for Professor Tian: 10/2474Tutoring Session for Professor Chang: 10/2475
Description: Discover today’s China from a visiting instructor from Shaanxi Normal University, China. This 10-week course will help you develop knowledge and skills related to travel in China, including how to be prepared for traveling, studying, short-term living in China. It’s designed for beginners interested in Chinese history, geography and culture.There is no specific textbook for this course. Instructor-made language/culture package, including print and web-based texts, animated computer programs, CDs and DVDs will be provided in class.
For any questions, please contact Dr. Wen Wang at (904) 620-5436 or
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Confucius Institute launches a series of lectures this fall semester. List of lectures that have completed is as follows:Lecture OneDate：Oct 4, 2015，SundayTime：2：00-4：00pmLocation：UNF Coggin College, Classroom 1114Topic：Confucianism and Communication （in Chinese）Speaker：Dr. Jing XuModerator: Dr. Kening Wang
Dr. Jing Xu earned his PhD in Statistics and works as a Senior Statistical Analyst at Johnson & Johnson. He has a special interest and keenness for Chinese ancient literature and philosophy and was invited to speak at various seminars held by some Chinese higher education institutions. In this lecture, Dr. Xu shares with us his unique perspective and interpretation of Confucianism. This lecture discusses how to improve communication skills in work and personal relationships, focusing especially on the art of rejection.
One theme central to Confucianism is that of relationships, and the different duties arising from the different position one held in relation to others. The landmark of Confucius thought is harmony, which is twofold in meaning. The first implication is the consistency of what we do and what we are, which involves an inherently dynamic process to listen to our heart and the interaction between our character and our conduct. The second implication of harmony is the art of getting along well with people, which is essentially the art of effective communication with a right person at the right time. Confucius once said: "It is possible to speak of lofty subjects to those above average. It is not possible to speak of lofty subjects to those below average." Developing good speaking skills involves techniques for analyzing a specific target audience and capturing in an opportune moment for speaking that is appropriate in a certain context. Dr. Xu uses anecdotes, success stories and bits of wisdom to explain the art of rejection, the art of disagreeing agreeably and art of persuasion. All participants enjoyed the witty, inspiring, amusing and eye-opening stories. They applauded at various points throughout the lecture. The speech helped them appreciate the value in reading the classics.
Lecture TwoDate：Oct 30, 2015，FridayTime：2：00-4：00pmLocation： UNF Coggin College, Classroom 1114Topic：Mencius, Cultivation, and the Confucian Tradition（in English）Speaker：Dr. Paul CarelliModerator: Dr. Kening WangDr Paul Carelli gives a speech on the topic of "Mencius, Cultivation and the Confucian Tradition" on Oct 30th. More than 20 audience attended the event and the lecture was very well received. In the lecture, Dr. Paul Carelli introduced Mencius. Living some one hundred years after Confucius, Mencius is perhaps best known for his claim that “human nature is good.” What exactly did this claim mean for Mencius? Dr. Carelli first introduced the historical context needed to understand the central theme of confucianism's " second sage". Then he offered several anecdote and quotes from Mencius to further explain "human nature is good". He also provided the audience with some criticisms on Mencius during that period. For example, Mozi is impartial caring, while Yangzhu is "self-preservation", which is in contradictory to Mencius to some degree. Dr. Carelli further analyzed the pros and cons of the school by Mozi and Yangzhu and conclude that confucianism is both natural and expansive.
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Lectur ThreeDate：Nov 15, 2015, SundayTime：2：00-4：00pmLocation： UNF Coggin College, Classroom 1114Topic：Confucianism and Responsibility (in Chinese)Speaker: Dr. Lian AnModerator: Dr. Kening WangThe Fall 2015 Lecture Series came to a close on November 15th, 2015 with Dr. Lian An presenting the “Confucianism and Responsibility”. Her presentation examined the concept of responsibility in five aspects: responsibility to self, others, work, superiors and truth. Dr. An argued that a responsible person is one who is loyal and honest to self and friends, allegiant and obedient to superiors, has commitment spirit to the jobs and always remains loyal to the truth. she urged the audience to take responsibility for their own actions and words. The Confucian Zheng Zi said:" An intellectual must be strong and resolute for his burden is long and journey is long.” Take responsibility for your life. In particular, Dr. An reminded young women to be independent and give up on the ideal of being a trophy wife. By using anecdotes and drawing from her personal experience, Dr. An explained to us why being helpful to others is important Helping others is beneficial not only to you but to the people you help. She also mentioned the importance of staying humble in the face of achievements. Finally Dr. An gave her tips for teaching kids to be responsible. Being responsible is a key to our children’s success both in school and in the larger world when they grow up. To help children acknowledging their mistakes and learning from them can foster the development of a sense of responsibility. It is also beneficial for kids to do rote memorization for the classics. At the end of the lecture, a nine-year-old kid, Xu Ruo-Xi, reciting several classics brought highlight for the lecture.Dr. Lian An is the President of Renhe (Group) Confucianism Culture Development Company in North America, an associate professor from the Coggin College of Business at UNF. She is well-versed in Chinese traditional literature from a fairly early age.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
The Confucius Institute at UNF celebrated the annual Confucius Day and the Mid-autumn Festival on September 26 with UNF students, faculty and staff. More than 50 people attended the party and greeted the incoming group of Chinese Hanban teachers and visiting scholars from China. The event features music, entertainment shows, crafts, free gifts and much more. All attendees enjoyed delicious moon cake and Chinese food. One UNF student made the following comments on the event:
"As a student of International Studies at UNF I had immense academic enrichment to participate at the UNF Confucius Institute for the Moon Festival celebration. I was exposed to Chinese culture by dinning with traditional food, and enjoying poems and traditional songs and dance performance. As a student I am very appreciative to have such exposure to Chinese culture and people. I am looking forward to increase my knowledge and experience through Confucius Institute impact on UNF campus and students. Thank you for your cultural hospitality and educational posture for student to experience China without traveling abroad!"
Confucius Day is in honor of Confucius, one of the world's greatest philosophers. Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher in the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Confucius Institute at the University of North Florida hosts a celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) in collaboration with Jacksonville Chinese Association in Student Union (Building 58 West) from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on September 26. 2015. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival celebrated by ethnic Chinese people. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar on the night of the full moon between early September to early October of the Gregorian calendar.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Confucius Institute at phone no. (904) 620-5436.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Through an invitation from the Confucius Institute at University of North Florida, Nanjing University Traditional Instruments Orchestra performed for UNF and the Jacksonville community on September 25. Nearly 1300 people attended the concert. The concert showcases various Chinese traditional instrument performances, including Zheng solo, Bamboo Flute solo, Erhu ensemble, plucked instruments ensemble and Pipa ensemble. The show features a variety of traditional Chinese music and American folk music performed on traditional Chinese instruments. Following the extraordinary performances, the audience gave the Orchestra a standing ovation.
Peoples of all cultures love music and songs. It is the universal language of mankind. We are glad to bring this unique, high quality program to the community. It is an opportunity to enjoy a great cultural performance and build the bonds of friendship and understanding among people via .
Founded in 1996, Nanjing University Traditional Instruments Orchestra is composed of undergraduates, graduates and doctoral students from various departments of the university. The orchestra mainly gives traditional instrumental performances in the form of instrumental ensemble, unison, small ensemble and solo, by using bowed and plucked strings, wind and percussion instruments. The orchestra is particularly good at presenting music which represents the grace and beauty of the picturesque Southern Jiangsu, the home of Nanjing University. Through diligent training, the orchestra has developed a refreshing, lively and innovative style, and has built a batch of prominent repertoire. Since its foundation, the orchestra has given over 500 performances and has presented nearly 1000 pieces of traditional Chinese music. It has regularly appeared at major student art festivals in China and held distinguished awards from National Students Art Festival Instrumental Competition. The orchestra has been invited to perform in many countries and has won admiration from all over the world.
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
- Saturday, August 1, 2015
The Confucius Institute at University of North Florida (“CI at UNF”) is proud to offer the 2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American high school students for the first year. Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students is an annual Chinese language and culture camp experience sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in cooperation with Confucius Institutes in the U.S.. CI at UNF is the local organizer in Jacksonville, Florida. This two-week program, starting on July 16 and ending on August 1, 2015, is structured to enhance understanding between American and Chinese high school students. Through a combination of classroom study and excursions, students have a unique opportunity to expand their language skills while experiencing China’s rich culture and history on a personal level. Students visited Beijing and Jilin Province. Campers have intensive but fun language study as well as a wide range of cultural experiences such as Taichi, calligraphy, brush painting, paper-cutting, Manchu culture classes and Chinese music & arts appreciation workshops. Campers also visit Chinese cultural landmarks, historical sites, and museums in Beijing and Changchun City, visit to Chinese host families, shopping, and interaction with Chinese students of their age group.
Here’s a few comments from participants:
Thursday, April 30, 2015
- Sunday, May 3, 2015
The annual World of Nations Celebration was held at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, Florida from April 30 to May 3, 2015. About 40 countries were represented as their culture, music and food was showcased in the event that ran for four days. It is the first time for the Confucius Institute at University of North Florida, in collaboration with Jacksonville Chinese Association, to participate in this culture-sharing Festival. Chinese visiting scholars, Dr. Dongmei Liao, Dr. Jie Guo, Dr. Penghua Zhang and their family members volunteered at the Festival. Drs.Ronghua Ouyang, Wen Wang, Jingcheng Tong, Lian An, Mei Zhao, Zhiping Yu, Meiqin Zhan, Kenin Wang, Chunqing Zhao and Mrs. Ki Kwok also volunteered the services.
At this four-day festival, Confucius Institute at UNF taught more than 1500 people to say “Hello,” “China,” “Friend,” and “Good Bye” in Chinese; wrote close to 500 peoples’ name in Chinese on Confucius Institute bookmarks, and exhibited Chinese textbooks, reference books, and Chinese cultural art crafts. In addition, Confucius Institute at UNF had promoted UNF and the institute through distributing Confucius Institute brochures and pens. An UNF student performed Chinese traditional classic and “Gong Fu Fens” dances at the Festival.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Confucius Institute of the University of North Florida provided a dynamic professional development session by Dr. Nile Stanley for all teachers in both the public and private sectors. Duval County awards 4 professional development points to all participants.
Teachers experienced research-informed techniques for teaching second language learners how to read, write, and perform stories. Learn through storytelling how to motivate, to engage, and to make language learners more resilient. Topics include developing oral language, listening, speaking/reading fluency, dramatic expression, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, digital storytelling and assessment.
Dr. Nile Stanley is a nationally known researcher, performance poet, storyteller, literacy and TESOL professor at the University of North Florida. Nile is a writer for Language Magazine, a journal for educators teaching English as a second language (ESL).
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Sunday, April 26, 2015
- Sunday, April 26, 2015
The 14th Annual Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students and The 8th Annual Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students was held on April 26, 2015 at The University of Texas at Dallas.
The event was organized by the Education Office, Consulate General of P.R. China in Houston, and the Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas. During the opening ceremony, after Dr. James Marquart, Vice Provost of the University of Texas at Dallas delivered the welcome speech, Mr. Yiqun Zhang, Chief Consul of Education, the Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in Houston also gave a warm welcoming speech to the contestants, teachers and parents. The contestants were current college or secondary school students (with no Chinese heritage background) selected and recommended by Confucius Institutes in the southern United States. This year the theme of the competition was “My Chinese Dream.” First, the contestants gave a two-minute speech in Chinese to showcase their eloquence and mastery of tones, then responded to trivia questions, and finally took part in a Chinese talent show. 16 college students and 12 high school students from 17 Confucius Institutes competed in this event. Kunal Kanaparti, a junior at the Bolles School in Jacksonville was selected by the Confucius Institute at University of North Florida to represent the state of Florida in this high-powered competition. Kunal received an Excellence Award for his strong performance in all three categories. He was chaperoned by his Chinese teacher at Bolles, Chengmei Rothschild. This marks the first time that the UNF Confucius Institute has participated in this competition.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Confucius Institute launches a series of lectures in spring semester, 2015. List of lectures that have completed is as follows:
Lecture OneDate：March 8, 2015，SundayTime：2：00 - 4：00pmLocation：UNF Coggin College, Classroom 1114Topic：Confucianism and Successful Life（in Chinese）Speaker：Dr. Lian AnOn Sunday, March 8th, 2015, the 2015 Scholar Seminar Series on Confucianism and Harmonious Life hosts a lecture by Dr. Lian An entitled: "Confucianism and Successful Life". Dr. Lian An, who is an associate professor from the Coggin College of Business, explained central concepts in Confucius ethics. Confucian philosophy emphasizes the role of moral development in determining who is fit to lead society. As such, it focuses not only on adherence to rules and principles, but also the proper cultivation of moral character in all who would be leaders. In the end, Dr. Lian An gave her own definition on successful life: 1. Reach your predefined goal that you have chosen;2. Enjoy harmonious family relationships3. Raise successful children with healthy self-esteem 4. Find your peace of mind
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Lecture TwoDate：April 5, 2015，SundayTime：2：00 - 4：00pmLocation：UNF Coggin College, Classroom 1114Topic：Confucianism and Leadership Skills（in Chinese）Speaker：Professor Mei Zhao On Sunday, April 5th, 2015, the 2015 Scholar Seminar Series on Confucianism and Harmonious Life hosted a lecture by Professor Mei Zhao entitled: "Confucianism and Leadership Skills". Dr. Mei Zhao, who is an associate professor from the Brooks College of Health and director of UNF Health Administration Program, shared with us her understanding and interpretation on Confucius’ moral philosophy. Dr. Zhao interpreted five Confucian values: benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom and fidelity, in a leadership context. She argued that leadership skill is essentially the skill to get along with people, which implies communication skills and empathy. Leadership responsibility calls for certain character traits. Confucius character traits are an appropriate base for successful leadership. A reading of Confucius teaches us that respectfulness, tolerance, trustworthiness in word, earnestness and generosity constitute perfect virtue. If a man is respectful he will not be treated with insolence. If he is tolerant he will win the multitude. If he is trustworthy in word his fellow men will entrust him with responsibility. If he is quick he will achieve results. If he is generous he will be good enough to be put in a position over his fellow men. We can unlock our children’s potential to be a great leader by cultivating their professional dedication and ability of giving something without expecting a return.
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Lecture ThreeDate：April 10, 2015，FridayTime：2：00 - 4：00pmLocation：UNF Coggin College, Classroom 1114Topic：Traditional Chinese Culture, Western Culture, and Modern Society (in English）Speaker：Dr. Sarah Mattice UNF Confucius Institute launched a lecture entitled “Traditional Chinese Culture, Western Culture, and Modern Society” by Dr. Sarah Mattice on April 10th 2015. This lecture aims to enrich the spiritual life of UNF students, faculty, staff and the greater Jacksonville community; to promote an atmosphere conducive to cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue; and to connect the wisdom of traditional Chinese culture with daily life. Abstract: What is Confucianism? China is rapidly emerging as a major player on the contemporary world stage, and one of the contributions China seeks to make to world culture is Confucianism, a philosophical tradition with roots that stretch back more than 2,500 years. This lecture explores the foundational concerns of the early Confucian tradition, focusing especially on how we, today, can make sense of this ancient philosophy.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015
Chinese New Year, also called Lunar New Year or the Chinese Spring Festival, holds the most significant position among all Chinese festivals and holidays. It lasts for the first fifteen days of the Chinese lunar calendar, which on the Western calendar begins sometime between January 21 and February 21, varying from year to year. The celebration usually includes decorations, parades, folk traditions, and a wonderful feast.
On Febuary 28, 2015, Confucius Institute at UNF co-organized a big festive art performance show at Andrew A. Robinson, Jr. Theater at UNF to celebrate the most important holiday in China - Spring Festival. The event was presented by Jacksonville Chinese Association ("JCA"), UNF Confucius Institute and UNF Chinese Culture Club. The extravaganza features a spectacular variety show including Chinese folk song performance, dancing, traditional musical performances, martial arts demonstration and much more.View the gala show recording...
Saturday, February 21, 2015
The 10th Florida Statewide Chinese Competition successfully approached to the end at Bolles School, Jacksonville, Florida on February 21, 2015. Bolles School, in collaboration with Confucius Institute at University of North Florida and Florida Chinese Teachers Association hosted this 10th anniversary celebration of Chinese Competition. 25 middle and high schools and nearly 500 students and teachers across the state participated. Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, President of the Board of Confucius Institute at University of North Florida and UNF Vice President of International and Students Affairs, congratulated the celebration in writing on behave of Confucius Institute at University of North Florida.The celebration of Chinese competition lasted for two days from February 20th to February 21st. At the opening ceremony, Mrs. Moya Marks, principal of Bolles School, welcomed students, teachers, parents and friends from different schools; announced the beginning of the 10th Florida Statewide Chinese competition. Dr. Normal Rothschild, history professor of UNF, made an opening speech. Dr. Rothschild talked about the Chinese language and culture from a historical perspective, and encouraged students to learn Chinese language and culture for building a harmonious world. In coincidence with celebration of 2015 Chinese New Year, this 10th statewide Chinese Competition was celebrated with wonderful shows performed by Bolles School students and Jacksonville community; and with splendid fireworks in the evening of February 20. On the following day, students from different schools participated in the tests in listening, speaking, reading and writing individually, competed on Chinese language and culture Jeopardy games in groups, and relaxed by playing basketball, rope jumping, and Chinese Majiang etc.At the closing ceremony, UNF Confucius Institute Dance Team together with performance teams from different schools presented a fabulous celebration show. Dr. Ronghua Ouyang, Director of Confucius Institute at University of North Florida made a closing speech. He congratulated all winners for their excellent performance in the competition, appreciated all students’ participation, and expressed gratitude to Bolles School for hosting the contest and celebration, thanked all parents and friends for their supports. At the end of speech, Dr. Ouyang and Dr. Wen Wang, Co-director of Confucius Institute at University of North Florida presented an appreciation award plaque to the Bolles School.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
On the evening of October 29, 2014, the grand opening ceremony of the Confucius Institute at the University of North Florida was held at Adam W. Herbert University Center. More than 500 guests were invited to celebrate this event. The ceremony included speeches by UNF President John Delaney, SNNU Vice President Jianxiang Zhang, and Vice Consul General Yuming Zhao from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston,Texas. The highlight of the evening is the unveiling of the plaque of UNF Confucius Institute by UNF President John Delaney and SNNU Vice President Jianxiang Zhang. All attendees enjoyed the entertaining performances featuring traditional Chinese fan dancing, acrobatics and a musical performance.“The University is honored to be selected as one of four Confucius Institutes in Florida,” UNF President John Delaney said. “This will be a significant investment in our University and in the futures of our students as we work to prepare them for the opportunities of a global society.”As a result of the collaboration between the Headquarter of Confucius Institute in Beijing, UNF and Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China, UNF’s designated Chinese partner, UNF Confucius Institute aims to facilitate the acquisition of Chinese language skills and promote mutual understanding cultures among UNF students and faculty as well as the greater Jacksonville community. Funded by the Headquarters, UNF and SNNU, the institute is to provide Chinese language/culture instruction and learning resources to UNF faculty, students and staffs, local schools and communities, provide study-in-China opportunities to UNF students and students in Jacksonville schools. It will help enhance the civilization diversity and the harmonious advancement of peoples in the world.Learn more about the opening ceremony...
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