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Weekly Language and Culture Exploration

Friday, August 31, 2018

Confucius Institute at University of North Florida hosts Weekly Language and Culture Exploration for our students. UNF students meet every week to explore different language and culture, specifically in Chinese on Campus. The activity schedule for the fall semester is as follows :



Dates Title Description

August 31, 2018

Calligraphy/Writing System

Interested in learning the art of Chinese calligraphy? Come join the Confucius Institute on Friday, August 3101 from 4:00 to 5:00 in Building 10, Room 2427. In this activity we will learn about the Chinese writing system and how to write the characters for the 12 animals of the Chinese



September 7, 2018 


We learn about the origins of tea culture and try different kinds of Chinese tea.

September 14, 2018






Learn about different regional cuisines of China and try some food. We can discuss what sort of Chinese dishes we like best.

September 21, 2018 


Mid-Autumn Festival

 Learn about an important traditional Chinese festival: the Mid-Autumn Festival. We learn about the origin of the festival and eat mooncakes.
September 28, 2018 Poetry  We learn about some famous Chinese poems and traditional poetry, and practice reading/listening
October 5, 2018 National Day  We focus on the history of the PRC and the celebration of National Day in China. We will watch some documentaries and videos about China and discuss.
October 12, 2018 Religion/Philosophy  We learn and discuss about different aspects of Chinese philosophy and religions, including Buddhism, Daoism,etc.
October 19,  2018 Literature  This seminar will focus on Chinese literature, paying special attention to the four great classical novels of Chinese literature (Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Water Margin,
Journey to the West, and Dream of the Red Chamber
October 26,  2018 Art  In this activity, we learn about various forms of traditional Chinese art, including painting, sculpture, and embroidery. We will also practice making paper-cutting decorations (Jianzhi).
November 2, 2018 Traditional  Medicine  This seminar focuses on traditional Chinese medicine practices, the application and popularity in the modern world.
November 9,  2018 Travel  Focus on participants'experiences living/traveling in China. We will share some photos/videos with each other and tell stories about our experiences.
November 16, 2018 Opera  We introduce various forms of traditional Chinese opera, watch videos of opera performances and discuss opera.
November 23, 2018 N/A Thanksgiving Break
November 30, 2018 Slang/Pop Culture  This seminar focuses on modern slang and Chinese popular culture, including music, television, film, and the internet culture.

On Friday, August 31st, the Confucius Institute at UNF had its first of a series of Chinese cultural activities for the Fall 2018 Semester. The turnout for the event was better than expected, with about twenty students, faculty, and staff participating. The topic of the event was Chinese calligraphy, and participants in the activity learned about the animals of the Chinese zodiac and how to write the names of these animals in Chinese. Students had the opportunity to practice writing Chinese characters using traditional writing brushes and ink. 


Many of the students who attended the activity said they had enjoyed it and would like to join future activities. Some of the students had been previously unaware of the existence of the Confucius Institute at UNF and were interested in learning more about it. The Confucius Institute plans to continue doing weekly Chinese culture activities for the rest of the Fall semester. Future topics include Chinese religion and philosophy, art, travel, and literature. 


Since the first activity, the Confucius Institute has offered several other activities related to Chinese culture. On September 7th we had the second activity, which introduced different types of tea and cuisine in China. The next activity we did was on October 5th, and since the first week of October is a national holiday in China that celebrates the founding of the People’s Republic of China, in this activity we discussed Chinese history. The fourth activity took place on October 12th. The topic for this activity was religion and philosophy in China, and we had a good turnout from the university. Most recently we did an activity on traditional Chinese medicine this past Friday, November 2nd.

UNF students learn how to write Chinese characters UNF Students learn about Chinese Calligraphy
UNF students learns about Chinese zodiac