Confucius Celebrates Chinese Month

In addition to celebrating the Earth this month at Pace, the Confucius Institute is proud to welcome Chinese Month, featuring panel discussions, the Chinese Bridge competition, and more!

It all starts on April 7 when the Confucius Institute at Pace hosts the finals of the Chinese Bridge East USA Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students in the Schimmel Theater from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A large-scale international contest sponsored by Hanban, the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition encourages students in various countries to learn Chinese and strengthen the world’s understanding of Chinese language and culture. In April 2011, Daniel Mendoza was the first Pace student to compete in the Northeast regional final, and won the best performance award. Click here for more information on this year’s event.

On April 10, Ronald K. Frank, PhD, and Joseph T.H. Lee, PhD, co-directors of the Center for East Asian Studies at Pace University, will lead a panel discussion on “Islam in China: Past and Present.” Professors from Pace, Fordham, and William Paterson will discuss the history of Islam in China, Chinese Muslim Pilgrims in World War II, and art and culture in Xinjiang today.

With the rapid rise of China and India in the early 21st century, the scale of globalization presents significant challenges for these two countries and the U.S. Today we are exposed to information about China and India on a daily basis, where stories from China tell of economic growth and governance challenges and reports from India inform us of grassroots democracy and outsourcing. On April 11, join a panel of professors at “China and India: Globalization with Different Paths” to discuss the similarities of the two emerging economies, both juggling globalization and confronting potential developmental challenges.

For more info on these events, visit http://www.pace.edu/confucius/events.

And that’s not all. The Confucius Institute also offers a host of classes including Mandarin Chinese, business Chinese, and oral Chinese courses, as well as calligraphy and Chinese culture classes. So stop by and learn everything from your name to conversational Chinese!