Confucius Institute to host Taichi Night and Chinese Expo

September 16, 2014
Confucius Institute Event

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Confucius
Institute will host Taichi Night on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the First English Lutheran
Church Fellowship Hall, 215 W. Pine Street in Platteville, from 4:30-6 p.m.

The Confucius Institute will also host Chinese Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at
the Markee Pioneer Student Center, UW-Platteville, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The purpose of Taichi Night is to introduce community members to Chinese
traditions, people and culture by helping them learn Taichi, an ancient Chinese martial art movement whose form focuses the mind and challenges the body. The Confucius Institute will have three instructors available to demonstrate and teach how to begin practicing Taichi at home. Snacks and hot tea will be provided.

The purpose of the Chinese Expo will introduce members of the university community to Chinese traditions, people and culture through breakout sessions about Taichi, Mandarin language, tea making, calligraphy and Chinese names. A free Chinese style lunch will be provided to the first 100 attendees. The Confucius Institute requires participants to obtain a ticket from the instructor after their chosen session to be admitted to the lunch, which will be held in the University Rooms at UW-Platteville from noon-1 p.m. 

“We hope everyone will have fun participating in these sessions,” said Mei Reeder, director of the Confucius Institute at UW-Platteville. “Our hope is to better serve the needs of students, faculty, staff and community members in learning and understanding Chinese language and culture. We strive to integrate western and eastern culture, traditional culture and modern culture in all of our programs.” 

UW-Platteville’s Confucius Institute is holding the event to help celebrate the
10th anniversary of the establishment of Confucius Institutes in the United States.

The university’s Confucius Institute is part of an international network of more than 1,060 Confucius Institutes and classrooms dedicated to enhancing the understanding of Chinese language and culture. The institute provides credit and non-credit courses in Mandarin through the UW-Platteville department of humanities’ foreign language program, folk art workshops and free, on-campus lectures about cultural topics.

The Confucius Institute serves the citizens of Wisconsin through outreach activities, including classes for community members of all ages, seminars for educators and training for businesses across the state.

Contact: Mei Reeder, director, Confucius Institute, (608) 342-6014, reedery@uwplatt.edu
Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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