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Meet director Feng Xiaoning 冯小宁, one of China's most popular filmmakers, watch his most recent blockbuster 1894: The Sino-Japanese War at Sea, which was named Best Picture in 2012 by the China Movie Channel, and engage in a dialogue with the filmmaker himself, who will conduct a Q & A following the screening.
Students in our Chinese Program walked away with almost all the first and second prizes in the regional Midwest Chinese Bridge Speech Contest at Northwestern University this May. In fact, every ALL student sent to the competition placed either first or second. There were fifty-five contestants from nine Midwest universities in the competition. Joel Brown, first prize winner in the third level, will be one of the two representatives from our region sent to compete in the world-wide speech contest in Beijing, China later this year.
With forty contestants from ten Midwest universities in this Chinese language competition, our students all (ALL!) took first prizes in their categories. Joel Peter Wagner won the only first prize of Level One; Level Two granted two first prizes, our students, Anthony Dodge and Heather Kaus, won both of them. In other words, our three students won all the first prizes for level one and level two. Heather was also chosen to go to China and represent the University in the 10th "China Bridge" international language competition.
This is a tribute to both the students and teachers in our Chinese language Program, led by Director Ling Wang.
The Second College Student Chinese Speech Contest of the Midwest Area was held at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, on April 23, 2011 with forty graduate and undergraduate Chinese language students from ten universities competing in this showcase of Chinese language programs from the region. The event was supported by Hanban and the Consulate General of PRC to Chicago, and was organized by the Confucius Institute and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Purdue University.
Hong Wei, Director of Confucius Institute at Purdue University, sent a congratulation letter, saying "Your students made a foremost impression on each of us, with their extraordinary speech and performance talents." "Associate Vice President and Dean Meredith McQuaid says, "What wonderful news -- we are not surprised, but we are delighted. They have had excellent instruction and they are obviously very smart people."
Arrangements for trip to Purdue were supported by the Confucius Institute and the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures.
On May 6, the Japanese Language Program hosted a charity event "Arigato 'Thank you'" to help the Japan earthquake tsunami relief effort. The event, which was held at Nolte 140, started at 6:00 pm and the room was immediately packed with over 150 people.
Since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, the Japanese people and those who have a connection with Japan have been receiving support from all over the world. The instructors and TAs in the Japanese Language Program decided to hold an event where they could express their appreciation, and also support the Japan relief effort.
Despite the short period of time to prepare and in the midst of the busy teaching schedule, the event was a big success. The event started with a YouTube slide show "Pray for Japan", followed by beautiful music by the band "Julight" from the Oriental Music Club (U of M student organization). After that, Mu-min (Japanese women's chorus group in the Twin Cities area) sang several Japanese songs. The audience sang "Ue o muite arukoo 'Let's walk facing up'" aka "Sukiyaki song" together, led by Mu-min.
At the event, attendees wrote a message to Japan on their cherry blossom pedal shaped program and made a big cherry blossom tree together. Outside the room, there was a bazaar where people enjoyed searching for good deals.
The Japanese Language Program is grateful for the help from their friends, without which the event could not have happened. The thank yous go to:
- The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures for being a sponsor for the event
- "Julight" and "Mu-min" for the beautiful music performances
- AJI (Asobou! Japanese Immersion Club), JSA (Japan Student Association), NDJ (N-Dimensional Japan) for working so hard at the event
- JASM (Japan America Society of Minnesota) for donating a beautiful piece of art for the silent auction
- Members of the Support Group formed by ISSS (International Student & Scholar Services) staff for participating from the beginning
- Kikugawa at Riverplace for providing a generous portion of food
- Sushi Do for delicious sushi
- Friends from the Japanese community for bringing food and items to sell at the bazaar
- Friends and students for participating
The total of the donated money was $1,109.75. The money was collected and sent to the Japanese Red Cross by the Japan Student Association.