2012 Confucius Institute Office Staff

In the Chinese Lunar calendar, 2014 is the year of the horse. Chinese pronunciation: Mǎ, written out as 马。
Those born in the previous years of 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942 and 1930 
are characterized as having been born in the
year of the horse too.
It is believed that they are cheerful, quick-witted, kind
to others, and popular. They enjoy adventurous
careers, and are able to see things with clarity. 
It is perceived as a symbol of strength,
intelligence, and ability.

(Left to right) Pingan Huang, Associate Director; Rachel Zeng, Executive
Associate Director; Angela Rystrom, Office Associate; and David Lou, Director.




The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Confucius Institute is a non-profit public institute with a mission of promoting and teaching Chinese language and culture in Lincoln and the state of Nebraska. The UNL Confucius Institute was established and dedicated in 2007 as the 20th Confucius Institute in the United States. More than 350 Confucius Institutes have been established world-wide by the Office of Chinese Language Council International, known as Hanban, a part of the Chinese Ministry of Education. Hanban aims to promote friendly relationships with other countries; enhance understanding of Chinese language and culture among world Chinese learners; and provide a good environment for learning.


2014 Chinese Culture Festival

The Photography Exhibition in the Rotunda Gallery
will feature artwork by

renowned artist Dajun Wang! 
Photos will be on display Monday, September 22
through Friday, September 26.
Everyone is welcome to attend a ribbon-cutting
ceremony hosted by Mayor Chris Beutler
and to a reception following the ceremony.

Join us for the many activities during the fall festival!

FREE Cooking Class during Culture Festival!

2014 Speech Competition

Time: October 4, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Ubuntu & Unity Rooms, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, UNL Campus

Purpose: In order to promote Chinese Language and Culture in the State of Nebraska, the Confucius Institute at UNL will hold a Chinese Speech Competition. The purpose of this competition is to stimulate enthusiasm and interest for learning Chinese, and enhance understanding of the Chinese language and culture among students and others in Nebraska.

1. Eligibility

Contestants must be:

1)   School age and older non–native Chinese speakers residing in Nebraska;

2)   Non-native Chinese speaking students in kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school, college and graduate school;

3)   Persons born in China Mainland, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan are not eligible to participate except children adopted by non-native Chinese speaking American families.

 2. Registration

Registration is from September 1 – September 26, 2014 at 11:59 pm. Registration can be done electronically or by mail at address listed below.  Registration forms are available for download at the website below. Contestants can contact Angela at the Confucius Institute if help is needed.

UNL Confucius Institute website: http://confuciusinstitute.unl.edu

Email form and written speech to:  arystrom2@unl.edu   Phone: (402) 472-5370 Fax: (402) 472-5372

Or mail form and written speech to: Confucius Institute, PO Box 880542, Lincoln NE 68588-0542.


 3. Competition

1) Division:

 In order to encourage fair competition, contestants will be divided into 4 groups according to their age and background.

A. Kindergarten and elementary school students group                                      B.  College and graduate students group

C.  Middle/High school students group                                                                 D. Adult residents in Nebraska


NOTE: If the number of registered contestants in a group is below three, this group will be combined with another group.

2) Contest:

Each contestant will present a 3-5 minutes prepared speech in Chinese followed by answering 2 questions from the judges. Each contestant can choose one of the following topics for his/her speech.


Group A & C

Group B & D

A Happy Moment in my Childhood


My Favorite Season (我最喜欢的季节)

China in my Eye (我眼中的中国)

Is it hard for you to learn Chinese


3) Judging:

Scores will be given after each contestant finishes his/her speech by 5 judges who are Chinese language

instructors and/or native Chinese speakers. Contestants will be judged on the following categories: Voice (loudness/clarity), grammar (accuracy), fluency (no hesitations and pauses/speed), vocabulary (richness/appropriateness), and presentation (manner/attitude/connect to audience).

4) Awards:

All contestants will be awarded a certificate and a souvenir. Top winners will also receive cash awards as listed in the following groups:

A. Kindergarten and Elementary School


Students Group –

  •  One 1st Place Prize - $200
  •  Two 2nd Place Prizes - $100 each
  •  Three 3rd Place Prizes - $50 each

C. Middle/High School Students Group –

  •  One 1st Place Prize - $300
  •  Two 2nd Place Prizes - $200 each
  •  Three 3rd Place Prizes - $100 each

B. College and Graduate Students Group –

  •  One 1st Place Prize - $300
  •  Two 2nd Place Prizes - $200 each
  •  Three 3rd Place Prizes - $100 each

D. Adult Residents in Nebraska Group –

  •  One 1st Place Prize - $300
  •  Two 2nd Place Prizes - $200 each
  •  Three 3rd Place Prizes - $100 each


 Additionally, all winners will be awarded one coupon of free HSK or YCT exam held this fall or next spring.

2014 Movie Poster

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Emerging China lecture

LCCA Cooking Contest
2014 LCCA Cooking Contest

OCCA Mid-Autumn Festival Activities
2014 OCCA Flyer

OCCA Youth Talent Contest

Sponsor:  Confucius Institute at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and OCCA

ime: 2:00-4:30 pm 09/27/2014

Location: To be determined

2014 OCCA Youth Chinese Talent Contest is the 4rd year hosted by Omaha Chinese Cultural Association (OCCA) and sponsored by Confucius Institute at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The purpose of this contest is to encourage our children having more fun learning Chinese, and enhance interesting of Chinese culture.

All children aged from 5 to 16 years old are qualified for the contest. The contestants might be divided into different groups according to their ages. The competition may include the following types of acts: Calligraphy, Painting, Photography, Dance, Music Instrument, Sing, Wushu and Chinese Speech.

Contestants will be judged by the professional specialists. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place will be awarded to the winning contestants in each category and will be announced right after the contest. Every contestant will receive a participation award. To sign up, please fill in the attached 2014 OCCA Youth Chinese Talent Contests Registration Form and send it back to Jun An at junan66@hotmail.com. Deadline is at 11:59pm on Saturday 09/20/2014.  Please read the 2014 Omaha Youth Chinese Talent Contests Rules and Instructions carefully.

Please feel free to contact OCCA’s President and 2014 Omaha Youth Chinese Talent Contests committee if you have any question or comments about this contest.

Please forward this email to anyone that might be interested.  A registration form may be downloaded here.

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Chinese Corner
Join us for Chinese Corner every Wednesday from 6-7:30
in W130 Nebraska Hall.
Practice your Chinese language skills and make new friends!
Learn about Chinese language and culture!

Fall Cooking Classes
Mark your calendars now to attend our
popular cooking class this fall!
Classes will be held
August 25
September 29--UNL Staff, Faculty, and Students Only
October 27
December 8

Confucius Institute celebrated Chinese New Year and Chancellor Harvey Perlman's 2013 Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award with a New Year Reception. 

Dinner Reception Invitation

This beautiful invitation warmly invited UNL colleagues to join Confucius Institute staff at the New Year Reception to celebrate the New Year and Chancellor Perlman's Individual Excellence Award.

Chancellor Perlman Award

Chancellor Harvey Perlman receives the 2013 Confucius Institute Individual Excellence Award.  He is shown here shaking hands with Liu Yandong, who is the Vice Premier of State Council of the People's Republic of China.

Confucius Institute Director Dr. David Lou speaks at the New Year Reception.

UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman speaks at the New Year Reception.

Confucius Institute Executive Associate Director Rachel Zeng introduces the evening's programs.

Young dancers from one of CI's dance classes entertain guests at the Reception.

Older dancers from the other CI Sunday dance class perform at the Reception.

One of the evening's highlights came when CI teacher Autumn Xu sang a duet with Kevin Hanrahan, Associate Professor from UNL School of Music.  Other teachers from CI joined in on the song also.

Confucius Institute staff gathered for a picture at the close of the evening.

The Omaha Chinese Culture Association also celebrated Chinese New Year with a Gala showcasing the talents of many local youth and adults.  Confucius Institute is proud to co-sponsor this event annually. 


Associate Executive Director Rachel Zeng (center in red) accepts the Platinum Award on behalf of Confucius Institute during the New Year Gala.

Dancers from C.I. classes show
off their beautiful skills
at the New Year Gala.

Dancers from one of the C.I. dance classes perform at the New Year Gala.

Dancers from a C.I. dance class entertain the crowd at the New Year Gala.

Confucius Institute dance teachers Weidong Zeng & Lancy Fan performed
with others at the New Year Gala.

Dance students from Confucius Institute  entertain the crowd at the Gala.

Dancers at the OCCA New Year Gala

Confucius Institute dance teacher Lancy Fan, former dance teacher Yi Liu, and CI dance student Alicia Zeng perform at the Gala.

Dancers at Closing

 Closing at Gala

Performers at OCCA New Year Gala 2

The performers gather on-stage to thank everyone for coming.



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