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.


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David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships:
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Deadlines: January 27 and February 4, 2015

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2014 Omaha Youth Chinese Talent Contest
Local youth gathered in Omaha
on September 27 to showcase
their various talents.
2014 Omaha Youth Talent Contest

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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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