2014 Chinese Culture Festival

2014 Movie Poster

Oct 20 Cooking Class



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

(我幸福的童年时光)

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

(对你来说学汉语难吗)

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.

 

Emerging China lecture

Golden Dragon Acrobats

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

T
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.


August 25 Cooking Class!

Join us for the first cooking class of the fall and
make garlic shrimp with broccoli.  It is a flavorful and quick dish
perfect for a busy weekday supper.  The shrimp is crunchy on the
outside with garlic, ginger and green onion and tender on the inside.
Paired with broccoli and steamed rice, it makes a wonderful one-course
meal that is both healthy and satisfying.
We will also re-run the popular appetizer Crab Rangoon.  Many
participants over the last several classes have asked for a
repeat of this perfect combination of crab meat and cream
cheese in a crispy wrapper.
Contact Angela today at arystrom2@unl.edu or 402-472-5370
to reserve your space.  Class is limited to 20 people so be
sure to get your spot today!

 

LCCA 3rd Annual Children Talent Contest

LCCA will host its third Children's Talent Show on
Saturday, August 23, at 2 pm at UNL City Campus Union
Auditorium Room, 2nd Floor.
Registration is open until August 17.  To register,
email LCCA@live.com and include child(ren)'s name,
grade in fall 2014, show category (instrument playing,
singing, martial arts, drawing, calligraphy, drama, etc).
All eligible children are welcome to showcase their talent.
It has been a fun event for children and parents both.
Photos of past Children's Talent Shows are on LCCA's website
at www.thelcca.org.

Rules:

  • Children in grades K-12 as of Fall 2014 are eligible to participate.
  • Children can participate in more than one show, as long as the shows are in different categories.
  • Contents relating to Chinese culture are strongly encouraged and will be reflected on scoring criteria.  All shows will be judged by presented and skills.  Judges will use detailed scoring sheets, which will be available at the time of the event.
  • Solo performances are preferred.
  • All performances should be 2-5 minutes.
  • Final award categories will be determined based on the number of contestants.


2013 LCCA Children Talent show - Video Highlights:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i60SZnBOSJY

2013 LCCA Children Talent Show - Photo Gallery:
http://www.thelcca.org/photo/?id=380119378783511



Study Abroad for a Year!

Have you ever wanted to study in China?
Download information about a Confucius Institute Scholarship
to study at Xi'an Jiaotong University from September 2014 through
July 2015.  The application deadline is May 10, 2014, so do not delay!


April 26, 2014
Chinese Culture Workshop for Nebraska Public School
Social Studies teachers.



May 5-15, 2014
Confucius Institute will partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
to take 20 people to China on an 11-day guided tour.  The tour will go to Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai and see various tourist sites, including the Great Wall, the Water Cube & Bird Nest (site of 2008 Olympic Stadiums), museums, art exhibits, and ride the high speed express train which reaches speeds of 186 miles per hour.



June 1-14, 2014
Confucius Institute will lead the Nebraska Officials and Educators China Tour.
It will last 14 days and lead educators and officials on a tour that includes visiting schools and museums and meeting government and educational officials.
    




Join us April 28 for our cooking class!
We will feature Beef Chow Fun & Honey Walnut Shrimp.

Beef Chow Fun


Beef Chow Fun
is made quickly over a high flame, using a
technique called dry stir-frying. 
This dish is an absolute MUST for noodle lovers!
Honey Walnut Shrimp


Honey Walnut Shrimp is a flavor-winning combination with tender inside and crispy outside shrimp and crunchy honey walnuts.  It can be served as a main or a side dish.
  
Contact Angela at arystrom2@unl.edu or 402-472-5370
to reserve your space today.


March 24 Cooking Class
Learn to make Shredded Pork with Green Peppers
and Moo Goo Gai Pan with your friends.
Shredded pork with green peppers can be made with hot
or sweet bell peppers and makes a wonderful quick dinner solution.
Moo Goo Gai Pan is a delicate dish with light sauce and chicken
slices.  Vegetables add colors and variety to make a dish that
is appetizing to the eye as well as the mouth.
Sign up today to reserve your spot!
Contact Angela at 402-472-5370 or arystrom2@unl.edu
to reserve your space today.



February Cooking Class
Join us for the February 24 cooking class.
Learn to make two excellent dishes--pineapple beef and mapo tofu.
Pineapple beef is sweet and tangy and has been adapted from pineapple duck.
Mapo tofu can be adapted into a vegetarian dish very easily and that recipe
will be distributed at the class as well.
Contact Angela at 402-472-5370 or arystrom2@unl.edu to reserve
your spot today!


January Cooking Class

Join us for the January 27 cooking class and impress your friends with your skills!
We will make General Tso's Chicken and Wonton Soup.
Contact Angela at 402-472-5370 or arystrom2@unl.edu to register.
Payment MUST be made in advance of class.
Download a flyer here.
See you January 27!


2014 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp!
Students interested in participating in the Student Bridge Summer Camp can get their applications started today! 
Visit http://confuciusinstitute.unl.edu/chinese-bridge-summer-camp for more information.

Chinese Corner!

Practice your conversational skills on various Chinese language and cultural topics with Confucius Institute language instructors and other native Chinese speakers.  Chinese learners at all levels are welcome to participate!

Meetings are every Wednesday (except 3/2 and 3/26) from 6-7:30 pm in W130 Nebraska Hall.

Contact Jessie at jessieliqing@gmail.com with any questions.

See this Daily Nebraskan article about our Chinese Corner!

 


Spring 2014 Language and Culture Classes
Sign up today for the spring semester language and culture classes.
Download forms for UNL and UNO and mail them to our office.
Continue your cultural learning experiences today!

Letter from Governor Heineman
Governor Dave Heineman sent the Confucius Institute a letter of congratulations on celebrating its sixth anniversary.  See Governor Heineman's letter here:

 

Class Registration Fee Reduced!

If you have always wanted to take Chinese language, music, or culture classes now is the time to do it! 

Since the UNL Confucius Institute started the classes of Chinese Language and Culture, it benefits many students, adults as well as children, with learning experiences.   The instructors, specially trained in teaching language learners, use powerpoint presentations, activities, listening and speaking practice, and various other methods to help students build their language skills. Students of our classes have learned to communicate in Chinese, even to the extent of participating in Chinese Speech Competitions.

To carry out the mission of promoting and teaching Chinese language and culture, and to better serve our community, we are pleased to announce that our registration fees for the 2013 fall classes are reduced. The $150 fee for adult language classes is lowered to $90; $120 fee for child language classes is lowered to $60; and the $100 fee for the culture classes is lowered to $50. We have always worked hard to provide quality Chinese language and culture teaching to our students and now we are reducing class fees to make our classes more affordable to everyone who is interested in learning Chinese and its culture.