Midlands Voices: Nebraska's Connections to China Increasingly Important
August 5, 2014
By John Gale
The writer is Nebraska’s Secretary of State.
I recently returned from a two-week visit to the People’s Republic of China. It was my second visit to that country in four years.
Both trips were organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Xi’an Jiaotong University. The delegation from Nebraska, which I accompanied, traveled from Beijing to Xi’an and then to Shanghai.
Comparing both trips, I could see what has changed in four years and what has stayed the same.
Confucius Institute Classes
Since the UNL Confucius Institute began offering classes in Chinese Language and Culture, many students have benefited, adults as well as children, with rich 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 in our classes have learned to communicate in Chinese, even to the extent of participating in Chinese Speech Competitions.
Confucius Institute Lecture Series
Chinese Language, Culture and Technology Academy
The College of Education and Human Sciences at UNL is sponsoring a summer Chinese Language, Culture and Technology Academy from July 10-24, 2016.
2016 Chinese Speech Competition
2015 Chinese Culture Festival
Confucius Institute is hosting the 2015 Chinese Culture Festival. Most events are FREE!! Come out and enjoy as many as you can!
September 14 10:30 - 12:00 Guest lecturer Dr. Yenbo Wu "Cross-Culture Understanding and Communication in the Chinese Context" Great Plains Room, East Campus Union, Reception to Follow
September 20 2:00 pm OCCA Youth Chinese Talent Contest - Rules & details at www.omahachinese.net
April HSK Test
Register by March 20th!
HSK is the official test administered by the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters to assess learners’ proficiency in Chinese language and to select participants for Conficius Institute Scholarships. The Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a test center for HSK and will hold the test twice every year. Anyone in Nebraska is welcome to register and participate in the test. Click here for more information.
Fall Cooking Classes
2016 Fall Cooking Class
Monday, September 26th 6:00 - 7:30 pm 206 Leverton Hall on UNL East Campus
The September Chinese cooking class will feature Salty Crispy Chicken and Sweet and Sour Shrimp. In class, we will give instruction and demonstrations following step-by-step recipes. You are welcome to participate and get hands-on experience cooking authentic Chinese food and trying the new taste cooked in class. Registration will start two weeks before the class.
American High School Students Summer Bridge Camp in China
Confucius Institute will host up to 30 students from the Nebraska public schools on a Chinese Summer Bridge Camp to be held July 16-31, 2015. The students will deepen their understanding of China and Chinese customs by participating in classes and other activities and visit many historical and cultural sites. Up to 700 American students will travel to China to take part in this important summer camp.