In March, the Confucius Institute at UMass Boston held a workshop and gave presentations on- and off-campus.
On March 4, the Confucius Institute invited Young Li to give a workshop of Chinese brush painting for local Chinese teachers. Young Li is a full-time artist based in Boston and she serves as director of the China Exchange program at the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School, which is one of the nine Confucius Classrooms of the Confucius Institute at UMass Boston. The workshop, Bringing Chinese Brush Painting into Your Mandarin Classroom, acquainted teachers with the fundamental knowledge and some basic skills that teachers would need to teach Chinese brush painting in their own classes. Besides reviewing the major types of Chinese paintings and introducing the various Chinese brush painting techniques, Young Li also guided the attendees to have produced two or three Chinese brush paintings. This workshop is the first session of the four-session-long Chinese Painting Workshop; the second workshop will be held in May.
On March 13, Professor Peng Du of Renmin University of China was invited to give a presentation on "Population Aging and Policy Development in China" on campus. Professor Du is a prolific scholar and international leader in aging studies. He currently serves as director of the Institute for Gerontology at Renmin University and he is a board member of the United Nations Institute on Ageing, vice president of the China Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Ministry of Civil Affairs, China. He introduced the current population aging in China and also talked about the challenges and the relative policy development in China. Peng Du’s visit and presentation was co-hosted by the Confucius Institute, Gerontology Institute, and the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.
On March 25, Shuhong Wang from the UMass Boston Confucius Institute gave presentations at the K-12 Chinese Teachers Professional Development Workshop at the University of Kentucky. She was invited by the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky. The Kentucky Confucius Institute is a center for Chinese language, culture, art, business, and it assists K-12 schools with their Chinese language programs and provides professional development to Chinese teachers throughout the commonwealth. Shuhong Wang is a senior lecturer and the Chinese program coordinator at the Confucius Institute at UMass Boston. She gave presentations on topics of Chinese language teaching resources and new technology applications in Chinese teaching. She shared with teachers the available and updated Chinese teaching and learning resources and demonstrated the use of new and practical applications and tools.