PHOTO: Confucius Day participants in traditional costumes
The CSULB Confucius Institute marked two anniversaries this past fall, with the third annual Confucius Institute Day on September 22–23, as well as the fifth Chinese Culture Festival on October 24–28, 2016. During both events, the campus community learned about Chinese language, culture, arts, and other traditions through a variety of programs.
2016 Confucius Day offered a colorful experience including cuisine samplings, a film, a costume show, and painting and calligraphy workshops. A series of seminars explored topics like American students living in China, and the affinities between Chinese and Western cultures.
The Chinese Culture Festival broadened the scope, with highlights like the Tai Chi Tea Ceremony, which integrated martial arts and the stylized preparation of tea. Attendees included Alan Lowenthal, U.S. Congressman; Mike Eng, former State Assemblyman; Dr.
Dong Yuan, Educational Counselor of the Consulate General of China in Los Angeles; John Lyons, CCPE Associate Dean for Operations and Administration; and Dr. Teri Yamada, Chair
of CSULB’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies.