A story about Rachel Clay, a former Chinese language student at Augusta University, was published in "Chinese Medicine and Culture," an official publication of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine that covers Traditional Chinese Medicine culture. The story, written by Tiffany Takahashi, chronicles Clay's journey from illness to her true passion: Chinese language and culture.
Five Augusta University first-year medical students completed a clinical observation program at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM) from June 3 to 26. The study abroad program - the first of its kind in the United States - was developed and marketed by the Confucius Institute at Augusta University in collaboration with the AU Study Abroad Office and the Medical College of Georgia. The program aims to introduce and elaborate on the role of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the Chinese healthcare system through lectures, clinical observation and laboratory tours. Professor Jianguang Xu, President of SHUTCM, met with the students and Confucius Institute Director Lydia Newman during the program. Professor Hongyi Hu, SHUTCM Vice President, presented the program completion certificates to the students.
On May 13, 20 students from the Augusta University Music Department embarked on a 10-day study abroad program in China. Led by Music Department Chair Angela Morgan and Associate Professor Suzanne Hall, the group visited Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Shanghai Normal University in Shanghai, as well as Capital Normal University and the Hanban Headquarters in Beijing. The students participated in seminars on Chinese folk music and enjoyed traditional Chinese instrumental performances by local Chinese folk music students.
The annual "Good Boats for Goodwill" Dragon Boat Festival was held on May 5 at Lake Olmstead Park. The Confucius Institute has been a regular participant and supporter of the festival since 2014. This year the Confucius Institute sponsored 10 AU faculty and CI students to compete in the races. The beautiful spring weather drew record crowds to enjoy the races, a variety of food offerings and numerous cultural performances. The well-attended event was a great opportunity for CI faculty and staff to educate the community about CI's language and TCM courses at Augusta University.
Augusta University Chinese language students Ryan Foral and Colton Williams shared their experiences learning Mandarin Chinese with the audience at C.T. Walker's first-ever International Night. Nearly 200 faculty, students and parents attended the event, which included student vocal performances in Spanish and Chinese as well as dance and drama demonstrations.
Gabriel Foral, a student studying Mandarin Chinese in the AU English & Foreign Languages Department, was selected by AU faculty and the Confucius Institute to represent Augusta University at the Southern U.S. Regional "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition in Dallas, Texas. Floral and Chinese language instructor Aixiu Zhu flew to Dallas in April for the competition. The Chinese Bridge Competition includes tests of cultural knowledge, language proficiency and a talent show.
In an effort to promote and expand the TCM and Chinese language courses offered through the Confucius Institute, two Augusta University faculty members have been appointed as Confucius Institute Program Directors.
Dr. Debra Beazley, Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department in the College of Allied Health Sciences, has been named TCM Program Director. Dr. Giada Biasetti, Assistant Professor in Pamplin College's Department of English and Foreign Languages, is serving as the Program Director for Chinese language courses.
Dr. Debra Beazley and Dr. Giada Biasetti
LOCAL MUSICIANS TEACH MUSIC DEPARTMENT STUDENTS TRADITIONAL CHINESE INSTRUMENTS
The Confucius Institute and Augusta University's Department of Music partnered to offer a "Chinese Music and Culture" course for the Spring 2018 semester. Students received instruction on three traditional Chinese instruments: Erhu, Guzheng and Guqin. On February 28 and March 7, local musician Xiaomin Liu provided demonstrations on the Erhu and Guzheng. Confucius Institute Coordinator Yilin Lou also performed a Guzheng solo called "Fisherman's Song at Sunset." On March 28, local musician Meiyu Wang gave a lecture on the history of the Guqin. The guest lecturer series closed out with a demonstration on another traditional Chinese instrument, the Pipa, on April 18.
CINEMA SERIES FEATURES FOUR CHINESE FILMS
The Confucius Institute was honored to sponsor "A Day of International Cinema and Culture" in April. The event, part of the Augusta University Cinema Series in collaboration with the Lyceum Series, was held on Saturday, April 14 from 1 to 9 p.m. at Maxwell Theater on the Summerville Campus.
In between the screenings of the four Chinese movies, attendees enjoyed Chinese food and a performance from local musician Meiyu Wang.
CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE CELEBRATES CHINESE NEW YEAR 2018
The Confucius Institute celebrated the Year of the Dog with various events around campus in February 2018.
Events included Noon Arts: Chinese New Year concert with performances from AU faculty, staff and students, Chinese New Year celebrations for students, and community events.
NEW ADJUNCT PROFESSOR JOINS CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE
Dr. Hailei Zhao joined the Augusta University Confucius Institute at the end of December 2016 as an adjunct professor ofphysical therapy. He is also taking on the role of associate director, after former adjunct professor and associate director Wenxin Zhou completed his tenure.
Dr. Zhao is visiting from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where he is the Associate Dean of the International Education College. He has a doctorate degree in Integrative Chinese and Western Medicine, and a master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine from SHUTCM.
He has nearly 20 years of experience in clinical work with a specialty in TCM prevention and treatment of cancer, and more than 10 years in academic affairs administration at SHUTCM.
PHOTO: Dr. Zhao greets AU faculty and staff. Photo credit: Phil Jones
CI HOLDS FAREWELL CEREMONY FOR ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Wenxin Zhou, adjunct professor and associate director of the Confucius Institute, has completed his tenure at Augusta Universityand is returning to his home university in China, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
A farewell ceremony was held on Dec. 20, 2016 in order to show gratitude for Professor Zhou’s service to the Confucius Institute since December 2014. Delegates, colleagues and Professor Zhou’s friends from the Health Science campus, the Summerville Campus, and the Confucius Institute joined in the ceremony.
We thank Professor Zhou for his dedication to teaching in the Physical Therapy Department and to his work with the Confucius Institute. We wish him the best in the future.
PHOTO: Professor Wenxin Zhou (5th from left) was honored at a farewell ceremony on Dec. 20.
AU ADJUNCT PROFESSOR RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR WORK WITH CI
Professor Wenxin Zhou, outgoing adjunct professor of physical therapy and associate director of the Confucius Institute at Augusta University, was awarded a 2016 Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award for his leadership.
Zhou received the honor from one of China’s four vice premiers at the 11th Confucius Institute Conference in Kunming, China, on Dec. 10. Liu Yandong, China’s highest-ranking female politician and chairwoman of the Council of Confucius Institute Headquarters, presented the award.
2ND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE CI AT AU
Faculty and staff from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine visited Augusta University in September 2016 for the 2nd Anniversary of the Confucius Institute.
CI CHINA TRIP MAY 2016
The Confucius Institute at Augusta University took its first delegation of faculty and students to China with the support of the Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) from May 26 to June 8, 2016.
The 12 faculty members and 14 students from Augusta University visited Shanghai and Beijing.
The purpose of the trip was to help the faculty and students learn more about China and to further the academic exchange between Western and Eastern cultures.
While in China, the Augusta University delegates attended the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the Augusta University Jazz Ensemble performed at the party.
The students and faculty also visited two other universities in Shanghai: East China Normal University and Shanghai Normal University. They toured the Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Zhujiajiao Water Village, People’s Square, Nanjing Road, enjoyed an acrobatics performance, tasted Shanghai food and went shopping.
In Beijing, the capital of China, they visited the Hanban, where they learned that there are more than 500 Confucius Institutes all over the world now. They also visited the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Olympic Park, Summer Palace and Beijing Normal University.
After they toured Beijing, some of the delegates visited Xi’an to see the Terra Cotta Warriors and bike on the wonderful city wall.