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April 19th: “喜宴 (The Wedding Banquet)”

Simon and Wei-Tung are a gay couple living together in Manhattan. To defer the suspicions of Wei-Tung’s parents, Simon suggests a marriage of convenience between Wei-Tung and Wei-Wei, an immigrant in need of a green card. When Wei-Tung’s parents come to America for the wedding, they insist upon an elaborate banquet, resulting in several complications….
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March 29th: “枼问 (Ip Man)”

During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him…
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From the President’s Activity Report: Chinese New Year in Downtown and Corbett

Four hundred community visitors attended Chinese New Year celebrations at the Branigan Cultural Center on February 17. NMSU’s Confucius Institute organized the downtown event and partnered with the Chinese Students and Scholars Association of NMSU to present a grand celebration on campus.  Seven hundred visitors came to Corbett Center to be treated to arts and…
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University Museum Saturday Workshop Series: Abacus

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From the President’s Activity Report: Chinese New Year at Valley View

The Confucius Institute at NMSU celebrated three days of Chinese New Year with more than 200 students at Valley View Elementary School. A highlight for the students was reading Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” in English, Spanish, and Chinese. The students also got the chance to try their hands at games that are played by…
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March 1st: “唐山大地震 (Aftershock)”

The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976. Yuan Ni is forced to decide between saving her son or daughter and she chooses Fang Da. However, her daughter Fang Deng overhears her mother’s choice and miraculously survives. The family is finally reunited at Yuan Ni’s home,…
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February 22nd: “畫皮 (Painted Skin)”

An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers. An ancient fox spirit embarks on a diabolical quest to become human after escaping an icy prison, and becomes bound to a disfigured princess who seeks the love of a noble guard as her kingdom crumbles in this lavish…
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Tai Chi class is back for the Spring Semester!

Tai Chi class will resume February 6th, 2018.  This semester’s classes will be taught every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Branigan Chinese New Year

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孔子学院学生“四月”的故事

2017-12-06 陈岩 孔院长     埃尔巴索市(El Paso)位于德克萨斯州的最西北角。这个德州的“遥远的地方”却毗邻我们新墨西哥州立大学所在的拉斯克鲁塞斯(Las Cruces)。所以,我们新墨西哥州立大学孔子学院的一个教学点,就设在德州大学埃尔巴索分校——University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)。2017年11月17日,是UTEP校园里”International Cultural Bazaar”的最后一天。新墨西哥州立大学孔子学院UTEP教学点汉语班部分同学,在任课的王志锐老师带领下,早早来到Bazaar。女孩子们在桌上摆好茶壶,一字列开了茶碗,拿出一枝枝毛笔、一叠叠演示书法的“水印纸”整整齐齐码在桌上。     初冬的埃尔巴索,太阳出来暖阳阳的,但是风很大。只要松手,桌上的笔筒、水杯、毽子,纷纷被吹倒;大大小小的纸张,像轻盈的蝴蝶一样,一页页飞起。细心的男生们拿出胶带纸,把大红灯笼、大红的“中国结”以及所有的“摆设”,粘得结结实实。还把一串“鞭炮”高高地挂到旁边的电杆上。一切准备就绪,王老师开始向大家演示“中国茶艺”。普耳茶的芳香引来众多过路师生。礼茶、冲茶、斟茶、闻香、奉茶,王老师有条不紊,娓娓道来,在大家的惊叹中,奉上一杯杯香茗。放下手中茶杯,几名学生拿起毽子,交头接耳左顾右盼打量一番后仍不得其解,只好发问:“这是什么?”汉语班一位名叫“April”的女生不无骄傲地告诉他们:“这是毽子!”然后给大家示范怎么踢。好奇的学生很快围起一圈儿,你踢我挡,来来往往。年青人身手敏捷学得就是快。不一会儿,一位体育专业的男孩子不但能连踢几个,还居然能“里盘外拐”了!     那位April的女生,放下毽子后,一直非常用心地用毛笔蘸着水在纸上练习写一个个“四月”、“四月“……。有同学过来,她现场当起“书法老师”——提着毛笔教大家写“中国”“美国”“你好”“四月”…… 虽笔法稚拙,却引来周围无数个“哇!”“酷……!”四月说她是UTEP教育专业的学生,但是“我喜欢语言。我会说英语、西班牙语、法语;因为我爸爸是美国人,妈妈是墨西哥人,弟弟在法国。汉语,是我的第四种语言,我非常喜欢汉语,一定要学好汉语。““为什么呢?”同学们问她。“因为我想去中国,”她毫不犹豫地回答。 作者简介陈岩:河北师范大学外国语学院教师,现任美国新墨西哥州立大学孔子学院中方院长。

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