The University of Kentucky’s Confucius Institute and MCL-Chinese Studies programs will celebrate the UN Chinese Language Day on Friday, April 20 by hosting a series of events over the upcoming weekend.
UN Chinese Language Day is one of six language days celebrated by the United Nations, with each seeking to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity, as well as promoting equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization.
The UKCI and MCL-Chinese Studies will provide three opportunities for University of Kentucky students, faculty, K-12 partners, and the community to celebrate Chinese culture over the weekend. Events include the UKCI’s ongoing “A Bite of China” program, the opening of the “Landscapes of the Silk Road” oil painting exhibition in the Lexington Public Library, and UKCI’s annual K-12 Chinese Language competition.
“I am very excited about the array of opportunities brought together by the collaboration between the MCL-Chinese Studies program and the Confucius Institute for students interested in Chinese language and culture,” said Associate Professor of Chinese Studies Liang Luo.
“With the support of the Confucius Institute and the cultural opportunities it provides, from A Bite of China, UN Chinese Language Day on April 20, and its support to invite great speakers in Chinese Studies for the KFLC conference, our students are in for a treat for all things Chinese this week. We look forward to greater collaboration and serving our students even better in the coming years.”
China-related programming taking place this upcoming weekend include:
- “A Bite of China at UKCI”: One of the UKCI’s growing new programs, “A Bite of China” allows students, faculty, and staff to both taste and learn to cook Chinese cuisine. April’s session focuses on vegetable fried rice. The event takes place on Friday, April 20, from 12-2p.m. in front of the Confucius Institute, located on the ground floor of the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library. Those who plan to attend should RSVP here by Thursday, April 19.
- “On the Road: Landscapes of the Silk Road”: The UKCI will host the opening of the newest Chinese art exhibition in Lexington on Friday, April 20, as well. The opening, located at the Lexington Public Library’s main gallery, will begin at 5:30 p.m. The exhibition, titled “On the Road: Landscapes of the Silk Road,” features a series of oil paintings by artist Tian Weige, highlighting the landscapes around the Mogao Grotto that housed hundreds of Buddhist fresco paintings and sculptures dating back as early as the fourth century. Weige also serves as the Dean of the Dunhuang Institute, part of China’s North West Normal University.
- UKCI K-12 Chinese Speech Contest: Finally, the UKCI will host its annual K-12 Speech Contest on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at White Hall. Students from the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels are set to compete in speaking exercises.
For those looking to further discover Chinese culture and language, the MCL-Chinese Studies program will offer the following courses in the fall:
- Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities and Global Dynamics
- Self and Society in Chinese Culture
- Chinese Short Stories
- Beginning Chinese
Additionally, the UKCI provides a host of Chinese language and cultural courses. More information on them can be found here.
A gateway for Chinese language, culture and art to the people of Kentucky, UKCI provides leadership, support and coordination for Chinese language and programs in K-12 schools as well as on UK's campus; assists and facilitates establishing and maintaining faculty and student exchanges between UK colleges and Chinese universities; conducts Chinese language and cultural exchange; and promotes education about China on campus, across the Bluegrass region, and throughout the Commonwealth. To keep up with UK Confucius Institute and future events, join the institute's listserv and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (@UKConfucius).