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Upcoming Events

China in My Lens

Theme: China In My Daily LifeDEADLINE: JANUARY 31

Each year, the University of Kentucky Office of China Initiatives invites UK students, visiting scholars, and UK faculty & staff to participate in the China in My Lens photography competition.

A review committee selects one first prize, one second prize, and one third prize winner from each group. Individuals submitting pieces to OCI are authorizing OCI and UK to make unlimited, unrestricted use of their photographs for promotional purposes. 

Prizes by division are as follows:

  • Faculty and Staff Group: First Prize: $800; Second Prize: $500; Third Prize: $300
  • UK Student and Visiting Scholars Group: First Prize: $500; Second Prize: $300; Third Prize: $150

For more information or if you have any questions, contact Lashana Harney at

Criteria of Photo Submissions:

  1. Contestants must be a current University of Kentucky undergraduate, graduate student, visiting scholar or faculty and staff. 
  2. Photos must follow this year's theme: "China in My Daily Life." Photos could be anything that resembles a slice of China in your daily life; this could be anything from architecture, art, food, people, or more.
  3. Photos must be original work taken in 2021. Each participant can submit two original photographs.
  4. Submissions must include a title and a short description. All entries must have a photo-pixel count that is no lower than 300 dpi to guarantee professional quality.

Chinese Language Tutors

OCI is seeking applications for Chinese language tutors. In this paid on-campus job, tutors will provide small group tutoring to students taking Chinese language courses at the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Application review will begin immediately.  

We are looking for applicants who:  

  • are undergraduate students;
  • have a 3.0 or higher GPA;
  • are responsible;
  • are native speakers of Mandarin Chinese;
  • and preferably have language teaching or tutoring experience. 

Tutors will work up to 10 hours per week and will be paid $10 per hour. If interested in applying, send a resume and statement of interest to


A virtual screening and discussion with award-winning Director Ann Hu

January 27 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST | Online

Join SupChina for a virtual film screening of Confetti. A powerful story about a Chinese family uprooting their lives to seek alternative education in America for a child with dyslexia. Then join the live discussion with Confetti Director Ann Hu to hear why she made the film and how she was inspired by her real-life experience.

Based on writer/director Ann Hu’s, own life experiences, CONFETTI illustrates the journey of a 9-year-old girl named Meimei (Harmonie He), who moves with her mother Lan (Zhu Zhu) from their small town in China to New York City. Meimei has struggled to be accepted in her school and community, in part because no one has successfully noticed that she suffers from dyslexia. Lan braves the move to New York and a job with a new employer (Amy Irving) all in order to help her daughter, but finding the right school — especially for a visiting immigrant — proves to be even more difficult than she could have anticipated.

How to watch the film:
After registering for the event you will be sent an email with links to watch the film and join the live discussion. The film will be available to watch from January 20th to the 27th. Tickets are limited.


Real Estate Taxes: A Comparative Discussion — China’s New Pilot Rollout and the U.S. Experience

January 13, 2022

This is the second event of the Penn-Fudan Virtual Series on Global Issues and Governance jointly organized by the Penn Wharton China Center and the Institute for Global Public Policy at Fudan University.
As China plans to significantly enlarge the application of real estate taxes, we invite scholars from China and the US to have a comparative discussion.


Lunar New Year Gala 2022 by M3C

February 18, 2022 | Cincinnati, Ohio

This momentous event is an opportunity to celebrate the most important holiday in Chinese culture together. We want to bring the business community of the Midwesti (and beyond) together to mix, mingle and enjoy a fine evening of Chinese cultural celebration.