2012 Summer Fest

The Confucius Institute at WMU hosted a Chinese Summer Festival for students and parents of Portage Public Schools at WMU's Fountain Plaza on July 16, 2012. The festival was an opportunity for children studying Chinese language at Amberly and Lake Center elementary schools to celebrate Chinese language and culture with their families. Chinese games, crafts, demonstrations, and activities were available for all. The students also enjoyed pizza and the chance to have a summer reunion with their classmates.


Summer Camp Trip to Chicago Chinatown

Children will gain confudence in their Chinese Language as they interact with the community of Chinatown. The group will be divided into teams and give a Cinese team leader to complete a scavenger hunt. Everyone will meet for a traditional Chinese grop lunch followed by family free time. 


Chinese New Year celebration

The campus and local community is invited to a Year of the Dragon celebration planned for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 19 on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower.

The event will include games, prizes, performances, a video presentation and Chinese snacks.

For more information, contact the Confucius Insitute office in Dunbar Hall at (269) 387-1416.


Portage District Library hosts Chinese Revolution photo exhibit

A photo exhibit commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the Chinese Revolution of 1911 was mounted for two weeks, November 6-20, at the Portage District Library courtesy of the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University. The traveling exhibition, "A Century of Change,” was created by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and was loaned to the Confucius Institute at WMU by the Chinese Embassy in Chicago. It includes 30 images depicting events of the revolution and scenes from everyday life from 1911 to the present. 


Distinguished calligrapher talks about Chinese craft

A renowned local Chinese calligrapher will give a talk and demonstration on his craft and Chinese culture from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Western Michigan University in Room 2028 of Brown Hall.


Chinese martial arts and folk music performance Sunday

The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University will host a Wulinhanyun Chinese Martial Arts and Folk Music performance at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10 in WMU's Fetzer Center Room 1035. The troupe is from the birthplace of Kung Fu and they will perform various Shaolin-style Kung Fu and Chinese folk music and dance. The performance is open to the public free of charge. 


Confucius Institute to host Chinese folk music performance March 24

Hong Zhang, a nationally renowned mezzo-soprano and senior lecturer of Chinese at Binghamton University, will give a recital and lecture entitled, “China’s Ethnic Groups and Their Songs,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24 in Kalamazoo College’s Dalton Recital Hall, 1200 Academy Street.
General admission tickets are $5; tickets are $2 for WMU and K-College students with a student ID. Pre-event tickets are available through the Confucius Institute, or at the door.


Chinese New Year celebration Feb. 3

Ring in the Year of the Rabbit competing for prizes in traditional Chinese games at a Chinese New Year celebration planned for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 on the Tenth Floor of Sprau Tower. Refreshments will be served and the event is open to the public free of charge. The New Year celebration is hosted by the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University and WMU's Chinese language program.


Lesson of the day, China, for area high school students

The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University hosted a daylong informational workshop about China for area high school students on Friday, January 7, 2011 at WMU’s Fetzer Center.  More than 170 students attended the event representing five local high schools: Gull Lake, Portage Northern, Portage Central, Loy Norrix (Kalamazoo) and Hackett Catholic Central.