The Confucius Institute at WMU Celebrates the 2017 Chinese New Year

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The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University held the 2017 Chinese New Year Gala on January 20th at 6pm local time in New Wesley Foundation on the campus. The event presented a wonderful collection of performances from different schools which are having cooperative relations with Confucius Institute at WMU. More than 170 people came to enjoy the show, including the WMU provost Timothy J Greene, Ming Li, Dr.Wei-chiao Huang, the associate director of the Confucius Institute at WMU Dr. Wolfgang Schloer, Dr. Haitao Yu, Dr.Wenfang Sun, the principal of Gagie school Sandra Gagie and the assistant superintendent of Kalamazoo public schools Sheila Dorsey. 

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The gala invited lots of students from different high schools and primary schools to present their Chinese learning results in different forms. The Gagiedanced along the song under the instruction of their Chinese instructors-Songtao Zhang and Yue Jiang. Their adorable looks made everyone in the room smile. 

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Students from Loy NorrixGao.  The hilarious dance moves were enjoyable for everyone in the room. 

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Our CI teacher Xing Gaoong Chuan Diao>. Her beautiful voice and wonderful singing skills made all of the audience enchanted by the charm of the traditional Chinese music.  

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Besides singing and dancing, we also had the artist HuamingLian>, the artist began his artistic display on a big white board beside the stage. Amongst the loud applause from all of the room, a life-like rooster finally appeared on the paper along with the four Chinese character “大吉大利 (great fortune).  

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Students from Kalamazoo Chinese Academy showed the audience a Chinese yoyo display. The three teenager performers drew everyones attention with their excellent skills. 

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The gala drew an end with a traditional Chinese clothing show. WMU students and CI teachers together presented a fashion show with clothing from each period in Chinese history. Everyone was busy taking pictures to record the special clothes and special moments. The gala ended in laughter and applauses. 

Besides the abovementioned performances, students from other schools also gave great performances and displayed what they have learned under the guidance of the CI teachers. The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University will also continue to have more cultural events to promote Chinese culture and showcase its Chinese-teaching fruits.