Our News and Events

WMU at Inland Lake School Asia Festival

Staff of the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University and its Soga Japan Center participated in an Asia Festival on October 18, 2012 hosted by the Inland Lake School in Indian River, Mich.
About 60 seventh and eighth graders participated in the festival, where they learned about Asian culture, crafts and cooking. WMU staff included, Jun Zeng, Yin Long and Linjia Jiang from the Confucius Institute and Michiko Yoshimoto, outreach coordinator for the Soga Japan Center. 


2012 Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

The Mid-Autumn Festival (simplified Chinese: 中秋节; traditional Chinese: 中秋節), also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival or Zhongqiu Festival, is a popular lunar harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people. A description of the festival first appeared in Rites of Zhou, a written collection of rituals of the Western Zhou Dynasty from 3,000 years ago. The celebration became popular during the early Tang Dynasty. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, close to the autumnal equinox. 


Chinatown Trip

The Confucius Institute at WMU hosted a trip for Portage Public Schools second grade Chinese language students and their families to Chicago’s Chinatown for a cultural experience and an opportunity to use their Chinese language skills. Participants traveled by coach bus to Chinatown where they were met with a tour guide. The tour included stops at the famous Nine Dragon Wall, the Buddhist temple, the Chinatown gate, the Chinese Catholic church and included lots of history and fun facts on the ‘old’ and ‘new’ Chinatown areas.