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Confucius Institute Participate 2015 Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival


On Saturday, September 12, at Riverfront Park, our team, CIMTSU, together with 39 teams took the ride of their lives paddling on the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville. Thousands of spectators attended and enjoyed the fever of dragon boat racing with us.

This festival is much more than a great day on the water. It is being part of a community that cares about tradition, water, the river, health and each other. During this intensive racing, our members felt not only a connection to the racing, but also a bond to each other. 









Feb 1, 2014 The Greater Nashville Chinese Association (GNCA) presents a Chinese New Year Celebration at Father Ryan, CI Chinese language teacher Qiang Zhang joined the dance performance named Ta Ge.


1. Chinese New Year Story Telling at Northfield Elementary School on Jan 30, 2014.
2. Chinese New Year Celebration at Tara's class of Northfield Elematary School on Jan 30, 2014.
3. Chinese New Year Celebration at Merrol Hyde Magnet School on Jan 30, 2014.


Chinese calligraphy and Mini Chinese Class at Discovery Center on Jan 1st.

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Good News! An Oriental Monsoon is coming soon! The performance will be presented by Hangzhou Normal University and completely FREE!!!


3 Chinese Artist Wang Yanming, Song Xinzhong, and Zhong Ling visited MTSU fora mini painting exhibition in Student Union.

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Summer Camp at CIMTSU held by teacher Qiang Zhang and Rong Gong. The campers are showing the traditional Chinese food Zongzi they made by themselves for the Dragon Boat Festival. Campers are writing Chinese calligraphy. 6/10-15/2013.


Chinese Cultural Meal at Raiders for Christ  5/3/2013

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martial art2012 Martial Art Spectacular

A performance of martial art will be presented by Capital University of Physical Education and Sports, China.

Date:  Monday, April 22nd, 2012
Time:  7:00 PM
Place:  MTSU Murphy Center




Artist Visiting in MTSU

Chinese artist, Mr. Liu Yong(刘泳), visited Murfreesboro in April, 2013. During his visiting, Mr. Liu Yong gave Chinese painting lecture at MTSU, and visited local art class, introducing the beauty of traditional Chinese painting.


Scent of Jasmine

A Chinese Music and Dance Performance

Confucius Institute at MTSU presented a Chinese music and dance performance for The Global Discourses in Women & Gender Studies, at April 4, 2013.
Our program included traditional dance: Jasmine Flower, Gu Zheng solo, Qi Pao show,Peking Opera: Drunken Beauty, and so on.


2012SECLA-zhengConfucius Institute Hosts 2012 Southeast Chinese Language Association Conference

The Southeast Chinese Language Association (SECLA) serves as a forum for Confucius Institutes, Confucius Classrooms, and Chinese language educators to share experience, exchange ideas, and improve the practice and teaching pedagogy. This year's conference is hosted by Middle Tennessee State University and co-sponsored by seven Confucius Institutes in North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.

We cordially invite you to join us in the beautiful city of Murfreesboro, TN, on September 15th, 2012,  to share, network, and innovate.

Confucius Institute Participate 2012 Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival

On Saturday, September 29, at Riverfront Park, our team, CIMTSU, together with 41 teams took the ride of their lives paddling on the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville. Thousands of spectators attended and enjoyed the fever of dragon boat racing with us.

This festival is much more than a great day on the water. It is being part of a community that cares about tradition, water, the river, health and each other. During this intensive racing, our members felt not only a connection to the racing, but also a bond to each other.

Chinese Film Festival

The 13th consecutive semester of the Chinese Film Festival focuses on "Relations Hips"

October 23- Ocean Heaven
A terminally ill aquarium worker attempts to find a suitable home for his 21- year- old autistic son before his death. This heart -warming relationship between both father and son (as well as the community around them) becomes closer as the story develops.

October 30- Break the Silence
A single mother struggles to educate and raise her hearing-impaired child after her taxi driver husband divorces her. Is her determination enough to survive the struggles of life in modern-day China?

November 6-Sunflower
A powerful and touching look at the compelling inner dynamics of a post-Cultural Revolution family in Beijing, and their struggle over 30 years to adjust to each other as the fabric, politics, and social mores of Chinese society rapidly change.

November 13-Still Life
A miner looks for his ex-wife and a nurse searches for her husband in an old town about to be torn down due to the construction of a dam over the Yangtze River. Though they find their loved ones, each couple has to decide what is worth salvaging in their lives.

Screenings begin promptly at 6 p.m. with discussion following. Discussion leader for this series is Liu Jue , a Master's of Mass Communication candidate.
All screenings are in Mass Communication Room 103.
Attendance taken and reported to instructors upon request.
Sponsored by  the College of Media and Entertainment and the Confucius Institute.

Dr. Bob Spires at 898-2217 or
The Confucius Institute at 494-8696 or

Confucius Institute hosts evening of music

MURFREESBORO—MTSU's Confucius Institute and the MTSU School of Music will host "Song of Silk,"; a concert of songs, instruments, dance and Beijing opera, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, in T. Earl Hinton Music Hall in the Wright Music Building.

A production of the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University of Binghamton, N.Y., the performers will include faculty from Binghamton University and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, as well as the Melody of Dragon Chinese Ensemble and the Amber Dance Troupe.

The production's title, "Song of Silk,"; conveys essential images of Chinese culture. Silk, a major Chinese product, is also emblematic of music with stringed instruments. The Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the West and Middle East, also is a metaphor for efforts to create a bridge between Chinese and Western cultures.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission. To reserve tickets for pickup at the door, send an email to You also may obtain tickets by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Confucius Institute, MTSU, 1301 E. Main Street, Peck Hall 106, Box 114, Murfreesboro, 37132.

For program brochure click here.

For more information, call the Confucius Institute at 615-494-8696. 

MTSU Brings Chinese Performing Arts To Campus

EDITORIAL CONTACT: Gina Logue, 615-898-5081

Colorful, Multi-talented Group Sponsored by Confucius Institute

(MURFREESBORO) - The Confucius Institute at MTSU will present the Xiamen University Student Art Group in a free public musical and dance performance from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at Hinton Hall in MTSU's Wright Music Building.

This talented troupe consists of a choir, a dancing team and instrumentalists who specialize in traditional Chinese music. For the Murfreesboro appearances, the program includes "Spring Festival Overture,"; "Little River Flows,"; "The Sunbird,"; "Swan Geese,"; "Love of Grassland,"; "Chinking Coins,"; and "The Charm of Taiji,"; among other selections.

Instruments played in the musical performances include erhu, pipa, dulcimer and bamboo flute. Chinese martial arts, Fujian puppetry and ethnic songs and dances from Yunnan, Tibet and Xinjiang are part of the group's repertoire.

Participants in the Xiamen University Student Art Group are chosen from among both undergraduates and graduate students by each individual school and college. With a total enrollment of more than 38,000 full-time students, Xiamen also is host to some 1,000 international students from all around the world.

Members of the Xiamen University delegation accompanying the troupe include Ms. Chen Liwen, university vice president and delegation leader; Mr. Lin Gongming, chairman of the Art School Council and deputy delegation leader; and Ms. Wang Yi, deputy director of the Office of International Cooperation and Exchange and general coordinator for the group's appearances.

The group also will visit local schools, including a performance for faculty and students at John Pittard Elementary School in Murfreesboro from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17.

In addition, a lecture on Chinese folk music and instrumentation is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in Hinton Hall. A Chinese painting lecture and demonstration are slated for noon to 2 p.m. that same day in Room 232 of Andrew L. Todd Hall at MTSU. Both of these cultural opportunities are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Guanping Zheng, associate professor of electronic media communication and director of the Confucius Institute, at 615-494-8696 or

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