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Beijing Opera, on Feb. 22nd

At the Spring Festival, Ms. Yuan Ye will perform Beijing Opera, a classical Chinese art form combining music, song, dance, mime, and acrobatics.


Coming Events

Latest Events


East Meets West: The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

Welcome to the UKCI Chinese Culture Club

The 2013 Chinese Speech Competition

The Very First UKCI China Photo Contest

KYCAA Chinese New Year Celebration


East Meets West: The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

A Unique Program Combining Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Poetry, Chinese and Western Music.

With Dr. Hong Zhao, Distinguished Chinese Calligrapher & Philologist,
And Featuring Xue-Er Ding of the China National Symphony Orchestra on the Guzheng.

Please join us for this Gala Performance by World-Renowned Chinese Artists!
Friday, January 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Singletary Center Recital Hall.

Link to the series event at Pfeiffer University: https://vimeo.com/53412429

Please email confucius@uky.edu or call (859) 257-4523 for more information.

See the event flyer here.

Welcome to the UK Confucius Institute Chinese Culture Club

We are a Chinese Culture interest club newly founded in 2013 by the UK Confucius Institute. Our hope is to bring Chinese and American students (as well as any others who wish to join!) together for fun activities in interests we all share! We also aim to provide support for students of UK’s Chinese Studies program as well as the UK Chinese Students and Scholars Association (UKCSSA). We envision creating an environment where students from all different cultural backgrounds can come together to experience, appreciate, and enjoy Chinese culture. Thanks for your interest and we hope to see you soon!

Co-Presidents: Sean Xie xiang.xie@uky.edu
  Cassie Hardin cassandra.hardin@uky.edu
Vice-President: Anne-Marie Vaughn annemarie.vaughn@uky.edu
Treasurer: Ben Freeman benfreeman@uky.edu

Please register here.

The 2013 Chinese Speech Competition

Announcing our very first Chinese Speech Competition for UK Students and the Lexington community! The competition will take place Tuesday, January 22nd, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.in the Niles Gallery of the M.I. King Fine Arts Library. The winner(s) will be sponsored by UKCI to attend the Chinese Bridge Competition later this spring. Students will be divided into Non-native Speakers and Heritage Speakers.

The competition will consist of three rounds:

1) Prepared monologue-style speech. Students must prepare a 2-3 minute speech in Chinese on a subject of their choice. They may give self-introductions, describe their families, inspirational people, schools, or the experience of learning Chinese, to name a few ideas. Heritage speakers may also talk about their connections to the Chinese Diaspora.

2) Impromptu Q&A. Students must be prepared to answer questions from the judges.

3) Cultural / Talent performance. This can include singing, dancing, calligraphy demonstration, etc.

Please register here.

See the event flyer here.

The Very First UKCI China Photo Contest

Announcing the very first University of Kentucky Confucius Institute China Photo Contest! CASH PRIZES will be awarded to the winners! If you are a UK Student or a Kentucky High School student that has studied in China, we are looking for your photo submissions! Please submit your entry before MONDAY, DECEMBER 10th. Winners will be announced that week.

Rules: Your photo must be taken by YOU on your recent trip to Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau or Hong Kong. No inappropriate or offensive content. Photos can feature any subject from nature/scenery, to urban cityscapes, to people or objects, as long as they feature a clear Chinese theme.  Photos must be submitted to Cassandra Hardin at cassandra.hardin@uky.edu, uploaded to the Photo Contest Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/394498383961917/), or physically delivered to the UKCI office at 113 Bradley Hall. All physical copies must have a digital copy to work with in case of selection.

Questions? Call us at (859) 257-4523 or email cassandra.hardin@uky.edu.

See the event flyer here.

KYCAA Chinese New Year Celebration

The KYCAA Chinese New Year Celebration 2013 will be held on January 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short Street, Lexington, KY  40507. As you may know, this is the largest Chinese culture event in Kentucky, and there will be many wonderful performances you may have never seen before. (see the flyer below)

The tickets will be available from tomorrow till they are sold out at the Box Office in the Lexington Convention Center located at 430 West Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507. You need to go there to get the tickets. The contact number for the Box Office is 859-233-3535. Regular price is $15 per ticket, and free for active KYCAA members. The KYCAA members need to show the ID (driver’s license) to get free tickets. For members with family membership, each family member can get one free ticket and a family can get up to four free tickets in total. If you are not a KYCAA member, you can join KYCAA now (family membership $25/family, individual membership $15, and $10 for student membership) and get free tickets with other benefits. The membership should be renewed annually. The membership fee paid after 01/21/2012 is valid for this event; otherwise, you need to renew your membership to get free tickets. To check your membership status, you can email to KYCAA membership officer Dr. Wenping Ma at wpma805@yahoo.com.

Since this is a very popular event and seating is limited, the tickets will be sold out quickly. Also, tickets will be distributed based on "first come, first serve". Please get your tickets and favorable seats as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, email to kycaa@yahoo.com, or call us at 267-280-3537.

Thank you for your attention!

See the event flyer here.

Chinese Medical Lecture Series Week with Prof. Zhaoguo Li


Do not miss our upcoming Chinese Medicine Lecture Series with Prof. Zhaoguo Li, esteemed Chinese medicine expert and World Health Organization contributor. Mr. Li will be delivering several lectures throughout the community during his time in Lexington. If you have ever been curious about traditional Chinese medicine or Eastern health practices, this is your chance to learn more!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Lecture I: Traditional Chinese Ways of Health Cultivation

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 2012

Lexington Public Library - Downtown Branch


Lecture II: Traditional Chinese Ways of Health Cultivation

4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29th, 2012

The Gallery, W.T. Young Library at UK


Lecture III: The Spirit of Traditional Chinese Medicine

12:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30th, 2012

UK Pharmacy School


Lecture IV: The Spirit of Traditional Chinese Medicine

3:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30th, 2012

Transylvania University


Lecture V: Traditional Chinese Ways of Health Cultivation

2:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1st, 2012

Beaumont Middle School

GuQin: The Sound of China


Demonstration & Lecture

Shin-Yi Yang

4:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8th, 2012

Student Center Rm. 205, University of Kentucky


In-Concert Performance

Shin-Yi Yang & Dr. Chi-Sun Chan

7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov 9th, 2012
Singletary Center for the Arts, University of Kentucky


The Lecture on the Ancient Chinese Gu Qin Instrument will take place Thursday, November 8th in Rm. 205 of the Student Center.

We will hold a Gu Qin Concert and Musical Performance the following night, Friday November 9th at the Singletary Center for the Arts here at UK.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We hope to see you there!

See the event flyer here.

UK Confucius Institute and College of Fine Arts Present


An Evening of Mongolian Dance and Music


Monday, October 29, 7:30pm
Singletary Center for the Arts


The Confucius Institute and the UK College of Fine Arts present: "An Evening of Mongolian Dance and Music", in collaboration with The Arts College of Inner Mongolia University.
The Arts College of Inner Mongolia University will offer a variety of unique performances from throat singing to horsehead instrumental music. Colorful costumes, exquisite artistry and unmatched skill make this an unforgettable evening of cultural celebration and exploration.
Tickets are free but limited to 8 per person. Tickets can only be acquired by calling the SCFA Ticket Office at 859.257.4929 or by visiting the SCFA Ticket Office. Tickets are not available online.

Mongolian Dance



“Religion in China Before Buddhism”

7:00pm, Tuesday, October 30, Room 231 , Student Center in UK campus


“Religion in China After Buddhism”

7:00pm, Tuesday, November 13, Room 231 , Student Center in UK campus


Jeffrey L. Richey, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Religion and Coordinator of the Asian Studies Program at Berea College, where he teaches courses about Chinese and Japanese religious history. He studied at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Harvard University, the Graduate Theological Union, and the University of California at Berkeley. His publications include Teaching Confucianism (Oxford University Press, 2008), The Patheos Guide to Confucianism (Patheos Press, 2012), and two forthcoming volumes, The Sage Returns: Confucian Revival in Contemporary China (to be published by the State University of New York Press) and Confucius in East Asia: Confucianism's History in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam (to be published by the Association for Asian Studies), as well as numerous contributions to anthologies, encyclopedias, and journals devoted to East Asian studies. He also serves as the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy's Area Editor for Chinese Philosophy

Richey Lecture



UKCI 2012 Fall Semester Performances and Events Calendars


2012 fall semester canlenders

Moon Festival Competition

September 15th, Saturday

The UK Confucius Institute will hold a competition based upon the theme of the Moon Festival to celebrate this traditional Chinese holiday.

Essay Competition
Art Work

Elementary School (grades 1 - 5)
Middle School (grades 6 - 8)
High School (grades 9 - 12)

Winners and Awards:

In each Category and Level. There will be one First Prize, two Second Prizes and three Third Prizes, Moreover all other participants will get participation award.

Each Student Can Just Take Part in One Competition.

The Awards Ceremony will take place at the Moon Festival Celebration Party on September 15, 2012. See the event flyer here

2012moon festvial

Registration Form Link

Realized in Wood: Contemporary Prints From China


Headley- Whitney Museum

July 29 -December 23

See the event flyer here.


Refashioning the Self through New Therapeutics in Urban China


Li Zhang

Professor of Anthropology, University of California

4:00 PM, Wednesday, September 5

Board Room,18th Floor Patterson Office Tower


See the event flyer here.

2012 Training Program on Teaching Materials for Overseas Chinese Language Teachers

I. Aim
Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters will host the 2012 Training Program on Teaching Materials for Overseas Chinese Language Teachers so as to improve the quality of international Chinese language teaching.
II. Schedule
The timing for 2012 Training Program is temporarily set between June and December. All host universities should open at least one training class in each month. The training of each class will last 7 days (4 days of training + 1 day of cultural study + 2 days of round trip).
III. Training Locations (11 universities)
1.Guangzhou: Sun Yat-Sen University; 2.Xiamen: Xiamen University; 3. Changchun: Jilin University 4. Beijing: Beijing Foreign Studies University; 5. Beijing: Beijing Normal University; 6.Beijing: Peking University; 7.Haikou: Hainan Normal University; 8.Shanghai: East China Normal University; 9.Tianjin: Nankai University; 10.Wuhan: Wuhan University; 11.Dalian: Dalian University of Foreign Languages
IV. Application by Trainees
1. Qualifications
Applicants should be Chinese language teachers of foreign nationality and Chinese citizens with permanent residence certificate of mainstream teaching facilities including universities, primary and secondary schools (full-time schools) who is younger than 60 years old, speak relatively fluent Chinese and enjoy good health.
For other requested qualifications, please visit http://training.Chinese.cn.
2. Procedures
(1) Visit the webpage of teaching materials training of Hanban: http://training.chinese.cn to learn information, application approaches and procedures concerning the 2012 Training Program, download training materials
(2) Download and fill in the Application Form of 2012 Training Program on Teaching Materials for Overseas Chinese Language Teachers; submit the completed form through the Education/Culture Divisions of Chinese Embassy (Consulate) in respective countries, Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) and Overseas Representative Offices of Hanban. The Overseas Representative Offices of Hanban will review the qualifications based on existing database and application requirements.
(3) The Overseas Representative Offices of Hanban will submit the list of qualified trainees, grouping plan and training demands to Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters for final judgment. After the final judgment is made, Hanban will entrust the Overseas Representative Offices to issue Confirmation of Acceptance to trainees.
(4) Domestic host universities will issue registration notice and training course manual to trainees based on the admission results and training demands of trainees.
V. Training Contents
(I) Teaching materials (50%): Aim to help trainees understand, know well and use key Chinese language teaching materials recommended by Hanban. (Please visit the website http://training.chinese.cn to learn more detailed information about such materials.)
(II) Teaching methods (30%)
Presentation, case study and demonstration class, among other methods will be used based on teaching materials compilation and overseas classroom practices to display and exchange practical Chinese language teaching methods and skills related to language elements and skills teaching; trainers and trainees will jointly produce teaching aids; inputs will be solicited from trainees on improving Chinese language teaching methods and the design of classroom activities; training and teaching experience will be collected and summarized from trainees.
(III) Culture and modern education technology (20%)
Lectures of all kinds which showcase Chinese culture will be launched based on real teaching demands, such as Chinese movie, music, painting, opera, literature and traditional Chinese medicine, among others, as a way to improve trainees' artistic appreciation on Chinese culture; training on practical skills will also be made available; activities such as cultural visit, teaching resources exhibition, and training achievement appraisal will be held.
During the proceedings of the training, trainees should submit various training results. Within one month after the closing of the training, host universities should gather materials such as trainees' training results and course videos and submit them to Hanban.
VI. Organization of trainers
Please visit visit the website http://training.chinese.cn to learn detailed information about it.
VII. Training Expenses
The training program is free from tuition fee, accommodation expense and teaching materials fee.Should trainees have difficulty in buying air tickets, they may apply for travel expense subsidy with Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. The round trip air tickets will be handled by the Representative Offices of Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in North America, the United Kingdom, Spain, Southeast Asia, Oceania and Thailand.
VIII. Feedbacks and Follow-ups
Please visit the website http://training.chinese.cn to learn detailed information about it.
IX. Follow-up Service
Please visit the website http://training.chinese.cn to learn detailed information about it.
Interested applicants can download the application form at http://training.chinese.cn.

2012 UKCI Speech Contest

To provide school kids with a spur to study the Chinese language and culture, encourage them to speak Chinese, and to contribute to K-12 enrichment in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, CI at the University of Kentucky is organizing its 2012 Speech Contest for K-12 graders, the second of its kind, to be held on the University Campus on May 11, Friday at 5 pm.
2012 UKCI Speech Contest will feature the theme of “spring in Lexington.”
Contestants will be divided into two categories: native speakers of Chinese and non-native speakers of Chinese, and further, into three levels of groups: Grades K-6; Grades 7-9; Grades 10-12. Apart from prizes for winners, UKCI will offer a small gift to every participant as well.

Answers to frequently asked questions:
Q: What is the requirement for length? How long should the speech be?
A: The speech should not exceed 3 minutes.
Q: Can the contestants use props such as power points or pictures?
A: Yes, they can. But the materials must not include pingyin or any irrelevant information or pictures.
Q: Can two or more contestants compete together using a dialogue/conversation?
A: No, they cannot. Contestants must compete on individual basis using speech form.

Those who would like to participate should register online before May 4 by clicking the link.



China's urbanization, and the Pritzker Prize winner


Jianfei Zhu
Associate Professor, Melbourne University

April 4, 2012
209 Pence Hall / 5pm


The University of Kentucky College of Design and the UK Confucius Institute are co-sponsoring a lecture by Jianfei Zhu, titled “Scale and Statehood: a Different Modernity.” Dr. Zhu will discuss the scale of urbanization in China and how it might develop into a different kind of modernity. After the lecture the Dean of the College of Design, Michael Speaks, will lead a discussion about Wang Shu, the first Chinese architect to be awarded the Priztker Architecture Prize. The lecture and discussion will be followed by a reception in Pence Hall.

Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the Priztker Architecture Prize, discusses Wang Shu’s selection and China’s urbanization: “The fact that an architect from China has been selected by the jury, represents a significant step in acknowledging the role that China will play in the development of architectural ideals. In addition, over the coming decades China’s success at urbanization will be important to China and to the world. This urbanization, like urbanization around the world, needs to be in harmony with local needs and culture. China’s unprecedented opportunities for urban planning and design will want to be in harmony with both its long and unique traditions of the past and with its future needs for sustainable development.”

Jianfei Zhu studied architecture in China at Tianjin University, and in England at the University College London. He is currently teaching in Australia at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Zhu’s research centers on architecture and politics, the ‘political space’ of dynastic Beijing, episodes of modern Chinese architecture, spatial analysis, and various topics in China-West comparisons.

Dr. Zhu is the author of Chinese Spatial Strategies (Routledge, 2004) and Architecture of Modern China (Routledge, 2009). He is the editor of Sixty Years of Chinese Architecture 1949-2009 (Beijing: CABP, 2009) and two special issues of Time + Architecture (Tongji University, 2006, 2010). He has published more than sixty papers in English and Chinese, including ‘Criticality in between China and the West’ and ‘Robin Evans in 1978’ (Journal of Architecture, 2005, 2011).

Dr. Zhu's current research concerns the change from traditional to contemporary construction technologies and urban forms in China, the difference between Renaissance and Chinese traditions, and the impact of the West upon China.