Confucius Institute in Chicago brought Chinese paper-cutting artist to students at CPS

Paper-cutting is a folk art that has enjoyed a long history in China. In an effort to enrich the experience of students who are learning Chinese at CPS, CIC, working with the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute, brought Guo Meihua, a well-known paper-cutting artist from China, to classrooms at 21 schools from Oct. 26 to Nov. 6.

"CPS students love to learn Chinese culture with hands-on activities," said Jane Lu, director of CIC. "Chinese paper-cutting is one of the most popular programs."

An extraordinary learning experience in China

This summer, a total of 18 CPS high school students traveled to China to attend a four-week intensive Chinese immersion program at the Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic (WXP), a trade college in Hangzhou, China. The program is part of the President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative and is funded by the generous support from the Wanxiang American Corp in Chicago and the Wanxiang Group in Hangzhou.

“Going to China has always been a dream of mine since I started taking Chinese class in 2nd grade,” said Jessica Anyaso, one of the participating students.

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Confucius Institute worldwide

The Confucius Institute in Chicago (CIC) and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University, hosted a Chinese Cultural Festival in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute worldwide at the Whitney Young Magnet High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, 2014. There were performances and hands-on activities at the Festival. About 2,000 people attended the event.

Students from Beijing and CPS celebrate Chinese New Year together

The auditorium at the Walter Payton College Prep High School (WPCP) was filled with cheers and applauses on Wednesday morning, Jan. 29. Students from the Chinese language program at nine different CPS schools gathered here to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a performing troupe from the Affiliated High School of the Renmin University in Beijing.

The Chinese school, Ren Da Fu Zhong in Chinese (RDFZ), brought a number of Chinese songs, dances, acrobatics, and martial arts to hundreds of CPS students.

Joint performance to celebrate the Chinese New Year

To celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year, CIC is hosting a Performing Troupe from the Renmin University's Affliliated Hight School (Beijing, China) to perform for CPS students, along with performance presented by CPS students. The performance will be held at Walter Payton College Preparatory High School from 10:00 to 11: 15 a.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. 

Please contact CIC at (773) 534-0020 for registration. Each school can send up to 50 individuals.

Happy Chinese New Year!