WINNSBORO — The staff and students at Midlands STEM Institute took a road trip last month to attend the Confucius Institute International Day at Presbyterian College in Clinton.
On Sept. 26, students and staff experienced the culture and food of more than 20 countries, including Chinese culture like Drogan Dance, Lion Dance, Tai Chi show, band show, Chinese tea, Chinese Chess and Chinese calligraphy.
MSI students performed the Chinese dance “I love Chinese food,” Tai Chi and Chinese song.
Confucius Institute Day is a program initiated by the Confucius Institute headquarters to celebrate the 11th anniversary of its founding. Since the first Confucius Institute was inaugurated in Korea in 1994, the number of Confucius Institutes has grown rapidly.
In 2013, 440 Confucius Institutes and 646 Confucius Classrooms had been founded in 120 countries around the world. Of those, 144 Confucius Institutes and 384 Confucius Classrooms were in North and South America. Confucius Institute Day is to celebrate this big achievement. But more importantly, it is to better serve Chinese language and culture learners and meet their needs of learning more about and understanding China.
According to Presbyterian College’s website, the Confucius Institute at Presbyterian College was established by Presbyterian College and Guizhou University, sponsored by Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International of China to promote the mutual understanding between the two nations.
Its objectives are:
• To strengthen the Chinese programs at Presbyterian College and its partner institutions, including Clemson University, Converse College, Furman University, and Wofford College;
• To enhance business exchanges between China and the Upstate business community of South Carolina, in partnership with the Global Trade Consortium and the Upstate Alliance;
• To support the teaching of the Chinese language and culture in K-12 schools in conjunction with the State Department of Education; and to further the cultural diversity of Upstate South Carolina through cultural events jointly with the Greenville Chinese Culture Association.
Up to now, 495 Confucius Institutes and 1,000 Confucius Classrooms have been founded in 134 countries around the world. Confucius Institute Day is to celebrate the achievement. But more importantly, it is to better serve Chinese language and culture learners and meet their needs of learning more about and understanding China.