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  • Renmin & Peking University Presidents visit UCD
    were awarded honorary doctorates in recognition of the strengthened ties between the three universities Peking University and Renmin University of China RUC are both top 5 universities in the People s Republic a country which has nearly 2000 universities and colleges In June 2008 UCD honoured the presidents of these two universities with the conferring of Doctor of Laws degrees to Professor Xu Zhihong of Peking University and Professor Ji Baocheng of RUC Both presidents have donated books to The Institute Professor Ji was accompanied by a delegation paying a return visit to UCD following the UCD delegation visit to RUC in January 2007 RUC is the partner university of The Confucius Institute and a key partner of UCD in China with a student exchange programme and academic links already in operation After the Conferring Ceremony a Roundtable Discussion was held at The Quinn School of Business on Current Economic and Social Development Issues in China and Ireland On the UCD side the participants were Professors Rodney Thom Aidan Kelly and Patrick Paul Walsh along with Mr Paul Haran and Dr Liming Wang while the RUC delegation consisted of Professor Ji President Professor Hong Dayong Dean of Teaching Affairs Mr Hou Shudong Associate Director of the President s Office and Ms Chen Xin Section Chief for International Affairs at RUC s International Office During the 3 day visit to Dublin the delegation also visited The Smurfit School of Business The Guinness Storehouse Powerscourt Gardens and Leinster House Thanks for sharing About The Author Super User Close Related Articles Volunteer Chinese Teachers from UCD CI Participate in the Collaborative Teaching Experience Seminar for CII UCD Confucius Institute organised its first Chinese Exam Winter Camp Launch of the Expert Group Overseas Chinese Teachers Training Programme by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland

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  • UCD hosts 2008 Spring Festival
    friends This year s gala show for the new Chinese Year of the Rat at the O Reilly Hall on February 8th continued the tradition established in 2007 and was a warm welcoming and very popular event attended by over 1 000 people Sweet as honey The show proper was opened by a group of Year 1 girls from Loreto Secondary School who sang the well known Chinese pop song Tian mi mi Sweet as honey Mr Yang Hong of the Chengdu Opera Troupe UN Cultural Heritage Award winner then thrilled the audience with a performance of fast face changing with masks one of the oldest art forms of the Sichuan Opera tradition Hand shadow show More artists of the Chengdu Opera Troupe followed Ms Liu Li s dance was based on traditional choreography Shuixiu Wu Mr Shao Jiangui gave a marvellous hand shadow performance Shou Ying Sichuan Province Professional Acrobatics Competition Gold Medal winner Ms Hu Jiayue astonished onlookers with a performance of acrobatic skill Baixi Mr Wu Hua sang beautiful traditional Chinese songs Mr King Zeyong gave the audience their first introduction to Kong Fu Tea The artists of the Chengdu Opera Troupe participated in the gala performance courtesy of the Chinese Irish Cultural Academy The rat loves to eat rice The second half of the performance began with UCD BComm Chinese students singing the Chinese pop song Laoshu ai da mi The rat loves to eat rice after which came a performance by the Beijing Bailing Shadow Puppet Troupe Shadow puppetry is one of the rare treasures of the Chinese performing arts and is unfortunately known to be dying out as China experiences rapid economic growth and cultural change Shadow puppetry first appeared in Beijing around 500 years ago during the Ming Dynasty 1368 1644 The Beijing

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  • The New Rich in China: Why China Has No New Middle Class
    New Middle Class Economic reform in the People s Republic of China PRC since 1980 has seen the emergence of new categories of wealth and power Among Western scholars David S G Goodman has used the concept of the new middle class to describe the people who have power and wealth in China today In particular he studied the new middle class in Shanxi province in the north west dividing them into into three major categories owner operators managers including state capitalists social capitalists and suburban executives and service providers The evidence from surveys of new rich entrepreneurs conducted since the early 1990s in different parts of the PRC Zhejiang Shanxi Qinghai Sichuan and Hainan suggests that describing their experience in terms of an emergent middle class may present further comparative misunderstandings In terms of wealth China s new rich are hardly middle ranked income households by any standard While there are some new style entrepreneurs who are not very wealthy most of the new rich earn and are worth several times the national averages Introducing a very new and exciting research topic Goodman showed not only his expertise but also his knowledge of China and understanding of her people in his interview based research work covering several areas of China Yet he admits that his research is still only a drop in the ocean and reflective only of the people interviewed and areas studied Thanks for sharing About The Author Super User Close Related Articles Volunteer Chinese Teachers from UCD CI Participate in the Collaborative Teaching Experience Seminar for CII UCD Confucius Institute organised its first Chinese Exam Winter Camp Launch of the Expert Group Overseas Chinese Teachers Training Programme by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland News Archive Year 2014 Year 2013 Year 2012 Year 2011 Year 2010

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  • International Conference on Rising China in the Age of Globalisation Hosted by UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland
    be willing to give up their national currency Professor Mundell said that China s manufacturing success and growing share of world exports since the 1990s was equivalent to a competitive shock to the global economy such as the rise of the German and Japanese economies in the 1950s and 1960s This he said had led to an increasing resistance in the West to trade with China with some protectionist tendencies adopted such as the quota on Chinese textiles He added that there were a number of factors in this economic success such as China having a large able and available workforce an enthusiasm for new technology a stable exchange rate high savings and a desire to progress and learn However he warned that its economy does face some major problems The most pressing in the short term is macroeconomic management including exchange rate policy In the intermediate term pollution and environmental damage rural poverty and massive migration to the cities will have to be dealt with while in the longer term China will face a demographic aging crisis that is the counterpart of its population control measures Speaking at the conference Prof Yao Jingyuan Chief Economist of National Bureau of Statistics of PR China said that the inflation rate in China will fall in 2008 as food prices ease and an expansion cools Other speakers at the conference included Professor Gregory C Chow author of The Chinese Economy and adviser to the Chinese Prime Minister and the State Commission for restructuring the country s economic system and Professor Canrong Jin Deputy Dean of School of International Studies in Renmin University of China Michael Dowdle presented the paper on China and the New Regulatory State and Don Starr gave the speech on the Confucius Institute programme and associated problems Chair of

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  • RE ORIENTATIONS: Mind-Mapping the Way to China and Back
    different philosophies have shaped modern day society in China and the West From physical manifestations in the ways in which we view the world through geographical maps with differing perspectives to the schools of thought that determine how Time as is perceived in the respective cultures all of the concepts were introduced in such a way as to afford the uninitiated interested attendee and the experienced scholar equally challenging food for thought The limiting effects of ethnocentrism on cultural appreciation were outlined and through a series of simple to understand points attendees found that their minds were opened to whole new ways of looking at aspects of life that have heretofore been taken for granted The ways in which art captures elements of the respective cultures was explored and so led to an appreciation of Mind Maps that could explain differences in Western and Chinese thinking and ways of life Well known Oriental concepts such as Yin and Yang and Chi were explained to give a fuller appreciation of their meaning and other theories such as Dào a theory conceptualising a higher state of being were discussed All of the above was related to the day to day implications for culture and society in the way that people interact with each other in formalities and traditions such as respect for elders the role of family in the past and in today s world and the ramifications of globalisation and the shifting sands of time for both Oriental and Occidental ways of life The enlightening presentation ended with a jocular questions and answers session in which Profs Blair McCormack took points from the audience and expertly elaborated on the many theories that had inspired the audience members to revisit the way in which they viewed the world from their own perspectives

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  • Reception to celebrate Launch of new Evening Courses
    Evening Courses The UCD Confucius Institute successfully hosted a reception to celebrate the launch of their new Evening courses and to also welcome their new students participating in these courses Chinese Ambassador Zhang Xinsen Dr Hugh Brady UCD President Dr Padraic Conway Vice President for University Relations and Ms Aine Gibbon Vice President for Development also attended the reception In Ambassador Zhang s speech he congratulated the UCD Confucius Institute on their progress they have made since it was officially established in September 2006 Ambassador Zhang was delighted that so many Irish people are developing an interest in China and are attending the evening courses run by UCD Confucius Institute In Dr Padraic Conway s speech he addressed the President s new mission of Serving Ireland in a global context this can not be achieved without the commitment of internationalisation of higher education China is an important partner of Ireland and the UCD Confucius Institute will act as a facilitator to enhance this relationship UCD Student Conor Rowan from the Bike to Beijing Team gave a speech about their cycle to China and the charities that they hope to raise money for The team is setting of on 1st September 2007 from Dublin to reach Beijing 11 months later The UCD Confucius Institute is offering sponsorship for this cycle event by way of providing Chinese Language course free of charge for the team www biketobeijing2008 com Thanks for sharing About The Author Super User Close Related Articles Volunteer Chinese Teachers from UCD CI Participate in the Collaborative Teaching Experience Seminar for CII UCD Confucius Institute organised its first Chinese Exam Winter Camp Launch of the Expert Group Overseas Chinese Teachers Training Programme by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland News Archive Year 2014 Year 2013 Year 2012 Year 2011 Year

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  • Irish Audience Enthralled by Beijing Opera Performance at UCD
    of UCD Confucius Institute welcomed the audience with an address in Mandarin English and even Irish He paid tribute to the work of Dr Hwee San Tan from the School of Music in securing the visit of the company A brilliant series of performances incorporated several classical Beijing Opera stories including Qiu River Wusong at Shizipo Slope and The Birth of The Monkey King The show was fairly different from traditional Beijing Opera performances in that the Beijing Opera Company offered interpretations of the Mandarin script for the English speaking audience The British Monkey King performer Mr Ghaffar Pourazar the first and to date only Westerner to learn the role of the Monkey King with the Beijing Opera introduced the stories and actors lines in English while painting his facial makeup in front of the audience His humorous interpretation not only let audience completely comprehend the stories but also supplies great knowledge on the characteristics of Beijing Opera The marvelous performance was such a great success that the performers received a standing ovation for over 6 minutes When the show was over an Irish member of the audience commented that his hands turned red from clapping For the majority of the audience it was their first time to watch Beijing Opera They completely fell for this uniquely splendid Chinese art The Minister of State gave high praise to Confucius Institute for its dedication and showed that the Irish Government will fully support the culture communication held by UCD Confucius Institute In addition he encouraged Irish students to learn the Chinese language and study Chinese culture so as to make a contribution for Sino Irish friendship and mutual development After the show the audience showed their generosity and admiration of this rare Oriental art by spontaneously making much appreciated donations to

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  • The Confucius Institute Raises Awareness of The Chinese New Year in Ireland
    20 Irish dignitaries together with the UCD President and Vice President attended the gala and gave high praise of the performance This marks the commencement of a series of activities for the Spring Festival celebration launched by the Confucius Institute Later on February 16th Dr Martin Butler Vice President of UCD hosted a Chinese Spring Festival show at the Quinn School of Business The Confucius Institute and the Chinese Students Scholars Association CSSA jointly arranged various arts shows such as folk dancing and Peking opera Much more impressively one of the traditional celebrations for New Year in China writing spontaneous Spring Festival couplets really appealed to the present Irish students Although red paper was limited many of the audience found paper themselves and asked for help with writing their names in Chinese Within the programme of BComm with Chinese Studies over twenty Irish students learned a number of Chinese New Year traditions in the class of Chinese Culture and Society They made New Year cards with Chinese paper stencils and wrote New Year wishes in Chinese They also tried to write Spring Festival couplets with the brush pen traditionally used for Chinese calligraphy It is the first time for them to experience the joy festiveness and peace of the Chinese New Year and become magically attracted to the Chinese culture After the class these students UCD staff and Chinese students at UCD made dumplings and celebrated the coming of the Chinese New Year Not only these students enjoyed the happiness of the Spring Festival but lots of Irish were able to be immersed into the joy of the festive occasion accordingly because they sent the cards they made to relatives and friends attached Spring Festival couplets to the doors of their houses and recounted to their parents and fellow students

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/66-the-confucius-institute-raises-awareness-of-the-chinese-new-year-in-ireland (2016-02-09)
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