CIUA Event Date: 

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 9:30am

Chinese Health Day in Tucson

9:30am - 3:00pm
Saturday April 9th, 2016
University of Arizona Mall
1303 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719 &
Education Building Room 211 1430 E. Second St., Tucson, AZ 85719

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      Monday March 7, 2016

Contact: Ms. Yi Chen, (520) 626-5124, confucius@email.arizona.edu    

TUCSON − To promote healthy lifestyles and overall wellbeing and to increase cross-cultural awareness on the University of Arizona campus and in surrounding communities, the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona will once again convene its annual “Chinese Health Day” on April 9th, 2015. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and UA Campus Recreation.

This unique event includes informationsharing on health services, health assessments and screening, Music, dance, Chinese martial arts and Beijing opera performances, fashion show, calligraphy demonstration, culture and health exhibitions including traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts, Chinese massage (Tuina), health screenings, lectures, games, martial arts clinics and evaluations, and more by UA and community organizations, guest artists, musicians and martial arts masters from China and elsewhere in the United States will be complemented by local performing groups.

A special delegation from Chinese Wushu Association will also attend this year’s CHINESE HEALTH DAY events and provide the first overseas clinics and evaluations for Duanwei ranking. Guest performers and judgers are also from Shaolin Wushu Center L.A. include former Zhejiang Wushu Team coach and international Wushu judge, Master Jianmei Zong; Beijing Olympic Games women's Taijiquan, Taiji sword overall champion Ms. Wenjuan Cui; and Mr. Te Yu, first place winner of the 2013 King of Kings Tournament (Spear, Straight sword, Broadsword, Taiji, Nanquan, Changquan, Staff); from 2010 to 2013, he was undefeated and won the straight sword division in ten tournaments etc.. This opportunity is open to people of all ages and with all levels of Chinese martial arts proficiency. To introduce the Chinese Duanwei ranking system to martial arts practitioners in the United States, with the support from the University of Arizona, Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing and Chinese Wushu Association, the clinics, evaluation and certificates are FREE to participants this time. 

Professor Zhao Chen, Co-director of the Confucius Insatiate at the University of Arizona (CIUA) said “In recent years, more K-12 school student and community members are learning Chinese, and people’s interest in Chinese medicine and martial arts for optimal health is also growing.  CIUA is very glad to share Chinese wellness culture and practice with Tucson communities. It is a fun day for people of all ages to enjoy the beautiful Tucson spring and to experience health promotion activities. ”

“CIUA has designed Chinese Health Day to appeal to as many constituencies as possible. We are extremely happy to have many partners joining us to present health exhibitions, lectures, interactive activities and performances. We believe that everyone will find something to captivate their attention and expand their horizons at the events and performances which range from music to taiji,” said Professor John Olsen, CIUA Co-director.

Highlights of Activities for Saturday April 9th:

9:30-12:00 (UA mall):
1. Introductions to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Massage
2. Information-sharing on health services & health assessments and screening
3. Healthy lifestyle games and demonstrations
4. Performances of Chinese martial arts, Beijing Opera, music and dance
5. Healthy Chinese food preparation show and Chinese food tasting
6. Chinese martial arts clinics and evaluations for Duanwei (Dan or段位) ranking by experts from  Chinese Wushu Association in Beijing

9:30-3:00 (UA mall and education building room 211):
Calligraphy exhibition

12:30-3:00 (UA education building room 211):
Lectures on Chinese healthy lifestyles and health promotions including Chinese martial arts, Beijing opera and calligraphy

This promises to be a fun day for people of all ages to enjoy diverse performances and interactive experiences and to become involved in health promotion activities.

If you are interested having closer interaction with the presenters, you may attend one or more of the following workshops at the UA Campus Recreation Center (1400 E. Sixth Street, Tucson, AZ 85721 ) on Sunday April 10, 2016:

9:00am - 10:00am  Teaching Chinese martial arts in US. by Masters Te Yu & Wen Juan Cui, Room B. 
10:00am - 11:00am Chinese characters and Chinese calligraphy by Professor Yufu Jin, PACR Room
11:00am - 12:00 noon  Let’s move: Beijing opera and Chinese martial arts by Professor Linghui Tu, Room B