The National Association for Multicultural Education Conference was held at the Hilton Golf and Tennis Resort in Tucson from November 5-9, 2014. More than 1000 educators and social activists from all over America took part, representing elementary education, higher education, and non-profit organizations. The theme of the conference was “Dismantling Fronteras through Multicultural Education: Con Comunidad, Cariño y Coraje”.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona was invited to attend this conference on November 8. Dr. Zhao Chen, Co-director of CIUA, made a brief speech in which she introduced Chinese medicine and wellness from the aspect of food and its connections with Chinese culture. Ms. Jing Xia, a guzheng (Chinese plucked zither) instructor affiliated with CIUA, presented a guzheng solo, entitled “Fishing Boat in the Evening.” The sound of the guzheng was so soft and elegant, it was as if it brought a piece of Chinese classical painting to life. Following Ms. Xia’s performance, the whole audience gave her a warm standing ovation. Mr. Peifeng Jiang, a martial arts teacher associated with CIUA, performed Chen-style taiji accompanied by Jing Xia on the guzheng. Their harmonious collaboration also garnered a long standing ovation from the audience. At this event, CIUA used Chinese music and martial arts as a vivid language to showcase charming Chinese traditional culture which won the audience’s respect and appreciation.
The National Association for Multicultural Education was founded in 1990 as a non-profit organization. Its prime mission is to advance and advocate for equity and social justice through multicultural education. Since 1991, The National Association for Multicultural Education Conferences with varying themes have been held in many countries and regions, promoting peoples’ mutual understanding and respect.