On November 13, the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona held an Open House Day, where several dozens of UA faculty and students, local residents watched demonstration of Chinese martial arts, experienced Chinese paper cutting, Chinese Tuina massage and tea ceremony.
CIUA teacher Ms Yuhong Sun greeted guests at the door, where red lanterns were hung under the porch and toy panda and oiled paper umbrella were displayed, and taught them Chinese paper cutting.
At the bamboo, bridge and pond decorated backyard, visitors could see the martial arts weapons and costumes display, tea ceremony, Chinese Tuina massage and Chinese painting demonstrations. Martial arts instructor Mr. Xintuo Zhang showed and explained to the guests the martial arts weapons, Traditional Chinese Medicine teacher Miss Xinhuan Lv introduced some concepts and practices of TCM wellness, Miss Congcong Tan taught them to draw Chinese paintings, and American teacher Mr. Tim Dunn from CIUA’s Confucius Classroom at Han University of Traditional Chinese Medicine offered Tuina massage to them.
Mr. Zhang’s play of sword, spear, three-section cudgel and nine-section whipcord attracted visitors’ eyes and cameras. They marveled and exclaimed “Incredible!” at his flying-needle play, when he threw a tiny needle to break through a glass pane.
CIUA’s Open House was part of UA’s International Education Week, a series of events organized by the Office of Global Initiative, whose director thanked CIUA director Prof. Zhao Chen for hosting the distinctive activities.