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Architecture is focus of final ‘Chinese Culture for Lunch’ talk Nov. 6

October 30th, 2012

Chinese culture for lunch
Join the Confucius Institute for the final talk in its “Culture for Lunch” mini lecture series on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 12:15-1:15 in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The topic, “Ancient Chinese Thought’s Effect on Traditional Architectural Culture,” will be presented by Yong Zhu, an associate professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, China.

Traditional Chinese buildings are primarily wooden structures. Even outside the grandeur of the imperial palaces, traditional buildings were quite elegantly colored, even though they were not as tall as modern buildings. From the palace to the people’s residences, Chinese best like the house built in a square courtyard format. The courtyard becomes a place for leisure with pavilions looking as if a part of the natural scenery. They all display the traditional Chinese philosophy and aesthetics. From a traditional architecture, we can more vividly understand the connotations of Chinese culture.

Zhu teaches foreign students Chinese and Chinese students Second Language Acquisition Theory at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He currently is a research scholar at the Confucius Institute at the UI. Zhu holds a Ph.D. in literature from Kansai University in Japan, an M.A. in linguistics from Peking University, and a B.A. in philosophy from Beijing Normal University.

All lectures in this series are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Confucius Institute and International Programs. For more information, contact Erin Mullins at or 319-335-3857.