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Chinese calligraphy
The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa will offer a nine-week calligraphy course this fall for community members interested in an in-depth exploration of the history and art of Chinese characters.

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Books printed in English and Chinese are soon to make an appearance on the shelves of local libraries, including the Iowa City Public Library, which received its donation last week. Erin Mullins, a program coordinator for the UI Confucius Institute, said the group received $30,000 from an organization based in Beijing called Hanban, the Chinese National Office for teaching Chinese as a foreign language, to fund the project.

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Chinese culture for lunch
Feed your hunger for Chinese culture by joining the Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa for a mini lecture series this fall, “Chinese Culture for Lunch,” beginning Tuesday, Oct. 2, with a discussion on Marvelous Chinese Characters. All lectures in this series are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Confucius Institute and International Programs.

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Confucius Institute Taiji Level 1 class
The Confucius Institute will offer Taiji Level I classes every Tuesday from Sept. 25 to Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 to Nov. 27, 2012, from 6:40-7:40 p.m. Classes will be held in room 1117 University Capitol Centre in the Old Capitol Mall. Taiji, also known as tai chi or tai qui, is a mind-body practice known for increasing flexibility, relaxation, and overall health. In this course, students will learn fundamental Taiji movements: Ward-off, Roll Back, Press and Push in a Four Hands form.

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s U.S. trip
MUSCATINE — Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Muscatine. The eastern Iowa town of around 20,000 might seem in odd company, but it’s no accident that Iowa is one of the stops on Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s U.S. trip this week. Xi visited Muscatine — the same town he visited in 1985 — and Des Moines Wednesday night.

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performing arts troupe from Shanghai, China
This 27-member performing arts troupe from Shanghai, China, features folk dancing of Dai Minority and Uygher Minority, Tang and Han dynasty dance, Dunhuang dance, Sichuan opera, singing, and various instruments including the lute, erhu , flute, and piano.

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Chinese students are studying at Iowa’s two largest public universities in record numbers. The University of Iowa welcomed 1,737 students from China in fall 2011 — half its international student population. The numbers are similar at Iowa State University (ISU), which enrolled 1,849 Chinese students (54 percent of all international students). Each school has an enrollment of about 30,000, and international students make up 11 percent of each campus.

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International Programs’ Confucius Institute at The University of Iowa will continue to offer Mandarin Chinese classes to community members and families starting Sept. 1.

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For the past 15 years, Chuanren Ke has built a resume at the University of Iowa that many professionals would envy – initiating and directing UI Institutes, chairing a UI department, and many years of teaching and researching. Though Ke could boast about his success, he said he does it all for one reason – to educate Iowans about China.

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