Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

Celebrating Chinese Culture Day on SF State Campus

On November 15th, the annual Chinese Culture Day Celebration was successfully held by Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University (SF State). The whole event gained staunch support from the University, Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco, local schools and Chinese culture lovers from across campus and community. SF State Associate Vice President Yenbo Wu, Education Counselor Jun Yang from Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, and SF State Office of International Programs Associate Director Jay C. Ward attended the event and delivered opening and welcome remarks. Jay C. Ward spoke highly of the annual Chinese Cultural Day Celebration organized by Confucius Institute during the International Education Week, functioning as a marvelous bridge for U.S.-China mutual understanding and relations.

The celebration event started with exciting dragon and lion dances presented by our affiliated Confucius Classroom at Western Sierra Collegiate Academy. After that, Sichuan Cuisine and Arts demo moderated by Martin Yan, a well-known chef in the U. S. climaxed the celebration with noodle-pooling show, Sichuan Cuisine live cooking performance and Face Changing Show, an ancient Chinese dramatic art that is part of the more general Sichuan Opera. The audience was totally amazed by the magic power of Sichuan chef Tony Wu when he pulled a dough into thousands of noodles. After that, live cooking of typical Sichuan Cuisine - Mapo Tofu and Kung Pow Chicken - were presented by award-winning chefs from Chengdu, Sichuan, and the crow went crazy when their cooking was finished. Everyone got crazier when the face-changing performer came out, wearing vividly colored masks that typically depicting well known characters from the opera, and changed from one face to another almost instantaneously with the swipe of a fan, a movement of the head, or wave of the hand. It was so unbelievable that students cheered in excitement for a long time.

Chinese Culture experiencing games presented by Confucius Institute at SF State, including paper-cutting, brush calligraphy, ping-pong picking, foot shuttlecock and pad shuttlecock, also won popularity and attractive for students, teachers and parents. Hundreds of people lined up at Malcolm X Plaza and crowded the booths for experiencing different cultural activities.

Hundreds of SF State students, faculty and staff and over 400 students, parents and teachers from 6 local schools participated the celebration. They thanked Confucius Institute for organizing this celebration to provide such a great opportunity for them to experience Chinese culture.

Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University


当地时间11月15日,由旧金山州立大学孔子学院举办的欢庆中国文化日活动在旧金山州立大学Malcolm X Plaza隆重举办。旧金山州立大学国际教育协理副校长吴彦伯,中国驻旧金山总领事馆教育参赞杨军出席并致辞。旧金山州立大学OIP副主管Jay C. Ward受邀参加庆祝活动,在讲话中高度赞扬孔子学院举办的文化日活动,起到了链接中美友谊的桥梁作用。明星大厨Martin Yan携成都名厨访问团联合州大孔院组织的包括书法、中医、剪纸、踢毽子、板羽球、兵乓球在内的中国文化特色活动展台火热欢庆中国文化日。


中午12点,欢庆活动准时开始。由西塞拉学校孔子课堂的学生带来的精彩的舞龙舞狮表演一开始便引爆全场,活泼可爱的小狮子开心地和现场兴奋不已的观众们逗趣互动,靓丽非凡的中国龙也尽情舞动犹如飞龙在天。随后便是著名的Tony Wu厨师现场表演拉面,Tony创造性地将“骑马舞”与拉面结合,在动感十足的背景乐中观众们情不自禁地随着音乐一起拉起面来。现场的观众们看着Tony将一团面团变魔法般熟练地拉成了千丝万缕的面条都亢奋不已,纷纷争先恐后地跃跃欲试。


当观众们还沉浸在拉面的神奇魔法中时,Martin Yan和成都名厨们又开始现场烹饪地道的成都名菜——麻婆豆腐和宫保鸡丁,诱人的川味儿随即飘向四方,现场的观众们已经纷纷按捺不住,争先恐后地想要上台品尝这地地道道的川菜味道。色香味俱全、麻辣鲜香一样不少的两盘名菜随即便被“光盘”。当人们还回味于唇齿间留有的余香时,川剧表演特技之一的“变脸”又在一片欢呼声登场了。“一人千面,面面相异”的变脸绝技更是让观众们难以置信,尖叫不已。