The Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College hosts conferences for the career development of professionals in the community as well as engage the public at large with China and its rich culture. We facilitate this engagement through diverse academic fields such as film, history, education and literature, to list a few.
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In conjunction with the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), MDC School of Entertainment & Design Technology, Chinese Language Teacher Association–Florida Chapter, and the United Association of Chinese Students, Scholars & Alumni – Miami, the Confucius Institute hosted a 3 day symposium on Chinese film as acultural transmission venue and educational tool in classrooms. It featured renowned film directors from Chinaas well as an invaluable platform for professionals in the film and cultural industries to network and exchange ideas. For educators, the symposium offered innovative resources for teaching Mandarin using Chinese film.
The 2nd Annual Mini–Conference on Chinese Migration to the Caribbean Basin took place at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus and featured the lecture "Chinese Communities in Central America" by Dr. Keith Lowe; the documentary film "Cane Reapers become Shop Keepers: ´Chimney Shop´" by Jeanette Kong; a talk on "Major Projects by China Corporations" and a roundtable discussion that featured our Institute´s director, Dr. Jim Yu, as one of its panelists. The forum was sponsored by the Miami Chinese Culture Foundation (MCCF) and the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College.
The 2nd Annual Conference and Chinese Language Teacher Training Workshops took place at Florida International University and featured a full day of instructional sessions with faculty from the Confucius Institute and other invited guests. In this year’s session, the instructors shared information on Hanban resources for K–12 Chinese language teachers in Florida, ways to make Chinese studies engaging through song and dance, tai–chi as a method of relaxation and stress reduction, the inclusion of interactive activities such as calligraphy and games in the classroom, online resources for Chinese language teachers, online resources and software for easier grading and a panel session to facilitate the exchange of ideas among all participants. The day–long event ended with each participant´s receipt of a certificate of completion and a group picture. The workshop was sponsored by the Confucius Institute, Florida International University and Miami Dade College. This is an annual event that takes place in the spring and fall semesters and its location varies each year.
The Annual Conference of CLTA and Chinese Language Teacher Training Workshop took place at Miami Dade College (Wolfson Campus) and featured a one–day program of networking opportunities and instructional sessions with recognized leaders in the field of Chinese language and culture instruction. The day–long program concluded with cultural performances by Miami Dade College students and the participants´ receipt of a certificate of completion. The workshop was co–sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of South Florida and co–hosted by the Chinese Language Teachers Association – Florida Chapter (CLTA–FL).
The 1st Annual Mini–Conference on Chinese Migration to the Caribbean Basin took place at Miami Dade College (Kendall Campus). It featured the keynote lecture "Traditional Emigration from China to Jamaica/Caribbean" by Dr. Keith Lowe; the panel presentation "Recent Migration from China to Jamaica and Miami/South Florida" by Vincent Chang and CI´s Director Dr. Xuejun Yu;and a second panel discussion entitled "Chinese Immigration to Miami/South Florida from Jamaica/Caribbean" by panelists Levy Wong, Aston Lue, Gladstone Hoo and Vincent Chang. The conference was sponsored by the Miami Chinese Culture Foundation (MCCF), Miami Dade College (Kendall Campus) and the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College.
International Symposium on Chinese Language, Culture and Communication (November 18, 2011)
In collaboration with Shanghai University´s Chinese Academy of Art Industries and Miami Dade College´s Office of International Education, the Confucius Institute organized the "International Symposium on Chinese Language, Culture and Communication. "The symposium was part of the Miami Book Fair International´s Focus on China event offerings and featured a full–program of enrichment opportunities. Highlights of the symposium included keynote speeches from three major Chinese arts and culture organizations (the Wangxuan Foundation, the Chinese Academy of Art Industries and the China Novels Society) and two breakout sessions with faculty of various Chinese universities. The sessions were offered in both Chinese and English and they were entitled "Chinese Media and Communication" "Understanding China through Culture and Art" respectively. This event required online registration but was free of cost to all participants.
China, Latin American & Caribbean Relations – A Panel Discussion (July 14, 2011)
In collaboration with the Confucius Institute, Miami Dade College´s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives (CLACI) hosted a panel discussion on the growing importance of the China – Latin American connection within policy, economics, culture and history. The panelists discussed the strong economic links between China and Latin America as well as their trade policies, energy collaborations, accelerated capital investments, matters of diplomacy and foreign policy and mechanisms to increase institutional cooperation at the maritime and environmental level.
Southern USA Regional Conference of Confucius Institute Directors (November 13-14, 2010)
From Nov. 13–14 of 2010, the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College hosted the Southern USA Regional Conference of Confucius Institute Directors. According to Guohua Yan, Consul and Director of the Education Office, "this conference not only provided a stage to familiarize the 25 directors to each other" but also "enabled the Chinese partners to accumulate cooperative experience on international education. "Among the topics that delegates discussed were the development of Confucius Classrooms in primary and secondary schools, Confucius Institute financial management, sustainable development, local teachers´ training and resource sharing. Eleven of the twenty–five CI directors presented their annual work reports and the conference as a whole "was a great promotion of the exchange and development of Southern USA Confucius Institutes"
In partnership with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Confucius Institute sponsored a day–long conference that focused on the business and investment opportunities that China holds for U.S. companies. The conference featured business executives with years of experience in China and hands–on information for business partnership formation.