Events

As the first traditional Chinese festival listed on the World’s Intangible Cultural Heritages, Dragon Boat Festival is one of the three most important lunar festivals in China, the culture event is featured with a culture lesson and two arts craft workshops.

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Go behind the scenes with two authors from the team who created ‘Social Perspective’, a Chinese textbook that explores social issues in contemporary China. 
An inspiring online networking session for students currently learning Chinese at the University of Leeds with the East Asian Studies Department, Business Confucius Institute, or Language Centre.
In this online talk, BCI teacher Xunnan Li will provide an introduction to Chinese Traditional Theatre (Xiqu ”戏曲”). How does it compare to Western forms of theatre and what can it tell us about contemporary China?
In this talk Gary Izunwa will discuss the benefits of having China experience, drawing from his personal story and professional work experience. A passionate advocate for social mobility, Gary will consider the barriers some people face and the advantages of making China experience accessible to a wider population. 
Jake Gill (高健), CEO of the character writing app Skritter, is a former Mandarin teacher and lifelong learner. Learners of Chinese and language enthusiasts will benefit from his personal and professional insights into learning, teaching and making Chinese characters stick.
Writer, broadcaster and editor Isabel Hilton will talk about China Dialogue (中外对话), an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting a common understanding of China’s environmental challenges.
A cross-cultural discussion comparing attitudes to sustainability in China and the UK, organised by the Business Confucius Institute and Leeds University Business School. Come along and join the conversation!
Leeds alumni Sean McGibney and Oliver Leach share the story behind The Chairman’s Bao, the most comprehensive online news-based graded reader for students of Chinese. How did they turn their knowledge of Chinese into a business, and how does their business fit into the wider Mandarin-learning landscape? 
Join us online after the last day of the Chinese New Year period to learn about Spring Festival traditions with our teachers.
Mandarin Excellence Programme Coordinator Kay McLeod will share her journey from achieving an MA in Chinese Studies to teaching and promoting Chinese in schools.