New events announced in the Aus-China space
Welcome to this week's Fortnightly Roundup. Last week, we had our first Chinese Conversation Corner for the semester. Although it was delivered online due to Covid restrictions, we were glad to see many old and new friends join us, sharing stories and practicing Chinese together. This week, our Chinese Conversation Corner returned to campus. There are also quite a few new events coming up over the next few months. Of particular interest to readers may be the Elder Conservatorium's String Whispers Erhu Concert, the Chinese Language Teachers of SA State Conference and the OzAsia Festival which has now officially launched its 2021 program. More information on all this and more can be found below.
This week's image was taken in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, by Ethan Wong.
Chinese Conversation Corner
Thursday's 4 - 5 pm, Ligertwood 112 & Friday's 4 - 5 pm, Napier 108
Chinese Conversation Corner pairs Chinese native speakers with Chinese learners to practice their Mandarin. It is organised by volunteers and supported by the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide. All levels, ages and both students and non-students are welcome to attend.
Semester 2 Class Schedule:
Thursday's, 4-5 pm, in Ligertwood 112: The class topic will be announced prior on our Facebook and Instagram pages and is a great way to extend your knowledge.
Friday's 4-5 pm, in Napier 108: This lesson will be an opportunity for language learners to seek personalised help with their own language study.
Chinese Language Courses by PACE
September - November 2021
Professional and Continuing Education, knowns as PACE, have reintroduced their short-term language courses again after a halt to the programs in 2020. The two courses offered are Introduction to Chinese and Chinese First Year Intensive. The courses will run from September to November. For those interested in their programs, please look for more information on the PACE website, early bird registration closes soon!
University Open Day
Wednesday, August 11, 3:00 - 7:00 pm Online & Sunday, August 15, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm On Campus
Take this opportunity to experience the University online and on-campus. Listen to academics speak about how degrees can set you up for your future career. Discover what uni life has to offer with the wide range of student services. For more information, click here.
Leonie McKeon: 36 Chinese Strategies (The Art of War)
August 18 & 19, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Online
In this two-part live online workshop, Leonie will discuss the 36 Chinese Strategies (derived from Sun Tzu’s – The Art of War). These are described as the keys to understanding Chinese business culture. Most Chinese people know and unconsciously use these strategies to negotiate and communicate in their daily life. The 36 Chinese Strategies are based on ancient Chinese wisdom and are known to be some of the most effective Negotiating Strategies in the world that can be used in any business environment. To register, follow the link here.
South Australian Chinese Language Teachers State Conference
Saturday, August 21, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Online
The Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of South Australia (CLTASA) promotes the learning of Chinese language and culture in South Australia. They aim to establish and sustain quality Chinese programs, teacher education, and professional development, and act as a voice for teachers, relating to all aspects of teaching and learning about Chinese languages and cultures. This month they will hold their state conference online. This is an excellent opportunity for Chinese language teachers, general language teachers, and students of teaching to hear from established experts in the field. They have also decided to offer a 50% discount for pre-service teachers. For further information and to register, follow the link here.
String Whispers Erhu Concert 2021
Saturday, August 21, 7:00 pm Elder Hall, University of Adelaide
The erhu (二胡), sometimes called the Chinese violin, with only one bow and two strings, carries more than one thousand years of Chinese history and is one of the most popular traditional Chinese musical instruments. It can be gentle and subtle, or sonorous and intense: the erhu produces a great range of effects.
Four young erhu artists, David Dai, Alice Zou, Felix Wang and Angela Gu, will be showcasing their magic on the erhu in Elder Hall, the spiritual home of music in Adelaide. Their program includes classics that bring back memories, as well as new arrangements that break with tradition and navigate new, untrodden paths.
This event is free, however, registration is essential. Click here to register.
October 21 - November 7
Returning this year is Australia's leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia. There is something for everyone at OzAsia Festival, from live performances, the moon lantern parade, and lucky dumpling markets. The program for this year's festival has just launched and we have included the promotional video below. For more information on the festival, click here.
Chinese Speaking Community
The University is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and our response is being shaped by the latest advice from Australian health and foreign affairs authorities. For further information visit the University's designated page here.