Category Archives: Cultural events

Time to enroll in U of U Chinese summer camp

Back by popular demand, the University of Utah’s Confucius Institute is sponsoring a weekly Chinese summer camp for immersion students.

There are age-appropriate sections for all grades at locations throughout Salt Lake, Utah, Weber and Washington counties.

Registration is open now for camps at the U.’s satellite campus in Sandy. Other camps should be open on Monday. Register for the grade your child is going into.

Study abroad in China this summer

The University of Utah’s Confucius Institute is now taking registrations for its summer abroad program. The Summer Scholars Study Abroad (June 5th-July 4th, 2014) is open to High School Students (9th-12th grade) who will have completed at least 2 years of Chinese by the time of the trip.

Participants will fly in to Beijing and spend the first two weeks studying either at Beijing No. 4 High School (a highly prestigious High School) or Nankai University in Tianjin, then spend two more weeks at Sichuan University in Chengdu. Students will participate in intensive Chinese study Monday through Friday, with recreational/educational excursions on the weekends.

The trip is estimated to cost $3700 (not including food; with the current exchange ratio 1:0.16). Scholarships are available for students at the Annual BYU Language Fair in April. The Confucius Institute is applying for a grant funding in January to subsidize student costs. There will also be service opportunities in the summer working as teacher aides for elementary Chinese language summer camps for those who choose to participate, which will also offset costs.  The institute also encourages students to work with their school community or Chinese class for fundraising; for example, a Chinese New Year activity with charged admission.

Spots are limited to 15 students, and will be granted on a first come first serve basis to qualified students. Students will also need to provide a teacher recommendation from their current Chinese teacher.

Register now!

Embedding cultural lessons in language immersion programs


Utah is not a big destination for Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants – at least, not on the scale of coastal cities like San Francisco or New York.

Exposing our children to different cultures – one of the reasons many parents enroll their children in language immersion programs – takes a little extra effort and creativity.

Culture is embedded in our language, which is why it’s an important supplement to language education. It enriches the learning experience and gives language learners greater depth of knowledge. Someone can describe a tree to you, but until you touch one, drink in its scent or stand beneath the cool shade of its leaves, how well do you know a tree?

It is with this understanding that parents and teachers at Ridgecrest Elementary in Cottonwood Heights, UT arranged two Chinese New Year celebrations: a musical performance put on by the students and a school-wide assembly featuring a professional lion dance.

The lion dance was sponsored by the Chinese Society of Utah. Parents and teachers donated money and time to make costumes and treats. Students spent countless hours rehearsing their songs. It was a wonderful example of a community coming together to support its children and advance education.


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Xin Nian Kuai Le!

It’s the year of the horse, an animal that “symbolizes strength, energy and open-mindedness, according to sponsors of a celebratory event at The City Library.

The event is free and open to the public and will feature a traditional Chinese lion dance, music, children’s activities – even a magic show. Jointly hosted by the Chinese Association for Science and Technology in Utah and the City Library, the event is partially underwritten by the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah. The lion dance will start Feb. 1 at 1:45 p.m. in the Urban Room, with additional cultural activities continuing at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium. An exhibit of Chinese Calligraphy will be on display in the Lower Urban Room from Jan 27–Feb 1.

More Chinese New Year Events

Lehi High’s Chinese students invite you to their 4th annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Monday, January 27th, at 6pm. Admission is 1$ per person. The event is geared toward families, with lots of activities for children of all ages. Attached is a flyer with details on the 20+ booths/activities available and the performances that will start at 7:15. Come watch a shadow puppet performance, paint your own Terracotta Warrior figurine, stamp out a zodiac animal matching game, and make water dance with a Chinese spouting bowl, to name a few. There are 7-8 new booths this year, many with a Year of the Horse theme. We will have small portions of Chinese dumplings to sample, but there will be no other food available for purchase. T-shirts will be on sale for $7.

2014 Lehi High Chinese New Year Flyer

The Chinese Society of Utah hosts a banquet every year to ring in the New Year. This year’s event has a Brazilian flair!
Chinese Society of Utah is pleased to announce that our 2014 Chinese New Year Banquet will be held on February 9, 2014 (Registration: 4:30 – 5:00p.m.) at Rodizio Grill @ Trolley Square (600S. 700E., SLC). We will still have gift drawing this year! Not only there is a Sharp 50″ TV, but there also will be some very special and meaningful memorabilia for lucky participants.
Please note that there will be limited number of seats this year. Reservation will be on first come, first serve basis.
* Please reserve your seats by 1/28. Reservation won’t be completed until paying in full within 7 days by cash/check (Please mail check to: P.O. Box 58151, SLC, UT 84158-0151).
 * Reservation canceled before 1/31/2014 will receive a full refund. All no-show or cancellation after 1/31/2014 will be charged full amount.)
 Chinese Society of Utah

各位會員及朋友, 大家好!


猶他州中華聯誼會將於2月9日於 Rodizio Grill, 猶他州第一家,最老牌的巴西窰烤餐廳,  舉行2014馬年新春聯歡晚宴.   雖然近年來物價上揚頗多,中華聯誼會秉持為會員爭取更多及更好的福利,今年會員的餐劵費決定不變. 五年來維持在同樣的價格!且今年仍有大型的摸彩活動,不但特奬為 Sharp 50″ TV, 今年更準備了很有意義的抽獎品,歡迎大家踴躍報名參加 !

基於場地因素,  請儘早報名購買餐劵.  餐劵售完為止.

* 請於1月28日前報名。報名後,  餐劵將保留七日, 請於七日內以現金或支票(支票請寄至 P.O. Box 58151, Salt Lake City, UT 84158-0151)購買餐劵.
*  凡於2014年 1月31日前取消報名者, 可取回已繳交之餐劵費. 未於2014年 1月31日前取消報名或未出席者,將不退還餐劵費.

時間:2014年2月9日,星期日下午 4:30 — 5:00入場地點:Rodizio Grill @ Trolly Square, 600S. 700E., SLC 費用:會員$15,非會員$38 報名方式:


猶他州中華聯誼會會長呂玲玲暨全體理事 敬上

Chinese New Year events in Utah

For the Chinese, ushering in the New Year is the biggest celebration of the year – 2014 is the year of the horse. And preparations are underway for Utah’s largest Chinese New Year event at Cottonwood High School.

The 2014 event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Cottonwood High School (5715 South 1300 East, Murray, UT 84121). It’s free and will feature dancing, singing, martial arts, magic shows, musical performances, etc. For more information visit:

Other events:

It’s not tied to the New year, but as part of its new bilingual mission, Southern Utah’s Washington County School District is ramping up efforts to organize cultural events and activities.

Following you’ll find information about a free dinner and movie sponsored by the district’s Confucius Institute and a great introductory course for parents of Mandarin learners.

Jan 16 Invitation Color

Community Chinese Class Jan 2014

Chinese dance troup returns to Utah

Shen Yun, a professional troupe of classical Chinese dancers, acrobats and musicians is making a repeat performance this March in Utah.

Shows are scheduled for March 4 & 5 2014 at the Val A. Browning Center in Ogden. You can find more information and ticket prices here.

The performance is billed as a family-oriented spectacle featuring “heavenly music” and “timeless legends. ” But the troupe and its ties to the Falun Gong, a religious sect suppressed by Communist rule, has skirted controversy in some parts of the country.

Here are some reviews of past performances:
“The politics behind the pageantry”
“Proselytizing mixed with fun” 

WSU panel on involving parents in Mandarin immersion

Drawing Strength for Learning Chinese Language: Immersing Parents Along With Students

Weber State University this weekend is holding its 2013 meeting of the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies. You can find the full schedule, here.

Of note to parents is a panel discussion about involving parents in Chinese immersion. Kami McMaster, one of UMIPC’s Regional Vice Presidents, is one of the panelists.

Time: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013   10:45am-12:15pm,
Location: Weber State University, Shepherd Union Building #321 (3848 Harrison Blvd. Ogden, Utah 84408)

Details: Join us, please, in a roundtable discussion for parents with children in Chinese Immersion Programs. Utah happens to be at the forefront of promoting Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL).  The school districts here in northern Utah have recently begun their fifth year of Chinese immersion.

Those of us affiliated with WCAAS see a need to examine the challenges faced by parents who do not speak Chinese.  In this roundtable discussion we will hear a variety of voices: administrators, teachers, parents, and students—each dedicated to making Chinese immersion work to its full potential.

Autumn festival, multicultural event and calligraphy demo

Looking for opportunities to expose your Mandarin learner to Chinese culture, food and art? Here are three can’t-miss cultural events happening in Utah this fall:

Autumn Festival

Saturday, September 28, 11am

Come for the rededication of the Chinese Garden at the International Peace Garden at Jordan Park. Sponsored by the Chinese Cultural Center Association, Chinese Society of Utah (Taiwan) and Bing Kong Tong, the event will feature a flag ceremony and lunch will be served. It is free and open to the public. Directions: Peace Garden, Large East Pavilion at Jordan Park (1060 South 900 West).

Multicultural Festival

Saturday, September 28, 11am-3pm

The Viridian Event Center in West Jordan is hosting a Multicultural Festival featuring musicians, dancers, artisans, crafts, vendors and community groups. The event is free and open to the public.  Directions: 8030 South 1825 West, West Jordan, UT 84088

Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2 p.m.

Also at the Viridian Event Center on Saturday, Oct. 5: an afternoon of Chinese calligraphy. There will be a presentation, live demonstration and exhibit by Cao Shanhua, a well-known calligrapher from China , jointly hosted with the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah. Directions: Viridian Center, 8030 South 1825 West, West Jordan, UT 84088