February 2012

Focus on China


Between the visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to Iowa earlier this month and a continued increase in Chinese student enrollment at Iowa universities, China has been a hot topic on the UI campus throughout the month of February.  


See below for some of the stories, events, people and activities that have emerged in the last month related to China.

Chinese students flock to Iowa  



 In this China Daily article, reporter Kelly Chung Dawson examines the growing trend of Chinese student enrollment in Iowa universities. Just over half of the UI international student population is from China (1,737 students) and numbers have increased dramatically in the past five years. Read more.  

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visits Iowa


  Between visits to Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, Xi Jinping made a quick stop in Iowa. The University of Iowa Confucius Institute was on hand to greet the Vice President and share insights into the importance of understanding Chinese culture. Read some buzz surrounding the event.   

Bashing China will not benefit America (commentary)  


    Wenfang Tang, UI professor of international studies and political science, recently wrote an editorial about the importance of the U.S. and China working together to benefit both countries. As a naturalized Chinese American, Tang says he sees more similarities than differences between his native country and his country of residence. Read more.

Chinese performing arts troupe free concert Feb. 25



The 27-member East China Normal University Performing Arts Troupe from Shanghai will present a free concert Saturday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. in First United Methodist Church of Iowa City. The performance will feature folk dancing of Dai Minority and Uygher Minority, Tang and Han dynasty dance, Dunhuang dance, Sichuan opera, singing, and various instruments including the lute, erhu , flute, and piano. Learn more. 

Spring Festival celebration (photo gallery) 


      See a photo gallery from the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)  celebration in International Programs.

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WorldCanvass : Japan 
Date: Friday, March 2, 2012
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Location: Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum
Free and open to the public. 

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