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Events and Workshops

***2019 EVENTS***

Every Friday: Chinese Conversation Corner at Bordertown Coffee (315 16th Ave SE). Are you looking to challenge your knowledge of Mandarin or simply practice speaking? Join us every Friday morning 9:00am-11:00am to converse and engage with Chinese language and culture. Everyone is welcome. Begins Friday September 13, 2019 (no meeting on October 18). Contact ytu@umn.edu.

Friday November 22: Chinese Board Game Night 5:30pm-7:30pm Folwell 31. Try your hand at Go, Mahjong, Chinese Chess, and Werewolves Cards. Join us after class to socialize, make friends, and have fun learning to play Chinese games. Refreshments provided. Contact ytu@umn.edu

Friday November 8: Chinese Movie Night 5:30pm Folwell 107, featuring "Dying to Survive" (我不是药神, dir. Wen Muye, 2018). Join us after class to relax, enjoy this film, and learn about Chinese language and culture through cinema. Based on a true story, this comedy-drama portrays a small drug store owner who becomes the exclusive agent of a cheap Indian generic medicine to treat Chronic Granulocytic Leukemia in China. Refreshments provided. Contact ytu@umn.edu.

Friday October 25: Chinese Board Game Night 5:30pm-7:30pm Folwell 31. Try your hand at Go, Mahjong, Chinese Chess, and Werewolves Cards. Join us after class to socialize, make friends, and have fun learning to play Chinese games. Refreshments provided. Contact ytu@umn.edu

Friday October 11: Chinese Movie Night 5:30pm Folwell 107, featuring "American Dreams in China" (中国合伙人, dir. Peter Chan, 2013). Join us after class to relax, enjoy this film, and learn about Chinese language and culture through cinema. Set in the 1980s and loosely based on the founders of New Oriental education company, three idealistic Chinese friends build a successful English language school in China, helping Chinese teenagers study overseas. Their expanding, unpredictable business venture tests their loyalty to each other in both personal and professional ways. Refreshments provided. Contact ytu@umn.edu.

Friday September 27:  Chinese Board Game Night 5:30pm-7:30pm Folwell 31. Try your hand at Go, Mahjong, Chinese Chess, and Werewolves Cards. Join us after class to socialize, make friends, and have fun learning to play Chinese games. Refreshments provided. Contact ytu@umn.edu

Friday September 13: Chinese Movie Night 5:30pm Folwell 107, featuring "The Wandering Earth" (流浪地球, dir. Frant Gwo, 2019). Join us after class to relax, enjoy this film, and learn about Chinese language and culture through cinema. In the distant future, the sun is about to expand into a red giant and devour the Earth, prompting an audacious attempt to save the planet. The multi-generational heroes build ten-thousand stellar engines in an effort to propel Planet Earth out of the solar system and find a new celestial home. Refreshments provided. Contact ytu@umn.edu.

Friday May 3: Chinese Movie Night 5:30pm Folwell 31, featuring "Our Shining Days" (闪光少女, dir. Wang Ran, 2017). Join us after class to relax, enjoy this film, and learn about Chinese language and culture through cinema. A group of high school students attempt to revive the traditional Chinese orchestra, but it falls on deaf ears with the administration and the snooty violists, harpists, and pianists of the Classical orchestra. Refreshments provided. Contact ytu@umn.edu.

Thursday March 28: Chinese Board Game Night 5:30pm-7:30pm Folwell 420. Try your hand at Go, Mahjong, Chinese Chess, Werewolves Cards plus virtual games PUBG and Battle of Arena. Join us after class to socialize, make friends, and have fun learning to play Chinese games. Refreshments provided. Contact ytu@umn.edu

Friday March 8: Chinese Movie Night 5:30pm Folwell 31, featuring "Hello Mr. Billionaire" (西红柿首富, dir. Fei Yan and Damo Peng, 2018). Join us after class to relax, enjoy this film, and learn about Chinese language and culture through cinema. This heart-warming comedy portrays an unfortunate soccer goalkeeper on a secret mission to spend $1 billion. Refreshments provided. Contact ytu@umn.edu.

Friday February 21: Chinese Board Game Night 5:30pm-7:30pm Folwell 420. Try your hand at Go, Mahjong, Chinese Chess, Werewolves Cards plus virtual games PUBG and Battle of Arena. Join us after class to socialize, make friends, and have fun learning to play Chinese games. Refreshments provided. Contact ytu@umn.edu

Saturday & Sunday February 16-17: Chinese Spring Festival (New Year) celebration activities at Mall of America. Contact ytu@umn.edu

Friday February 8:  Chinese Movie Night 5:30pm Folwell 31, featuring "Detective Chinatown" (唐人街探案, dir. Chen Sicheng, 2015). Join us after class to relax, enjoy this film, and learn about Chinese language and culture through cinema. This comedy mystery follows the bumbling detective Tang Ren and his nephew Qing Feng as the two rush to solve a murder and clear Tang Ren's name. Refreshments provided. Contact ytu@umn.edu.

Wednesday February 6: Flagship Meeting for all Flagship students 4:30pm-6:30pm Folwell room 5. Presentation focuses on overall course requirements, summer study abroad application, and capstone selection criteria. Refreshments provided. Contact ytu@umn.edu or haseg002@umn.edu.

***2018 EVENTS***

Friday December 14: "Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms" fully staged theatrical performance by students in CHN 4041, 7:30pm Coffman Memorial Union Theatre. Free admission. Contact ytu@umn.edu.

Wednesday October 31: Halloween Movie Night 5:00pm-7:00pm, Folwell 30, featuring "Battle of Memories" (dir. Leste Chen, 2017). Contact ytu@umn.edu

Friday October 12: Learn more about student organizations and how to get involved. Join us at the Chinese Flagship Program's Student Organization Fair 5:00pm-7:00pm, 114 Bruininks Hall. Meet students from organizations on our campus, see presentations from Chinese Flagship students who have gone abroad, and enjoy Chinese food with the new friends you've made.

Tuesday October 2: Info session for Hopkins-Nanjing Center with Gretta Herrin 12:00noon-1:30pm, Folwell 101. Learn about post-graduate options in Nanjing, China. Contact gherrin1@jhu.edu

Friday September 21: Welcome Back BBQ and picnic! Get to know everyone in the Chinese Flagship Program and share your Flagship experience. 4:30-6:30pm at Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Ave SE. If you have dietary restrictions or special considerations, please contact Dr. Yao Tu at ytu@umn.edu

Tuesday August 28: Visit the Chinese Flagship Program information booth at the Minnesota State Fair!

Friday July 27: Tour the new Chinese Language & Culture Living Learning Community - a bilingual Chinese/English dormitory - at 17th Avenue Hall, 12noon.

Thursday April 26: End of semester Flagship student meeting. Contact ytu@umn.edu

Sunday February 18: Chinese Spring Festival (New Year) celebration activities at Mall of America. Contact ytu@umn.edu

Wednesday February 7: Spring semester Flagship students orientation and reception. Contact ytu@umn.edu

***2017 EVENTS***

Thursday December 14 (Study Day): "Take Your Instructor to Lunch!" Thank your Chinese instructors for their expert guidance, enjoy lunch with them, and build guanxi. Contact: ytu@umn.edu

Wednesday December 6: Info session for Foreign Language & Area Studies scholarhips 3:00pm, 260 Social Sciences. Learn more. Contact: Lydia Brosnahan flas@umn.edu

Friday December 1: Info session for Foreign Language & Area Studies scholarhips 12:00 noon, 260 Social Sciences. Learn more. Contact: Lydia Brosnahan flas@umn.edu

Tuesday November 28: Info session for Foreign Language & Area Studies scholarhips 2:00pm, 260 Social Sciences. Learn more. Contact: Lydia Brosnahan flas@umn.edu

Tuesday November 7: Cultural competency in China workshop with Dr. Martha Mockus 5:00-6:00pm. All Chinese Flagship students are required to attend. Contact: mock0002@umn.edu

Wednesday October 18: Applications due for the Community Advisor position for 2018-19 academic year. Open to Chinese Flagship students for our brand new "Chinese Language and Culture" Living Learning Community. Learn more.

Thursday October 5: Studying Chinese? Curious about the Flagship Program? Not sure how to apply? Attend this recruitment event 4:30-6:00pm, 18 Mechanical Engineering Bldg. Refreshments provided. Contact: ytu@umn.edu

Wednesday October 4: Hopkins-Nanjing Center: Graduate Studies in China Info session with Gretta Herrin 12:00noon-1:00pm 101 Folwell Hall. All Chinese Flagship students are encouraged to attend. Contact: gherrin1@jhu.edu

Friday September 22: Use your Chinese language skills in government employment. Info session plus Q&A with Mr. Roy Savoy (National Security Education Office) 10:00-11:30am  28 Peik Hall. All students are welcome to attend. Contact: mock0002@umn.edu

Thursday September 14: Flagship Program Welcome Event. Meet our new director, Professor Ning Ma, and our new associate director, Dr. Yao Tu, plus recent Flagship alumni for extra insight into a successful Flagship experience 5:00-7:00pm 13 Folwell Hall. Refreshments provided. All Chinese Flagship students are required to attend.