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Public invited to learn more about Chinese culture

Sept. 10, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University is opening a series of six low-cost Chinese culture courses to the general pubic next week.

Photo of chinese cooking.Tuition-only discounts are being provided to senior citizens age 55 and older as well as to WMU students and employees. Senior citizens and WMU students pay half price for tuition. WMU employees pay no tuition at all, just the class fee--if one is charged--to offset the cost of materials and supplies.

Detailed course descriptions
Chinese culture courses

 

Fall 2010 Chinese culture courses

  • Chinese Cooking--Beginning Sept. 13, this course will meet for six weeks from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays in the Young Chef's Academy, 3021-A Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo. The non-discounted tuition is $60, and there is a $70 class fee.

  • Chinese Music Appreciation and Instrument Instruction--Beginning Sept. 13, this course will meet for six weeks from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays on campus in Room 3203 of Dunbar Hall. The non-discounted tuition is $60.

  • Chinese Painting--Beginning Sept. 14, this course will meet for six weeks from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays on campus in 2152 of Dunbar Hall. The non-discounted tuition is $60, and there is a $20 class fee.

  • Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine--Beginning Sept. 15, this course will meet for six weeks from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays on campus in 2152 Dunbar. The non-discounted tuition is $60.

  • Chinese Traditional Crafts--Beginning Sept. 16, this course will meet for six weeks from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays on campus in Room 2152 of Dunbar Hall. The non-discounted tuition is $60, and there is a $20 class fee.

  • Tai Chi--Beginning Sept. 17, this course will meet for eight weeks from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays in the West Hills Athletic Club, 2001 S. 11th Street, Kalamazoo. The non-discounted tuition is $60.

The Chinese culture course offerings represent part of the Confucius Institute's greater mission to dramatically expand international opportunities for southwest Michigan residents as well as to provide new Chinese language and cultural studies options for the WMU campus community.

The nonprofit Confucius Institute was created in July 2009 through a partnership between WMU and Beijing Language and Culture University. It was the fourth such institution established in Michigan and the 61st to be founded in the United States.

Registration

Registration for the Chinese culture courses is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those wishing to register for a course on the day it begins or after it already has begun should confirm class and seating availability prior to registering. Courses with low enrollment may be canceled.

To register, e-mail the Confucius Institute at wmu-confucius@wmich.edu or call the institute at (269) 387-3951.

Registrants should provide the names of the courses they want to take and the following information: their name, phone number and mailing address; whether they are a community member or a WMU student or employee; and whether they will need a WMU parking pass to attend classes, as this will increase the total class cost. No discounts will be given on parking.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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