Tea performing arts, tea terminology and translation, promote tea studies and innovations. *Contact ,icetea8@gmail.com, Trad. and Simp. Chinese used. Blog since 6/23/2005
Name: Steven R. Jones; Link: http://teaarts.blogspot.com/
===
名字:瓊斯史迪芬Steven R. Jones, 網址: http://teaarts.blogspot.com/

3/21/2009

The Confucius Institute (CI) at San Diego State University&Scholar Tea Site

MARCH 2009 As well as other cultural events we are honored to participate and will be presenting: a Tea Site, Theme-Scholar Tea. Tea Master Instructor Steven R. Jones and Tea Master Chang Li-Hsiang ( 張麗香), organizer Shirley Chu .
=========
Theme: Scholar Tea. When tea savoring swept though China, it became a wonderful substitute for wine. Tea has been a drink that awakens the body first, then the mind, and ultimately the human spirit. Savoring a bowl or cup of tea in solitude or among colleges has spawned inspiration often. Simple tea drinking is perhaps how these classic literati or scholars got their ideas. It is well known the “Four Arts(Treasures) 四藝 of the Scholar”. The scholars, scholarly civil servants, or literati of Imperial China, where all schooled in Confucianism known as the School of Literati.

In early China the term refers to the class of people that went through traditional Chinese education. There were sets of Chinese civil service examination, including Chinese literature and philosophy. Passing the exam was a requirement for many government position. These were the mandarins, and refered to those who held government positions. Classical Chinese tea, calligraphy, poetry, painting, and qin, were practiced and perfected by this social class.

Photos照片

The below diagram shows the relationship between the culture and the tea ware.




---Steven R. Jones, Mar 21, 2009


The Ancient Chinese Literati took pride in their writing instruments and there surroundings. Most of the literati came from the higher class of society, and were also known as collectors of art in the form of stone, wood, lacquer, ivory, horn, metal, jade figurines as well as their writings were put on scrolls and displayed as art. These items were set around the desk, room, walls and shelves; and these items were focus points and appreciated over a cup of tea, with the scholar’s mind always at work “thinking”. Also the act of brewing tea, admiring the beauty and craftsmanship of the brewing vessel that allows it to infuse into a magnificent liquid and pour in a perfect arc, and filling the air with wonderful scents, and flavors in all this inspired the scholar. Many scholar had a connection and passion for nature, so they would have a retreat in the mountains. Here an apprentice would make tea and the scholar would savor tea and let the mind wonder and drift through lore of life.


======2009 Ambassador Charles W. Hostler Lecture “China’s Development and China-US Relations”1:45pm-2:45pm Arts and Letters Auditorium 201, SDSU Thursday, March 26
Free Admission Brochure (.pdf) Parking (Structure 8)
Unveiling Ceremony Confucius Institute at SDSU 3:00pm Arts and Letters Auditorium 201, SDSU4:00pm Reception Thursday, March 26
RSVP Required


The Confucius Institute (CI) at San Diego State University was established in collaboration with the Office of Chinese Language International Council (Hanban). Hanban is committed to making Chinese language and cultural teaching resources and services available to the public and to the promotion of cultural diversity and harmony. Through academic partnership with Xiamen University, the CI at SDSU aims to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation between China and the United States. This partnership will serve to promote the development of Chinese language education in the greater San Diego region and Baja California as a whole, while continuing to foster historical understanding and cultural collaboration on both sides of the Pacific.
The CI at SDSU focuses especially on teacher training. By offering both on-site and online classes, while also utilizing the most advanced language teaching pedagogy and technology, the CI at SDSU aims to establish a public face and a central environment for Chinese teachers training in Southern California and Baja California and the greater San Diego region as a whole.
Mission and Goals
To offer teacher-training and to provide a pool of well-qualified and well-trained Chinese language teachers to meet the language and culture learning demands of the greater San Diego region
To assist local schools with the development of Chinese language programs and to provide them with teaching resources
To provide a series of seminars and courses in language and culture with San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and local arts and cultural communities
To provide a series of seminars and workshops in economic and market updates for business executives, collaborating with the SDWTC, ABA and local business communities
To provide information and consultative services for people who are interested in conducting cultural, economic and business activities with China
The CI Headquarter- Hanban
Hanban is the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International, a non-governmental and non-profit organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China. Hanban is committed to making the Chinese language and culture teaching resources and services available to the world, to meeting the demands of overseas Chinese learners to the utmost, to contributing to the formation of a world of cultural diversity and harmony.
SDSU and Confucius Institute
The Confucius Institute (CI) at San Diego State University is established in collaboration with Hanban. Housed in the College of Arts and Letters, the purposes of the CI at SDSU are to strengthen educational cooperation between China and the United States, and to promote the development of Chinese language education at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels as well as at the community schools. The CI at SDSU focuses especially on teacher training. By offering both on-site and online classes while utilizing the most advanced language teaching pedagogy and technology, the CI at SDSU aims to establish a public face and a central environment for Chinese teachers training in Southern California and Baja California, especially in greater San Diego region.
Our Partner- Xiamen University
Like every Confucius Institute, the CI at SDSU partners with one of the elite Chinese universities, Xiamen University. Founded in 1921, Xiamen University is a distinguished national research university located in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China. It is the first university founded by overseas Chinese. By the end of 2008, Xiamen University has established 9 CIs by partnering with universities and institutions throughout the world. The CI at SDSU is its 10th Confucius Institute and the first CI Xiamen University established in the United States.

CONTACT US
Confucius InstituteCollege of Arts and LettersSan Diego State University5500 Campanile DriveSan Diego, CA 92182-6060
Office: AL-172 (map)Phone: 619.594.4791Fax: 619.594.4792confucius@sdsu.edu

http://confucius.sdsu.edu/index.html

http://www.xmu.edu.cn/english/

http://english.hanban.edu.cn/index.php?language=en