Monthly Archives: May 2013

Character Course

Join us for a 5-week Chinese character introductory course on Thursday evenings from 30 May to 27 June 2013. This course is designed for beginners with an interest in Chinese characters. The course will be taught in English.

Content of Course

The structure of Chinese characters
Character components and radicals
Rules of stroke order
Phonetic and semantic components of Chinese characters
How to use a Chinese dictionary
How to input Chinese characters by computer

Teaching Method

Theory combined with practice, emphasising the meaning and interesting nature of Chinese characters from principles of construction and cognitive rules to analysis of character structure in whole and in part. This will lead to the goal of recognizing characters and reading and writing in Chinese.

Teaching Goals

Students will master the structures and principles of Chinese characters and be able to recognise and use approximately 150 Chinese characters.

No textbook is required but students will receive printed materials about Chinese characters to help them learn and practice.

VENUE: Confucius Institute for Scotland
DATES: 5 x Thursday evenings from 30 May 2013
TIME: 6pm -7.30pm
COST: £65.00 (£50.00)

To register please email or call us on 0131 662 2180.

Student support
Please contact us to arrange a confidential appointment if you think you have any specific study requirements that may need to be put in place to enable you to study with us. Giving us this information will give us the opportunity to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Disability Discrimination Act.

Talk by Prof Borgen – May 2013

Prof Robert Borgen (Emeritus: California, Davis), a renowned scholar of pre-modern China and Japan will present an illustrated talk on `The Monk Jakush?`s Adventures in China: A Pilgrimage Performed` on Friday 10 May from 3pm to 5pm.

This talk will be of particular interest to those who work in the fields of religion (Buddhism), literature and the performing arts as well as East Asian history.

VENUE: Room 3.10 (The Peter Ladefoged Room), Dugald Stewart Building in Bristo Square.
DATE: Friday 10th May
TIME: 3pm-5pm

All welcome!

Cultural Globalisation Conference – May 2013

A two day conference entitled Cultural Globalisation in Historical Perspective: Actors, Arts and Artefacts will take place at the Confucius Institute on 12-13 May. This international workshop brings together a group of renowned historians working on China, Japan, Africa, India and Latin America.

Globalisation is seen as a recent modern phenomenon but in fact has a long history which can be traced back over centuries. This conference will concentrate particularly on the 19th century which has been labelled as “the century of globalisation”.

The opening address will be given by Professor Tom Devine while the keynote address at 6pm on Wed 12 May comes from Arif Dirlik. For full details of the programme, the participants and the papers please visit our micro-site.

‘Thieves & Boy’ at Bedlam – May 2013

The second play in the National Theatre of Scotland and Oran Mor`s International`A Play, A Pie and A Pint` programme presented by the Institute at the Bedlam is a darkly comic play `Thieves and Boy` running from 14-18 May 2013.

Two construction workers turn vigilante, trying to right the wrongs of society by burgling the home of a high ranking, corrupt government official. However once they get inside it turns out they both have very different ideas about justice.

Written by Hao Jingfang and adapted by Davey Anderson tickets are available from the Bedlam Box Office on performance days. Doors open at noon to allow time for a Chinese dumplings lunch and a drink before the play begins at 1pm.