BU Confucius Institute Plaque Presented

Officials open Confucius Institute of Ch

See related post earlier for full story. In these photos: National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts Vice President Ba Tu and BU Provost & VP for Academic Affairs Mary Ann Swain hold plaque for the new Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at BU as Zu-yan Chen, Director of the Institute at BU, and People's Republic of China consular representative Cen Jianjun look on. Classical Chinese opera has lots of humor, as in the Autumn River crossing scene between a young woman and a ferry boatman. It also can involve exciting acrobatics, as in the Crossroads Inn scene between two soldiers battling. Actors are college juniors in the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts, and have been studying classical Chinese opera since age 10. Confucius Institutes promote Chinese language and culture; BU is the only one of 64 such institutes in the US to be a center for classical Chinese opera and music.

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