UTSA Confucius Institute and UTSA Department of Art and Art History are hosting, “Images Speak to the World: Today’s China,” a layout of 51 photographs featuring UNESCO World Heritage sites in China.
According to United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a World Heritage site is a sign post marking the path of human development and culture. Recently, two more sites have been approved in China, making it home to 40 World Heritage Sites.
The exhibit is free and open to the public till Oct. 10 at the Arts Building Gallery, Main Campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mon.-Fri., and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. and Sun.
Yuan Fang, Computer Science major, visited the exhibit and saw a photograph of Lushan, her hometown. “I’ve been here so many times when I was young and my grandpa would drive us there to spend the weekend,” she said.
“Some say Mount Sanqingshan is a miracle because of the sunlight,” said Jing Hong, Architecture major.
The exhibit is a part of FotoSeptiembre, an annual worldwide art festival, features art work from the national China Photographers Association from Beijing.
“Five delegates came here. We [UTSA] were their only stop; they didn’t go to any other place,” said Donald Lien, Director of East Asia and Confucius Institute.
The Confucius Institute strengthens ties with China and Texas region by promoting awareness of Chinese language, culture, history and society to for UTSA and the community with educational implementation.
The Confucius Institute in conjunction with the Alamo Chinese Language School are offering Sunday Chinese School for K-12 students and adults for the 2010-2011 school year. The program consists of learning Chinese, calligraphy, martial arts, folk dancing, brush painting and Chinese history/legends.
Scholarships are available to study in China, Japan, and Taiwan and Korea. “This year we already have four students that applied to study in China for one year,” said Lien.
“Two students are in Beijing right now. We also have a student going to Korea for one year. Anyone who is interested only pays their airfare [with the scholarship].”
Wednesday Sept. 22 is the Chinese Moon Festival, one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. The San Antonio Chinese Alliance and East Asia Institute present Star-Spangled 2010 San Antonio Moon Festival Gala, featuring Chinese music, dance, and an acrobatic extravaganza. Three Chinese celebrities (Lamcha, Li Na and Mayila) will participate in the event as well. The gala will be from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sept. 3 at Carver Community Cultural Center. For more information, visit www.sa-chinese.org.