Noon lecture series to focus on Chinese culture and communication

January 10, 2013  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Chinese communication and cultural topics will be the focus of two Confucius Institute lectures this spring semester at Purdue University.

"The Lafayette community regularly experiences Chinese culture and diversity through Purdue's rich history with China and because Chinese students represent the university's largest international student group," says Wei Hong, professor in the School of Languages and Cultures and director of the Confucius Institute at Purdue. "This cross-cultural communication series was developed to help both English and Chinese speakers from the campus and community learn more about each other's cultures and languages."

The lectures are in English and are free and open to the public. The events are:

* Jan. 16. Noon to 1 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 202. Cross-cultural Communication Part I: Communicating with the Chinese. Hong will present a brief introduction on communication styles in Chinese language and how Chinese speakers use English. She also will discuss cultural differences in communicating with Chinese speakers. A light lunch will be served.

* Feb. 6. Noon to 1 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 202. Cross-Cultural Communication Part II: Communicating with the Americans. Margie Berns, professor of English, will present a brief introduction on communication styles in English language and how to conduct successful conversations in English. Berns also will discuss cultural differences in communicating with English speakers. A light lunch will be served.

The events are organized by the Confucius Institute at Purdue and co-sponsored by International Programs, Purdue University Chinese Students and Scholars Association, and Asian Pacific American Caucus.

The Confucius Institute also is working with these organizations to sponsor related lectures specific to teaching and students at Purdue. The Confucius Institute at Purdue is one of 400 such institutes worldwide that are sponsored by the Chinese Language Council International to develop relationships and understanding between countries.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Wei Hong, 765-494-3859, hongwei@purdue.edu

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