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Waves of Fortune – China’s Maritime Silk Road

October 11th, 2017, 1:29 pm


Join anthropologist Ian McIntosh of IUPUI’s Office of International Affairs as he takes viewers on a fascinating trip to some of the key historical sites along the Maritime Silk Road, where he reveals links between the past and the present. Throughout its long history, China has alternately opened its borders and walled itself off from the outside world. Ports in southern China anchored the Maritime Silk Road as it became a melting pot of cultures, religions, and exotic goods.

Waves of Fortune: China’s Maritime Silk Road will air on WFYI 1 on Thursday, October 12 at 7:30pm, with production by Sandy Roob, videography and editing by Vinnie Manganello, and logistical planning and translation by Dr. Zao Cheng Xu.

Some subsequent rebroadcast schedules on WFYI. They include:

WFYI HD On-Air           Thu, 10/12/2017               19:30:00          7:30 p.m.

WFYI HD On-Air           Fri, 10/13/2017                 05:00:00          5:00 a.m.

WFYI HD On-Air           Fri, 10/27/2017                 03:30:00          3:30 a.m.

WFYI HD On-Air           Tue, 10/31/2017                05:00:00          5:00 a.m.

WFYI HD On-Air           Thu, 11/30/2017                19:30:00          7:30 p.m.

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Waves of Fortune – China’s Maritime Silk Road

October 11th, 2017, 1:29 pm

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2017 Fall Chinese Culture Hour

August 30th, 2017, 11:02 am

The Chinese Festival in Indianapolis is taking place on Saturday September 23rd from 12:00pm-6:00pm at IUPUI Wood Plaza (W. NY & Blake St).  We are looking for volunteers to help setup, teardown and cleanup before, during and after the festival.  Each volunteer will receive a t-shirt, water and a lunch coupon.  We will be having a mandatory meeting on Friday September 22nd at noon at the Confucius Institute (Cavanaugh Hall Suite 129) to go over how to setup the tents and logistics.

Responsibilities include on Saturday September 23rd:

9:00am: Meet at Wood Plaza.  Volunteers will be split up in groups of 6.  Each group will first set up the 10×20 canopy tents.  Once completed, set up 10×10 canopy tents.  After all tents have been setup you will be moving tables and chairs to booth locations and trash totes to certain areas.

During Festival (noon-6pm): Cleaning up trash during the festival and assisting public.

6:00pm: Tearing down canopy tents and placing them into truck.  Once completed, move tables and chairs back to original location.  Finally moving trash tanks back to sidewalk.

We asked that you be available for both setup and teardown


Additionally, we are looking for individuals to help move our tents out of our storage that is located in the Lockefield Village Building on Friday September 22nd at 4pm and return tents on Saturday September 23rd after the festival.  Individuals that help with our tent storage will be compensated $10.50 an hour. Please contact if you are interested in this.

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2017 Indianapolis Chinese Festival Volunteer Opportunity

August 23rd, 2017, 12:13 pm


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2017 Indianapolis Chinese Festival – Saturday September 23

August 17th, 2017, 4:34 pm

Date: Saturday September 16th, 2017

Where: IUPUI Campus Center, Room 405, 425 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Sponsors: Confucius Institute and CLTA-IN



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2017 Chinese Teacher Workshop – Saturday September 16

July 25th, 2017, 2:53 pm

Mandarin Chinese is the standard and most widely spoken dialect of the Chinese language. As such, Mandarin Chinese is essential for Americans interested in doing business, vacationing, or studying in China. As Chinese businesses, tourists, and scholars travel to the United States in growing numbers, Americans are also finding Mandarin Chinese very useful here at home.

Join us for practical and enjoyable courses in Mandarin Chinese. All courses meet one session per week and are held in the Confucius Institute in Suite 129 at the IUPUI Campus, except as noted. Parking is the responsibility of the student.

Fall Non-Credit Courses (open to public)

Conversational Chinese I
Date & Time: Thursdays September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12 6:00pm-8:00pm
Description: Conversational Chinese I is intended for beginners and focuses on developing the student’s ability to use Chinese language in verbal communication. You’ll learn Chinese pronunciation, the most essential and useful conversational sentences and simple grammar in order to carry on basic conversations. You’ll have many opportunities to practice using the language in a range of contexts likely to be encountered in Chinese culture. Parking is the student’s responsibility.

Conversational Chinese II
Date & Time: Thursdays October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30 6:00pm-8:00pm
Description: Conversational Chinese II is intended for people who’ve mastered basic Chinese conversation skills from Conversational Chinese I and would like to build on these skills. The course will help to develop your ability to use Chinese language in verbal communication. You’ll fine tune your pronunciation and learn more functional conversation skills and grammar in order to carry on more complex conversations. You’ll have many opportunities to practice using the language in a range of contexts likely to be encountered in Chinese culture. Parking is the student’s responsibility.

Conversational Chinese III
Date & Time: Wednesdays September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11 6:00pm-8:00pm
Description: Conversational Chinese III is intended for people who have a basic knowledge of Chinese language. This course will build upon the vocabulary and grammar learned in basic Chinese studies. This intermediate course will help you to expand your vocabulary to incorporate more abstract terms and express more complex ideas and reasoning in Chinese. This course is intended to be a continuation of Conversational Chinese II. Parking is the student’s responsibility.

Conversational Chinese IV
Date & Time: Wednesdays October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29 6:00pm-8:00pm
Description: Conversational Chinese IV is intended for people who have a basic knowledge of Chinese language. This intermediate course will build upon the vocabulary and grammar learned in basic Chinese studies, and expands that vocabulary to incorporate more abstract terms and express more complex ideas and reasoning in Chinese. This course is intended to be a continuation of Conversational Chinese III. Parking is the student’s responsibility.

Questions: Email:

Call: 317-278-7900

$150 per course. 6 classes in each course. Each class is 2 hours. Total of 12 hours of instruction per course.

Course refunds will be made based on cancellation date. A minimum of 4 students must be enrolled to keep the class
• Day of class or later …………………. 0%
• Two to Six business days before class…. 50%
• 1 week or more before class …………………………. 100%


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2017 Non-Credit Courses – Fall Semester

July 13th, 2017, 2:21 pm


Please email prior to registering if you meet any of the following criteria: 1) Sibling Discount 2) Received a Scholarship 3) Camp Staff Discount

June 5-July 28

Deadline to Apply: please contact to sign up for additional weeks.

Space available for the following weeks although limited: Week 6 July 10 – July 14; Week 7 July 17-July 21; Week 8 July 24 – July 28

For language learning, the younger the better. To better prepare our children to learn Chinese language, the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis offers a Chinese Culture summer day-camp for K-8 students. The camp is held on the IUPUI campus, and last for one to eight weeks. Students will have a full curriculum of Chinese language, crafts and sports, singing and dancing, and individual math and reading.  Classes are taught by local Chinese Teachers and Teaching Assistants from IUPUI.

Who: Children in grades K-8 (must be at least 5yrs old to enroll).

Groups: Divided by Age Group; Xiao (grade K-2); Zhong (grade 3-5); Da (Middle School)

Language Classes will be broken down to two levels: Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced Level

Where: IUPUI campus: Location TBD
When: Mon. – Fri. June 5 – July 28, 2017; 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.
Pre & After School Care (extra charge) available 7:30 – 8:30 AM, and 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Costs: $150 per week

 $25 per week for pre and after school care

 $15 one time teaching materials and textbooks fee (if enrolled after April 3rd)

Sibling Discounts Available – please email for code

Note: No camp on Tuesday July 4th.

Cost includes: Camp T-shirt, calligraphy brush & paper, Chinese language books, Chinese game

What to Bring: Due to food allergies and your child’s individual preferences, we are asking that parents pack a morning snack and a lunch for their child each day of the camp. Please be sure to clearly mark your child’s name on his or her lunch box/bag.  Campers also bring their own backpack, pencil and notebook.  We also ask parents to bring some math books and reading materials that would be appropriate for their children’s level.  If not, the teacher will provide some photocopies of some materials.

Parking: Meters are available.  IUPUI Parking Services has visitor spaces on campus.  Please visit here for detailed information on locations and price.  For the most part, although limited, meter parking has been adequate although there are a few lots that are undergoing construction.

Additional Information: The camp is held on the IUPUI Campus (SL Lower Level and LD room 137 Buildings). Lunch is in the Campus Center on the 2nd floor. Each week we have Camper of the week for each group. We will have a performance at the Children’s Museum on Wednesday July 19th as well as on the last day of camp which will be Friday July 28th at 4:30pm-5:00pm in the IT Auditorium.   There will be no camp on Tuesday July 4thGroups will be combined for language classes based on level.

Questions: Contact Noah  phone (317) 278-7900 or email

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2017 Summer Camp – June 5 to July 28

March 4th, 2017, 3:42 pm



Held on May 27, the eve of the 100th Indianapolis 500, 300,000 spectators from around the country lined the streets of Indianapolis for one of the nation’s premier parades, alongside the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The IPL 500 Festival Parade allows all spectators to witness the pageantry and larger-than-life floats light up the streets of downtown Indianapolis. Well-known celebrities, costumed characters, marching bands, patriotic units, specialty units, spectacular floats and giant helium balloons will fill the streets to celebrate the world’s largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500.

The tradition continues with the 33 starting drivers of the Indianapolis 500 serving as honorary grand marshals the day before the race, riding in the traditional rows of three, with the winner of the pole position bringing up the rear.




The Confucius Institute is looking for people (age 16 and older) who are interested in volunteering and participating in this year’s Indy 500 Festival Parade on Saturday May 27th.  Our Institute will be a sponsor and will have a giant Rooster balloon that will require several handlers.  If interested please see the instructions below on how to register. You will also need to send an email to that you are planning to volunteer and let us know your shirt size.  Please forward this to anyone (friends, family, students, etc..) you think would be interested.


Balloon Handlers – Rooster (Confucius Institute in Indianapolis)


  1. Log onto our website
  2. Click on the volunteer tab at the left of the page
  3. Click on the Volunteer Registration link
  4. Welcome to the 500 Festival online volunteer registration
  5. Read the important information
  6. Click on the purple ‘Volunteer Registration’ button on the right side of the page
  7. Select 500 Festival Volunteer
  8. Enter the access code “2017rooster” at the top of the page and click unlock
  9. Scroll down to the IPL 500 Festival Parade and select Balloon Handler- Rooster- Confucius
  10. From here you will complete your volunteer registration


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2017 IPL 500 FESTIVAL PARADE – Saturday May 27

March 3rd, 2017, 1:23 pm

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2017 Chinese Festivals Exhibit – February

February 6th, 2017, 10:59 am

Chinese Fair!!! There are fun activities to participate and performances to enjoy. There are also Chinese language contests to attend. Students have a chance to receive certificates and prizes!

Date: Sat. April 15th, 2017
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Place: IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Fair Flyer

For Regular School Registration, please visit the link here.  For all other please contact the appropriate individual located in the flyer

Campus Center Map

Parking Information

School Bus Reimbursement

Photos of 2016 Chinese Language and Cultural Fair

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