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Farewell Chu Laoshi

On November 30, 2017 the Confucius Institute of UWA, the Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of WA and the Australia China Friendship Society of WA gathered together to celebrate the year’s achievements and  to reluctantly farewell esteemed colleague and friend, Associate Director Chu Xianhua.

Early next year Chu Laoshi, as he is widely known,  will return to China after more than five years in WA.  The farewell event was a chance to honour and thank him not only for his time with us, but also for his lifetime of achievement as a much admired and respected language teacher and cultural ambassador both in his home country and abroad.

To mark the occasion, the Chinese Language Teachers’ Association presented Chu Laoshi with an inaugural Appreciation Award.  In addition, the Confucius Institute presented Chu Laoshi with a special appreciation gift – a framed copy of a full page newspaper article focussed on his life and work in WA.  The article was published in the 29 November 2017 edition of the Australian Chinese Times (p38).

The evening was a great success.  The 88 guests included dignitaries, teachers,  colleagues, Chinese community members and friends from all walks of life. The event was attended by Mr Iain Watt, PVC International, UWA; Deputy Consul General Ms Sun Anlin and Consul Mr He Yifan, People’s Republic of China in Perth; A/Prof Sun Fangjiao, Deputy Dean of International College, Zhejiang University;  Prof Barry Marshall, UWA Nobel Laureate; Ms Jieqi Zhang, President, Chinese Language Teachers’ Association WA; Ms Nancy Chen, President, Australia China Friendship Society of WA; Mr David Ambrose, former Director of CI at UWA; and Mr Geoffrey Davis AM – CLTAWA Founding Member and CI Honorary Fellow.

Kylee Kotula becomes Chinese Bridge Oceania champion

Kylee Kotula plays the guzheng, or Chinese zither.

Kylee Kotula, 16, of City Beach has returned to Perth after being crowned an Oceania champion in the 2017 global final of the Chinese Bridge (Hanyu Qiao) language competition.

Kylee and her South Australian teammate Sophie Szabo beat more than 200 contestants from 96 countries to win the Oceania division and be placed among the final five teams. One team from each continental region made it through to the final, which was ultimately won by the USA team.

Kylee’s prize was a year-long scholarship to any Chinese school or university to continue her studies. The  Methodist Ladies’ College student, who is currently in Year 10, intends to save the scholarship for her first year at university.

MLC teacher Bonnie Woo, who began teaching Kylee when she was in Year Three, said Kylee’s hard work over many years had paid off – focus and determination were important factors in her success.

The Chinese Bridge (Hanyu Qiao) Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students, which was launched in 2008, is the largest international Chinese language competition in the world.  Students aged 15 years and over who do not speak Chinese as a first language take part to demonstrate their language proficiency, knowledge of China, and skill in a cultural performance such as music or art.

The competition aims to be a fun and rewarding experience which will motivate students to continue their Mandarin studies while giving them the chance to meet others learning the language. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that the second most spoken language in Australia is now Mandarin.

The annual worldwide competition is organised by Confucius Institute Headquarters, known as Hanban, which is located in Beijing. The WA final and the Australian regional final were held at the Confucius Institute at UWA earlier this year.

Further information on Kylee’s part in the competition can be found here

Associate Director Chu Xianhua wins ACFS WA Friendship Award

We are delighted to announce that Confucius Institute Associate Director Chu Xianhua has won the inaugural Australia China Friendship Society WA Friendship Award.

Associate Director Chu Xianhua with Madam Sun Anlin, Deputy Consul General for the People’s Republic of China in Perth (left) and ACFS WA President Nancy Chen (right).

Associate Director Chu, widely known as Chu Laoshi, was presented with the award at the Mid-Autumn Festival Dinner on 12 October 2017.

ACFS WA President Nancy Chen said that Chu Laoshi had made an incredible impact on thousands of Western Australians through his dedication, generosity and tireless work at the Confucius Institute.

The award was established this year to honour and thank  those organisations and individuals who have made a significant contribution  towards the promotion of friendship between China and Australia.  Nominees were judged on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated excellence in the promotion of Chinese culture with WA Societies and individuals in order to encourage better relations between China and Australia.
  • Contribution  to better understanding between Australian and Chinese people in the Australian community.


Confucius Institute joined in 2017 Meal Packing Day

On the afternoon of 20 October, 19 teachers and volunteers of Confucius Institute at UWA joined several hundred other volunteers in the Zambrero Meal Packing activity in Perth Showgrounds. The nutritious meals packed will provide hunger relief to schools and orphanages in East Timor and Madagascar. Dressed in Confucius Institute red T-shirts, the CI staff was actively engaged in the packing lines: filling and weighing the meal bags, sealing and labelling the packages, and packing the cartons. The venue was filled with dynamic music and everyone worked together happily and efficiently.  The packing was completed much faster than expected. The Confucius Institute at UWA actively participates in voluntary community events, which is a good way of engaging with the community and learning about other organisations and their activities.



“Confucianism: Values and Democracy” A China in Conversation Event

Illustration: Manny Francisco, ‘Can Confucianism save the world?’ The Strait Times

6pm Thursday 19 October 2017,
The University Club of WA

Chinese political leaders and intellectuals continue to struggle with how ‘Chinese values’ fit with ‘universal values’ and by extension, global institutions. Is there a single global modernity that perhaps China can shape? Or are there multiple modernities and multiple, perhaps competitive, values that political systems aspire to?

In the past, debates have focused on the question of whether Confucianism is in conflict or compatible with democracy. However, these debates are increasingly becoming more complex in response to new political and social forces and new questions concerning the relationship between democracy and Confucianism.

Click here to listen to the recording of the conversation and see how Confucianism and democracy are shaping our understanding of China today.


 何包钢  Baogang He is Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in International Relations at Deakin University, Australia.

Professor He graduated with a PhD in Political Science from Australian National University in 1994, and has become widely known for his work in Chinese democratisation and politics, in particular the deliberative politics in China. His co-authored paper on authoritarian deliberation is now in the top 1% of the most cited articles in the Social Science Citation Index.

His publications are found in top journals including the British Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Peace Research, Political Theory, and Perspectives on Politics. In addition, he has published 3 books, 15 book chapters and 63 journal papers in Chinese. Professor He has also held several honorary appointments and research fellowships at renowned universities including Stanford University, University of Cambridge, Columbia University, Leiden and Sussex University.

梅约翰  John Makeham is Chair and Director of the China Studies Research Centre at La Trobe University and President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia.

Professor Makeham is a specialist in Chinese intellectual history, he has a particular interest in Confucian thought throughout Chinese history and, in more recent years, in the influence of Buddhist thought on pre-modern and modern Confucian philosophy.

Educated in Australia, China, Taiwan and Japan, he has held academic positions at Victoria University of Wellington, University of Adelaide, National Taiwan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Australian National University (ANU).

Professor Makeham is a recipient of the Joseph Levenson Prize and the Special Book Award of China, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and an Emeritus Professor at ANU.

This event was presented by the Confucius Institute at UWA in partnership with the UWA Law School.

Venue: The University Club of Western Australia Auditorium,
UWA, Entrance #1, Hackett Drive, Crawley.

Bottom Right Image L-R: Dr Brenda McGivern, Deputy Dean ABLE Community Engagement, UWA;  Professor John Makeham, La Trobe University; Dr Xianlin Song, Director Confucius Institute at UWA; and Professor Baogang He from Deakin University.

School Holiday Chinese Cultural Activities for Children

Creative, affordable, interesting and educational activities for primary school children aged 6-12 years during the October school holidays.

Join us for a week of hands-on holiday fun this October school holidays. Sign up for a morning, a full day or the entire week – every day will be different.

Each morning children can take part in a different Chinese cultural activity.

In the afternoons children will enjoy time outdoors playing Chinese games, learning Tai Chi, and burning off some energy on the lawn in front of our building.
Toward the end of each day the children can wind down watching a Chinese film or cartoon and then learning a few words of Chinese while talking together about the show.
Our staff all have professional teaching expertise, special artistic skills and official Working With Children check certification.

School Holiday Program
2–6 October 2017

These activities will be happening in the mornings:
Monday, 2 October – Chinese bracelet making
Tuesday, 3 October – Chinese lantern painting and decoration
Wednesday, 4 October – Chinese paper cutting and poster making
Thursday, 5 October – Chinese kite making and decoration
Friday, 6 October – Chinese fan painting and decoration

$50 per child for full day (including all activity materials, bottled water, morning and afternoon-tea snack) OR
$20 per child for morning activity only (including all activity materials, bottled water, and morning-tea snack)

Book online :  (Only 20 places per day offered)

October school holiday program

Language and Culture Courses for Intake 4 2017

Intake 4 language courses open NOW

To book:

When  Intake 4 classes commence from Monday 9th October 2017 and run once a week for nine weeks. Evening classes are held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm Morning classes are held from 10:00am to 12:00 noon.

Minimum enrolment numbers are required to run the class. Full refund will be made if class cannot run due to enrolment numbers.

Where  All classes are held at the UWA Claremont Campus

Which level  Our class levels range from Level 1 to level 22, for a free placement test over the phone please contact us via email or phone (08) 6488 6888.

Pricing  $265 Adults (includes textbooks) $240 Continuing students $220 Concession holders / UWA staff

Teachers  Our teachers are native Chinese speakers and highly trained professionals.

Textbooks All textbooks and learning resources are included in first enrolment payment.

Parking  Parking on campus is free during the evening, or $3 per day during business hours.

Public Holidays  As classes do not run on public holidays, some courses may extend beyond 9 weeks to ensure the full language program is provided.

Outlines for Chinese language courses The textbooks for the different levels of courses: Levels 1-4: Experiencing Chinese 《体验汉语   生活篇》 Chinese Level 1 Outline      Chinese Level 2 Outline       Chinese Level 3 Outline Chinese Level 4 OutlineLevels 5-8: Experiencing Chinese  (Advanced)《体验汉语  生活篇(进阶)》 Chinese Level 5 Outline      Chinese Level 6 Outline    Chinese Level 7 Outline    Chinese Level 8 Outline   Levels 9-12: Contemporary Chinese Book 3 《当代中文》(第3册)     Chinese Level 9 Outline     Chinese Level 10 Outline     Chinese Level 11 Outline Chinese Level 12 Outline Levels 13-16: Contemporary Chinese Book 4 《当代中文》(第4册)

Chinese Literacy 中文读写课程 Chinese Literacy focuses on the practice of reading and writing the basic characters that make up half of all Chinese reading materials. The course covers strokes, radicals, single and compound characters as well as the basic knowledge of Chinese characters. After completing the four-level course, the learners will have a good command of the written Chinese language. This course may appeal to all those who have learned some basics of Chinese language.

Chinese Literacy Level 1 Outline                Chinese Literacy Level 2 Outline

Young Learner courses open NOW

To book: 

Our Chinese language and culture courses for kids are designed for children aged 6-12 to develop their Chinese language skills, cultural awareness and skills by engaging kids in fun and effective, multi-intelligent, hands-on learning activities.

Confucius Institute Day Cultural Show: Great Success 西澳“孔子学院日”文艺演出赢得满堂喝彩

Last night a full house at the Octagon theatre witnessed a stunning presentation by 24 teachers and students from China’s Zhejiang Art Academy. Beautiful dance, astonishing music and spectacular staging came together in a Chinese cultural feast that was enjoyed by an appreciative audience of more than 600 people, including the Consul-General of Perth and representatives from the University of Western Australia and the State Government.

The performance celebrated two important events: Confucius Institute Day and the 30th Anniversary of the Sister State relationship between Western Australia and Zhejiang Province. An effective marketing campaign resulted in tickets selling out four days before the event and there was a waitlist of people hoping for an opportunity to see the show.

This highly anticipated performance was a great success. The opening dance, Ancient Dance in New Rhythm showcased the amazing skills of the dancers and was followed by a diverse program of beautiful dance interwoven with extraordinary music played on Chinese traditional instruments by incredibly accomplished musicians. The program drew inspiration from the cultural traditions of many different ethnic groups from across china, from Tibet to Yunan to Mongolia, and to the She people of Zhejiang and Fujian province.

A special highlight was the Australian rock number by AC/DC, Thunderstruck, played on the pipa, erhu, guzheng, dizi. This piece resonated strongly with the audience – as they recognised the distinctive melody a delighted murmur spread through the theatre, followed by enthusiastic applause.

The finale of Heavenly West Lake, invited visitors from around the world to visit Hangzhou and experience its vibrancy and beauty for themselves.

The Zhejiang Art Academy has toured to the USA, Europe and Japan, but this was their first visit to Australia. They undertook months of preparation, including rehearsing during their summer holidays. This effort was rewarded with a fantastic performance that was greatly enjoyed by Perth locals.

The Confucius Institute hopes that in presenting events such as this we will provide opportunities for cultural exchange. To strengthen the exchange potential, we invited primary school students from Methodist Ladies’ College, Penrhos College and Oberthur to perform Chinese song and dance as part of the performance. The Academy will also visit three schools while in Perth, performing to another 1,400 people.

In addition, the Confucius Institute invited a local Noongar elder, Walter McGuire, to welcome the performers and audience onto Noongar land at the start of the show. All these different elements are part of our commitment to promoting cultural diversity and fostering cultural understanding and exchange.

We are proud that there has been strong demand for the Confucius Institute’s services. We now have 25 Chinese volunteers working with nearly 40 schools across WA, supporting their Chinese language programs. We are also actively engaged in local cultural activities, especially for Chinese New Year and Mid-autumn Festival, but also at many multi-cultural festivals and events across the vast State of Western Australia right throughout the year.





Photographs: Richard Watson and Joel Miller


Zhejiang Art Academy Performance  – Tues 12th Sept 2017

To celebrate Confucius Institute Day and the 30th anniversary of the Sister State relationship between Western Australia and Zhejiang Province, the Confucius Institute at UWA presents a very special performance.

The Zhejiang Art Academy is one of China’s most highly regarded performance institutions and a training ground for China’s future stars.This is the Academy’s first visit to Australia and is exclusive to Perth. This contemporary performance will feature spectacular dance, exceptional music and traditional Chinese instruments, drawing from centuries of Chinese history and folklore. There will also be a surprise take on one of our Australian rock classics.

We are honoured that Chinese Consul General Lei Kezhong and his wife Xing Chao will be attending the performance. I hope you can join us for this very special Chinese cultural experience.

Zhejiang Art Academy
Tuesday 12 September 2017
The Octagon Theatre, UWA

Tickets available through:
$10 Full and $5 Child/Student/Concession
$25 Family (2 Adults 2 Child/Student)

中国驻澳大使到访西澳大学孔子学院 Chinese Ambassador Visits UWACI

On the afternoon of August 24   2017, the Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Mr Cheng Jingye, Counsellor Ms Miao Changxia, Chinese Consul General in Perth, Mr Lei Kezhong and their entourage visited the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia.  They met with Confucius Institute staff, volunteers and students, including the Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall, and graciously had photographs taken with everyone. 

On behalf of the Confucius Institute, Associate Director Mr Chu Xianhua, welcomed the ambassador and provided a briefing about CI’s work, including our support to Chinese language teaching in WA, the ‘China in Conversation’ lecture series and varied Chinese cultural activities. Ambassador Cheng then made a speech. He first thanked CI staff for their efforts to promote Chinese language and to foster cultural understanding and exchange. He was pleasantly surprised to learn about the scale of CI and its wide range of services. The Ambassador encouraged teachers and volunteers to make persistent efforts to support CI’s mission.  He also encouraged the local students to progress in their Chinese studies. He remarked that the Chinese Embassy and Consulate-General in Australia will continue to support the Confucius Institute in making new contributions to exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia in the fields of education and culture.

8月24日下午,中国驻澳大利亚大使成竞业先生、参赞缪长霞女士、中国驻珀斯总领事雷克中先生等一行6人访问了西澳大学孔子学院,亲切会见了孔子学院的中澳方教职员工、志愿者、学生代表,其中包括诺贝尔医学奖得主巴里·马歇尔(Barry Marshall)教授,并与大家合了影。