Study Abroad Trip
June 1 - June 20, 2016
TSU students will have the exciting opportunity to spend two weeks in China during the summer to develop their language skills and learn firsthand about Chinese culture. Participants will spend one week in Beijing at Beijing Jiaotong University—one of China’s premier universities—studying Chinese and visiting cultural sites in Beijing; participants will then travel by high-speed rail to Shanghai for several days, and then return to Beijing. Students who wish to receive credit can, on successful completion of the program, receive three or six university credits at TSU. Most in-country costs will be supported by Confucius Institute Headquarters and Beijing Jiaotong University, and the TSU Confucius Institute will provide additional financial support. In order to be eligible for the trip, students should take at least one semester of Chinese language through the TSU Department of Foreign Languages, or, in the alternative, sign up for a Confucius Institute Continuing Education course in spring 2016
Archive of Past Events
Chinese New Year's Celebration 2016
February 10th, 2016
TSU Student Center
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
The Chinese New Year was celebrated on Monday February 8, 2016. The Chinese festival is celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunar Chinese calendar. The Year of the Monkey is number 9 of 12 animals in the recurring zodiac cycle.
This year, the Confucius Institute celebrated outside of the student center located on campus. The institute displayed the dynamics of the Asian culture by providing Chinese food, fortune cookies, professional dance performances, calligraphy, and classical music. The Dance of Asian American Society, provided TSU students with dance routines entitled “Cherry Blossoms” and “Lotus Flower”. Dancers Yanni Su and Yifan Zheng exemplified routines deriving from multiple providences within China.
In addition to the professional showcase, select students currently enrolled in Elementary Chinese courses performed traditional Chinese New Year melodies. Within this performance, students showcased their vocals along with their latest knowledge of the Mandarin language.
The Chinese New Years celebration at TSU was a great display of the Chinese culture through food, music, and performances. Students departed the celebration with a better understanding of Chinese traditions and an infatuation of China.
Golden Buddha Jazz Ensemble
- February 16, 2016
- Rhinehart Auditorium
- Golden Buddha Jazz Orchestra
- TSU Jazz Ensemble
The Golden Buddha Jazz Orchestra is a performing arts ensemble offering a unique fusion of traditional and modern Chinese melody and modern jazz. The performers use a combination of modern electric instruments and traditional Chinese instruments to bring this fusion to life in vivid national and international concerts.
For the performance at TSU the Jazz Band, a diverse group of TSU music and performing arts students, joined the Golden Buddha orchestra during the two-hour concert. The first half of the jazz performance was dedicated to the Chinese jazz ensemble. They performed several pieces with showmanship and a true spirit of jazz, receiving great applause from the audience. In the latter portion of the performance, TSU’s Jazz Band at took the stage in a joint performance between both jazz groups in a symbol of diversity, cooperation, and great jazz tradition. TSUCI’s sponsorship of this event brought a truly distinct performance bridging cultures across continents through a single musical art form.
Nanjing University Traditional Instruments Orchestra
- September 29th, 2015
- Grandville Sawyer Auditorium
- Nanjing University Orchestra
- TSU Heritage of Zion Singers
Hosted by the TSU Confucius Institute, the Nanjing University Traditional Instruments Orchestra in collaboration with TSU Heritage of Zion Singers performed at Texas Southern University’s Granville Sawyer Auditorium, September 29th, 2015. They began at 5:15 PM with a pair of light melodies entitled “Celebration”, and continued into the evening with selections from a range of traditional Chinese instruments.
Boasting more than 16 talented young performers, the Nanjing University Traditional Instruments Orchestra performed 9 traditional pieces over the one and one-half hours they presented to TSU faculty, staff, and students. Notable pieces were a Chinese zither composition entitled “Melting Snow” and a solo mandolin performance. The amount of skill required to play the challenging pieces resonated with the Tiger students in attendance.
Blending the Nanjing University style and spirit of the Heritage of Zion Singers, TSU distinguished vocal ensemble, performed in an inspiring rendition of “Jasmine Flower” a well-known Chinese vocal piece. This piece is no stranger to many Tiger students, who practice and perform this piece as part of Confucius Institute events.
The Nanjing University Traditional Instruments Orchestra will be visiting several other universities as part of their on-going US tour. Their presence at TSU was one of several events and performances organized by the TSU Confucius Institute, with the idea of exposing students and faculty to Chinese culture, in order to promote a more diverse student body.
TSU Mens Basketball in China
- June 18,2015 - July 1, 2015
- language classes
- cultural site seeing
- International basketball exhibition
Summer 2015, Texas Southern Men’s basketball team traveled to Beijing, China to participate in an academic and athletic foreign exchange program. First, the team attended language intensive mandarin classes at Beijing Jiaotong University, while also enjoying the cultural sites of Beijing. Days later, the men’s basketball team competed in four competitive matches ending with an international record of 2-2.
- NEIL M. BUSH
- Thursday, APRIL 9th, 2015, at 6:00 p.m.
- Room 113, JHJ School of Business, Texas Southern University
Mr. Neil Bush is the founder of the Barber Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. He is the son and brother of two for presidents of the United States, respectively, George Herbert Walker Bush and George W. Bush. Mr. Bush is a developer of international business opportunities and connects the world with US business trade serving as a board of directors member of Escalera Resources, Director of Hong Kong's Hoifu Energy, and a member of the Board of the Asia Society Texas Center in Houston.
The conference seeks to develop specific proposals for future cooperation, collaboration, and exchanges between Texas Southern University and our Chinese partner institutions.
Rush Hour I
The TSU Confucius Institute along with the TSU Sociology Scholars Association, the TSU NAACP and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association sponsored the first movie night on October 4th, Friday. Students gathered to enjoy some laughs from Rush Hour I along with free pizza and refreshments.
Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy with Peihong Endris
Peihong Endris, who graduated from China's Central Academy of Fine Arts and is well-known in the Houston community, held a workshop on Chinese brush painting and calligraphy for our students, staff and faculty members on September 26th, Thursday.
A Taste of China: Yearly Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
Together with the TSU ITS Chapter and Chinese Students Association, the Confucius Institute hosted the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration. The event was held on Thursday, September 19th. Guests enjoyed song and dance performances and raffle prize drawings as well as appetizers, snacks and moon cakes. The highlight of the event was listening to stories of the different ways that the Mid-Autumn festival is celebrated in different parts of China and the variety of moon cakes.