Past Events

The Fifth Global “One Hundred Translators” Translation Contest

During August 2020, the Confucius Institute at Portland State University (CIPSU) co-organized the Fifth Global “One Hundred Translators” Translation Contest. The contest involved translating the poem Jiao Wo Ruhe Bu Xiang Ta (教我如何不想她, Tell Me How to Stop Thinking of Her), written by Bannong Liu, a renowned Chinese linguist and poet. Click and see the winners' translations.



The Power of Music

A special concert organized by CIPSU in support of the global fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

2020 Spring Festival Gala

Come enjoy traditional Chinese music performance, Chinese Kung Fu, a Chinese traditional dress show, Lion Dance, a free meal, and more You could even win a raffle prize!
Tickets are required. Get your tickets from HERE
Time : 6:00 - 9:00 P.M.
Location: Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom 355, 1825 SW SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 

Lecture on Nut-Carving

One of the world Intangible Heritages in China is coming to Portland. Check out how marvelous this craft is carving exquisitely on those tiny little olive nuts. Come join us at Confucius Institute to appreciate the Master's Carving skills.
Date:2:00 - 4:00 P.M. Sunday, October 6 , 2019
Location:Room 605, Karl Miller Center, 615 SW Harrison St, Portland 97201, OR

2019 "Chinese Bridge" Summer Camp and Scholarship Program Reunion 

After the wonderful trip to China, there is so much to share with family, friends and of
course CI. We invite students and parents to tell their stories at the reunion. Please join us
in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Day!
Date: September 14
Time: 2:00-4:30 pm, Saturday
Location: Room 605, Karl Miller Center, 615 SW Harrison St, Portland 97201, OR

A Warm Welcome to New Teachers!

Six new CI teachers (Ying YUAN, Sheguo WANG, Xin LE, Kaining XIAO, Xiaohan ZHANG, Xingjun YI) are arriving at Portland State University just today! As usual, we will meet for the orientation and walk them through the routines about working at CI.A bunch of new CC teachers will be arriving soon. The school districts are all ready to host and welcome them.
A warm welcome to all of you!
Date: September 10 (Chinese Teachers' Day)
Time: 9:00-11:30 am, Tuesday
Location: Room 605, Karl Miller Center, 615 SW Harrison St, Portland 97201, OR

Global Experience Presentations 

Come learn about global experiences and collaborative relationships across the world!
Learn about a university librarian’s Fulbright Exchange experience in Bulgaria, his research, and his digital access course. Hear about a Washington library staff exchange program in Xiamen, China, its mutual learning benefits, and new cutting-edge library technology in China.
Free and open to the public!
Time& Date:10:00 AM–12:00 PM, Friday, June 21, 2019   
Location: Portland State University Library, room ML-170, 1875 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

World Tai Chi Day 

Join the Confucius Institute at PSU for a Tai Chi demonstration in celebration of World Tai Chi Day 2019. All levels of participants are welcome at this free, public event.
Date & Time: Sunday, April 28, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Location: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union room 327/8/9,1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Irrelevant Boundaries" Fusion of Chinese and Western Music Concert 

Please join us for another wonderful concert. It is a fusion style concert of Chinese and Western music. Even though there are cultural differences between Orient and Occident, we feel no boundaries in the least. We believe this concert will be a very special experience for you in 2019.
Free and open to the public,seats are limited.

Date: April 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Location: PSU Lincoln Hall, Room 75
                1620 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201

2019 Confucius Institute Chinese Skills & Talents Contests

An annual competition of Chinese language, arts, and talents at CIPSU, sponsored by the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in China. This year we have off-site and on-site two sessions, off-site session contains: Photography and short film, Calligraphy with Writing Brush , Calligraphy with Pen or Pencil, Chinese Painting or Drawing; on-site session contains:   Speech & Talent Contest, Mandarin Bee.  
Date: April 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Karl Miller Center Room 285&295

2019 Teachers Training Workshop

Participants will learn about and practice developing evidence-based practices that are associated with high levels of student learning. This program is open to all Oregon K-12 Chinese language teachers who are interested.
Date: March 16-17, 2019
Location: Karl Miller Center Room 460
                615 SW Harrison St, Portland, OR 97201

2019 Chinese New Year Cultural Fair

Confucius institute at PSU invites the PSU and community to the 2019 Chinese New Year Cultural Fair. A fun, family friendly day filled with, food, demonstrations,  Live stage Chinese cultural performance, Lion dancing, Children activities, instrumental music, promises to be a spectacular evening. 
Admission: $9.00 (Tickets are available at TicketsWest (please visit keyword: Chinese New Year Cultural Fair) 
Date & Time: Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King Junior BLVD, Portland, OR 97232)

Portland Happy Chinese New Year Gala

Come and join us at the Chinese New Year Gala, hosted by Chinese Friendship Association of Portland.
Member: Adult $10, ages 5–12 $7
Non-Member: Adult $15, ages 5–12 $10, age 4 or under: free
(Dinner included)
Get your ticket HERE.
Date & Time: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 5:00–7:00 p.m. (dinner), 7:00–9:00 p.m. (performance)
Location: Cleveland High School (3400 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202)

2019 Chinese New Year Gala

On this year's celebration, there will be lots of performances including traditional Chinese music performance, Chinese Kung Fu, Chinese traditional dress show, and Lion dance.
Free food will be provided along with plenty of chances to win free gifts, with the hope that the free gifts will bring you great fortune in this new year.
We hope you can come and share the night with us.
Get your ticket HERE.

Date & Time: January 26, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Location: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom 355
                1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

From Beijing to Portland Returns

Back by popular demand, a second From Beijing to Portland Chinese music concert is being held at PSU. If you were unable to attend the last concert or would like to experience the music again, please come share the musical journey with CI music teachers and students from the International Summer Music Institute!
This event is FREE, and all community members are encouraged to attend.

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75)
                1620 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97201


More Than Beautiful: Chinese Music Concert

CIPSU is ready to have another cultural event at the International School of Beaverton at noon on December 6th! Come enjoy the More Than Beautiful: Chinese Music Concert! We are so privileged that ISB National Chinese Honor Society reached out to CIPSU musicians for this event, with the support of student volunteers. Our wonderful musicians will bring students to an exceptional musical experience. After the concert, there will be a Q&A session in the afternoon with students from Chinese Second Language Class. This event aims to give ISB students an opportunity to better understand Chinese music and culture.

Date: December 13, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: International School of Beaverton, 17770 SW Blanton St., Beaverton OR 97078

Traditional Chinese Medicine Day

Interested in traditional Chinese medicine? Wonder what is now going on globally? Please join Professor Bob Quinn's lecture on Traditional Chinese Medicine Day. 
Topics include simple Chinese herb practices for healthy aging and an experience exploration of yin and yang.

Date: November 28, 2018
Time: 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Location: KMC 605

Rosemont Ridge Middle School Cultural Trip to CIPSU 

Rosemont Ridge Middle School students will visit CIPSU on November 7, there will be many cultural events like traditional Chinese music, Chinese calligraphy and Chinese ethnic costume exhibition.


Date:  November 7, 2018
Time: 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Location: KMC 605

Chinese Music Concert: "From Beijing to Portland"

Showcasing music of the YangQin(Chinese hammered dulcimer), and GuZheng(Chinese zither) instruments. Performance start at 12:00 PM. Free and open to the public.

Date: October, 25th, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM
Location:  PSU Lincoln Hall, Room 75
1620 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Summer Camp Reunion 

Reconnect with your friends, give a performance, or create a presentation on your experiences on the trip. This will be your time to share your trip in China, demonstrate what you learned, and share your photos and videos from the trip. 

Date: Saturday October 13, 2018
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM
Location:  PSU Karl Miller Center Room 605

Athey Creek Middle School Visit to CIPSU

Date: December 13, 2018
Time: 9:45–11:00 a.m.
Location: SMSU Room 294