Respected vice-president of Binghamton University,Dr Mary Ann Swain,
Respected Chinese consulor Mr Cen Jianjun
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Allow me to represent the President of National Academy of Chinese
Theatre Arts, Mr. Du Changsheng to congratulate the foundation of Confucius Institute
of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University. I’d also like to appreciate the warm
welcome and hospitality of our dearest friends from Binghamton University to me and
my other 10 colleagues. I’m grateful to the efforts and support of the Headquarter of
Confucius Institute.specailly express my sincere thanks to all the friends of Binhamton
university for this excellent organisition.
National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts is the highest educational
institute in Chinese Opera,We inherit the education of Chinese traditional operas.we
are also the deceloper of Chinese modern teaching system in teaching Chinese
operas, since 60 years of establishment,we promote the awareness of the Chinese
opera in the society.
The academy takes the responsibility of inheriting and carrying forward the
Chinese traditional culture, and sets development goals of establishing Talents
Fostering Center, Research Center, Information and Culture Communication Center
for Chinese Opera. International development and exchange is an important strategy
for us to realize our goals. Nowadays universities all pursue openness, diversity and
sharing, the foundation of Confucius Institute has provided a platform and opportunity
for our two universities, both of which are full of sense of mission and responsibility.
Binghamton University, as a world renowned higher education institute, in the past
years of collaboration, has impressed us with her admirable ideas, quality education,
and well organized system. Last fall the two sides put on classic Shakespear play
Romeo and Juliet in the form of Beijing Opera. This innovative performance
successfully displayed the combination of two cultures, and also acted as our start of
negotiation and planning of the Confucius institute. We regard collaboration with
Binghamton University as our honor, and also the premise of our confidence and
expectation to the future.
Our confidence also comes from our dear American friends. In the past 15
days, we traveled around and performed Beijing Opera in Confucius institutes of six
universities in Columbia, Washington DC, Saint Louise, and the others. It was very
successful, and we were so touched by the enthusiastic participation of people from
different places and their great interests to Chinese culture and art. On my way here I
received a message from my mobile newspaper, that a few days ago, the US house of
representatives has passed a resolution signed jointly by 41 representatives to
commemorate Confucius’ birthday of 2560 years. The resolution highly praised
Confucius values of loyalty, faith and family. The open attitude and special needs of
Americans toward Chinese culture is our spiritual motivation to run the Confucius
The foundation of Confucius institute is a conclusion of our past cooperation,
and also our new start point of future cooperation. Now it is time to move on. We hope
our two sides could rely on advantages of each other’s education resources, follow
requirements of Headquarter of Confucius institute and agreement signed by both
universities, carry out programs step by step, make efforts to conduct various activities
of teaching of Chinese language and Chinese Opera, do our best to make Confucius
institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University a new platform to promote
cultural exchange between the two countries, shouldering the historical mission of
Sino-US cultural exchange.
My dear friends, we sincerely hope to share with you the wonderful Chinese
traditional arts and profound oriental wisdom; we hope different cultures could
appreciate and learn from each other; and we hope to create a more diverse, colorful,
world of art.
Thank you all!