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TKA to Host Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
A variety of musical, dance and martial arts acts will celebrate the traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival at 2:00 p.m. on May 3 in Woody Auditorium on the campus of The King’s Academy. Ironically, the Dragon Boat Festival has little to do with dragons or boats. It does provide an opportunity to celebrate a wide range of talents. Hua Sophie Wang, a teacher on loan to TKA from Henan Experimental High School in Zhengzhou city, Henan Province, China, is coordinating the program.
The academy’s Confucius Classroom organizes and hosts the all-Chinese event in collaboration with Chinese teachers in the Knoxville area. Teachers from the Confucius Institutes at the University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State University are invited to participate. The goal of the program is to share Chinese culture with the community.
This year’s festival will include Chinese martial arts demonstration by East Tennessee Wushu Team , “Ta Ge” group dance by UTK Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Gu zheng instrumental music by Jing Cai and Erhu instrumental music by Wenshu Li. Qing Wen, Chinese teacher from the MTSU Confucius Institute will sing a selection from Beijing Opera and a Chinese traditional song. UT Chinese students Yunzhu Shi will also sing a Chinese traditional song. TKA 8th graders will accompany a quartet singing “Grateful Heart for God.” and students from Seymour Primary School will sing three Chinese songs. Webb High School students will join TKA high school students singing “Sorry My Chinese is Not so Good.” TKA sophomore Kaiyi Jiang, from Liaoning, China will captivate the audience with his presentation of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” on the grand piano.
The King’s Academy was the first school in East Tennessee area to establish a Chinese Confucius Classroom six years ago. Supported by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), under the Ministry of Education of China, The King’s Academy, in cooperation with Johnson University of Knoxville, established a Confucius Classroom in April 2010. The King’s Academy’s Confucius Classroom represents a unique relationship among TKA, Johnson University and School No. 47 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China. For more information about the Chinese Confucius classroom at The King’s Academy, call 865-573-8321, or visit https://old.thekingsacademy.net/academics/chinese-program/.