Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

Greetings Parents and families,

As the Mid-Autumn Festival fell on October 4th this year, students spent a meaningful time last week at China Institute to experience the wonderful culture of one of the most significant traditional festivals of China through various activities. Teachers prepared materials like handcrafts, chant, moon cakes as well as the tale behind the festival. Let’s take a look at students’ passion towards the lessons!

Students were showing their learning and celebrating the moon festival in such an artistic way.  They made the Chinese character “月 (moon)” by using their bodies and working as a team.

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Students were getting to know the customs during Mid-Autumn Festival: what Chinese people eat and do during the holiday.


Another way of learning the culture: Chant! Key words were easily obtained by reading catchy chant.

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Mastering the calligraphy of “Happy Mid-Autumn Festival” (中秋节快乐) and hand-making a festival lantern (灯笼)!

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Anything better than tasting the authentic Chinese dessert of the festival?

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Chinese language education in a rich cultural environment is what China Institute has been pursuing for years in which young learners could find interests in both language and the culture. Please continue to visit our blog! We are looking forward to more fun events coming up this semester!


Fall 2017!

Greetings Parents and Children,

We are kicking off our Fall 2017 semester here at China Institute. We hope everyone is enjoying their classes!

We are going to use this blog to Update all of the Parents on what we are all up to in our Children’s After-school Program. Each week we will be updating our blog with different pictures, student projects, and videos of students!

Towards the end of the semester we will share final projects from various classes so you can see what we have  been working towards during the semester.

Here are some pictures of us getting to know each other during our first weeks. Toddler.jpgToddler1.jpg

our toddler class, is learning about the seasons through songs and crafts! PREP 1a_1.jpgPREP 1a.jpg

Our Prep 1A class is doing introductions using interactive songs and movement! Mun6.jpgMun2.jpgMun 4.jpg

And our Mandarin Munchkins are just starting their journey in the Chinese Language with stories, movement and music!

Please watch for us in the coming weeks for more updates from all of our age groups!


Welcome letter from the School Director, Fall 2017

Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to the School of Chinese Studies at China Institute. I hope all of our students have had a great start with our school.

Every year I am proud to share with our community the legacy of the school built by generations of Chinese and Americans with great passion about Chinese language and culture. Some of the early founders of the school in 1933 include influential philosophers and educators like John Dewey, Hu Shih, Paul Monroe and Kuo Ping-wen. In 1944, our school was chartered by the Board of Regents of the New York State Department of Education. Today, our school continues to be an integral part of China Institute’s mission, that is, to bridge a deeper understanding between U.S. and China.

I want to thank you, both new and returning families, for joining our program this fall. We are committed to build a learning community for your child(ren). Come to our classes, connect with friends and other families, and explore the many exciting aspects of Chinese culture right here in NYC as individuals and as families. Our program is designed to inspire and sustain your child(ren)’s interest in learning Chinese language and culture.

Please make sure you follow our program blog for updates on classes and events. Do feel free to come to us with any questions and suggestions. A learning community will thrive only with your input and support!

Best Regards,

Shenzhan Liao

Director, School of Chinese Studies
China Institute


Mandarin Munchkins Program

Mandarin, Music and Movements! Come to learn Chinese language and enjoy a bonding time with your kid(s)! Your little ones are at a critical age to expand their exposure to languages, senses, mind and body coordination, social interactions, and more. Designed for both parents (caregivers) and children, this immersive Mandarin class is full of fun, engagement, and interactions. Our experienced teachers are native mandarin speakers with extensive training in early childhood education. No prior Mandarin knowledge is required for this class.

Classes start the week of September 11th, 2017. We accept rolling admission to this program


Season Pass (for 15 sessions):

Once a week $600 per semester/ $1200 per year

Twice a week $1000 per semester/ $2000 per year

Plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee


Walk-in pass: $50


Tues & or Fri (you can choose either one of them or both)

To register, please contact us at emarks@chinainstitute.org or 212-744-8181 ext. 110.


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Field Trip#6: August 08th, 2017 – The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

Greetings Parents,

This Friday, August 08th, 2017 will be our sixth and the final field trip.

We are going to the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA).

Please make sure children wear our T-shirts for the field trip, alongside with light snack and water.

Our meeting time is 9:45 AM at the entrance of the museum at 215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013. Our pick up time will be at 12:00 PM at the same location.

For more information, please refer to the flyer. MOCA Flyer



Update: 08/15/2017 – The Gu Zheng Workshop

Greetings Parents and Children,

As a continuation of the previous sessions, we had our last Chinese musical performance happened last Wednesday. The Gong Music had brought us another fantastic workshop! 🙂

The topic for this session was Gu Zheng (古箏) and the Wind instruments. 


Our performer (a.k.a. the instructor) introduced various Chinese instruments to the students, alongside with some historical knowledge.


The artist presented the following instruments, click the video and enjoy his performance. 


Performance I

Performance II

Performance III


Then our students got to try the instruments 🙂

Check the videos 🙂

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Music II

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The second half of the workshop focused on the Gu Zheng, the performer played us a song as an introduction.  


And it’s our students’ turn!!! 

***Parents, there are video links on top of your child’s picture, we took videos of everyone!!!***

Cole’s Guzheng experience


Carson’s Guzheng experience


Samuel’s Guzheng experience


Charlies’s Guzheng experience


Stella’s Guzheng experience


Lucas’s Guzheng experience


Amalie’s Guzheng experience


Mila’s Guzheng experience


Liam’s Guzheng experience


Raya’s Guzheng experience


Keila’s Guzheng experience


The instructor performed an excellent song (and he sang) to end the workshop, all the students were engaged and enjoyed the music a lot.

The Guzheng Performance

Hope everyone loved the Chinese musical workshop!