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February 19, 2016–Yongji Xu, Education Counselor, Bo Fu, Consul and Quansheng Chang, Consul, from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York visited the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University (CISBU.) Accompanied by the Confucius Institute faculty, they attended the 2016 Chinese New Year Celebration, co-organized by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association and the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University.

E.K. Tan, Director, and Shijiao Fang, Chinese Director, of the Confucius Institute, hosted an afternoon meeting and presented a summary report of the CISBU to the Consuls. Counselor Xu expressed deep interest in the Confucius Institute’s day to day operations, the scale of its classes and the impact of its many events on local communities. He also shared some of the successful experiences of Confucius Institutes from other universities. The meeting was cordial and friendly, and the Consuls conveyed their sincere pleasure for the greetings and care they received from us as their host.

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Left to Right: Consul Bo Fu, Director E. K. Tan, Counselor Yongji Xu, Chinese Director Shijiao Fang, Consul Quansheng Chang, Chinese Instructor Ming Wu.

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 Counselor Xu presents a New Year gift to the Confucius Institute directors.

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That evening, accompanied by the Confucius Institute faculty, the Consuls visited the Student Activities Center at Stony Brook University to attend the 2016 Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) Chinese New Year Gala. Counselor Xu was invited onstage to help pick the winning raffle tickets and to give the opening remarks for the event. He sent New Year blessings out to the Chinese students and visiting scholars, noting that there are more than 300,000 Chinese students studying in the US currently, with one third of this population in New York. He expressed his wishes that all overseas Chinese students and scholars have a safe, healthy, and successful experience in the U.S.

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