NSU Chinese Cultural Center to hold grand opening

Tao Wang

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will host a grand opening of the Confucius Institute’s Chinese Cultural Center on Thursday, Feb. 23, featuring a demonstration by a renowned Chinese paper-cutting artist.

The grand opening begins at 6 p.m. in NSU’s Williams Library. Speakers will include Dr. Greg DePies, interim director of the NSU Confucius Institute; Dr. Timothy Downs, NSU president; and Dr. Alan LaFave, NSU provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Tao Wang’s paper-cutting presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Born into a traditional paper-cutting family in “Spring City” (Jinan), China, Wang is president of the Jinan Paper Cutting Art Institute. He is also a member of Shandong Society for the Study of Folk Literature and Art and vice secretary of the Jinan Society for the Study of Folk Literature and Art.

Aberdeen will be his first stop on his very first trip to the U.S., which will also include visits to Denver and Los Angeles. While in Aberdeen, Wang will give a demonstration at the Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen Area from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 22. On Feb. 24, he will conduct a demonstration for NSU art classes and also take a tour of Aberdeen.

About the Culture Center

Located within NSU’s library, the Chinese Cultural Center is a joint project supported by NSU and Hanban, the Confucius Institute headquarters. Construction began in summer 2016. The Culture Center features a book collection, costume and jewelry exhibit, and art exhibits.

The Feb. 23 event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the NSU Confucius Institute at 605-626-7610 or confucius@northern.edu.

About Northern State University

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