Staff Spotlight: Wu Yan

Wu Yan is a visiting professor from North China Electrical Power University in Hebei Province, China, where she taught English for more than 10 years. She arrived at the Confucius Institute in January 2018 and has developed new partnerships to share Chinese culture with the NC State and local communities.

She recently developed a new Taichi in the Gardens program with the Gregg Museum. This was the Confucius Institute’s first event with the Gregg Museum and nearly 40 people registered for the sold-out event.

The mission of the Confucius Institute is to provide global opportunities for the NC State community, and Wu Yan demonstrated this with her new partnership and professional class.

The Taichi class was held in the Jackson-Thiem formal garden of the Gregg Museum. Originating from an ancient Chinese martial art, Taichi has developed as a graceful form of exercise involving a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner accompanied by deep breathing. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that the body is in constant motion to achieve peace and calm.

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