The Opening Ceremony took place at the CSULB Carpenter Performing Arts Center
from 2-4 pm on Monday, March 10, 2014.Speakers
The ceremony was hosted by Dr. Jeet Joshee, Associate Vice President of International Education and Dean of CCPE. Speakers included Mike Eng, Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees Member and former State Assemblyman, Chinese Consul General Jian Liu, and Dr. Zhubin Peng, Dean of the School of Journalism & Communication and Film and Television Arts at Hunan University. Di Zi Gui
The ceremony featured a musical performance of the traditional Chinese textbook Di Zi Gui
, which is based on the ancient teaching of the Chinese philosopher Confucius that emphasises the basic requisites for being a good person and guidelines for living in harmony with others. Di Zi Gui
was composed by Dong Rongcan, conducted by Su Wenxing, and performed by the chorus of Corona Conservatory of Music and South California Philharmonic Orchestra. The cantata is divided into several parts, including the Preface, On Being Filial at Home, On Practicing True Brotherhood, On Being Careful, On Being Trustworthy, On Cherishing All Living Beings, On Drawing Near To Good-Hearted People, and On Studying Whenever You Can. This cantata uses music, the international language, to interpret the profound traditional Chinese culture. The soprano singer Guo Xingguang, Li Manxia, baritone singer Ji Haibing, and Chinese folk music solo artist Tang De joined the performance.