December, 2011 issue
Chinese Language Programme March Newsletter
Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art form that combines the strength and precision of physical self-defence with the mental health benefits of meditation. Sometimes referred to as “meditation in motion,” Tai Chi is gentle enough for almost anyone and has been shown to alleviate stress and anxiety, as well as increase balance, flexibility and endurance. This ancient discipline has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine and is believed to be able to delay aging, prolong life and aid in the treatment of illnesses, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and arthritis. Practitioners learn to regulate their mind and body through soft, flowing movements and focused breathing. This element of control is intended to help one understand oneself and achieve harmony for one’s physical and spiritual well-being.
To learn more about the principles and fundamentals of Tai Chi, please join us for a hands-on workshop, led by two World Champions of Tai Chi Martial Arts, Ceng Nailiang and Chen Sitan.
A highly esteemed martial artist, Ceng Nailiang has received multiple honours for his significant contributions in the discipline of Tai Chi. Ceng currently serves as Director of the Chinese Martial Arts Training Centre and has coached more World Champions than any other Tai chi master. Chen Sitan was the first person to become Tai Chi Champion at the Asian Sports Games in 1990 and has since gone on to achieve international recognition as a master of Chinese martial arts. Chen is currently President of the US Tai Chi Qigong Centre and continues to organize and demonstrate at various national and international competitions.
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1. Free Open Course Ware Download
Full, downloadable program for learning Chinese that consists of a 283 page grammar book, workbook and downloadable voice files. Additional pinyin chart with voice files included also. Available on my Open CourseWare website here.
2. Online Chinese Language Learning from TELL ME MORE
TELL ME MORE provides a valuable online learning resource for those
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TELL ME MORE Chinese is available via CD and will soon have a new online
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Our programme has a set of the TELL ME MORE courseware and our instructors will use it in some of the classes.
Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom
Stephen R. Platt
"Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom" is written by Stephen R. Platt, a young academic who has a Ph.D. in Chinese History from Yale and is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
It describes the story of the Taiping Rebellion, the Chinese civil war that lasted from 1851 to 1864, overlapping in its end with America's Civil War. Mr. Platt describes it as "not only the most destructive war of the 19th century, but likely the bloodiest civil war of all time."
On one side of this war was the decaying 200-year-old Qing Dynasty of the Manchus. On the other side, the Taiping rebels, fueled by their messianic religious ideology that contained a whiff of Christianity, who wanted to reclaim China from the small alien Manchu elite. Mr. Platt doesn't linger overly long on the parallels between this civil war and America's but it is among his central points that Britain's disastrous intervention, for trade reasons, on the side of the dynasty in this Chinese war prevented it from becoming involved in ours.
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1. Asia Week in New York City
City Wide Event, March 16 - 24
Asia Week New York is a collaboration among thirty-three leading international Asian art specialties, five major auction houses, and nineteen museums and Asian cultural institutes that will take place throughout metropolitan New York from March 16-24.
The nine-day celebration is filled with a non-stop schedule of more than thirty simultaneous gallery open houses, sixteen Asian art auctions as well as numerous museum exhibitions, lectures, and special events.
For more information and a calendar of events please visit www.asiaweekny.com
2écor of the Jin Dynasty from Shanxi
Exhibition, February 9 - June 17, 2012
China Institute Gallery
Brick carving is a traditional folk art that was used to decorate architecture and adorn tombs. Excavations in recent decades have uncovered unique and theatrically-themed brick carvings from the Shanxi province, revealing a passion for theater and opera in this region during the Jin dynasty (1115–1234). The tombs of Shanxi, adorned with beautiful, intricate brick carvings and other décor, illustrate two kinds of popular entertainment: Za Ju, formal performances of written plays and San Qu, performances related to village festivals. An entirely reconstructed tomb will offer visitors a window into the ways ancient art patrons transferred the artistic joys of life into the afterlife. Theater, Life, and the Afterlife: Tomb Décor of the Jin Dynasty from Shanxi, brings to life the intersection of the brick carving and theater traditions.
For more information please visit China Institute website here.
3. Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965)
Exhibition, January 21 - April 15, 2012Metropolitan Museum of Art
Perhaps the most original figure painter and landscapist of China’s modern period, Fu Baoshi created indelible images celebrating his homeland’s cultural heritage while living through one of the most devastating periods in Chinese history. He was eight years old in 1912 when China’s last imperial dynasty was overthrown and the Chinese Republic was established. He subsequently witnessed the divisive warlord era and Communist rebellion of the 1920s, the Japanese invasion and occupation of eastern China from 1937 to 1945, and the Communist Revolution and establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Over the last 15 years of his life, his art reflected China’s political transformation under Mao Zedong. Throughout his career, however, Fu remained one of China’s great individualist masters.
For more information please visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art website here.
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