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Ta for Ta Podcast with Shenzhan Liao

Dec 9, 2019

Our Head of School, Shenzhan Liao, was recently interviewed by Juliana Batista for her Ta for Ta podcast via SupChina, chronicling the lives of Chinese women at the top of their professional game. In this episode, Shenzhan breaks down the differences in pedagogy in China and the United States, informs us about some new educational […]

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China Fashion Gala 2020 to honor Estée Lauder and Wendy Yu on April 29 at The Plaza Hotel

Dec 5, 2019

NEW YORK – Dec. 3, 2019 – Co-presenters China Institute and Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund proudly announce that the fifth annual China Fashion Gala will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at The Plaza Hotel. The annual celebration of Chinese design serves as a platform for Chinese talent emerging onto the international […]

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China Institute Receives Guidestar Platinum Award for 2019

Nov 27, 2019

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of nonprofit information, connecting people and organizations with data on 2.7 million current and formerly IRS-recognized nonprofits. The Seal levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are earned by nonprofits providing specific information to their profile and meeting certain markers of excellence. The Platinum level is […]

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Wedding Bells and AliPay: Marriage in today’s China

Nov 20, 2019

“Marriage is a wind chime in China. So much can be inferred by process.” -Roseann Lake Contemporary Chinese couples have gone beyond the passport sized, black and white singular images from the Cultural Revolution and now stage elaborate, all-day photoshoots at wedding photo studios involving multiple costume changes, professional make up, and intricate sets representing […]

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The Age of Disengagement: Insights on a changing global economy

Nov 11, 2019

China Institute explored the short and long term implications of cratering U.S.-China investment and current moves to “decouple” the two economies in a far-reaching conversation on November 7 with experts Dr. Huiyao Wang, Founder and President of Center for China and Globalization-one of China’s leading Chinese think tanks, and Jacob Parker, SVP at the U.S.-China […]

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Jung Chang on the Family That Changed China

Nov 6, 2019

“I write all my books to find out more about my subjects,” said Jung Chang, acclaimed author of the memoir Wild Swans, Mao: The Unknown Story, and Empress Dowager Cixi, during a conversation at China Institute on November 5 with writer Richard Bernstein to launch her new book, Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister. The […]

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What Makes China Laugh? Cutting up with Kung Fu Komedy

Oct 17, 2019

“China has 5,000 years of comedy…and the Ming Dynasty is the funniest,” proclaimed humor historian and author Christopher Rea at our recent event exploring What Makes China Laugh? Christopher joined Jesse Appell, Fulbright comedy Scholar turned Chinese comedy club owner, Joe Schaefer, founding member of Kung Fu Komedy, and Norah Yang, Chinese stand up star […]

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Teaching Teachers: Chinese Language Teachers Leadership Series

Oct 15, 2019

In partnership with New York University Project DCLT (Developing Chinese Language Teachers), China Institute held a seminar for Chinese language teachers this past Saturday called “Leadership: Starting from a Framework.” This is the first session in an ongoing series that will focus on leadership skill building for Mandarin instructors. NYU Professor Robin Harvey led an […]

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Mandarin Immersion as a Gateway to the Future

Oct 2, 2019

  This op-ed was published in Education Update, Volume XXV, No. 1, New York City, SEP/OCT 2019.   Does the future still speak Mandarin?   As parents exploring potential schools for their children (for some it might be before when they are born!), this may be one question that is worth considering. Today, Mandarin has […]

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Sounds from the Mongolian Steppe at China Institute

Sep 26, 2019

On September 25, China Institute hosted the band SULD, hailing from Inner Mongolia, who treated our audience to Mongolian traditional music, its unique techniques and instruments including Khoomei (often referred to as “throat singing”) and Morin Khuur (the “horse-head fiddle”). Below, we present photos and the full event video from the talk and performance. We […]

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