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On the Passing of Ezra Vogel

Dec 23, 2020

Ezra F. Vogel, a giant in East Asian studies, died this week at the age of 90. Vogel, who was a recipient of China Institute’s highest award — the Blue Cloud Award — for Lifetime Achievement in 2019, succeeded John King Fairbank at the Harvard’s Center for East Asian Research where he trained generations of […]

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Recap: The Future of U.S.- China Educational Exchange, 12.16.20

Dec 17, 2020

On December 16, China Institute hosted a panel of U.S. and Chinese educational leaders and innovators, many connected to East China Normal University (ECNU), to discuss the future of educational exchange between these two countries. Speakers asked the following pertinent questions knowing the answers will have an immediate, global impact: How will the pandemic—and heightened […]

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Support from The Alliance for Downtown New York

Dec 16, 2020

The Alliance for Downtown New York has awarded 11 local arts and cultural organizations with $10,000 individual grants as part of a wide-ranging effort to support the recovery of Lower Manhattan. In recognition of the important role that arts and cultural institutions play, this latest round of grants were awarded to the 9/11 Memorial & […]

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On The Passing of Wang-go Weng

Dec 12, 2020

China Institute honors the passing of legendary art-researcher, collector, and philanthropist Wang-go Weng. Mr. Weng served as President of China Institute from 1982-1987​ and was instrumental in expanding the organization’s presence and influence. He also founded the China Institute Blue Cloud Award, which is still awarded today to American and Chinese leaders exemplifying our mission. […]

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Recap: Pieces of China (S2, E5), Ronald Knapp on China’s Oldest Covered Bridge, 12.3.20

Dec 3, 2020

Pieces of China is an online series using objects to tell the story of China. Season 2, Episode 5– the season closer- looked at the Rulong Bridge, Qingyuan county, Zhejiang, which dates to 1625, China’s oldest woven arch bridge. Why should we care about this bridge in a remote rural hamlet of China? As it […]

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Recap: The Forbidden City at 600: The Secret Life of the Qianlong Emperor, 12.2.20

Dec 3, 2020

  The Forbidden City at 600 is an online series celebrating the architecture, history, design, and secrets of Beijing’s iconic Forbidden City complex, now known as The Palace Museum.   In the second episode, we explored the 64 years of Qianlong’s rule during the 1700s during which China’s population more than doubled, its territory increased […]

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Recap: Meet the Artist: Liu Xiaodong, 11.24.20

Nov 25, 2020

China Institute’s “Meet the Artist” Series brings contemporary Chinese artists in conversation with leading art experts about their work, process, and perspectives. What is the role of art in society? Do artists have social responsibility? What does it mean to be a global artist? Liu Xiaodong (LX), a super star in contemporary Chinese art, answered […]

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Recap: Music Chat on Chinese Orchestra: At the Crossroads of the West and China, 11.6.20

Nov 9, 2020

“To educate somebody, you should start with poems, emphasize ceremonies, and finish with music.” -Confucius The modern Chinese Orchestra, a large ensemble of Chinese instruments consisted of at least 80 members that adapted the structure of the western symphony orchestra, is designed to be at the crossroads of cultural exchange between the West and China. […]

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Recap: Pieces of China (S2, E4), Barbara Finamore on the “Beijing Declaration”—and China’s Greener Future, 10.29.20

Oct 29, 2020

Pieces of China is an online series using objects to tell the story of China. Season 2, Episode 4 examined China’s history of environmental policy and its shifting commitment to sustainability over the last several decades. Barbara Finamore (BF) took participants back to 1991 when she boldly snuck past Chinese security guards to watch a […]

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Recap: The Forbidden City at 600: Architecture of the Celestial Empire, 10.28.20

Oct 29, 2020

  The Forbidden City at 600 is an online series celebrating the architecture, history, design, and secrets of Beijing’s iconic Forbidden City complex, now known as The Palace Museum.   In the first episode, Liu Chang (LC), China’s preeminent authority on imperial architecture, joined American China scholar Nancy Steinhardt (NS) to discuss the beauty and […]

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