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Intercultural Communicative Competence Through Visual Images—年画 and its Embedded Connotations

March 1, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Intercultural Communicative Competence Through Visual Images—年画 and its Embedded Connotations

Friday, March 1, 5:30-7:30 PM
Speaker’s Name: Dr. Li Mingjie(李明洁)
Event Fee: Free
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006


Join China Institute on Friday, March 1, for a professional development workshop by Professor Li Mingjie illustrating and exploring the world of 年画(nián huà), the Chinese New Year Woodblock Prints.

年画 (nián huà) or Chinese New Year Woodblock Prints, a folk art whose origins can be traced back to over two thousand years ago. The craft of block engraving became popular during the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD) and had a peak in the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912 AD). Today the prints and the art associated with making them is considered as a national intangible cultural heritage of China. They are still produced by artisans who use the techniques inherited from their ancestors. The images in the ancient prints are ingrained in contemporary culture.

Creating a woodblock print comprises three processes – drawing, engraving and printing. The technique of multi-hued printing, featuring one block for each color, is employed to produce fine prints. The prints are often referred as “New Year Prints” as traditionally many are posted throughout homes during the Spring Festival. The designs of auspicious images and interior decorative items draw on customs, myths and multiple religions to ward off evil spirits and pray for happiness in the new year.

Along with exhibition of original Chinese Lunar New Year woodblock prints from early 20th Century,Professor Li will also lead an interactive activity for the participant to experience traditional woodblock printing techniques.

This workshop is presented by Confucius Institute at China Institute in collaboration with the New York University’s Project Developing Chinese Language Teachers (Project DCLT). CTLE hours are available for New York State teachers.

Dr. Li Mingjie (李明洁), Professor of Folklore Institute, School of Social Development at East China Normal University, teaches and researches on folklore culture in China and its relations to the fast changing contemporary society. A visiting scholar to U.S., Europe and HK, Dr. Li has published widely in academia and for the general public.

To register online, please visit REGISTRATION PAGE. For questions or to register by phone, please contact Song Yanjie at 212-744-8181 ext. 141 or by email at [email protected]


March 1, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Downtown Office
40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006 United States
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