2016 Programs

Book Launch: Create Your Star Power: A Guide to Self-Fulfillment with Chiu-Ti Jansen

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Thursday, December 8, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Speaker: Chiu-Ti Jansen
Event Fees: Free
* A copy of the book is included in the ticket price.
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Join us on Thursday, December 8 to celebrate the publication of Chiu-Ti Jansen’s memoir, Create Your Star Power: A Guide to S1elf-Fulfillment.

Chiu-Ti Jansen is a TV presenter, lifestyle magazine publisher and writer based in New York City with a pulse on China. Create Your Star Power is a lyrical and searching memoir in which Ms. Jansen comes to terms with her dual Chinese and Western identity and candidly examines the hardship and trade-off endured by an aspiring woman who discovered the meaning of her bittersweet success in a foreign land. Join us as she discusses her book and her experiences working in the fashion, business and entertainment industries. Returning from a book tour at some of the top universities in China, Chiu-Ti will also share her discoveries while writing for, and speaking to, China’s millennials.

Event Schedule:
6:00 – 6:30 – Opening Reception
6:30 – 7:30 – Talk, Q&A
7:30 – 8:00 – Book Signing

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


Lecture Series: Expanding the Boundaries of Chinese Poetry

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Session 3: Saturday, December 3, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Speaker: Yibing Huang
Event Fees: $10 Members & Students/$15 Non-Members (each lecture)
$25 Members & Students/$40 Non-Members (for the series)
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

In this three-session lecture series, poet and professor Yibing Huang will introduce three famous yet often misunderstood Chinese writers (Duo Duo, Wang Xiaobo, Lu Xun) and re-examine their distinctive relationships with contemporary Chinese poetry.

Lecture 3 (December 3)
Lu Xun: Alternative Cosmopolitanism and the Future

This lecture will be conducted in English.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


Author Talk: Crashing the Party: An American Reporter in China with Scott Savitt and Jerome A. Cohen

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Tuesday, November 22, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Speakers: Scott Savitt, Jerome A. Cohen
Event Fees: FREE
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Crashing the Party: An American Reporter in China is Scott Savitt’s singular account as one of the first Americans in post-Mao China. Arriving in Beijing in 1983 as an exchange student from Duke University, Scott stepped into an environment rife with political unrest and had the rare opportunity to witness a nation on the brink of monumental change. Join us at China Institute on Tuesday, November 22, where Mr. Savitt will tell stories of his experiences living through and reporting on China’s historic transformation, including his founding of Beijing Scene, China’s first independent weekly newspaper; befriending and working with a legendary group of Chinese artists, writers, and musicians; interactions with Chinese and American politics; and his time in prison.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


Literature of the Six Dynasties Period: A Ben Wang Lecture Series

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Speakers: Ben Wang
Event Fees: $25 Members/$30 Non-Members(each lecture)
$60 Members/$75 Non-Members(for the series)
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

In this three-session series, China Institute Senior Lecturer Ben Wang will discuss the lives and works of representative poets of the Six Dynasties as well as the quintessential spirit of famed texts A New Account of Tales of the World and Zhaoming’s Collection of Literary Works.

Join us as Ben Wang delves into these fascinating literary works for the first time at China Institute.

This lecture will be conducted in English. No previous knowledge of the Chinese language is required.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


Mah Jongg in Jewish and Chinese Heritage

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Wednesday, October 26, 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Speakers: Gregg Swain, Melissa Martens Yaverbaum
Event Fees: *Members: $10, Non-Members: $12
*Members of China Institute or the Museum of Jewish Heritage
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280

This October, China Institute is partnering with the Museum of Jewish Heritage to present this entertaining, insightful program tied to their exhibition Project Mah Jongg. Learn the history of the beloved game and its significance in Jewish and Chinese traditions with authors and scholars Gregg Swain and Melissa Martens Yaverbaum. Learn More


The Social Fantastic: Ge Fei with Zhang Xudong

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Thursday, October 13, 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Event Fees: $10 General Members/$15 Non-Members/Free for Patron Members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor,New York, NY 10006

Join us on Thursday, October 13 for an exclusive conversation between Ge Fei, one of China’s leading voices in contemporary fiction, and Zhang Xudong, Director of NYU China House. They will discuss Ge Fei’s body of work and the publication of The Invisibility Cloak by NYRB Classics.

To register online, please visit REGISTRATION PAGE. For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


Mid-Autumn Festival & Open House

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Saturday, September 10, 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Event Fees: FREE
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor,New York, NY 10006

Come celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at this event for families and children of all ages. Discover the stories and traditions of one of China’s biggest holidays while sampling tasty mooncakes, making arts & crafts, listening to live music, learning about China Institute’s fall classes, and getting a sneak peek at the programs for our fall exhibition Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China.

Activities:
Interactive Workshop: The Story of the Mid-Autumn Festival
Lantern-Making Workshop
Mooncake Tasting
Live Music
Fall Class Info Sessions (Children & Adult)
Games, Crafts, Movies, And More!

This event is part of our celebration of the [email protected] 10th Anniversary.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Michael Buening at 212-744-8181 ext. 149 or by email at [email protected]


Gourmet Food Circle-Lucky Rice Cookbook Talk, Tasting, and Book Signing

Thursday, July 21, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Speaker Names: Danielle Chang
Event Fees:
$20 Patron Member / $30 General Members / $35 Non-Member
Admission at all levels includes a complimentary copy of the Lucky Rice cookbook.
This event is for adults 21 years of age and older.
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor,New York, NY 10006

Danielle Chang, founder of LUCKYRICE, brings night markets, grand feasts, and dumpling-making sessions to America’s biggest cities. On July 21, she’ll be coming to China Institute to shares stories from her cookbook Lucky Rice: Stories and Recipes from Night Markets, Feasts, and Family Tables, with recipes that marry modern Asian comfort foods with ancient traditions, simple techniques and fresh flavors. Before the talk, guests can taste some Lucky Rice snacks while sipping cocktails with Bombay Sapphire® East Gin. A copy of Lucky Rice is included in the price of the ticket. Following her talk, Ms. Chang will sign copies of the books.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


New York Asian Film Festival Screening & Reception: What’s in the Darkness

Monday, June 27, 6:15PM-9:30PM
Event Fees:
Reception is Free
Screening: $14 general, $11 students & senior, $9 FSLC member
To purchase tickets, click here
Location: Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center, 165 West 65th Street, New York, 10023

The 2015 Village Voice Best Film Festival award winner is back! China Institute is thrilled to be a part of this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, co-hosting the North American Premiere of What’s in the Darkness. A coming-of-age fable mapped onto an unsolved crime story, at once dream-hazed and sharp-edged with suspense, Variety called writer/director Wang Yichun’s outstanding debut “the most acute and uncompromisingly grim murder mystery to come out of China in years.” Following the screening there will be a Q&A with director Wang Yichun and a free reception hosted by China Institute.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Michael Buening at 212-744-8181 ext. 149 or by email at [email protected]


Literati Painting: China’s Unique Art Form (This event is sold out)

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Thursdays, June 9, 16, 23, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Event Fees:
$25 Members/$30 Non-Members [each lecture]
$60 Members/$75 Non-Members [for the series]
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor,New York, NY 10006

In this lecture series Ben Wang, Senior Lecturer of Language and Humanities of China Institute and an award-winning translator, will delve into the unique Chinese art form of literati painting, which combines painting, music, and poetry. This lecture will be conducted in English. No previous knowledge of the Chinese language is required.


Night at the Museums

Tuesday, June 21 2016, 4:00PM-8:00PM
Event fee: Free
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

China Institute, in collaboration with the Downtown Cultural Group, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Downtown Alliance, NYC & Company, River to River, and Make Music New York is participating in Night at the Museums. Join us for this opportunity to experience 15 of Lower Manhattan’s museums and historic sites. China Institute will be celebrating its new Downtown headquarters as well as its upcoming fall exhibition: Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries.


The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life with Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh

Tuesday, June 7, 6:30PM–8:00PM
Event Fees: Members: $10; Non-Members: $15
Speaker(s) Name: Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor,New York, NY 10006

Chinese philosophical thinking is among the most powerful and influential in human history – and its ideas challenge many of the widely held assumptions Westerners have about the self and how to lead a flourishing life. Join China Institute on Tuesday June 7, as we welcome Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh to discuss their recent work, The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life. For the first time an award-winning Harvard professor shares his wildly popular course on classical Chinese philosophy, showing you how these ancient ideas can guide you on the path to a good life today.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


China’s Great Emperors

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Date & Time: Thursday, May 26 , 6:30-8:00 PM
Speaker(s) Name: Nancy Steinhardt, Susan L. Beningson, Alfreda Murck, Morris Rossabi, Denise Leidy, Joanna Waley-Cohen
Event Fees: Per Session: $15 for non-members, $10 for members and students
Entire Lecture Series: $75 for non-members, $50 for members and students

Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

“China’s Great Emperors” is a six-session lecture series that will explore the history of imperial China through the lives of some of its most fascinating emperors. Each lecture features a prominent scholar covering an emperor and his dynasty, from the “first” emperor Qin Shi Huangdi to the Mongol rule of Khubilai Khan to the late-imperial glories of Emperor Qianlong. Join China Institute in exploring more than 2000 years of imperial rule over the Middle Kingdom.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


Celebrated Voices of Contemporary Chinese Literature: An Evening with Yu Hua

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Date & Time: Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Author: Yu Hua
Moderator: Xudong Zhang
Event Fees: Members – $10, Non-Members – $15
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

This May, China Institute has partnered with the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation to bring some of China’s best-selling and most beloved writers to New York. Please join us on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, for a conversation between Yu Hua, one of China’s best-known novelists, and Xudong Zhang, Director of NYU China House. Together they will delve into the mimetic impulse in Yu Hua’s fiction, exploring the realist dimension of this writer who has been studied primarily under the rubric of modernism, experimentation, and the avant-garde.

All registered attendees will be entered to win a set of four of Yu Hua’s award winning books! This special prize includes Brothers, To Live, China in Ten Words, and The Seventh Day. Register today for your chance to win!


Celebrated Voices of Contemporary Chinese Literature

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Date & Time: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Ouyang Jianghe: Sichuan’s Master Poet: 1:00PM-2:15PM
Reception: 2:15PM-3:00PM
Speaker: Ouyang Jianghe; Moderator: Mai Mang (Yibing Huang)
Event Fees: Members – FREE, Non-Members – $5
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

This May, China Institute has partnered with the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation to bring some of China’s best-selling and most beloved writers to New York. Please join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016, for two back-to-back events: Ouyang Jianghe: Sichuan’s Master Poet and Writers Roundtable: Liang Hong, Li Juan, and Yan Ge.

Ouyang Jianghe belongs to the “third generation” of twentieth-century Chinese literature and is one of the so-called “five masters from Sichuan.” This event will feature a reading of his works in both English and Chinese, followed by a moderated discussion. This event will be conducted in English.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Writers Roundtable: Liang Hong, Li Juan, and Yan Ge: 3:00PM-4:15PM
Speaker: Liang Hong, Li Juan, and Yan Ge; Moderator: Dr. Yan Yue
Event Fees: Members – FREE, Non-Members – $5
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Following the reception, China Institute’s Renwen Society will host a roundtable discussion with three of Contemporary China’s rising literary stars, moderated by Dr. Yan Yue of the United Nations’ Chinese Language Program. Liang Hong, Li Jian, and Yan Ge all grew up in a rapidly changing China, and their stories have all garnered wide national attention. This discussion will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at anicho[email protected]

五月斑斓时, 娟鸿歌人文: 下午3:00-4:15

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作家: 梁鴻, 李娟, 顏歌; 主持人: 岳岩 博士
會員免費, 對非會員收費5美元
講座前(2:15-3:00)提供茶點, 以饗聽衆。
地点: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

去年此時,中國10位一線作家做客華美人文學會,與紐約文學愛好者近距離“悅讀•悅知•悅享”文學問題的精彩場面仍歷歷在目,各位作家獨到而生動地分析與分享,為聽眾們打開了無數扇通往不同文學領域和精神世界的門,但匆匆而過,聽眾們意猶未盡,一直期待精彩繼續……。

今年此刻,我們再次邀請中國3位女性知名作家做客華美人文學會,與紐約文學愛好者共同回憶創作歷程、分享創作心得、探討文學發展。聽眾們將跟隨他們走進或現實、或魔幻、或詩情、或純粹的文學世界,感受或憂傷、或溫暖、或嚴肅、或孤獨的文字與情緒。

讓我們在色彩斑斕的5月,一起感受文學世界的獨特色彩和魅力吧!

講座用中文進行,因座位有限,請預先訂位。
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China – The Red Sons: A Screening and Conversation with Zheng Shengtian

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Date & Time: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Introduction & Welcome: 6:30PM-6:35PM; Film Screening: 6:35PM-7:25PM; Break: 7:25PM-7:30PM
Conversation with Zheng Shengtian: 7:30PM-8:00PM; Q&A: 8:00PM-8:15PM
Moderator: Jane Debevoise; Speaker: Mr. Zheng Shengtian
Event Fees: Members – FREE, Non-Members – $5
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Beginning in 1966, China’s Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution was a mass movement that shook the foundations of Modern China to its core. The movement’s ubiquitous presence deeply disrupted all aspects of Chinese society, and has had a lasting impact on Chinese culture that is still present today.

On May 3, 2016, join China Institute in collaboration with Asia Art Archive for a screening of China – The Red Sons (1968, 47 mins), shot by Australian filmmaker Roger Whittaker during a trip to China in 1968 organized by the Australian Union of University Students. One of the few documentaries made in China during the Cultural Revolution, the film offers a unique record of people’s daily lives in this period, featuring interviews with students, pupils, Red Guards and the late Anna Louise Strong.

Following the screening, renowned curator, Zheng Shengtian, and Jane DeBevoise, Chair of the Board of Directors, Asia Art Archive will host a discussion.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


The 15th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students

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Date & Time: Saturday, April 9, 2016. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Event Fees: Free
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

On April 9, 2016, China Institute will host the 15th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition. This is an exclusive opportunity for college students to demonstrate their mastery of Chinese language and culture. The winner of the senior level will be invited to participate in the final competition in China. This event is free and open to the public.

For details, please check the website: www.chinesehighway.com or click here to check out more information about this competition. For any questions, please email [email protected], or call (212) 835-5520 ext. 200.

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The 2016 East USA Preliminary Competition is sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, and is co-organized by the New York Service Center for Chinese Study Fellows Inc. and China Institute.


From Jingdezhen to the Forbidden City: Porcelain for the Imperial Household

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Date & Time: Thursday, March 17, 6:30-8:00 PM
Speaker(s) Name: Virginia Bower
Event Fees: Members $8; Nonmembers $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
The lecture will be followed by a reception

Virginia Bower, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, will deliver a lecture on imperial Chinese porcelain from the collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing, discussing the artistry and ceremonial use of these artworks. Professor Bower did her graduate work in Chinese art and archaeology at Princeton University. Her special interests are Chinese ceramics and the arts and culture of the early imperial dynasties. This lecture will be delivered in conjunction with China Institute’s We All Live in the Forbidden City project and our new book Bowls of Happiness.

Learn More & Register

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


Ballet in China: From Swan Lake to “Red” Ballets

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Date & Time: Wednesday, February 24, 6:30-8:00 PM
Speaker(s) Name: National Ballet of China
Event Fees: Members $10; Nonmembers $20
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

The National Ballet of China, a beloved national symbol in its homeland and an iconic cultural emissary to the global community, will make a landmark appearance at China Institute together with Mme. Feng Ying, renowned ballerina and Artistic Director of the National Ballet of China. She will speak about this renowned danced company and the evolution of ballet in China, touching on the differing styles and how the company¹s storied traditions continue to develop in the present day, with dancers from the company demonstrating key points.

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For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


Author Talk – Beautiful Su: A Social and Cultural History of Suzhou, China with Stephen Koss

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Event Fees: $5 Members/$10 Non-Members

Suzhou, China is widely considered to be
“paradise on Earth”. Replete with natural beauty and a rich history to match, Suzhou has captivated the attention of poets, scholars, statesman, and travelers from afar since the earliest days of Chinese history.

Join us on Tuesday, January 26 for an Author Talk with Stephen Koss, who will discuss his latest work, Beautiful Su: A Social and Cultural History of Suzhou, China. In this epic new book, Koss paints a vivid picture of just how important Suzhou is to the Chinese nation, its people, and its collective ethos. From its rise as a major cultural and trading center, Koss guides the reader on a journey through more than 2000 years of Chinese History.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


Serve The People! Serve The Rock! MusicDish Yaogun Launch

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | 2:00PM – 9:00PM

Speakers Name: Eric de Fontenay, Nature Ganganbaigal, Stone (Schutze) Shi, Dr. Jiayan Mi

event Fees: FREE

Yaogun refers to Chinese rock, which was born nearly 30 years ago when Cui Jian performed at the Concert of Year of International Peace at Beijing Worker’s Stadium. It has since grown into a movement, melding rock ‘n roll with its own unique characteristics (rock with Chinese characteristics) and opening a new chapter in the long history of rock ‘n roll. This event will introduce attendees to the spirit and music of Chinese rock and artists that have shaped its development through an exhibition, video presentations and speakers sharing their first-hand experiences.

Schedule:
• 2:00 PM: Yaogun exhibition + video screening opens
• 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Yaogun press conference
Speakers (PechaKucha Presentations + Panel Q&A)
• 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Networking Cocktail Reception

This event is sponsored by Asian in New York and held in conjunction with the APAP NYC, the global performing arts conference and marketplace. Learn More

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Michael Buening at 212-744-8181 ext. 149 or by email at [email protected]

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