2017 Programs

Gourmet Food Circle: Little Tong Noodle Shop

Saturday, December 9, 12:00 – 3:00PM
Speaker: Chef Simone Tong
Event Fees: $65 Members; $80 Non-Members
Location: 177 1st Ave (at 11th Street), New York, NY 10003

Little Tong Noodle Shop pays homage to the beautiful Chinese province of Yunnan, offering savory, flavorful dishes based on rice noodles called mixian, as well as small plates showcasing local, seasonal ingredients, house-made pickles and specially crafted condiments and sauces inspired by the villages and multi-ethnic regions of southwest China. On Saturday, December 9, China Institute invites you to taste your way through Yunnan at this special event designed for our ongoing Gourmet Food Circle programming series. The program will include a six course meal, wine, and Q&A with Little Tong Noodle Shop owner and head chef, Simone Tong.

Chinese Students in America – A Transformative Force on Campus: A Panel Discussion with Young China Watchers NY

Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 – 8:00PM
6:30PM – Reception
7:00PM – Panel Discussion
Speakers: Isaac Stone Fish (Moderator), Peggy Blumenthal, Isabelle (Muge) Niu, Siqi Tu
Event Fees: Members: $10; Non-Members: $15
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

There are now roughly 330,000 Chinese students studying at American universities — a more than five-fold increase in just 10 years. The sheer size and rapid growth of this cohort are having seismic effects on American campuses, as well as raising questions about how years of immersion in American society are influencing a generation of young Chinese.

Join us for a discussion with Young China Watchers NY about what is driving the influx of Chinese students and what it means for American higher education, Chinese and American students alike, and the prospect for a smoother U.S.-China relationship.

Eileen Chang’s Traces of Love: A Ben Wang Lecture Series

Session 3: Thursday, November 16, 6:30-8:30PM
Speaker: Ben Wang
Event Fees: $40 Members (for the series); $55 Non-Members (for the series)
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Eileen Chang (张爱玲) is the most celebrated writer of 20th century China. In this three-session lecture series, China Institute Senior Lecturer Ben Wang delves into Traces of Love (留情), one of Chang’s finest novellas, in which she transforms her characters and their unsavory manners into a poignant and memorable literary masterwork.

Author Talk: Michael Meyer, The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up

Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 – 8:00PM
Speaker: Michael Meyer
Event Fees: Members: FREE; Non-Members: $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Bestselling author Michael Meyer will speak about the final book of his China trilogy, a story both deeply personal and universal, as he gains greater – if never complete – assurance, capturing what it feels like to learn a language, culture, and history from the ground up.

A Life Beyond Borders: An Author Talk and Film Screening with Xiaolu Guo

Saturday, November 11, 1:00 – 4:00PM
Speaker: Xiaolu Guo, Jiayang Fan (moderator)
Event Fees: Members: FREE; Non-Members: $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Xiaolu Guo is one of the most acclaimed Chinese-born writers and filmmakers of her generation, an iconoclastic and completely contemporary voice exploring identity and alienation in the context of an increasingly globalized world. On November 11, we will welcome Xiaolu Guo to China Institute for a conversation with New Yorker writer Jiayang Fan about her recently published memoir, Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China. The talk will be preceded by a screening of her recent film, UFO in Her Eyes.

Saluting a Master: Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai

Speaker: Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai/ Bai Xianyong/ 白先勇; Ben Wang
Event Fees: Members: FREE; Non-Members: $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

A living legend and visionary of modern Chinese culture, Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai (白先勇) is generally considered among the greatest living stylists of Chinese fiction and prose. This October Professor Pai will visit China Institute for the rare and exclusive opportunity to hear him speak about his life’s work. On Friday, October 27, we will screen the documentary Multiflorate Splendor, which explores Professor Pai’s artistic accomplishments, followed by a discussion. On Saturday, October 28, Professor Pai will return for a dialogue about the classic novel Dream of the Red Chamber (红楼梦), of which he is considered one of the world’s preeminent authorities. Ben Wang, Senior Lecturer of Language and Humanities at China Institute, will join him in conversation at both events.

Margaret Mead Film Festival: Almost Heaven

Sunday, October 22, 12:00PM – 1:15PM
Event Fees: Tickets: $12 ($10 for AMNH Members, Seniors, and Students)
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024

As part of the American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film Festival, China Institute will co-present the U.S. premiere of Almost Heaven, a heartfelt coming of age story that follows the life of Ying Ling, a 17 year-old trainee at a funeral parlor in Changsha, China. With a combination of humor and tenderness, the film captures Ying’s universal struggle to adapt to her new life: she calls her parents often, spends a night at the mall, and tries to stave off the boredom of daily work.

Family Drop-In Day at China Institute: Dreams of the Kings

Saturday, October 21, 12:00 – 4:00PM
Event Fees: FREE
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

At this afternoon of happenings tied to our exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou, families can get guided tours, observe a jade carving demonstration, and take part in kid-friendly activities including mask-making, art sketching, a scavenger hunt, quiz contest, and make-your-own terracotta statue! This will be one of the final weekends to see this exhibition, featuring the world’s best preserved jade burial suit. All programming is free.

Young Professionals Night at Korea Society

Thursday, October 19, 6:30PM
Event Fees: Young Professionals: FREE; All other members and non-members: $15
Location: 350 Madison Avenue, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10017

The Korea Society and China Institute host a Happy Hour for Young Professionals, featuring Noona’s Ice Cream. Network with other Young Professionals and enjoy a collection of Korean-inspired ice creams, along with complimentary drinks and light fare.

The Glories of the Han Dynasty

Wednesday, October 18, 6:30–8:00PM
Speaker’s Name: 1) Yu Renqiu 2) Michael Nylan 3)Susan Beningson 4) Lillian Tseng 5) Valerie Hansen
Event Fee: Individual Tickets: $10 Members/$15 Non-Members; Full Series:$40 Members/$60 Non-Members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

“The Glories of the Han Dynasty” is a 5-week lecture series exploring the culture of the Han Dynasty through its history, literature, economy, politics, scholarship, and visual arts. Each lecture will be delivered by a prominent scholar covering a crucial aspect of Han Dynasty civilization, including the growth of the Silk Road, the role of Confucianism, and the writing of Sima Qian’s Records of the Grand Historian. The topics will elaborate and expand upon many of the themes touched upon by China Institute’s exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou.

Author Talk: Madeleine O’Dea, The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China

Thursday, October 12, 6:30 – 8:00PM
Speaker: Madeleine O’Dea (Author), Alexa Olesen (Moderator)
Event Fees: Members: Free, Non-members: $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

In The Phoenix Years journalist Madeleine O’Dea tells the riveting story of China’s rise from economic ruin to global giant, which is illuminated by another, equally fascinating, narrative beneath its surface―the story of the country’s emerging artistic avant-garde and the Chinese people’s ongoing struggle for freedom of expression. Following a talk about the book, Madeleine will be joined in conversation with Alexa Olesen, a foreign correspondent who has covered China for publications including the Associated Press and the New York Times.

Songs for the Sage: A Confucius Day Celebration

Saturday, September 30, 2:00 – 3:30PM
Performer’s Name: New Asia Chamber Music Society
Event Fees: FREE
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

As part of our Confucius Day Celebration, China Institute will host a performance of four original works by the New Asia Chamber Music Society, composed by Hung Ping Chang. Following the concert, participants are invited to a reception.

M. Butterfly’s Broadway Revival: A Conversation with David Henry Hwang

Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 – 8:00PM
Speaker(s) Name: David Henry Hwang, Frank DiLella (Moderator)
Event Fees: Members: $10, Non-members: $20
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

This fall, visionary director Julie Taymor presents a Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-winning play M. Butterfly, starring Clive Owen. Inspired by the true scandal that captivated the world, this is a story about an illicit affair between a French diplomat and a Chinese opera diva whose secrets lie deep beneath the surface. At this conversation between Mr. Hwang and NY1’s Frank DiLella we will delve into the story behind M. Butterfly, explore its themes, and discuss the artistic approach behind this new production.

AsianInNY 2017 Fashion Show

Saturday, September 23, 2:00 – 5:00PM
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Event Fee: Tickets purchased online before September 23 are $32 per person. Tickets are $50 per person at the door on the day of the event. Tickets are limited. To register visit www.asianinny.com

On the heels of New York Fashion Week, AsianInNY’s Annual Fashion Show will feature a runway to showcase international designers Alexander King Chen, Jennifer Chen, Wendy Chen, Edison Lu, Danny Nguyen, and Liling Wang. Come witness these rising stars of global fashion at China Institute! Learn More

Fall 2017 Asia Art Week Open House

Thursday, September 14, 5:00–8:00PM
Event Fee: FREE
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

China Institute’s Asia Art Week Open House will showcase the best of Asian cultural programming coming to New York this fall, with participation from our friends at Flushing Town Hall, Japan Society, and the Rubin Museum of Art. Participants will get guided tours of the exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou, featuring the world’s best preserved jade burial suit, while snacking on tasty treats from across Asia and getting an exclusive sneak peek and demonstration of fall programs from all participating organizations. A raffle will feature prizes including museum memberships and admission tickets.

Mid-Autumn Festival & Open House

Saturday, September 9, 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Event Fee: FREE for all attendees, but advance registration is requested.
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, learning about China Institute’s fall classes, and touring our exciting exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou.

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

Tai Chi For Beginners at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Speaker’s Name: Alex Hing (Instructor)
Event Fee: Free for CI or MJH Members/$10 Non-Members (each session)
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

Take time out from your hectic life and join China Institute and the Museum of Jewish Heritage to learn the Chinese practice of Tai Chi in one of MJH’s peaceful spaces with sweeping views of the New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty.

Alex Hing is a senior student of Grandmaster Williams C.C. Chen and has practiced Asian martial arts for over 25 years. Mr. Hing is a New York region Yang-style gold medalist and ranks third internationally in the heavyweight pushing hands division. He has taught Taijiquan at China Institute for over 10 years.

Rooftop Films Presents: Have a Nice Day (好极了)

Saturday, August 12, 7:30-10:30PM
Event fee: General Admission: $15 / With China Institute Discount: $11.25
Location: 350 Grand Street. Lower East Side, Manhattan (On the Roof of New Design High School)

The first animated Chinese feature film to ever compete at the Berlin Film Festival, Liu Jian’s Have a Nice Day is a laconically witty thriller that introduces western audiences to a bold new pop stylist. China Institute will co-present an outdoor sneak preview screening of the film with Rooftop Films, featuring live music and an after party. Get 25% off tickets with the code CHINAINSTITUTE. Learn More

Asian American International Film Festival

July 26 – August 5, 2017
Event Fee: Members $11 with discount code / Non-members $15

China Institute Sponsored Screenings:
All Our Father’s Relations: July 29 – Village East Cinema – 9:45PM
Absurd Accident: August 3 – Asia Society – 7:00PM
Taxi Stories: August 4 – Village East Cinema – 7:00PM
Plastic China: August 5 – Asia Society – 4:30PM
Free and Easy: August 5 – Asia Society – 7:00PM

The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), presented by Asian CineVision, is the first and longest running festival in the country devoted to films by and about Asians and Asian Americans.

The 40th annual festival will take place in New York City from July 25 to August 5th, 2017. Screenings will be held at Cinema Village East (181-189 2nd Avenue), Asia Society (725 Park Avenue), and Flushing Town Hall (13735 Northern Boulevard, Flushing).

This year China Institute is a community partner, co-presenting the festival’s China film slate, with a special ticket discount for China Institute members.

Gourmet Food Circle: Walking Food Tour of Flushing, Queens

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Tour 1: 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Tour 2: 2:00 – 4:00PM
Speaker: Joe DiStefano
Event Fee: $45 Members/$55 Non-Members
Location: Flushing, Queens

On Saturday July 29, join China Institute as we partner with Flushing Town Hall to host a walking food tour of the neighborhood, part of our ongoing Gourmet Food Circle programming series. Participants will have a chance to learn more about the area’s dynamic history, as we sample neighborhood favorites from local cafes, restaurants, and shops with Queens-based food writer, Joe DiStefano.

New York Asian Film Festival 2017

Friday, June 30 – Sunday, July 16
Event Fee: $9 Per Ticket–Members, $14 Per Ticket–Non-Members
Location: Film Society of Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th Street, New York, NY 10023

Get wooed by die-hard romantics, unnerved by devil children, and bear witness to the fury of angry young men on paths of destruction in the sweet sixteenth edition of the New York Asian Film Festival. Wild cinematic outings that always have something to say about the human condition, this summer’s crop of titles range from the heartwarming to the desperately dark. Dive headfirst into the raging sea of talent from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and across South East Asia—filmmakers unafraid to take on controversial subjects and explore complex emotions.

This year China Institute will co-present the festival’s China film slate, with a special ticket discount for China Institute members and appearances by actor Duan Yihong and Director Yang Shupeng. Learn More

Screening: China Now! Three Films from the Chinese Documentary Festival

Wednesday, June 28, 6:30-8:30PM
Event Fee: FREE Members, $10 Non-Members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

This June, China Institute will screen a selection of works from Hong Kong’s Chinese Documentary Festival. Through a personalized lens, these films (one feature and two shorts) explore contemporary social issues in Hong Kong and China including spirituality, identity, and urban and rural development. Since its inception in 2008, the Chinese Documentary Festival has drawn the attention of filmmakers from around the world, especially those of mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, becoming a major forum for Chinese documentary filmmaking. With an award-winning feature and US premiere screenings, you can experience a taste of this prestigious festival in New York.

Southeast the Peacocks Fly: A Ben Wang Lecture Series

Session 2: Thursday, June 22, 6:30-8:30PM
Speaker: Ben Wang
$10 Members/$15 Non-Members (each lecture)
$15 Members/$25 Non-Members (for the series)
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

In this two-session series, China Institute Senior Lecturer Ben Wang will delve into the epic narrative poem Southeast the Peacocks Fly. Written by an anonymous poet at the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty, it is a tale in which love soars above death to defy destiny and ultimately triumphs over the strict feudal and social confines of its era. The blending of its unique theme of feminism, depicted poignantly for the first time in Chinese literature, and surpassing poetic writing technique has evoked deep sympathy in readers and has been passionately praised by generations of Chinese over the centuries.

This series is being presented in conjunction with the exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou. The lecture will be conducted in English. No previous knowledge of the Chinese language is required.

Night at the Museums

Tuesday, June 20, 4:00–8:00PM
Event Fee: Free
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

On June 20, China Institute will partner with 14 of our downtown neighbors on Night at the Museums, an annual event where museums and historic landmarks open their doors for an evening of fun and exploration – all within comfortable walking distance of each other. At China Institute, come explore our exhibition, Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity: Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou with free tours and live music. Details about the full event are available at www.NightAtTheMuseums.org.

Lecture: Dreaming of Kings in the Han Dynasty with Nancy S. Steinhardt

Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 – 8:00PM
Speaker: Nancy S. Steinhardt
Event Fee: Free for Members/$10 Non-Member
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

On June 7, 2017, learn about the history behind China Institute’s upcoming exhibit, Dreams Of The Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity with a lecture exploring the architecture and decoration of Han dynasty tombs by renowned scholar, Nancy S. Steinhardt. Placing objects from the exhibition in their architectural context, Dr Steinhardt will contrast royal and non-royal tombs, and through the tombs of wealthy citizens of Han dynasty show how the desire for immortality is only part of the final statements of men and women in Han China.

Gourmet Food Circle: Chinese Tuxedo

Tuesday, June 6, 7:00–10:00PM
Speaker: Paul Donnelly (Chef)
Event Fee: $180 Members/$210 Non-Members
Location: Chinese Tuxedo, 5 Doyers Street, New York, NY 10013

On June 6, 2017, kick off the summer with a one-of-a-kind evening at Chinatown’s hottest new restaurant, Chinese Tuxedo. Tucked away on quiet Doyers Street in the heart of Chinatown, Chinese restaurateurs Eddy Buckingham and Jeff Lam have built a strikingly beautiful space on the site of a former opera house that offers a modern take on Chinese cuisine. China Institute’s guests will dine in Chinese Tuxedo’s private lower level, where Chef Paul Donnelly will meet the group and set us upon a journey through eleven mouthwatering courses, served family style.

Price includes cocktail upon arrival, eleven preselected courses, as well as complimentary beer, wine, and/or tea throughout the evening. Please contact China Institute to discuss any allergies or other dietary restrictions when purchasing tickets, so that accommodations can be made in advance. Must be 21 or older to participate.

China Institute’s Gourmet Food Circle brings together curious foodies with an adventurous appetite for all things China. Focusing on both Chinese and Chinese-inspired cuisine, we delve into the local New York food scene to create a cultivated, gourmet experience for participants to learn, taste, and explore.

China Institute Children’s Book Festival

Sunday, June 4, 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Event Fee: Free
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

In honor of International Children’s Day and in conjunction with BookExpo America & BookCon, China Institute presents a family festival celebrating some of the most beloved Chinese children’s stories. Children of all ages will be able to explore classic and contemporary books and stories through a puppet show, author readings, pop-up exhibition, movies, costumed characters, e-book launch, games, crafts and more!

Chinese Theatre Works Puppet Performance: Hao Bang-Ah, Rooster!
E-Book Launch & Interactive Storytelling: This is the Greatest Place!
Author Readings & Book Signings
Pop-Up Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Children’s Books
Costumed Characters
Summer Class & Camp Info Sessions (Children & Adult)
Crafts, Games, Snacks, Giveaways, And More!

This program is supported through the Confucius Institute at China Institute.

Sinica Podcast Live at China Institute: Jerome A. Cohen on Law in China

Wednesday, May 17, 6:30–8:00PM
This is a live taping. Attendees must arrive by 6:30 so as to not disrupt the podcast.
Event Fee: FREE Members / $10 Non-Members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Jerome Cohen is one of the earliest and most prominent Western scholars of the Chinese legal system. He began studying and teaching about Chinese law in the early 1960s, and has worked as a scholar and in private practice. He introduced the teaching of Asian law into the curriculum of Harvard Law School, and has played a role in some of the most significant legal developments in China, from business to human rights.

In this live Sinica Podcast interview, Jeremy Goldkorn and Kaiser Kuo will talk to Professor Cohen about his own long and fascinating involvement with law in China, the emergence of the country’s legal system after the Cultural Revolution, and prospects for China implementing the rule of law that Xi Jinping has talked about so much but that cynics might say is still a long way off.

The Chinese Mind: Traditional Wisdom and Its Transformation in Modern Times

Thursday, May 11, 6:30–8:00PM
Event Fee: FREE Members / $10 Non-Members
Speaker: YU Zhenhua
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism constitute the “three teachings” that have historically had the largest influence on Chinese culture. This lecture by acclaimed scholar Yu Zhenhua will explore these three influential schools of thought from the perspective of world history, and examine what happened when Chinese society was confronted with the large-scale introduction of Western ideas, beginning in the 17th century. What were the foundations of these three major schools of Chinese thought? What effect has Western philosophy and thought had on these beliefs over time? How have these philosophies shaped the Chinese mind as it exists today?

This lecture will be the first in a series exploring Chinese thought, wellness, and beliefs and how they relate to our modern world.

Discussion and Performance: The Role of the Asian Artist in America

Wednesday, May 3, 6:30–8:00PM
Event Fee: FREE Members / $10 Non-Members
Speakers: Ms. Eleanor Yung of the Asian American Arts Centre; Ms. Yung Yung Tsuai, dancer; Ms. Nuo An, dancer; Ms. Phyllis Chen, musician; Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin of Chinese Theatre Works
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

This season the Crossing Paths With… Salon Series will examine issues related to immigrant artists and the development of Asian arts and culture in America. The evening will open with a roundtable discussion that includes dancers Yung Yung Tsuai and Nuo An; toy piano musician Phyllis Chen; Eleanor Yung of Asian American Arts Center; and Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin of Chinese Theatre Works. Together they will talk about the difficulties in presenting performance arts for audiences of widely different cultural backgrounds and the ways artists adjust their work to accommodate them. The discussion will conclude with a performance that combines dance with shadow puppetry.

This event is a co-presentation between China Institute and Chinese Theatre Works, with additional funding provided by the Confucius Institute at China Institute.

Masters of Wushu: A Martial Arts Spectacular

Saturday, April 22, 1:30–3:00PM
Event Fee: FREE
Speakers: Wang Peikun, Zhang Ping’an, Wang Hanzhi, Tian Hao, Dai Wei, He Jungang, Chen Guixue, Little Martials Group
Location: 100 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006

On Saturday, April 22, China Institute will welcome a delegation of stunning Martial Arts Masters from China for an all-ages performance featuring seven distinct forms of martial arts including Chin Wu, Northwest Boxing, Taichi, Huaquan, Whip Boxing, Eagle Claw, and Bagua Zhang. Additional performances from the “Little Martials” Chinese Martial Arts Youth Group, a renowned guqin (Chinese zither) player, and an expert calligrapher will make for a one-of-a-kind program.

Screening and Filmmaker Talk: Masters in the Forbidden City

Thursday, April 20, 6:30-8:30PM
Event Fee: FREE Members; $10 Non-Members
Speakers: Ming Xue, Professor Lei Jianjun (Producer)
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Join us for an exclusive screening of the documentary Masters in the Forbidden City (我在故宮修文物) followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. A surprise box office hit in China, this film follows the daily lives of the artisans and craftspeople who restore relics at the Palace Museum in Beijing, including experts in bronze, lacquer, wood, and clockworks. Through stunning imagery and refined storytelling director Xiao Han uses his unprecedented access to the Forbidden City to celebrate and evoke the “spirit of craftsmanship” that is the hallmark of these unsung artists.

The film will be shown in Mandarin with English subtitles.

Theater, Art, and the Cultural Revolution: A Presentation and Conversation featuring Zheng Shengtian

Wednesday, March 29, 6:30–8:00PM
Members – FREE, Non-Members – $5.00
Moderator: Jane DeBevoise; Speakers: Zheng Shengtian, Chen Xiaomei
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

On March 29, Artist, Curator, and Managing Editor of Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Zheng Shengtian, returns to China Institute to continue his conversation with Jane DeBevoise, Chair of the Board of Directors, Asia Art Archive, on his experience as an artist and young teacher in the Oil Painting Department at Zhejiang Academy of Art in Hangzhou (now China Academy of Art) during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Their conversation will focus on Zheng’s personal experience at that turbulent time, as well as the broader consequences of the Cultural Revolution on art in China.

The discussion will be preceded by a presentation on research done by Chen Xiaomei, Professor of Chinese Literature at University of California, Davis, on film and theater during the Cultural Revolution period. The presentation will include a screening of clips from a filmed theater performance of The Red Detachment of Women.

For questions email Aaron Nicholson at: [email protected] or call 212-744-8181 ext. 138 

Gourmet Food Circle – Tea and Food Pairing with Tea Drunk and Fung Tu

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30–8:30PM
$55 Member / $65 Non-Member
Location: Tea Drunk, 123 East 7th Street (between 1st Avenue & Avenue A), New York, NY 10009

This spring, Shunan Teng of Tea Drunk and Chef Jonathan Wu of Fung Tu will present a four course tea-food pairing curated exclusively for China Institute’s Gourmet Food Circle. Shunan has combed through the rare and exceptional teas in her collection for individual pairings to a menu of seasonal dishes envisioned by Chef Jonathan. Together, at Tea Drunk’s cozy East Village teahouse, they will guide us through the unique tastes and culinary context that will bring the meal to life.

Please Register Online. For questions email Aaron Nicholson at: [email protected] or call 212-744-8181 ext. 138 

Film Art Set in Times of Chaos: Chinese Martial Arts Films


Speakers: Richard Peña, Jim Zhang, Annette Juliano, Morris Rossabi, Raymond Tsang
Per Screening: Free for all Members/$5 Non-Members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

This five-week film series is dedicated to classics of wuxia, China’s heroic stories of martial arts and swordplay, and accompanies China Institute’s exhibition Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd – 6th Centuries. Directed by guiding lights of Chinese cinema — King Hu, Zhang Yimou, John Woo, Feng Xiaogang, and Tsui Hark – each film is set in a different dynastic period, during a time of chaos marked by immense change. The screenings will be introduced by a distinguished scholar and will feature accompanying contextual materials written by series curator Nancy Jervis.

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

This film series is sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant, with additional support from the Confucius Institute at China Institute.


Performance and Panel Discussion: Incident at Hidden Temple


Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7:30PM
Speaker: Damon Chua, playwright
Members: $45.25* (please e-mail [email protected] for the members discount code)
Non-members: $66.25*
*Price includes ticket to the show and the post-show panel discussion
Location: The Clurman Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street(Between 9th and 10th Avenues), New York NY 10036

With his new play Incident at Hidden Temple, playwright Damon Chua builds on the success of his earlier work focusing on China in the 1940s with a narrative inspired by real events. Using the historic Flying Tigers squadron as the setting, and the key presence of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the play throws open a window into the critical role played by American pilots in China during World War II. The mystery hinges upon three Chinese women – two sisters separated by wartime chaos, and the third who unwittingly crosses their paths.

China Institute invites you to a special performance on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, where we will partner with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre to present a post-show panel discussion on the play’s historical setting moderated by Ernabel Demillo and featuring Incident at Hidden Temple writer Damon Chua alongside historical specialists Richard Bernstein and Gene Chin.

China Institute members will receive an exclusive discount on tickets to this performance.

For questions or to get the promotional code for the China Institute members ticket discount please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]

Chinese New Year Celebration, Year of the Rooster


Date & Time: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Family Workshops: 1:00–3:30PM; Party & Performance: 4:00–7:00PM

Family Workshop Tickets*:
Members: Adult $15, Children $5; Non-Members: Adult $20, Children $5; Patron Members FREE
*Price includes entry to one workshop and the concert

Concert Tickets:
Members $10; Non-Members $20; Patron Members FREE

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

Kick off the Year of the Rooster with China Institute’s signature New Year Celebration. In the afternoon, we open our doors to families for New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making, storytelling, and lantern-making. In the evening, adults and families alike are welcome to a party featuring a lion dance, food, and live music.

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

China Institute’s Rockin’ Rooster Chinese New Year Concert


Date & Time: Saturday, February 4, 4:00 – 7:00PM
Speakers: SungBeats, Mr. Cake, Kohei, TiA
Concert Tickets: Members $10; Non-Members $20; Patron Members FREE
Location: 100 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006

Join us at our first annual New Year’s concert featuring a lion dance, food and live music!
4:00 – Doors Open & Lion Dance
4:30 – Mr. Cake
5:00 – SungBeats
6:00 – TiA & Kohei
(Food and drinks will be available for purchase)

Adults and Families – All are welcome!

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

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