2018 Programs

Film Screening: People’s Republic of Desire

A walk through the weird world of live-streaming in China
Followed by a conversation with Director WU Hao and Isaac Stone Fish

Sunday, December 2, 4:40 PM
Event Fee: Members: $10; Non-Members: $12
Speaker’s Name: WU Hao, Isaac Stone Fish
Location: Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

In China’s digital universe, where live streamers earn as much as $200,000 a month, can virtual relationships replace real-life human connection? PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE tells the stories of two Chinese online stars who have risen from isolation to fame and fortune. Following the film, attendees are invited to stay for an exclusive conversation between Wu Hao, the film’s director, and journalist Isaac Stone Fish, a senior fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations.


U.S.-China Dialogue:
Fighting Poverty and Populism – in China, the U.S., and the World

Thursday, November 29, 6:00-7:30 PM
Event Fee: Members: Free; Students: $5; Non-Members: $10
Speaker’s Name: Li Xiaoyun
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

The number of people living in extreme poverty around the world has declined, but income disparities are fueling a rising wave of populism. Both China and the United States are grappling with enormous income gaps. How will China bring prosperity to its rural citizens—and provide services to the migrant laborers who have moved by the millions into its cities? How will the United States bring poverty relief to its urban underclass and help rural citizens who have been left behind? Can both countries learn from each other’s experience? Professor Li Xiaoyun, a leading thinker on poverty issues in China, will join Dr. Irwin Garfinkel, Interim Dean of the Columbia School of Social Work, to discuss strategies in fighting poverty in their own countries, and elsewhere in the world.


Why is Sci Fi So Hot in China?
New Yorker writer Jiayang Fan will lead the conversation with Cixin Liu

Monday, November 5, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Event Fee: $28.99 Admission includes a copy of Cixin Liu’s latest work in English, Ball Lightening
Speaker’s Name: Cixin Liu
Moderator: Jiayang Fan
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

On Monday, November 5, China Institute will partner with Tor Books and the Strand Bookstore to welcome Cixin Liu to New York, in a rare opportunity to hear from this internationally acclaimed author and get a signed copy of his standalone novel, Ball Lightning. This conversation will take place in Chinese, with Chinese-English translation.


Qin & Tonic Monthly Mixer

Thursday, October 25, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Event Fee: Members Free (Become a Member Now!); Non-Members $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Qin and Tonic? You got that right! Join China Institute every last Thursday of the month to mingle with old and new friends who share an interest in all things China. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Our evening will conclude with an app-based and fun game. Don’t miss it!

Live Guqin music by New York Guqin School
Guided China Institute Gallery tour at 7:00 PM – Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens


Facing History: Musical Reflections on the Opium War, the Nanjing Massacre, and the Cultural Revolution

Saturday, October 20, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Speakers: Jindong CAI, Ye Xiaogang, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Tony Fok, and Su Wei
Event Fee: This event is FREE for all attendees! But people must register online.
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

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How do China’s composers deal with their country’s painful history? In partnership with the China Now Music Festival, composers Ye Xiaogang, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Tony Fok, Su Wei, and the Festival’s artistic director, Jindong CAI, will talk about how the tumultuous past—the Cultural Revolution, the Nanjing Massacre, the Opium War—has influenced their work. The discussion will take place on the eve of a Lincoln Center Concert featuring these artists’ historically-minded works. The festival is produced by the U.S.-China Music Institute of Bard College Conservatory of Music. The concert: Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 PM at Lincoln Center, David Geffen Hall.


Michael Nylan at Aeon Bookstore

Sunday, October 21, 2:00-3:30 PM
Speakers: Michael Nylan, John Vollmer
Location: Aeon Bookstore 151 East Broadway New York, NY
Event Fee: This event is FREE for all attendees. Registration is not required.

Join us at Aeon Bookstore (newly opened on the Lower East Side!), for an afternoon with Michael Nylan, as she discusses The Chinese Pleasure Book, in conversation with John Vollmer.



China’s Best Idea: Building National Parks

A conversation with Chinese environmental experts Rose Niu and Bob Tansey

Thursday, October 11, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Speakers: Rose Niu; Bob Tansey
Event Fee: Free (Become a Member Now!)
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

After rapid development and economic progress, China is now turning its attention to preserving its magnificent natural beauty. The country is committed to creating an “eco-civilization,” with plans to create its first system of national parks. But will China be able to protect the environment while growing the economy? And will China’s national parks be “loved” to death? Two top environmentalists will share their insights on China’s new drive to save its natural environment.


Finding Tranquility in Crazy Times: A Confucius Day Celebration

Wednesday, October 3, 4:30 – 8:00 PM
Speaker: David Listen
Event Fee: This event is FREE for all attendees
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

How do China’s composers deal with their country’s painful history? In partnership with the China Now Music Festival, composers Ye Xiaogang, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Tony Fok, Su Wei, and the Festival’s artistic director, Jindong CAI, will talk about how the tumultuous past—the Opium War, the Nanjing Massacre, the Cultural Revolution—has influenced their work. The discussion will take place on the eve of a Lincoln Center Concert featuring these artists’ historically-minded works. The festival is produced by the U.S.-China Music Institute of Bard College Conservatory of Music. The concert: Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 PM at Lincoln Center, David Geffen Hall.


Monthly Qin & Tonic Mixer – celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival!

Thursday, September 27, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Event Fee: Members Free (Become a Member Now!); Non-Members $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Qin and Tonic? You got that right! Join China Institute every last Thursday of the month to mingle with old and new friends who share an interest in all things China. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Our evening will conclude with an app-based and fun game. Don’t miss it!

Live Guqin music by New York Guqin School
Guided China Institute Gallery tour at 7:00 PM – Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens


Girl Power! A Feminist Awakening in China

Leta Hong Fincher, journalist and scholar, author of Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China, in conversation with Lu Pin, founding editor of Feminist Voices

Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Speakers: Leta Hong Fincher; Lu Pin
Moderator: Dinda Elliott
Event Fee: Members Free (Become a Member Now!); Non-Members $15; Student: Free
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

From university campuses to the nonprofit sector and the media industry, accusations of sexual harassment have exposed prominent Chinese intellectuals, charity leaders and journalists. They say a single spark can set a prairie on fire. Can China’s #Metoo Movement be the spark that reconfigures China’s patriarchal society? Will China’s censorship nip the feminist awakening in the bud?

Join Leta Hong Fincher, author of Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China, and Lu Pin, founding editor of Feminist Voices, a Beijing NGO that promotes gender equality, for this timely discussion on China’s feminist awakening.


Monthly Qin & Tonic Mixer at China Institute

Thursday, August 30, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Event Fee: Members Free (Become a Member Now!); Non-Members $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Qin and Tonic? You got that right! Join China Institute every last Thursday of the month to mingle with old and new friends who share an interest in all things China. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Our evening will conclude with an app-based and fun game. Don’t miss it!

Learn about Chinese Ghost Festival!
Live Guqin music by New York Guqin School
Guided China Institute Gallery tour at 7:00 PM – Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens

Upcoming members’ benefits:

• September 8th: a private tour for FOTGs at the Sotheby’s fall exhibition
• September 27: Monthly Qin & Tonic mixer – celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival! Register Now


Asian American International Film Festival

Festival Dates: July 25 – August 4
To purchase tickets, click HERE.

China Institute is proud to partner with the Asian American International Film Festival, produced by Asian CineVision, and to support the AAIFF films from China. This summer marks the Festival’s 41st year in New York and will showcase an eclectic mix of films by and about Asians and Asia. The Festival runs from July 25 to August 4.


Monthly Qin & Tonic Mixer at China Institute

Thursday, July 26, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Event Fee: Members Free (Become a Member Now!); Non-Members $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Qin and Tonic? You got that right! Join China Institute every last Thursday of the month to mingle with old and new friends who share an interest in all things China. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Our evening will conclude with an app-based and fun game. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Jasmine Restaurant! Don’t miss it!

Come to learn about the Qixi Festival, a.k.a. Chinese Valentine’s Day!
Live Guqin music by New York Guqin School
Guided China Institute Gallery tour at 7:00 PM – Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens


New York Asian Film Festival

Festival Dates: June 29 – July 15
Event Fee: To purchase tickets, click HERE.

From vicious, life-destroying phone scams to balletic battles between equally corrupt cops and yakuza, the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) offers films that reflect on contemporary society while offering extreme genre pleasures. There are self-referential takes on cinematic zombies, existential date nights, and teens finding their own corners of the world despite familial and societal expectations.

This summer, China Institute is proud to partner with NYAFF to help support the festival’s complete slate of films from China. This summer marks the festival’s 17th year in New York and will showcase the most exciting comedies, dramas, thrillers, romances, horrors and arthouse films from East Asia. Learn More

As part of the New York Asian Film Festival, China Institute will be involved in two events tied to the festival:

Chinese Cinema Now

Tuesday July 10, 7:00 PM
Location: Elinor Bunin Amphitheater, 144 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023
Registration not required.
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The Birth of Chinese Cool? Roundtable on Chinese Language Genre Film

Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 PM
Location: China Institute, 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
Free, but advanced registration is required.
Learn More & Register


Mountains through the Ages in Classical Chinese Poetry: A Ben Wang Short Course

Tuesday, June 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Speaker: Ben Wang
Event Fee: Members Free (Become a Member Now!); Non-Members $15
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

The Chinese word for “landscape painting,” 山水画, translates literally as mountain and river painting, a testament to how prominently the mountain features in Chinese art, and how deeply mountain imagery is engrained in the hearts and minds of the Chinese people. Pillars that hold up the sky, connecting heaven and earth, mountains have inspired the work of innumerable poets and artists throughout the more than 3,000-year history of Chinese literature.

On June 26, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Ben Wang, Senior Lecturer on classical Chinese literature and award-winning translator, will lead a special two-session short-course that will explore the poignancy and significance of the mountain in classical Chinese poetry. Participants will join Ben in a close reading of selected poems from some of China’s greatest poetic masters from the ancient Book of Songs, a collection of songs-turned-poems from the Zhou Dynasty (1,100 to 500 B.C.) to the present.

This event is held in conjunction with China Institute’s current exhibition, Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens


Night at the Museums

Tuesday, June 19, 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Event Fee: Free
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

On June 19, China Institute will partner with 14 of our downtown neighbors for Night at the Museums, an annual event where museums and historic landmarks located within a comfortable walking distance of each other open their doors for an evening of fun and culture! At China Institute, you can explore the exhibition “Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens” and enjoy live music. Please visit www.NightAtTheMuseums.org for complete details.

Kevin (Wenchao) Ge is the President of 7S Art Group Inc. and Vice President of the New York Guqin (古琴) Association. He received a silver medal of Guqin in New York’s 1st Chinese Music Instruments Competition and a gold medal of Xiao (vertical flute) during the contest’s 3rd year. His essays were published by the biweekly Chinese magazine Duzhe and Qingnian Wenzhai.


In Search of China’s Soul
Ethical Dilemmas: Religion and the Rebuilding of China’s Moral Foundations

Thursday, June 7, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Event Fee: Members Free (Become a Member Now!); Non-Members $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Religion and traditional Chinese values did not do well in China during the years before Deng Xiaoping began to relax controls over society in 1978. Confucian philosophy was outlawed, and spiritual faith was harshly punished during the violent years of the Cultural Revolution. Over decades of political campaigns, the country’s traditional moral foundations were decimated. Today, religion is flourishing again, and the Communist Party is embracing Confucian thought. What impact is the spiritual revival having on ethics and politics in China today? Come hear Ian Johnson, author of the highly acclaimed book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion after Mao, in conversation with Tao Jiang, a scholar of Chinese thought at Rutgers University.


In Search of Chinese Identity: China’s Hermit Tradition: The Importance of Solitude

Bill Porter, aka Red Pine, on the hermits of yesterday and today

Thursday, May 24, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Speaker: Bill Porter
Event Fee: Members Free (Become a Member Now!); Non-Members $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Bill Porter knows more about the hermit tradition in China – and Buddhism, Tang and Song poetry, and the Chinese language—than just about any other living westerner. After spending three years in a Buddhist monastery in Taiwan in the 1970s, he has spent a lifetime studying and translating Chinese religious and philosophical texts. An anthropologist by training, Porter traveled deep into the Zhongnan Mountains in the late 1980s, discovering that the hermit tradition is very much alive in China today.

On May 24, China Institute is honored to welcome Porter to help us search for China’s soul with a lecture and conversation about “China’s Hermit Tradition: The Importance of Solitude,” in conjunction with our current exhibition, Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens.


Xiangchun Harvest Celebration and Contemporary Chinese Art Collection Private Tour

Saturday, May 19, 4:15 – 8:30PM
Event Fee: FREE for FOTGs and YP Leaders
$100 for other members; $200 for non-members
Location: Private home in Alpine, New Jersey
Departure at 3:20 PM from China Institute, 40 Rector Street, NYC 10006

For this exclusive members’ event, China Institute Trustee and Gallery Committee member Sophia Sheng invites you to her home for a special event dedicated to Chinese art and cuisine. Participants will travel to her residence in Alpine, New Jersey and help harvest Xiangchun leaves, which will then be prepared by a specialty chef and served. While the meal is being prepared, Mrs. Sheng will lead the group on a tour of her personal art collection, one of the most extensive private collections of contemporary Chinese art in the New York area. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity not to be missed!

Complimentary round-trip transportation will depart China Institute, 40 Rector Street, at 3:20 PM, and will depart Alpine, NJ to return to the Institute at 8:30 PM. If you prefer to drive, please contact Michael Liu for details.


Fallen Empire, Rising Nation: Why the Opium War Still Matters Today

A conversation with Stephen R. Platt, author of Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age

Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Speaker: Stephen R. Platt
Event Fee: Members: Free; Non-Members: $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

The Opium War has come to stand for everything that today’s China seeks to put behind it. As China reclaims its position as a world power, the humiliations of that conflict and the carving up of the country by Western colonial powers continue to haunt the national psyche, fueling nationalism. China Institute is proud to host Steven R. Platt, author of a new book, Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age, for a conversation about the historic roots of China’s national insecurity, and a discussion of nationalism today.


In Search of China’s Soul: Mount Wutai, Buddhist Sacred Geography, and the Bodhisattva of Wisdom

Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Speaker: Wen-Shing Chou, Gray Tuttle
Event Fee: Members Free; Non-Members $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

The northern Chinese mountain range of Mount Wutai has been an important site of international pilgrimage for over a millennium. Home to more than one hundred temples, the entire range is considered a Buddhist paradise on earth, and has received visitors ranging from emperors to monastic and lay devotees. On May 16, join art historian Wen-shing Chou and preeminent Sino-Tibet expert Gray Tuttle to explore the changing meaning and significance of one of the world’s greatest religious sites. The event is held in conjunction with China Institute’s current gallery exhibition, Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens, and will celebrate the launch of Chou’s new book, Mount Wutai: Visions of a Sacred Buddhist Mountain.


In Search of Chinese Identity: Love and Loneliness in 1940’s New York

Fault Line Theatre reads Chapters of a Floating Life by Playwright and 2017 Whiting Award Recipient Clarence Coo

Monday, May 7, 5:30 – 8:30 PM (Doors Open at 5:00 PM)
Speaker: Clarence Coo
Event Fee: FREE
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

In the cold city streets of World War II’s Manhattan, the lives of two Chinese couples become deeply intertwined despite the stark social divisions that previously kept them apart. Surrounded by violence and the constant chatter of politics, the refined and elegant uptown husband and wife and the hardworking pair of Chinatown restaurant owners escape from the unwelcoming reality of a country at war by retreating into Chinese art, poetry—and forbidden romance. Join China Institute and Fault Line Theatre for a script reading of Chapters of a Floating Life, the most recent work-in-process of award-winning playwright Clarence Coo, and meet the author, director, and actors at our reception after the reading.


China’s Strawberry Generation: Youth Culture, and the Changing Chinese Dream

A conversation with Zak Dychtwald, author of Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World

Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Speaker: Zak Dychtwald
Moderator: Miao Wang
Event Fee: Members Free; Non-Members $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Chinese born after 1990 have been referred to as the Strawberry Generation (草莓族), a reference to the lack of the group’s need to “eat bitterness” (吃苦) or endure the hardships faced by Chinese born during the tumultuous years before China’s rise. On May 1, join China Institute for a far-reaching discussion about the emerging identity of China’s youth with Zak Dychtwald, author of Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World.


2018 China Institute Fashion Design Competition

Saturday, April 14, 2018 12:00 – 2:00PM
Event Fee: Free admission but RSVP is required
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

The China Institute Fashion Design Competition supports emerging designers by promoting creativity inspired by China’s culture and aesthetics in contemporary, global design. On April 14, join China Institute for a conversation about Fashion in China and the U.S. with Bil Donovan, Hazel Clark, and Lyn Slater. Following the panel discussion, our Design Competition finalists will debut their submissions in a live runway show that culminates in the selection of the competition’s winner.

To evaluate the young designers’ submissions, China Institute assembled a board of renowned judges with diverse backgrounds at the intersection of art, fashion and design. The judges include: Bil Donovan, Artist-in-Residence at Dior; Hazel Clark, Professor of Fashion Studies and Research Chair of Fashion; Lyn Slater, cultural influencer, model, writer, Professor at Fordham University and founder of the “Accidental Icon” blog; Peter Som, prominent designer and fashion consultant; and Karen Van Godtsenhoven, Associate Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

Dozens of participants competed by submitting a portfolio of three unique designs that comprised of illustrations, technical design details, fabrics and material swatches, and a written statement outlining how their designs were inspired by China. Ten finalists were selected by our panel of judges to create the designs in their portfolios, and will face off in front of our jusdges and audience in this live runway show where they will compete for a $10,000 prize.

The finalists are: Guanyu Chen, Atlanta, GA; Karen Heshi, New York, NY; Shenyue Huang, Atlanta, GA; Zirui Huang, New York, NY; Anqi Jiang, New York, NY; Mia Rubin, New York, NY; Chu Wang, Savannah, GA; Tiantian Wang, New York, NY; Shalyn Webber, Savannah, GA; and Yanting & Yanchen Yao, New York, NY.


In Search of China’s Soul: Facing History: Best-Selling Author Xue Yiwei on Navigating China’s Complex Literary Scene

Wednesday, March 28, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Speaker: Xue Yiwei
Event Fee: Members Free; Non-Members $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Xue Yiwei’s books are popular in China – but his latest, Dr. Bethune’s Children, has not been published there. That’s because it touches on sensitive moments in history. Xue’s experience raises a question: in a country that has trouble facing its painful past, from the Great Leap Forward to the Cultural Revolution, how can China’s authors handle history in a way that is true? Xue discusses how contemporary Chinese writers navigate those challenging waters.


Culture Shock: MAINELAND screening and Talk Back
Director Miao WANG and star Harry He on being a Chinese student in America

Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 PM
Speaker: Miao Wang, Harry Junru He
Event Fee: Adult $16.29; Child (Age 2-12) $13.29; Senior (Age 60+) $13.29
Location: AMC Empire 25

Come see a fascinating new documentary about two Chinese affluent high school students at a boarding school in a Maine town, population 3000. Following the film, China Institute will host an on-stage conversation featuring director Miao Wang and the film’s protagonist, Harry Junru He, moderated by Siqi Tu.

Filmed over three years in China and the U.S., MAINELAND is a coming-of-age tale that follows two cosmopolitan teenagers as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Part of the enormous wave of “parachute students” from China enrolling in U.S. private schools, bubbly, fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry come to escape the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam for the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. As Stella and Harry’s fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, they ruminate on alienation, culture clash, and personal identity, sharing new understandings and poignant discourses on home and country. Learn More


Pride, Passion, and Patriotism: Exploring China’s Hunger for Antiquities

Tuesday, March 20, 6:30PM Reception, 7:00 – 8:00PM Talk
Speaker: Cai Jinqing
Event Fee: Members $10; Non-Members $20; Students $5
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Christie’s Hong Kong auctions hit record numbers last March – bringing in a stunning $332.7 million in all, for important Chinese classical paintings, porcelains, bronzes and furniture from private collections. The high prices reflected what the auction house called “deep bidding” from buyers in mainland China. It wasn’t the first time Chinese buyers have stunned the Chinese classical art market. Remember the tiny “chicken cup” that fetched a record $36 million at a Hong Kong auction in 2014? The buyer, of course, was Chinese, a prolific art collector named Liu Yiqian. He celebrated his Ming Dynasty purchase by drinking tea from it. Join us for a conversation with Cai Jinqing, President of Christie’s China, and Michael J. Hatch, Assistant Professor of Art History at Miami University, who will share their insights on China’s high-flying collectors and the burgeoning Chinese art market.


Film: Big Fish & Begonia at the New York International Children’s Film Festival

Sunday March 18, 2:30PM – SVA Theatre
Event Fee: Members $12.5; Non-Members: $14.5

The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) is an annual Oscar-qualifying film festival founded in 1997 to support the creation and dissemination of thoughtful, provocative, and intelligent film for children and teens ages 3-18. The Festival experience cultivates an appreciation for the arts, encourages active, discerning viewing, and stimulates lively discussion among peers, families, and the film community. The 2018 festival will take place from February 23 to March 18 at venues throughout NYC and includes countless premieres, filmmaker Q&As, workshops, parties and special preview screenings for children and families.

This year, China Institute will join NYICFF to present, Big Fish and Begonia, an astonishing work of animation over a decade in the making that crosses worlds, unleashes the elements, and pushes our understanding of fate itself. Thoughtful Chun comes from an unseen world responsible for Earth’s wellbeing. When she crosses into our planet, she develops a bond with a human boy who sacrifices his life for hers. Big Fish & Begonia draws on fascinating Chinese mythology to show Chun’s epic journey to return the favor.


Chinese New Year Family Festival

Sunday, February 25, 11:00AM – 3:00PM
General Admission: Free
Ticketed Workshops: Member: Adult $15, Children $5; Non-Member: Adult $20, Children $5
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Kick off the Year of the Dog with China Institute’s signature New Year Celebration for families. The festival opens with a lion dance followed by New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making, storytelling, lantern-making, face painting, and a special Year of the Dog puppet show.


New York Go Expo – 2018 Dreamworks Invitational

Saturday, February 17, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 18, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Event Fee: FREE
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Join us for the first annual New York Go Expo and competition featuring nine top university teams from North America battling it out in the classic Chinese strategy board game (also called 围棋 or wéiqí). Attendees can also take part in practice games, coaching sessions, lectures, and all sorts of Go-related activities for all ages.


Lunar New Year for Kids

Friday, February 16, 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Event Fee: FREE
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Celebrate the Lunar New Year public school holiday with a free day of fun. Activities include storytelling, crafts, snacks, games, and a Chinese acrobat!


In Search Of a Jewish Story in China

Thursday, February 15, 3:00 PM
Speaker’s Name: Irene Shaland
Event Fee: Free with Museum of Jewish Heritage admission; advance registration recommended.
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

Examining the Silk Road and six cities in China, art and travel writer Irene Shaland discusses why the Jewish population of China nearly disappeared and the ways in which their history overlaps with the Jews of Europe and America. This event is being presented in collaboration with the Museum of Jewish Heritage


Gourmet Food Circle: Punda Tibetan Restaurant

Saturday, February 3, 6:00 – 8:00PM
Speaker’s Name: Chef Tenzing Tsering
Event Fee: $35 Members; $45 Non-Members
Location: Punda Tibetan Restaurant, 3935 47th Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104

Get ready for the launch of China Institute’s Art of the Mountain exhibition by exploring chef Tenzing Tsering’s hearty cuisine from the highlands of the Tibetan plateau.


A Night of Comedy with China Institute, Hosted by Turner Sparks

Tuesday, January 9, 8:00 – 9:30PM
Event Fees: Ticket Price: $15 Online, $20 at the Door, with Two-Drink Minimum
$10 from each ticket sale will be donated to China Institute’s free educational programs for underserved schools in New York City
Location: Stand Up NY, 236 W. 78th Street, New York, NY 10024

China Institute and Kung Fu Komedy present a night featuring some of New York’s hottest stand-up comedians talking about all things China. Profits from ticket sales will benefit China Institute’s free educational programs to underserved schools in New York City.


THUNDERSTORM 2.0
Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental & Wang Chong

Saturday, January 6, 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 7, 4:00 PM – features post-performance talk
Performer(s) Name: Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental, Wang Chong, Claire Conceison
Tickets: $25.00
Location: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

Cao Yu’s early 20th-century drama Thunderstorm, regarded as a masterpiece in Chinese theater, is dismantled and reassembled in this new interpretation helmed by internationally acclaimed director Wang Chong. Using real-time video editing and sound mixing from action occurring on stage, a hypnotic, near-silent movie unfolds to tell the explicit story of two female characters discovering that they have been cheated on by the same womanizing playboy. The January 7 performance will feature a post-show talkback moderated by Claire Conceison and presented by China Institute. Performed in Chinese with English supertitles.


Upcoming Events

Film Society Screening: Platform (站台), 2000
May 22, 2019
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Film Society Screening: The Troubleshooters (顽主), 1989
May 29, 2019
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Shadow Puppet Performance + Talk: Chinese Theatre Works’ Shadow Restoration Project
June 12, 2019
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June 15 Mahjong Club at China Institute
June 15, 2019
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Night at the Museums: A Free Evening of Art, Music, Film, and Entertainment
June 25, 2019
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Past Programs