Arts & Culture Programs

Ezra Vogel and Orville Schell in Conversation: Is China the Enemy?

September 5 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 40 Rector Street, New York, NY 10006

How can the United States live with a rising China, an ideologically different country that is home to one fifth of humanity? It’s the burning foreign policy issue of the day. Ezra Vogel, the eminent Harvard University professor and author who has trained many of America’s top China watchers, and Orville Schell, author and director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society, discuss the roots of today’s growing U.S.-China conflict and the way forward.

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Remembering Jewish Lives in China

September 12 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Museum at Eldridge Street 

Jewish immigration to New York is a well-researched phenomenon, but thousands of Jewish immigrants also traveled east from their homes looking for new freedom and opportunity. In this talk, China Institute and the Museum at Eldridge Street explore the oft-forgotten history of Jewish communities in Harbin and Shanghai—refugees and fortune seekers from Odessa and Bukhara to Baghdad—that have now all but disappeared. The event will take place at the museum’s spectacular sanctuary, in conjunction with its exhibition, Harbin, China | Past/Present.

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Chat on Chinese Music – Pipa / 茶话中国音乐: 琵琶

September 13 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 40 Rector Street, New York, NY 10006

For over 5,000 years, music has been essential to Chinese culture. Its language is tonal, its poems were once sung, and traditionally an educated person was understood to be a musical expert.

Music at China Institute 华美音乐 presents Chat on Chinese Music – Pipa/茶话中国音乐, a public educational series in Fall 2019, invites the audience of all ages curious about Chinese music to a chat with a musician on a journey to better understand a selected Chinese instrument, with illustrated stories and music (of course!), accompanied by a cup of tea.

The pipa (琵琶), or Chinese lute, is an ancient instrument that is both elegant and playful, charming, and adaptable to both traditional and modern sounds. The origins of the pipa date back to the Han dynasty, about 2000 years ago, when a similar type of stringed instrument was brought into China from Persia via the Silk Road. It has enjoyed wide popularity throughout its long history in China, especially during the Tang dynasty (618-907), and now again in our own time. Pear-shaped with 4 strings, pipa can be played by solo, as well as in Chinese instrument orchestras and ensembles. In recent years, it has found its way into world music ensembles.

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Food and Ideas Festival

Saturday, September 21, 2019
An Afternoon of Creative Food and Innovative Ideas: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Mid-Autumn Festival Night Market: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
$10 tickets which include a free drink. Food available for purchase.
Location: 100 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006

Dive into conversation with the young chefs and foodies, sustainability experts, architects, artists, and influencers who are creating China’s new food and lifestyle culture.  Despite the shadows cast by the country’s political climate, leaders of China’s next generation are redefining their society from the ground up. This is the other China – the China you need to know.

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Mahjong Club at China Institute

Experience history, fun, and some friendly competition! China Institute’s mahjong club is open to novices and veterans looking to learn about this historic game, develop their skills, or simply find new partners to craft their Mahjong skills! Mingle with old and new friends who share an interest in all things China during the multiple gaming sessions. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. Space is very limited to ensure an engaging and participatory experience.

*Please note that all games will be played with non-denominational chips. No money will be wagered, won, or lost.

Upcoming sessions:

Saturday, August 17, 3:00 PM –5:00 PM Register Now

Saturday, September 21, 5:00 PM –7:00 PM Register Now

Saturday, October 19, 3:00 PM –5:00 PM Register Now

Saturday, November 16, 3:00 PM –5:00 PM Register Now

Saturday, December 14, 3:00 PM –5:00 PM Register Now


$20 for General Members; $40 for Non-members
Free for Patron Members and Special Interest Members
For questions, contact: Michael Liu at [email protected]
or 212-744-8181 ext. 158
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

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