Arts & Culture Programs

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.

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




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.

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Register Online. For questions email: [email protected] or call 212-744-8181 ext. 156 




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.

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




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. Learn More

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




Saluting a Master: Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai



Event 1: Multiflorate Splendor: A Documentary Screening & Talk with Professor Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai
Friday, October 27, 6:00 – 8:30PM Learn More & Register Now

Event 2 (in Mandarin): 白先勇和汪班对谈“红楼梦” (Dream of the Red Chamber: A Dialogue Between Pai Hsien-yung and Ben Wang)
Saturday, October 28, 2:00 – 4:00PM Learn More & Register Now

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.

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




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



Session 1: Thursday, November 2, 6:30-8:30PM
Session 2: Thursday, November 9, 6:30-8:30PM
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.

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




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.

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




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: Eric 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.

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



Upcoming Events

Young Professionals Night at Korea Society
October 19, 2017
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Family Drop-In Day at China Institute: Dreams of the Kings
October 21, 2017
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Event 1: Multiflorate Splendor: A Documentary Screening & Talk with Professor Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai
October 27, 2017
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Event 2 (in Mandarin): 白先勇和汪班对谈“红楼梦” (Dream of the Red Chamber: A Dialogue Between Pai Hsien-yung and Ben Wang)
October 28, 2017
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Eileen Chang’s Traces of Love: A Ben Wang Lecture Series
November 2, 2017
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Author Talk: Michael Meyer, The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up
November 15, 2017
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Chinese Students in America – A Transformative Force on Campus: A Panel Discussion with Young China Watchers NY
December 6, 2017
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Past Programs