Arts & Culture Programs

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.

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




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.

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




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.

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




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!

Activities:
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
Movies
Summer Class & Camp Info Sessions (Children & Adult)
Crafts, Games, Snacks, Giveaways, And More!

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

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




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.

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




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, delve into the history behind China Institute’s upcoming exhibit, Dreams Of The Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity with 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.

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




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