Chinese Arts – Song Haizeng http://songhaizeng.com/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 11:48:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://songhaizeng.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default-138x136.png Chinese Arts – Song Haizeng http://songhaizeng.com/ 32 32 Schmidt Hammer Lassen wraps China’s largest library in a glass facade https://songhaizeng.com/schmidt-hammer-lassen-wraps-chinas-largest-library-in-a-glass-facade/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:15:00 +0000 https://songhaizeng.com/schmidt-hammer-lassen-wraps-chinas-largest-library-in-a-glass-facade/ The long-awaited Shanghai Library East, designed by Danish studio Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, has opened to the public in China. The 115,000 square meter Shanghai Library East, located in Shanghai’s Pudong district, is the country’s largest library. Schmidt Hammer Lassen designed its monumental form with reference to a type of stone unique to the region, […]]]>

The long-awaited Shanghai Library East, designed by Danish studio Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, has opened to the public in China.

The 115,000 square meter Shanghai Library East, located in Shanghai’s Pudong district, is the country’s largest library.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen designed its monumental form with reference to a type of stone unique to the region, called Taihu stone, which features perforated surfaces and eroded hollows.

The Shanghai Library East was designed to look like a stone

The stone is known as “scholars’ rocks” and has been widely used in Chinese gardens for centuries. It also features in ancient Chinese literature, which often referred to its changing appearance.

“This library was a unique opportunity to reinterpret a cherished Chinese symbol through architecture and design,” said project architect Jing Lin.

“In ancient times, scholars would gather around Taihu Stones, drawing inspiration from their edges, curvatures, canyons and tunnels, which seemed to change when viewed from different vantage points,” she added. .

“Similarly, as visitors move through the Shanghai Library East, their view of its interconnected spaces changes shape.”

Large library with glass front
Shanghai Library East is the largest library in China

SHL also designed the exterior of the seven-story library to reference literature. Fifteen photographs of marble swirls have been “printed” onto the facade’s glass panels as a tribute to the long history of printed literature in China.

The printed panels were designed with varying degrees of transparency to help let more natural light into the building.

Library in a park with glass facade
The library seems to float above a park

The main structure of the building is supported by two pavilions. Seen from a distance, this gives the impression that the main volume of the library “floats”, as the lower pavilions are covered by the trees of the adjacent Century Park.

One of the pavilions houses a 1,200-seat theatre, exhibition and events space; the other is a children’s library with a central courtyard and outdoor play areas.

Outdoor reading spaces above the library offer views of Century Park.

Shanghai Library East Atrium
The atrium at the entrance connects the seven floors of the building. The photo is by Tian Fangfang

The open interior of Shanghai Library East features interconnected spaces and multiple openings, which were also designed with reference to Taihu stone with its multiple hollows.

Bamboo, oak and terrazzo were used to create a welcoming central atrium at the entrance to the building, which connects the seven levels of the library.

Shanghai Library East Interior
Bamboo, oak and terrazzo are used inside to create a welcoming atmosphere. The photo is by Tian Fangfang

SHL created the stacking and interlocking of different floors to ensure that all floors are visible from the central atrium. The ground floor can be used to host events and exhibitions, and also houses a bookshop and a café.

According to Shanghai Library East, more than 80% of the building’s space is dedicated to community activities.

He estimates that the library will host more than 1,200 events for more than four million visitors each year.

“This important cultural center for the citizens of Shanghai embraces the idea of ​​’collection to connection’ – a space to bring people together,” said Chris Hardie, Design Director and Chief Architect of SHL.

Bird installation at Shanghai Library East
An installation by Chinese artist Xu Bing is the centerpiece of the building’s main reading area

Ten contemporary Chinese and international artists were invited to create site-specific permanent installations for the library, centered around the theme of print, book or stone.

Among them is Bird, an installation created by Chinese artist Xu Bing for the third floor inside the building’s main reading area. It consists of 842 paper “birds” suspended from the ceiling as if flying towards the bay window facing the park.

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The lending library will also host cultural events

SHL has completed a number of libraries around the world including the largest Scandinavian library Dokk1 in Denmark, Halifax Central Library in Canada and Christchurch Central Library in New Zealand.

The studio is currently working on several cultural projects in China, including two performance halls in Westbund Shanghai and a performing arts center in Beijing.

Video and photography are by RawVision, unless otherwise noted.


Project credits:

Design Director: Chris Hardy
Design team: Lu Rong, Jing Lin, Simon Persson, Bartek Winnicki, Tasha Feng, Sicong Liu, Michelle Tang, Liang Dong, Xiaoshu He, Xing Meng, Qi Zhao, Zhao Wu, Lanqing Hu, Xuewei Liu, Fangzhou Zhu, Morten Schmidt, Lukasz Truchalski , Trushit Vyas, Steven YN Chen, Morten Nielsen, Sebastiano Cattiodoro, Steven Morten, Tade Godberse, Chao Chen, Beihong Mao, Xianjing Jia, Jiaqige Sheng, Si Chen
Local architect: Shanghai Arcplus Institute of Architectural Design and Research
Countryside: ASPECT Studios
structural consultant: Schlaich Bergermann Partner
MEP consultant: Buro Happold
Facade consultant: Shanghai DHD Curtain Wall Design and Consultancy, Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design and Research, DS-plan
Service provider: Shanghai Construction Group No.4

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14 things to do with your kids this weekend (September 30 to October 1) https://songhaizeng.com/14-things-to-do-with-your-kids-this-weekend-september-30-to-october-1/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 16:07:00 +0000 https://songhaizeng.com/14-things-to-do-with-your-kids-this-weekend-september-30-to-october-1/ Plan your weekend with these events including festivals, arts and live music. Be sure to check event websites for last minute changes due to Hurricane Ian and its impacts on the Triangle. Sept. 14-Oct. 2: Frozen – It’s the last weekend to see this musical version of the popular Disney film at the Durham Performing […]]]>

Plan your weekend with these events including festivals, arts and live music. Be sure to check event websites for last minute changes due to Hurricane Ian and its impacts on the Triangle.

Sept. 14-Oct. 2: Frozen – It’s the last weekend to see this musical version of the popular Disney film at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Find the perfect pumpkin and the fall experience with our Fall in fun guide
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Bluegrass Live! – This bluegass party will continue as planned, but it will be indoors! Street festival vendors and performers will be relocated to the convention center, while the main stage acts scheduled to play at the Red Hat Amphitheater will take place at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Oktoberfest Triangle The Rotary Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor Clubs have partnered with the Town of Cary to host the eighth annual Rotary Triangle Oktoberfest Party at Cary’s Booth Amphitheater from September 30-October 30. 1. This festival includes live music, food and more fun.
Sept. 24-Jan. 8: The Questioneers exhibition at Kidzu – This brand new exhibit is based on one of my family’s favorite book series, The Questioneers, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. It celebrates science, technology, engineering, art and math. Celebrate the grand opening of this traveling exhibit at Kidzu in Chapel Hill and find inspiration to solve everyday mysteries and think more critically about their world.
September 30: Jim Quick and the Coastline – The Downtown Concert Series in Clayton kicks off at 6 p.m. with food trucks, live music, a bouncy house and more in the town square.
September 30: Last Fridays and the Art Walk – Hillsborough comes alive on the last Friday of the month with music, arts, crafts, shopping and culture. This event takes place from 6-9 p.m. on the lawn of the historic Orange County Courthouse. There will be a children’s painting workshop, a drumming workshop and more.
October 1st : Community Celebration of the Arts – Head to the Alston-Massenburg Center and Taylor Street Park for this free, family-friendly event. It will include food, music and a variety of indoor and outdoor art activities for children of all ages, including rock painting, chalk art and ‘do it yourself’ kits at assemble on site or take home.
October 1st : Taste of China Festival – The China-American Friendship Association of North Carolina (CAFA) will present its 3rd annual Taste of China – Chinese Food and Culture Festival in downtown Cary. The festival features delicious Chinese cuisine, traditional arts and live performances.
October 1st : Wild About Nature Festival – Formerly known as Bass Lake Day, the Wild About Nature festival offers experiences to learn more about the world around us. See and meet animals, learn from local nature conservation organizations, and participate in hands-on activities including fort building and fossil digging at Holly Springs.
October 1st : Celebrate the Fuqua-Varina Festival – Celebrate Fuquay-Varina from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment, craft beer, food trucks, arts and crafts, and a free kids’ zone.
October 1st : Garner Fire Festival – Watch firefights, watch a live shooting demonstration and enjoy a parade down Main Street. Food, music and lots of fun!
October 1st : Fall Family Movie Nights at the Clayton General Store This will be the second movie night in the series, showing “The Addams Family.” The general store will have a food truck on site and the store will be open to serve ice cream and treats.
October 2: Fall Festival in North Hills – Join the MAKRS Society for this extra large fall event. Kick off the season with live music, local MAKRS, food trucks, drinks, kids zone, facilities and an exclusive VIP lounge. Tickets start at $15.

Tara Lynn is a former WRAL reporter and presenter. She lends her 15+ years in journalism to tell visual stories through love-filled photography for families of all kinds. The mother of three little humans and a senior rescue dog believes in celebrating the magic in the little things, the big loves and the imperfect moments that make the most remarkable memories. His vision is to help families celebrate and share their love through photography and album covers that become timeless memories connecting multiple generations…because moments often pass in the blink of an eye, and the photographs we take connect us to our memories and our great loves, forever.

You can find Tara Lynn on Instagram at @TaraLynn_andCo and TaraLynnAndCo.com. Learn more about his photography at TaraLynnAndCoPhoto.comTara Lynn and Co. Photography.
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First Art Museum Showcases Extraordinary and Rarely Seen Textiles from Famous Asian Art Collection https://songhaizeng.com/first-art-museum-showcases-extraordinary-and-rarely-seen-textiles-from-famous-asian-art-collection/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://songhaizeng.com/first-art-museum-showcases-extraordinary-and-rarely-seen-textiles-from-famous-asian-art-collection/ Splendor of Weaving: Treasures of Asian Textiles from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of ArtFrom October 7 to December 31, 2022 NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Frist Art Museum Presents Splendor of Weaving: Treasures of Asian Textiles from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Artan exhibition of Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian and Turkish textiles from one […]]]>

Splendor of Weaving: Treasures of Asian Textiles from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
From October 7 to December 31, 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Frist Art Museum Presents Splendor of Weaving: Treasures of Asian Textiles from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Artan exhibition of Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian and Turkish textiles from one of the most important collections of Asian art in United States. Organized by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas Citythe exhibition will be presented at Frist’s Ingram Gallery of From October 7 to December 312022.

Crafted with precious materials, innovative techniques and stunning artistry, Asian textiles have been an integral part of global commerce for centuries. Whether woven from cotton, linen, silk or wool, each textile of Splendor of weaving tells a complex and fascinating story that takes guests on a journey along trade routes across continents and through time, from the 15th century to the present day.

“This exhibition provides a rare opportunity for our audience, as these extraordinary treasures are not often displayed due to their fragile and light-sensitive nature,” said the senior curator of the Frist Art Museum. Trinity Kennedy. “Our guests will not only gain a deeper understanding of the various historic textiles on display, but they will also learn how Asian traditions are practiced and kept alive today, including by artists from our own community through gallery demonstrations. “

With over 65 objects organized thematically into five sections, Splendor of weaving explores the various purposes for which Asian textiles were created, including for use as clothing, furniture, gifts, and trade goods. Formal court dresses made in Imperial China and Japan signified rank and status within the governmental hierarchy, while striking costumes drawn from Japanese theatrical traditions and Chinese operas brought characters from illusory worlds to life on stage. Textured velvets and refined furnishings cover defined and transformed interior spaces. In a recreation of a 16th-century Persian royal tent, visitors to the exhibition can be enveloped in beautiful silk velvets adorned with flowers and royal hunting scenes.

A section devoted to the major role played by Asian textiles in diplomatic exchanges and world trade features Indian pashmina shawls and chintzes and Persian carpets, including one commissioned as a gift by a shah to a pope around 1600. in the Islamic world were highly prized. in Renaissance Europe. This spectacular example remains in excellent condition, suggesting that it could have been displayed on a wall or table rather than trampled on,” says Kennedy.

The exhibition concludes with modern and contemporary textiles from China, Japan, India, Pakistanand Turkey. In some regions, traditions were revived by non-governmental agencies and dedicated patrons and artists, while art forms such as carpet weaving continued in other regions uninterrupted. In the 21st century, Asia has regained its position both as a leading textile producer and as a place where local traditions of making home and luxury textiles continue to thrive.

In addition to experiential learning activities in the Martin ArtQuest® Gallery, Splendor of weaving is complemented by an educational gallery with illustrated reference books, a place for guests to reflect and react, and a space where contemporary fiber artists will talk and show their processes. A live demo schedule will be updated on FirstArtMuseum.org and will also be available on a touch screen in the gallery.

Exhibit Credit

Organized by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Thank you supporters

Platinum Sponsor: HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health

Hosting Sponsor: Union Station Hotel

Sponsor of the Spanish translation: Center for Latin America, Caribbeanand Latinx Studies at Vanderbilt University

Funded in part by Hays Foundation

Supported in part by Judy and Joe Barker

The Frist Art Museum is supported in part by the Frist Foundation, Metro Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Connect with us @FristArtMuseum #TheFrist #FristWeavingSplendor

About the first art museum

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art exhibit center dedicated to presenting and creating high-quality exhibits with programs related educational and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, the Frist Art Museum offers the finest visual arts from local, regional, national, and international sources in exhibits that inspire people through art to look at their world in a new way. Accessibility information is available at FristArtMuseum.org/accessibility. Admission to the gallery is free for visitors 18 and under and for members, and $15 for adults. For current hours and additional information, visit FristArtMuseum.org or call 615.244.3340.

SOURCE First Art Museum

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5 reasons to watch ONE 161: Petchmorakot Vs. Tawanchai on September 29 https://songhaizeng.com/5-reasons-to-watch-one-161-petchmorakot-vs-tawanchai-on-september-29/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 04:00:45 +0000 https://songhaizeng.com/5-reasons-to-watch-one-161-petchmorakot-vs-tawanchai-on-september-29/ The world’s largest martial arts organization is set to return to Singapore’s indoor stadium on Thursday, September 29, with a card that is sure to produce fireworks from top to bottom. ONE 161: Petchmorakot vs. Tawanchai showcases everything the organization has to offer, with competition in four different sports, heavyweight slugfests and a pivotal atomweight […]]]>

The world’s largest martial arts organization is set to return to Singapore’s indoor stadium on Thursday, September 29, with a card that is sure to produce fireworks from top to bottom.

ONE 161: Petchmorakot vs. Tawanchai showcases everything the organization has to offer, with competition in four different sports, heavyweight slugfests and a pivotal atomweight bout with major world title implications.

That said, here are five reasons to tune into ONE 161 next week.

Muay Thai World Title Fight

At the top of the card, ONE Muay Thai Featherweight World Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee defends his belt against 23-year-old striking sensation Tawanchai PK.Saenchai.

Fans should expect a fine display of “the art of eight limbs” when these two aggressive technicians face off in the circle.

Petchmorakot exceeded his limits in his last fight, a hard-fought victory over Frenchman Jimmy Vienot in May this year at ONE 157. Now, in his fourth title defense, he will no doubt be looking to dominate his compatriot.

He will, however, face a tough test in Tawanchai. The prodigiously talented product of PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym is hot, entering this fight with back-to-back knockouts.

Giants collide in World Heavyweight Kickboxing Grand Prix semi-finals

Ahead of the Muay Thai World Title fight, larger-than-life punchers battle it out for a spot in the ONE Heavyweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Finals, where the illustrious silver belt will be up for grabs.

In a fight, Iranian knockout artist Iraj Azizpour welcomes promotional newcomer Bruno Chaves to The Circle. The towering 6ft 6in Chaves is aiming to make a splash against the established Azizpour veteran.

And in the other semi-final, reigning ONE Kickboxing Light Heavyweight World Champion Roman Kryklia tests himself at heavyweight against Brazilian powerhouse Guto Inocente.

Top talent at Lightweight

In mixed martial arts action, China’s top lightweight fighter Zhang Lipeng takes on Dagestan destroyer Saygid Izagakhmaev in a match that could bring either man one step closer to a world title shot. .

Zhang impressed on his ONE debut in August 2021 when he picked up a unanimous decision victory over former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang. “The Warrior” followed that up with a blistering 32-second knockout of Ruslan Emilbek at ONE: ONLY THE BRAVE in January 2022.

On the other side of the circle will be Khabib Nurmagomedov’s protege, Izagakhmaev. Undefeated in his only promotional appearance, the Russian is a terrifying performer and grappler, holding 13 submission wins out of 20 career wins.

Simply put, this battle is elite MMA at its best.

Clash of the High Stakes Atomic Weights

Further down the map is an important atomic weight battle that fans – and the entire division – will be paying close attention to.

Indian wrestling champion Ritu Phogat is looking to get back into the win column after suffering a loss to Stamp Fairtex in the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix Final. In an attempt to do so, she will face two-time ONE Strawweight World Title challenger Tiffany Teo, who will be making her atomweight debut.

With Teo’s only career losses to current ONE Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan, she plans to quickly establish herself as a contender in her new weight division.

‘No Chill’ will have its hands full against Phogat, however, which will no doubt provide additional motivation after being completed for the first time in its career.

Bantamweight Muay Thai Mayhem

The ONE 161 main card features not one, not two, but three bantamweight Muay Thai bangers.

First up, highly touted 25-year-old Muay Thai superstar Ferrari Fairtex makes his ONE debut against unorthodox Chinese striker and former ONE Muay Thai world title challenger Han Zi Hao.

Next, in another clash between China and Thailand, Zhang Chenglong tests his Muay Thai skills after competing in kickboxing for much of his professional career. He meets seven-time Muay Thai World Champion Sangmanee PK.Saenchai in what promises to be a technical war.

Finally, former bantamweight kickboxing world champion ONE Capitan Petchyindee returns to the circle after losing his world title in March to ONE X. Russian marauder Aleverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov stands in his way.

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VOX POPULI: The Silent Witnesses of Japanese Wartime Domination Are Still Present in China https://songhaizeng.com/vox-populi-the-silent-witnesses-of-japanese-wartime-domination-are-still-present-in-china/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 03:59:00 +0000 https://songhaizeng.com/vox-populi-the-silent-witnesses-of-japanese-wartime-domination-are-still-present-in-china/ Photographer Osamu Funao, 62, lives in a mountainous region on the Kunisaki Peninsula in Kyushu. He moved there from Tokyo more than two decades ago. While growing insecticide-free rice, Funao has released photo collections of the daily lives of people in Africa and Asia. He is now asking for donations for his next project: a […]]]>

Photographer Osamu Funao, 62, lives in a mountainous region on the Kunisaki Peninsula in Kyushu. He moved there from Tokyo more than two decades ago.

While growing insecticide-free rice, Funao has released photo collections of the daily lives of people in Africa and Asia.

He is now asking for donations for his next project: a collection of photos of buildings in northeast China from the era of Manchukuo, a puppet state created by Japan in 1932.

Funao visited the area several times and took photos of around 400 architectural heritages.

Why Manchukuo?

“If I had lived in those times, I would have gone to Manchuria, feeling like my world was going to expand all of a sudden,” Funao said.

He visited some cities in the region, such as Shenyang and Dalian, for the first time six years ago.

Manchukuo-era red-brick buildings featured prominently among the glittering skyscrapers.

The structures gave Funao an idea of ​​Japan’s rise to power in the first half of the 20th century, but he also wondered how the people of an invaded country viewed these buildings.

What was Manchukuo after all? A feeling of vagueness led him to start photographing these buildings.

It is estimated that more than one million Japanese lived in Manchukuo. Everything was lost in the defeat of Japan and many people were killed.

War inflicts merciless suffering on the weak. The remaining buildings in China can be silent witnesses to all these historical events.

September 18 marks the anniversary of the Manchuria Incident, when the Japanese military claimed Chinese troops shelled a railway line outside the town of Mukden, now Shenyang, and launched an action military in northeast China known as Manchuria.

It was a pivotal event on Japan’s path to World War II.

Every Chinese knows this special day, just like the Japanese know the day the war ended and the days when atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

We must not forget September 18 either.

–The Asahi Shimbun, September 18

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Vox Populi, Vox Dei is a popular daily column that covers a wide range of topics, including culture, the arts, and social trends and developments. Written by veteran writers from Asahi Shimbun, the column offers helpful perspectives and insights into contemporary Japan and its culture.

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Chinese astronauts go on spacewalk from new station – Winnipeg Free Press https://songhaizeng.com/chinese-astronauts-go-on-spacewalk-from-new-station-winnipeg-free-press/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 13:18:06 +0000 https://songhaizeng.com/chinese-astronauts-go-on-spacewalk-from-new-station-winnipeg-free-press/ BEIJING (AP) — Two Chinese astronauts took a spacewalk Saturday from a new space station due for completion later this year. Pumps installed by Cai Xuzhe and Chen Dong, a handle to open the hatch door from the outside in an emergency, and a stopper to secure an astronaut’s feet to a robotic arm, media […]]]>

BEIJING (AP) — Two Chinese astronauts took a spacewalk Saturday from a new space station due for completion later this year.

Pumps installed by Cai Xuzhe and Chen Dong, a handle to open the hatch door from the outside in an emergency, and a stopper to secure an astronaut’s feet to a robotic arm, media said. ‘State.

China is building its own space station after being barred by the United States from the International Space Station because its military runs the country’s space program. US officials see a host of strategic challenges in China’s space ambitions, echoing the US-Soviet rivalry that prompted the race for the moon in the 1960s.

In this photo released by Chinese news agency Xinhua, a screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing shows Chinese astronaut Cai Xuzhe stepping out of the laboratory module at Wentian Station to conduct extravehicular activities, also known as spacewalk name on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (Guo Zhongzheng/Xinhua via AP)

The latest spacewalk was the second in a six-month mission that will oversee the completion of the space station. The first of the two labs, a 23-ton module, was added to the station in July and the other is due later this year.

The third crew member, Liu Yang, supported the other two from inside during the spacewalk. Liu and Chen performed the first spacewalk about two weeks ago.

They will be joined by three other astronauts near the end of their mission in what will be the first time the station has had six people on board.

China became the third country to send a person into space in 2003, after the former Soviet Union and the United States. He sent rovers to the Moon and Mars and brought lunar samples back to Earth.

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Pope and Chinese leader Xi to cross paths in Kazakhstan – Winnipeg Free Press https://songhaizeng.com/pope-and-chinese-leader-xi-to-cross-paths-in-kazakhstan-winnipeg-free-press/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 05:50:08 +0000 https://songhaizeng.com/pope-and-chinese-leader-xi-to-cross-paths-in-kazakhstan-winnipeg-free-press/ TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first trip abroad since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic will overlap with a visit by Pope Francis to Kazakhstan, though the Vatican says he won’t. they are not expected to meet. Xi’s state visit on Wednesday comes just weeks before a very important political meeting […]]]>

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first trip abroad since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic will overlap with a visit by Pope Francis to Kazakhstan, though the Vatican says he won’t. they are not expected to meet.

Xi’s state visit on Wednesday comes just weeks before a very important political meeting in China where he is expected to take up a third term as he consolidates his grip on power. The pope is in Kazakhstan until Thursday for a state visit and an interreligious congress of world religious leaders.

Asked during his flight to Kazakhstan about a possible meeting with Xi, the pope said: “I have no news on this. But I’m still ready to go to China.

FILE – Pope Francis delivers his speech during a meeting with authorities, civil society and diplomats at the Qazaq Concert Hall in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 13, 2022. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first trip to abroad since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic will overlap with a visit by Pope Francis to Kazakhstan, though the Vatican says there are no plans for them to meet. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

The two have been in the same neighborhood before and have not met, including in New York for the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 and Xi’s visit to Italy in 2019.

The Vatican and China are due to renew their 2018 agreement on bishop appointments at the end of this month. A Vatican delegation recently returned from Beijing and Holy See officials expect the deal to continue.

Here’s a look at Beijing’s complicated relationship with the Vatican and the conditions worshipers face in China.

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WHAT IS CHINA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE VATICAN?

China has no diplomatic relations with the Vatican, since the ruling Communist Party demanded that Roman Catholics in China sever their ties with the Vatican in the 1950s. For decades people could only worship in churches affiliated with the party-controlled Patriotic Catholic Association.

The Association follows Vatican doctrine and sends theologians to Rome for study sessions, but the ruling party rejects any role for the pope in selecting bishops in China or running churches.

The two sides reached an agreement in 2018 that gave the Holy See the final say on Beijing’s proposed bishops, but details were never released. Francis said the process involves dialogue, but he has the final say.

Beijing has long insisted that it must approve appointments within the framework of its national sovereignty. The Vatican insisted on the divine authority of the pope to choose the successors of Christ’s apostles.

Vatican officials have said that if the Vatican does not forge something new, there is a risk that the Catholic Church in China will split irrevocably.

Vatican City, where the pope is head of state, is the latest European government to maintain ties with Taiwan, the self-governing island democracy that the Communist Party claims as part of its territory. Any deal to establish formal ties with Beijing would likely require the Vatican to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and endorse the party’s claim to the island.

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HOW HAS THE BEIJING-VATICAN RELATION DEVELOPED IN RECENT YEARS?

Vatican officials said they hoped the 2018 agreement would lead to improvements in conditions for the Chinese Catholic community and not just focus on bishop appointments.

The agreement has brought China and the Vatican closer over the past four years, said Chang Chia-lin, a professor of religious studies at Taiwan’s Tamkang University.

“In the future, if China agrees to let the Pope pay a visit, I think the possibility for the Vatican and China to establish diplomatic relations will deepen,” Chang said.

Despite the closer ties, Catholics practicing outside state churches face heavy pressure and harassment. Rights groups have criticized the deal, saying the costs outweigh the benefits.

Joseph Zen, a prominent Catholic cardinal from Hong Kong who had been a staunch critic of the Chinese Communist Party, was arrested in May as part of a crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

The Vatican issued a statement of concern – a rarity given its delicate relationship with Beijing.

“It seems likely that in order to maintain the positive diplomacy necessary to pursue the Sino-Vatican agreement, the Vatican was unwilling to condemn the Chinese government’s ongoing crimes against humanity targeting Uyghurs and the suppression of human rights. man in Hong Kong – even when he affected prominent Catholics like Cardinal Zen,” said William Nee, Research and Advocacy Coordinator at Chinese Human Rights Defenders.

An estimated one million or more Uyghurs and other people from predominantly Muslim ethnic groups were detained in internment camps in the western region of Xinjiang, which the human rights body said. UN man, could constitute “crimes against humanity”.

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WHAT IS THE SITUATION OF CHRISTIANS IN CHINA?

Under Xi, China has launched a crackdown on Christianity in recent years, part of a general tightening of religious freedoms that has also affected adherents of Islam and, to a lesser extent, Buddhism and Taoism.

Tens of millions of Chinese Roman Catholics as well as Christians had worshiped for decades in informal “house churches” and their presence was tolerated.

But China’s drive to “sinicize” religion and give ultimate control to the Communist Party rather than a religious leader has led informal churches to come under intense pressure to close. Christian worshipers have seen their churches raided, while facing interrogation and surveillance. The police arrested pastors and priests associated with these churches.

Some, like the Holy Reformed Church of Shenzhen, have fled overseas to practice their version of their religion.

Despite the crackdown, the number of Catholics and believers of other Christian denominations has increased in recent decades, experts say.

“In China, an ordinary Christian, or a Catholic, has limited religious freedom. They can go to church for mass and prayer, and this so-called limited religious freedom, and it’s under the church which is controlled by the Communist Party,” Chang said.

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Associated Press writers Joe McDonald in Beijing and Nicole Winfield in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, contributed to this report.

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Liveliness matters in teaching – Royal Purple https://songhaizeng.com/liveliness-matters-in-teaching-royal-purple/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 01:12:25 +0000 https://songhaizeng.com/liveliness-matters-in-teaching-royal-purple/ Ivy Steege, Arts and Entertainment EditorSeptember 11, 2022 Passion is the engine of a UWW professor, Xiaohong Zhang. With over 50 group and solo exhibitions to his name, Zhang has had a monumental impact on the Arts and Design department at Whitewater. “I am passionate about being an artist. I consider myself very lucky to […]]]>

Ivy Steege, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Passion is the engine of a UWW professor, Xiaohong Zhang. With over 50 group and solo exhibitions to his name, Zhang has had a monumental impact on the Arts and Design department at Whitewater.

I am passionate about being an artist. I consider myself very lucky to be an art teacher. I love being able to share my knowledge and experiences of creating media art with my students and helping them grow as media artists and creative thinkers. My passion for new technologies and media art motivates me to do media art and teach media art,” Zhang commented. “I want to be a good teacher. I found that researching and creating artwork in the field also supported my teaching. I can share my work experience with my students during my teaching.

Zhang’s enthusiasm for teaching can also be seen in the students who take his classes.

“Not knowing much about Photoshop or Illustrator was pretty hard, but I think {Zhang} taught it well. Now I can say I can use Photoshop and Illustrator pretty well,” said Logan Mueller, major in media arts and game development, about visual design for digital media with Zhang “I think he’s a great teacher.”

Zhang, who works in the Arts and Design Department at Whitewater, is originally from Hubei, China, where she did her undergraduate studies at the Hubei Academy of Fine Arts. In 2002, she earned her MFA from Southern Illinois University.

“I never planned or decided to be a teacher. I applied {for a} teaching position after graduating with an MFA. I was offered a teaching job at UW Whitewater, and I love teaching,” said Zhang, who says she first went to graduate school to become a full-time artist. It wasn’t until her classmates at SIU started applying for teaching jobs that she decided to do so as well. “Maybe it’s fate. Majority of my family members are teachers. My mother is a primary school teacher, my husband is a teacher and even my younger brother is a teacher.

While at SIU, Zhang immersed herself in Western digital art – such as 3D animation – and continues to do so while teaching at UWW. His featured artwork blends traditional Chinese art forms with digital publishing.

She says, “I was traditionally trained in academic art forms like Chinese brush painting, Western-style drawing, painting and graphic design in the early 1990s. I always wanted to find a way to give the Chinese folk art of paper-cutting, traditionally practiced by housewives, the recognition it deserves. Over the past twenty years, I have reinvented the representation of this folk art by blending my contemporary digital techniques with traditional art forms, patterns and symbols.

The students had the chance to work on these mixed media artworks with Zhang. In 2020, Kyle Grzyb completed a research assistant position with Professor; and most recently the aforementioned Logan Mueller and Zhang worked together through UWW SURFING. The program is a ten-week, mentotted summer research project where students, such as Mueller, learn continuously to improve their skills.

When asked what he learned from Zhang during UWW SURF, Mueller replied, “Definitely an understanding of Blender a little more and the online application of that. Also, the more fine art side of media arts and game development. I think she really helped me understand that because we are building our exhibit, which will be exhibited. There’s a lot of processes that I’ve really never been introduced to, and then she really helped me with the {non-digital} aspect of it. »

A person who is destined to share their craft will find a way to do so. With over 20 years of teaching experience at UWW, Zhang inspires creativity in her students while finding enthusiasm in her own art.

A self-portrait of Xiaohong Zhang
(Xiaohong Zhang)
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Reminder: Free Coquitlam Carnival to Celebrate Multiculturalism https://songhaizeng.com/reminder-free-coquitlam-carnival-to-celebrate-multiculturalism/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 18:30:00 +0000 https://songhaizeng.com/reminder-free-coquitlam-carnival-to-celebrate-multiculturalism/ For two days, World of Love is set to showcase a diverse palette of music, dance, art and food – and a lantern show. The downtown park will be filled with colorful exhibits this long weekend. The multicultural World of Love Carnival is set to cap off summer in Coquitlam with a celebration of food, […]]]>

For two days, World of Love is set to showcase a diverse palette of music, dance, art and food – and a lantern show.

The downtown park will be filled with colorful exhibits this long weekend.

The multicultural World of Love Carnival is set to cap off summer in Coquitlam with a celebration of food, art and lights tomorrow and Monday (September 4-5).

The free event is organized by the North America Chinese Culture Promotion Society.

It aims to showcase the diversity of the Tri-Cities and Metro Vancouver regions with over 250 artists and vendors.

Plus, a Chinese lantern show will light up the park with eye-catching characters ranging from bold dragons to graceful swans.

The animal-themed exhibits are characteristic of Qinhuai River-style lanterns originating from Nanjing, China, and are meant to provide interested guests with plenty of photo opportunities.

Some of the arts and crafts at World of Love include lantern making, face painting, paper cutting, tea making, and calligraphy.

Additionally, residents can try their hand at sugar painting, a traditional Chinese folk art form that uses hot liquid sugar to create two-dimensional objects.

The Multicultural Carnival is scheduled for tomorrow (September 4) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday (September 5) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, you can visit the carnival sitecall the event organizers at 604-888-5989 or email worldoflovecarnival@gmail.com.

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What to do this weekend (September 2-4), Lifestyle News https://songhaizeng.com/what-to-do-this-weekend-september-2-4-lifestyle-news/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 04:08:00 +0000 https://songhaizeng.com/what-to-do-this-weekend-september-2-4-lifestyle-news/ Ready for the weekend? Here’s what to expect this week. White Rabbit pop-up at Chin Mee Chin Confectionery Get ready for a taste of nostalgia, as the company behind childhood sweet White Rabbit Candy releases a White Rabbit ice cream pop-up! Located at Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, the pop-up lets you enjoy a scoop of […]]]>

Ready for the weekend? Here’s what to expect this week.

White Rabbit pop-up at Chin Mee Chin Confectionery

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Get ready for a taste of nostalgia, as the company behind childhood sweet White Rabbit Candy releases a White Rabbit ice cream pop-up!

Located at Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, the pop-up lets you enjoy a scoop of creamy white rabbit ice cream as part of an exclusive set meal ($9.50) that also includes kaya toast and eggs from the coffee and a drink of your choice. .

Additionally, you can also purchase a variety of exclusive White Rabbit products like tote bags, pillows, mugs, and umbrellas.

You can read our article on the White Rabbit pop-up here.

Date: until September 11, 2022.

Learn more here.

Lakeside Lights 2022 @ Jurong Lake Gardens

With the Mid-Autumn Festival fast approaching, Jurong Lake Gardens’ annual Lights by the Lake Festival is back.

Besides admiring the spectacular giant lantern displays, you can expect tons of fun activities and programs like weekly concerts, sunset walks, craft sessions, lantern puzzles and more Again.

Date: until September 18, 2022.

Learn more here.

Mid-Autumn Festival 2022 @ Gardens by the Bay

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Around the theme of Reunion, this year’s edition of the Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival invites you to gather your family and friends for a world of festive fun.

Expect to see stunning displays of giant lanterns, ranging from the 11-meter-tall Flight of the Phoenix lantern to The Colors of Daily Life, a magical installation where adorable anthropomorphic animals and their families play traditional Korean games like yut-nori (a Korean board game) and flying kites.

Also be sure to visit the market for tons of food stalls selling delicious street food and Mid-Autumn treats, catch a variety of stage performances, be wowed by special LED diabolo performances and LED spinning acts, and much more.

Date: until September 11, 2022.

Learn more here.

Moonlit! Mid-Autumn Festival @ Singapore Discovery Center

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Head to the Singapore Discovery Center (SDC) this weekend for its annual Moon-Lit rendezvous! festival.

Be wowed by beautiful lantern displays and light installations, watch performances by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, immerse yourself in the art of tea drinking and tea appreciation, explore SDC via interactive walks at the lantern, and much more.

Date: September 3 to 10, 2022.

Learn more here.

Swim for Hope 2022

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Make a splash for a good cause with Safra’s annual Swim For Hope charity event.

You can participate virtually and choose to swim at your own pace and pace, or register for a physical event and time your swim distance at a Safra club.

Proceeds from the charity event are donated to the President’s Challenge, Rainbow Centre, SAF Care Fund, Singapore Swimming Association Development Fund and Special Olympics Singapore.

Registration until September 30, 2022.

Swimming period from September 1 to October 30, 2022.

Learn more here.

Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2022

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Check out the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH) Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival this weekend for an exciting range of activities and programs celebrating Chinese arts, culture and heritage.

This year’s festival features a stunning Celestial Bodies outdoor installation featuring spherical lanterns featuring five of Taiwanese artist Kai 3D Art Studio’s characters: the Moon, Earth, Sun, Saturn and Mercury.

The installation pays homage to the moon, which is brightest and roundest on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Plus, you can enjoy a variety of on-site programs, including drop-in crafts, storytelling sessions, woodblock printing workshops, and live performances.

Date: until September 25, 2022.

Learn more here.

This article was first published in Wonderwall.sg.

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