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The Peony Pavilion: Traditional Chinese Opera Performance

Performance by the Kwun Opera Society
Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 6:00p
Location: Eugene Public Library

The visiting Chinese Kwun Opera Society performs scenes from a classic romance, accompanied by local musicians.

Harmony and Peace in Calligraphy

Public Talk by Bin Zhou
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 2:00p
Location: Eugene Public Library

Learn about the history, significance, and art of Chinese calligraphy at an illustrated talk by Professor Zhou Bin. He isDirector of the Calligraphy Education and Psychology Research Center and Chair man of the United Association of Calligraphy working with the United Nations.

Love and Lust in Shakespeare and His Chinese Counterpart

Lecture by Maoqing Chen, University of Oregon Confucius Institute
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 2:00p
Location: Eugene Public Library

In different cultural contexts, Shakespeare (1564-1616) and his contemporary Chinese counterpart Tang Xianzu (1550-1616) created dramatic masterpieces that transcend space and time. This talk is to elaborate upon the parallels and disparities between the two giants in terms of the representation of the universal motifs such as love, incest, zoophilia and avarice for power. It also touches upon the reception of Shakespeare in China and Tang Xianzu’s Peony Pavilion on American stage.

Dr. Maoqing Chen, Courtesy Co-Director of the University of Oregon Confucius Institute, Associate Professor of East China Normal University in Shanghai, Fulbright research scholar at the University of California at Irvine (2013-14), author of the book Dream and Drama: A Comparative Study of Tang Xianzu and Shakespeare (2008) and dozens of papers in comparative literature, intercultural theatre and applied linguistics.

The Art and Science of Taiji Quan

Demonstration by David Leung
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 2:00p
Location: Eugene Public Library

Master David Leung and his students share the history, philosophy, and practice of Taiji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan, or Tai Chi boxing). Attendees are welcome to participate in demonstrations.

The Chinese Mind: Traditional Wisdom and its Transformation in Modern Times

Lecture by Zhenhua Yu, East China Normal University
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 2:00p
Location: Eugene Public Library

This talk will introduce the evolvement of the Chinese Mind from the Axial Age to the present in the perspective of world philosophy. It will focus on traditional Chinese wisdom in Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism in ancient China and its interaction with Western thought since 17th century, and underline some important features of the Chinese Mind on the basis of the rich intellectual history of China.

Dr. Yu Zhenhua, Professor and former Dean of the Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University (ECNU); Yangtze River Scholar, Ministry of Education of China; Fulbright Research Scholar, New York University (2016-2017); Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute (2006-2007). Co-director of Knowledge and Action Lab, Joriss, between ECNU and Ecole Normale Superieure/Lyon, France. His fields of interest include epistemology, metaphysics and comparative philosophy. He has published books How is Metaphysical Wisdom Possible? (2000, 2015), The Tacit Dimension of Human Knowledge (2012), and dozens of articles in Chinese and international journals.

Tang Dynasty Tea Poetry

Lecture by James A. Benn
Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: 2:00p
Location: Allen 140

The values associated with tea today— that it is natural, health-giving, detoxifying, spiritual, stimulating, refreshing, and so on— are not new concepts. We find them already in the poetry of the Tang dynasty (618-907). In tea poetry we can catch a glimpse of the cultural synergy created by literati, poets, and Buddhist monks gathering to share and construct new standards of connoisseurship and creativity, as well as to develop new themes and imagery. Surviving poems describe the color, aroma, and taste of the beverage; methods for preparing tea; the shape of teaware; settings for drinking tea; appreciation of the various aesthetic, medicinal, and psychoactive qualities of the beverage; as well as the world of tea growing, picking, and preparation.

Professor James A. Benn was trained primarily as a scholar of medieval Chinese religions (Buddhism and Taoism). His current research is aimed at understanding the practices and world views of medieval men and women, both religious and lay, through the close reading of primary sources in literary Chinese—the lingua franca of East Asian religions.

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute for Global China Studies and cosponsored by Portland State University.


Du Fu’s Chicken-coop: one of the worst (or best) poems by “China’s greatest poet”

Lecture by Stephen Owen, Harvard University
Monday, April 10, 2017
Time: 4:00p
Location: Knight Library Browsing Room

Du Fu was considered the “greatest poet” even in the Tang, but our current image of Du Fu took shape several centuries later, in the Song Dynasty. That image of the Du Fu as the perfect Confucian has shaped editing, anthologizing, and criticism to the point that the poet disappears into his image. But there are actually many Du Fu’s, and this talk will look outside the standard image of the poet and find a different kind of poetry.

Stephen Owen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and a member of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Department of Comparative Literature. Born in St. Louis in 1946, he received both his B.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1972) from Yale University. After teaching for a decade at Yale in East Asian Languages and Literature and in the Literature Major, he moved to Harvard in 1982. He has held a Fulbright and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society. In 2005 he received the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award. He is the author of twelve books on Chinese literature and comparative literature, the most recent being The Making of Early Chinese Classical Poetry (2006) and The Late Tang: Chinese Poetry of the Mid-Ninth Century (827-860) (2006). An Anthology of Chinese Literature: Earliest Times to 1911 (1996) was in 1997 as outstanding translation of the year by American Literary Translators Association. He has been the author of numerous articles, including the entry on “poetry” in the most recent edition of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012). With the exception of the anthology and one book published in Chinese, the other ten of his books have been translated into Chinese, and he has been the subject of numerous studies in Chinese and one in English. He was the editor of the first volume of The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature (2010).

He has a complete translation of the poetry of Du Fu, published in a dual-language version by DeGruyter in 2015, available both in print and open-access on the Web. This will make up the first, inaugural volumes of the Library of Chinese Humanities, which he helped to found, with the goal of making pre-modern Chinese works available in dual-language versions both in print and on the Web. His new book on Chinese song lyric (ci), through the early twelfth century, is forthcoming.

A Taste of the Year of the Rooster: Learn to make and enjoy Chinese dumplings

Interactive Cooking Demonstration by Linghui Wang
Saturday March 18, 2017
Eugene Public Library, Bascom Tykeson Room

In the Chinese calendar, 2017 is the year of the rooster.

In this free event, you will learn how to make a traditional Chinese dumpling. Dumplings are among the major foods eaten during one of China’s major holidays, the Lunar New Year. We will make dumplings containing ground meat or vegetables wrapped in a thinly rolled piece of dough. After we cook them, we will sample the dumplings we have made!

China Film Night

Mountains May Depart
with English Subtitles
Friday, February 24, 2017
6 pm
Global Scholars Hall 117

As one of the 2015 Top Ten Chinese Movies, the film Mountains May Depart has won many awards including Public Award at the 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival, the 12th International Fans Association Award (Best Actress), and the 10th Asian Film Award (Best Screenplay). The film is both an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic about how China’s economic experiment has affected the lives of one splintered family, leaping in time from the past to the present to the speculative near-future. It is truly profound study of how China’s economic boom has affected the bond of family, tradition and love.

32nd Annual Oregon Asian Celebration

Saturday, February 18-Sunday, February 19, 2017
Lane Events Center
Saturday 10a-7p
Sunday 10a-6p

This year’s theme is Tons of Fun and we hope you, your family, and friends will find many fun things to do at the 32nd annual festival. Come and enjoy exciting and colorful Asian cultural performances, music, fine art; demonstrations of Asian crafts, cooking, and martial arts; an Asian heritage exhibit, Asian food court, marketplace, special events, and more (download the 2017 poster).

Lane Events Center doors opened at 10:00 a.m. on both days and closes at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets at the door are $6 for 1-day or $10 for 2-days. The event is FREE for ages 12 & under, and FREE for ages 13 and older, (including college students) when presenting a student ID card & special student admission ticket obtained at any Oregon Community Credit Union  branch starting February 1, 2017.

This year’s partnering events include the Lane County Museum’s exhibit Uprooted Exhibit of Japanese Farm LaborersPacMac Martial Arts Conference , Aloha Friday, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Lunar New Year, DisOrient Film Festival, and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Roundtable.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors Oregon Community Credit UnionKikkoman USAKVAL-TVImagination InternationalMcDonaldsUniversity of Oregon, and Sunrise Asian Market, and AARP.