“A Passage to China” returns to Mall of America April 5 & 6
By Greg Hugh
While we have endured an unusually severe winter dominated by a polar vortex that created havoc across the country causing cancelation of schools and travel, we can take solace that spring is just around the corner. The arrival of spring marks the return of the seventh annual “A Passage to China” that will be held at Mall of America on April 5 and 6.
Northfield, Minn.- On the very day the 2014 Winter Olympics were getting underway in Sochi, four members of the Carleton College Chinese Music Ensemble were awarded medals of their own at the 2014 Huain Cup International Chinese Instrument Competition at the Le Petit Trianon Theatre in sunny San Jose, California.
Increasing global interest prompts Minnetonka-based East View Press to publish Chinese archaeological research in English
Ancient Chinese bronzes are no longer alien to Western eyes. Fine Chinese bronzes and ceramics, often used in ceremonial and ancestor-worship rituals, command extraordinary prices these days. Auction houses such as Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams have raked in record-breaking prices for Chinese bronzes recently. Bloomberg reported a 3,000-year-old bronze ritual food vessel sold for US$12 million in London in October 2013. In Hong Kong, also in October 2013, a gilt-bronze seated Buddha sold for US$30.5 million at Sotheby’s. In March 2013, Christie’s collected US$1.26 million for a 5.5-inch bronze vessel from the Shang Dynasty and a circa 1700 8-inch pear-shaped vase with blue underglaze for US$3.82 million.
By Elaine Dunn
One evening in March 2013, in an unassuming establishment called Cheku Café (车库咖啡厅) in Beijing’s tech district, young university and tech types gathered in anticipation to discuss the night’s event: that an American student named Jake Smith asked
David Fong’s Restaurant and family score Spirit of Hospitality Award
By Greg Hugh
As a salute to outstanding customer service employees in Bloomington’s tourism, hospitality and retail industries, the Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau (BCVB) recently presented its 18th annual Diamond Service Awards. The event recognizes exceptional individuals who contribute to Bloomington’s success as a friendly world-class travel destination.
Following a powerful performance at the 2012 London summer Olympics, China’s 139-strong delegation to the Sochi games had hoped to build on its Vancouver performance. After all,
All who have studied Mandarin Chinese in school have had difficulty understanding some of the Chinese you have met. You may find that while your Chinese listeners understand you, you may have difficulty understanding them. There are valid reasons for this. Standard Mandarin is
President Obama announces his intent to nominate Jane Chu as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
President Obama announced on Feb. 12 his intent to nominate Dr. Jane Chu as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The president said, “Jane’s lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a powerful advocate for artists and arts education in Kansas City.
“Dream of the Red Chamber” (红樓夢) as opera in English
The Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends of Minnesota is please to confirm plans for a commission with the San Francisco Opera for a fall 2016 world premiere of “Dream of the Red Chamber,” are finalized. The production will feature music by world-renowned Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng (Madame Mao, Silver River) and an English-language libretto by the composer and Tony Award-winning Chinese-American playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly and Chinglish).
Eccentric Chinese businessman full of surprises during recent New York City visit
By Greg Hugh
Chen Guangbiao, a Chinese recycling tycoon and among China’s top 400 richest people, made headlines recently by announcing his intentions to purchase the legendary New York Times.