Monday, February 19, 2018

Coming Up Next: Victoria Gerard of the Bowers Museum and 'Empress Dowager Cixi: Selections from the Summer Palace'




This coming Saturday, February 24, 2018 I'll be coming to you from Chinatown in the "City by the Bay," San Francisco, California! 

Chinese New Year celebrations -including the world-renowned parade in Chinatown- are the largest in North America and the largest outside Asia. 

My guest on Conversations will be Ms. Victoria Gerard, Curator of Collections and Special Exhibitions at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Orange County, California. 

Empress Dowager Cixi: Selections from the Summer Palace is on exhibit at the Bowers Museum until March 11, 2018. Now is your chance to experience this first-of-its-kind exhibit which was organized through a ground-breaking partnership with the Summer Palace Museum in Beijing. Cixi's role and her life was a multifaceted one -politician, matriarch and connoisseur of various arts. The exhibit reconstructs the matriarch's everyday life in the Summer Palace through four sections and more than 100 objects never before displayed in the USA before. 

Check out this article from Voice of America. New China TV debuted this clip through YouTube

As our celebrations of the Chinese New Year continue we'll feature a special edition of the Weekly Almanac where you'll learn about public celebrations and exhibits of Chinese culture. Check out the Confucius Moment, Chinese Fun Facts and more! 

On this show "everything Chinese is all the rage these days." We wouldn't have it any other way. 

Tune in this coming Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 11:30 p.m. Beijing Time to listen in realtime on 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com anywhere via audio streaming. 

Can't listen in realtime? Not to worry; we've got you covered. You'll be able to listen on your schedule through our archives site at    
our channel on Podcasts.com. 


Xiexie! Thank you for tuning in to Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. My weekly news blasts and blog site are here to connect you to my show on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH Radio, China and the other cultures of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

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This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email ambridge01@163.com

When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

The Pacific Learning Consortium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Greenwich, Connecticut sponsors of the weekly Confucius Moment. Now collaborating with the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges by offering the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program. Now qualified Americans can study on full scholarships for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Chinese universities. Get started today by contacting PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.  Learn more online at www.pacificlearningconsortium.org. 

This weekly show is also made possible by individual listeners like you all around the world. Thank you!

Thank you! Year 3 Begins!




As we continue to celebrate Chinese New Year, I send my warmest wishes to all around China, America and the world, wishing you peace, prosperity, safe travel, good health and everlasting fond memories. 

Chinese New Year is colorful and exciting to say the least.

During this auspicious season we mark another milestone as we begin the third year of the Marvels of China Pathways to the Pacific Rim show. 

I humbly send my heartfelt thanks, especially to our title sponsor Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development, Limited, and to 1490 WGCH/WGCH.com anywhere for taking a chance on this first of its kind show. There are many individuals in America and China whom I am grateful to. My extraordinary guests have been a delight to welcome.

The true star of the show is not and never has been me. Together we have shared a journey of discovery and fascination into a culture that stretches back over 5000 years in time.

Thank you for tuning in each week – our best days are yet to come!

Xiexie!

Friday, February 16, 2018

It's Time for the Official Great Chinese New Year T-Shirt Giveaway!


If you are lucky and provide the correct answer this shirt or one like it may become yours! 

WE HAVE A WINNER! 
We send our congratulations to Robert Chen from Greenwich, Connecticut -the same town where 1490 WGCH/WGCH.com broadcasts the show. He guessed correctly that the rhinoceros is NOT one of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac. 

Starting on the Saturday, February 17 show I will be giving away Chinese New Year of the Dog t-shirts like the one featured above.

Tune in tomorrow for our All-Things Chinese Weekly Trivia Contest. 

I'll pose a question. The first listener who sends me the correct answer to MarvelsofChina@gmail.com wins! 

You'll receive an authentic Chinese New Year t-shirt from Honolulu's Chinatown.

I'm feeling good so guess what else I'll do? I also send along a small bag of Hawaiian coffee. 

Please be sure to include your name, postal address and your shirt size. I'll announce the winner of the next broadcast. Good luck! 


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Happy Chinese New Year! 4716 -the Year of the Dog- is Here!




At last! Year 4716 -the Year of the Dog -is Here! 

Just a couple of hours ago friends and listeners in Eastern and Southeast Asia shared the good news that Chinese New Year has officially started. Congratulations! 

Meanwhile, here in the USA -and in Hawaii where I am currently located- we have a little longer to wait. It's worth it. 

Colorful decorations festoon homes, offices, businesses and the sidewalks of Honolulu's Chinatown. People are running around making last-minute purchases, all leading to the start of this most auspicious of holidays. 

From my heart to yours, wishing you and your families around the world a Happy Chinese New Year of the Dog. May your homes be filled with an abundance of joy, smiles, prosperity, good health and success. Safe travels to all wherever your destinations may be. 

Jeffrey Bingham Mead,
Your Host. 


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Coming Up Next: Happy New Year! Ashley Fu, Chair of the Young Professionals of The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Hawaii and Douglas Chong of the Hawaii Chinese History Center





On our upcoming Chinese New Year special broadcast I'm welcoming Ms. Ashley Fu. She is the chair of the Young Professionals of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Honolulu, Hawaii USA. 

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential," said the Sage Confucius, "these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence." That's certainly the case with this group of 20 to 30 year olds. They are making their imprint on the community while positively impacting the community. 


I'm also welcoming back Mr. Douglas Chong of the Hawaii Chinese History Center in Honolulu's Chinatown. We'll share a few moments hearing about the announcement and release of the 2018 Chinese New Year commemorative postage stamps in January. Both Chong and leaders of Hawaii's Chinese community were directly involved. You can still purchase these at your local post office in the USA or do so online at: https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/lunar-new-year-year-of-the-dog-S_564804

It's time to celebrate! Auspicious meanings fill the air as the Chinese New Year -also known as the Spring Festival- officially arrives the days before the show, February 16. Look forward to greetings from local officials, as well as our regular segments. Be sure to listen to the Weekly Almanac where you'll hear about things to do and places to be where you can savor the splendors and textures of Chinese culture. 


We're giving away authentic Chinese New Year t-shirts designed and manufactured in Hawaii! Test your knowledge of Chinese civilization by listening and participating in our trivia contest. The first listener with the correct answer wins one of these Year of the Dog commemorative shirts. 


The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America has established its presence on the Facebook social media platform. To learn more go to https://www.facebook.com/ChineseEmbassyinUS/

We're also marking the beginning of our third year on-the-air! What a journey this has been! I want all of our listeners to know how deeply appreciative I am of your interest and support for this program. My thanks goes to Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development, Ltd., for having the vision and foresight to serve as the title-sponsor of this show as well as 1490 WGCH/WGCH.com in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

Remember to tune in this coming Saturday, February 16, 2018 to 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com anywhere via live audio streaming at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time and 11:30 p.m. Beijing Time. Not convenient for you? We'll upload the broadcast to our archives channel at Podcasts.com, send it out via our email list and post it on social media platforms. 



Xiexie! Thank you for tuning in to Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. My weekly news blasts and blog site are here to connect you to my show on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH Radio, China and the other cultures of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Subscribe by email to MarvelsofChina@gmail.comIf you prefer not to receive messages please respond with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject-box of your email. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's broadcasts are from AM1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email ambridge01@163.com

When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

The Pacific Learning Consortium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Greenwich, Connecticut sponsors of the weekly Confucius Moment. Now collaborating with the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges by offering the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program. Now qualified Americans can study on full scholarships for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Chinese universities. Get started today by contacting PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.  Learn more online at www.pacificlearningconsortium.org. 

This weekly show is also made possible by individual listeners like you all around the world. Thank you!


Now on Facebook: Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the USA





The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America has established its presence on Facebook. 

To learn more go to this link. 


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Three Minutes: Apple celebrates Chinese New Year with teary iPhone X ad





If your family reunion only lasts three minutes, what will you do? This unique Chinese New Year story was shot on iPhone X by director Peter Chan. This story was published on CNET and featured on YouTube.


It's the story of a woman who works as a conductor on a train and rarely sees her son at the New Year. It's been a big viral hit in China.

Friday sees China begin to celebrate its New Year. 
You might imagine that many brands would create cheery, uplifting communication to herald the Year of the Dog.
Apple thought different.
It released a long ad that puts tears before cheers. 
Based on a true story, it tells the tale of a woman who's a conductor on one of the longest train routes in China -- Nanning to Harbin. It's a six-day journey. This means she rarely gets to see her young son, named Ding, during the New Year festivities.
She leaves him with her sister and worries whether he behaves. She admits she's tough on him. He, in turn, desperately wants to impress his mom. So he learns his multiplication tables with extreme concentration.
This particular New Year, however, her sister decides to bring Ding to the Kaili station in Guizhou, just to catch mom for the three minutes that the train stops there.
What follows are moments of quiet desperation as the two search for each other on a crowded platform, just to spend a few moments together -- a few moments in which Ding wants to show how well he's learned his tables.
The ad purports to be for the iPhone X. The only overt role the phone plays, however, is that the man behind the camera -- famed movie director Peter Chan -- shot the whole thing on the phone. (Steven Soderbergh has just shot a thriller on the phone.)
Even though Apple concludes the ad by saying everyone should capture their stories on the iPhone X, the underlying message of this melancholy piece is about the preciousness of time. 
It goes by quickly. The important moments can pull out of the station before we've even recognized them. 
The ad does paint some optimistic tones at the end. What we remember most, though, is the mom and son pulled apart on a festive day.
Despite the sadness -- or perhaps because of it -- this oeuvre has enjoyed considerable attention in China. Adweek reported last week that it had already enjoyed 68 million online views.