Friday, February 23, 2018

Weekly Almanac: There's Much to See and Do!

Everything Chinese is all the rage these days! One of our most popular segments on Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim is the Weekly Almanac

It is here where we provide our global listeners with news of just some of the public exhibits and activities happening around the USA, China and beyond:

There's always something going on at the China Institute in America! Mountains in Chinese legends are the pillars that hold up the sky. The public is invited to Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer's Lens on exhibit at the China Institute in America, 100 Washington Street, New York City until February 17, 2019.

At the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), On the Shelves of Kam Wah Chung & Co. General Store and Apothecary in John Day, Oregon is an immersive exhibition celebrating the medical practice of Ing "Doc" Hay who became a prominent figure in eastern Oregon after the California Gold Rush. Ends September 9, 2018. Chinese Medicine in America: Converging Ideas, People and Practices is a sweeping cultural exploration of Chinese medicine, combining ancient metaphysical concepts with modern practices of Chinese medicine in America. Ends September 9, 2018. With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America presents the diverse layers of the Chinese American experience while examining America's journey as a nation of immigrants. Ends December 31, 2020.

Spirited Creatures: Animal Representations in Chinese Silk and Lacquer explores how real and mythical animals are depicted on luxury materials in late imperial China. Closes July 22, 2018. View A Passion for Jade: Heber Bishop and His Collections presents refined Qing dynasty works from Chinese lapidaries, tools, illustrations of jade workshops and more. Closes July 22, 2018. Streams and Mountains Without End: Landscape Traditions of China showcases over 120 Chinese landscape paintings and explores many uses of landscape in Chinese visual arts. Closes August 18, 2019.

At the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles, California check out the Sun Wing Wo General Store and Herb Shop; Origins: the Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los AngelesOn the web at

Visit the Chinese Historical Society of America's museum in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown. Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion chronicles the complex history of the Chinese in America from the early days of the China trade in the 18th century to the present day. Check out Living in Chinatown: Memories in Miniature, created by Frank Wong. On the web at Go to this link and listen to my interview with Corey Tong, a producer of the film Forever, Chinatown about about Frank Wong. Go to this link and listen to my interview with Dr. Karen McNeill, America's foremost authority on Julia Morgan, architect of what is today the headquarters of the CHSA pictured above.

At the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, Ancient Arts in China: A 5000 Year Legacy portrays the evolution of Chinese art and culture. Curated by authorities from the Shanghai Museum, this exhibition present importance of fine art made to be admired during life and depending on in the afterlife. On the web at

At the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts explore Yin Yu Tang,  an authentic late Qing dynasty merchants house originally located in China's Anhui province. Re-erected at the museum, the public is invited to discover this rare example of southeastern China's renowned architecture and learn about the Huang family who lived in Yin Yu Tang over 200 years. Also, explore the museums superlative Chinese export art collection and the Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art exhibit. On the web at Go to this link and listen to my conversation with Daisy Wang, Ph.D, curator of Chinese and East Asian Art. Dr. Wang oversees and manages PEM's Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections

Traces of the Past and Future: Fu Shen's Paintings and Calligraphy is on exhibit through September 16 at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Celebrated for bringing out the painterly of calligraphy and weaving his own narrative into ethereal landscapes, Fu honors and extends the tradition of Chinese in art. Ends September 16, 2018. On the web at

On view at the Asia Society Museum New York City, Clouds Stretching for a Thousand Miles: Ink in Asian Art celebrates the versatility and the enduring influence of calligraphic ink traditions across Asia. The works on display illustrate the innovative use of ink and calligraphy in visual expression. On view until August 12, 2018. 

On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is Enchanted Mountains: Chinese Landscape Painting from Mia's Collection. Works on exhibit reveal the rich imaginations and sensitivities of Chinese landscape painters spanning 500 years of Chinese history 1200s through the 1800s. On view until November 18, 2018. 

At the National Museum of China in Beijing, be sure to checkout Spirit of Invention: 19th Century U.S. Patent Models from the Hagley Museum and Library through July 29, 2018. This first-ever pathbreaking exhibition in China of American invention history highlights 19th century U.S. patent models, telling stories of ingenuity, imagination and the entrepreneurial spirit. Go to this link and listen to my conversation with the Hagley's executive director, David Cole, Ph.D., about this first of its link exhibition in China. 

Summer is here! You are invited to the Hawaii Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Set in beautiful Ala Moana Beach Park near Waikiki in Honolulu, the festival welcomes everyone with the spirit of aloha. For more information call 1.808.593.9776. Click this link and listen to my conversations with Mr. Douglas Chong of the Hawaii Chinese History Center and Mr. Kelfred Chang of the Hawaii Dragon Boat Festival. 

At the Musee Cernuschi Museum of Asian Art in the City of Paris, France, Perfumes of China: the Cultures of Incense in Imperial Times has been captivating visitors through a novel exploration of the art of incense and perfume from the 3rd century BCE through the 19th century. The exhibition concludes August 26, 2018. On the web at Go to this link to listen to my conversation with Director and Chief Curator Eric Fefebvre about this extraordinary exhibit

The Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) in Boston, Massachusetts USA is offering hour-long public walking tours exploring Chinatown's history and public art. Chinatown mural tours will be offered on selected dates. Checkout Chinatown Atlas online!

The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation in San Francisco Bay invites the public to visit its grounds and museum, to reflect and discover our shared history as a nation of immigrants.

The Lotus Lee Foundation invites qualifying Americans to join in a unique cultural exchange through its Travel Fellowship! Participants explore the theater industry in Shanghai while broadening their experiences and deepen their insights on the future of the international performing arts field. 

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