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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year

Year of the Horse
Year of the Horse

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!
Lunar New Year 2014 celebrations are expected to go on throughout the weekend, as the Chinese people usher in the year of the Horse.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Chinese New Year celebration is Friday, January 31

"It begins tonight at Midnight. The year of the Green, Yang, Wood Horse. Celebrate by lighting a red candle tonight. Tomorrow wear your new red clothes, best jewels, no cleaning or use of sharp objects, put out a bowl of oranges for everyone and enjoy the wonderfully determined, free energy of the Horse. "
~Teresa Padilla
Feng Shui Many Blessings

Chinese New Year
Also known as the Spring Festival, the holiday lasts 15 days starting from January 31, 2014. This year its last day falls on Valentine's Day.

This is a time to wish for peace and happiness. Gong Hey Fat Choy means "wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year."

Chinese New Year officially falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. From late January to mid-February, Korea, Vietnam, Japan and other countries celebrate Lunar New Year.

updated 2/7/16

Saturday, October 19, 2013

KC World Citizen of the Year Award: Bob Chien

Congratulations, Bob Chien! You deserve this award for all the hard work you do promoting friendship between KC and Xi'an.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 at the 43rd annual Mayor's United Nations Day Dinner, Kansas City Mayor Sylvester James Jr. will present the 2013 Kansas City World Citizen of the Year Award to Robert (Bob) Chien, long-time advocate of closer China-U.S. relations, chairman of the Kansas City-Xi’an Sister City Committee and President of the Society for Friendship with China.

Here is the information about the event:
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
InterContinental Hotel Ballroom
401 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64112
7:00 p.m. dinner, with 6:30 p.m. cash bar reception

Click Here For More Information and Registration

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Faces From China’s Past: Paintings for Entertainment and Remembrance

The Exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum “Faces From China’s Past: Paintings for Entertainment and Remembrance” has been extended through December 09, 2012. Arrangements have been made for two Docent led tours planned for Sunday, October 14th, the first at 2:00 and the second at 2:45.

This is hosted by USCPFA and they need to know who is planning to come. So please contact me if you plan to be there.

Tours will meet in Kirkwood Hall and take about 45 minutes.  The exhibit gallery is small so there is not room for both groups to be in the gallery at the same time.  10 people are needed in order to have a Docent led tour.  Invite all your friends and neighbors to come with you.  It’s a good opportunity for them to enjoy a more informative visit.

The plan is to come in time to eat together in Rozzelle Court if You want to. Go through the serving line in Rozzelle Court and be ready to go on the tour of your choice; 2:00 or 2:45.  Those of you who can come early, go through the line, take time to enjoy your lunch and be ready to tour by 2:00 will go on the first one.  Those of you who cannot get there until later will go on the 2:45 tour. 

Rozzelle Court is open for brunch from noon until 3 pm on Sundays.  There will be some tables in the SW corner reserved for USCPFA from 1:00 to 3:00 for us to eat and visit until our tour time.  You will need to plan for standing in line time, especially “early on”.  Brunch will be on your own.  There are no reservations for lunch and therefore if you want to come for the tour only, it is certainly ok.  Admission to the Museum and the Painting Gallery is free.  Parking in the garage is $5 unless you are a Museum Member, then it is free with your card.  Members also get a discount on our meal, so bring your membership card.   

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kansas City Chinese New Year Celebration

  Kansas City Chinese New Year Celebration
The Kansas City Chinese-American Association cordially extends its invite to you to join them in their 6th annual Chinese New Year celebration. 
More than 4,000 people are expected to join the celebration, with more than 200 local performers presenting their talents during the evening gala. Don't miss out on this golden opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture and enjoy wonderful fun! 
Jan. 22nd 2012 from 9AM to 9PM
Johnson County Community College's Carlsen Center
12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas 66210
To register, or for more info, check out their website at www.kccaa.org

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Experience The Ancient Culture of Mongolia

Anda Union Film Presentation 
Experience The Ancient Culture of Mongolia during a free evening of authentic music from the Inner Mongolian plateau! Presented by the Lied Center, the Kansas City Chinese Association, and the Kansas City Public Library, the film Anda Union: From the Steppes to the City will be presented for the first time in the United States of America. 

Joining the group for this unique cultural experience will be the producer of the film and a few of the musicians from the group, all the way from Inner Mongolia! There will be a chance after the film to ask questions of the filmmaker and the musicians. 

Free appetizers will be provided by Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill.

Plaza Library, Truman Forum, 4801 Main St. KCMO
Wednesday, 11/2, 6:00pm

This music on this film trailer is amazing...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Filipino Association Sinag-Tala Dance Troupe

This should be a very enjoyable evening! 

Folk Meets Ballroom

The Sinag-Tala Dance Troupe presents "Folk Meets Ballroom," a presentation of traditional Filipino dance suites and modern ballroom numbers. 

The Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. 
Saturday, October 29, 2011 4:00 PM
Tickets are $10; $5 for students

For More Info: Filipino Association

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

National Acrobats of China at the Lied Center

National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China

Friday, October 21 | 7:30 pm
Lied Center ($28/$25/$10)
This dramatic 35-member company performs feats of strength, skill, and ability in a balancing act of exhilaration and risk. Taking the audience on an extraordinary journey, the National Acrobats perform high-flying acrobatics, martial arts, gripping illusions, and enchanting traditional Chinese dance and music. Please come to the FREE China Festival before the show at 6:30 pm.

updated 4/29/15

Friday, April 01, 2011

2011 Kansas City Chinese Film Festival

Love and War: and the Courage Required for Each
Saturdays at 10:00am -
April 2 through April 3
Glenwood Theatre
9575 Metcalf
Overland Park, KS 66212
(east side of Metcalf South Mall)

A festival of contemporary cinema from China, presented in a bilingual Chinese/English format. All screenings will feature enlightening discussions led by noted area experts.
The Festival kicks off this Saturday -- April 2, 10:00 am with John Woo's  Red Cliff.

updated 4/29/15

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Megan True Photography Exhibit

Megan True Photography on view through May 12, 2011
School of Journalism second floor of Stauffer-Flint
1435 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS

Artist's Talk with Megan True
Tuesday, March 29 | 1 pm | 303 Stauffer-Flint Hall

Free and open to the public.

Megan True is a freelance photographer and a 2007 KU School of Journalism graduate. She spent the last three years in China teaching English and doing photography work for non-profit organizations and travel magazines. Her work highlights rural life and minority people in southwest China (Yunnan Province). Her photos give a unique glimpse of China-from village weddings to farmers harvesting crops to beautiful landscapes. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines in both the United States and China.

updated 4/29/15

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday - Solidarity with the People of Japan

Public Event: Be In Solidarity with the People of Japan
Free and open to the public.
Saturday, March 26 | 1 pm |
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
(4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO)
To recognize the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan and express support and sympathy, participants will meet in the Isamu Noguchi Sculpture Court. Twenty mats will be scattered around the court for meditation or thought, haiku poetry will be available to read aloud or silently, and long strips of paper will be provided to tie onto the trees in the Kansas City Sculpture Park. Inspired by the "wish trees" found in Japanese courtyards of Shinto shrines, in which slips of paper are hung on bamboo poles to release the ideas to the universe.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cherry Blossom Festival Exhibit

Cherry Blossom Festival Exhibit- March 29 - April 10, 2011, Spencer Museum of Art | Lawrence, KS
Teaching Gallery
In recognition of the annual celebration held in Japan, Cherry Blossom Festival displays SMA works organized by Carpenter Foundation Intern in Asian Art Amanda Wright and Prints and Drawings Curatorial Assistant Kate Meyer in collaboration with the Center for East Asian Studies.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Akira Kurosawa's KAGEMUSHA

2011 UMKC Department of Film & Media Arts and the Tivoli Cinemas present

Akira Kurosawa's KAGEMUSHA (The Shadow Warrior)
Thursday, March 3 • 6:30pm
All Seats $5
Free for UMKC Students/Staff with ID
Available day of show only

"In his 1980 color masterpiece, Kurosawa returns to the samurai film and to a primary theme of his career - the play between illusion and reality. Sumptuously reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, this legendary director creates a historical epic that is also a meditation on the nature of power."

Japan, 1980, Color, 162 minutes

If you haven't seen this film on the big screen, don't miss it. The images of this film will stay with you for a long time. And Kurosawa is a master storyteller.


Friday, February 25, 2011

The Sacred Tripod: Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism in Harmony

The Sacred Tripod: Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism in Harmony
February 2011—August 2011
New Chinese paintings, prints & rubbings exhibit!
Nelson-Atkins Building

"In traditional China, the Three Teachings (sanjiao)—Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism—were likened to the legs of the ancient sacred tripod known as ding. This analogy underscored the fundamental role of each of the religions in Chinese society.
...Although the paintings, prints and rubbings displayed here are associated with a specific religion, they often share imagery or stylistic features borrowed from one of the others. Indeed, the same artists often created works for more than one religion." More exhibits 

Edited 2/15

The Cats of Mirikitani

Monday, February 28, Lawrence Arts Center,
940 New Hampshire St., 7 pm

Film & Director Q&A: "The Cats of Mirikitani"
with director Linda Hattendorf

Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy's painful past. An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of friendship and art. A discussion with director Linda Hattendorf will follow. In conjunction with the exhibit Roger Shimomura: Shadows of Minidoka.

Cats of Mirikitani Trailer

Co-sponsored by the KU Center for East Asian Studies, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, and the Lawrence Arts Center. Free & open to the public.


The Pilgrim's Map: India in the Japanese Buddhist Imagination

Monday, February 28, Spencer Museum of Art, Room 211, 5:15 pm
Murphy Lecture Series: D. Max Moerman, "The Pilgrim's Map: India in the Japanese Buddhist Imagination"
Moerman is associate professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures, Barnard College, and associate director of the Donald Keene Center for Japanese Culture, Columbia University. The Murphy Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Kress Foundation Dept of Art History, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

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