Friday Culture Activities Introduction

Culture Activities Introduction

(click here for Fall 2023 schedule)

1. Chinese calligraphy

Calligraphy is a traditional art form that involves writing Chinese characters with a brush and ink. It is considered one of the highest forms of visual art in Chinese culture, valued not only for its aesthetic qualities but also for its expression of the writer’s personality, emotions, and cultural identity. It has been practiced for thousands of years and remains an important cultural and artistic tradition in China and around the world. Everyone is welcome and all the supplies will be provided. Every Friday 2-3:30 in Room 102 at 434 Temple Street. Email if you have any questions. 

2. Mahjong Game

Mahjong is a time-honored and culturally rich puzzle game with deep roots in Chinese tradition. It stands as a cultural gem that not only offers engaging entertainment but also serves as a catalyst for social connections. Players must analyze the evolving state of the game, make strategic decisions, and anticipate opponents’ moves, engaging their cognitive faculties in an enjoyable yet intellectually stimulating manner; When players gather around the Mahjong table, they exchange conversations, laughter, and friendly competition, contributing to the cultivation of strong relationships and a sense of community. 

The Mahjong game invites everyone to experience its intricate beauty and sociable nature, regardless of experience level or cultural background. Through individual competition (Sept. 8) and double competition (Sept. 15), players will engage in a multifaceted journey that blends skill, strategy, collaboration, and connection. See schedule page for the dates and location. Email if you have any questions. 

3. Chinese ceramics

We are excited to invite you to an enriching journey through the world of Chinese ceramics at the Asian Art Gallery. Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty and historical significance of these exquisite creations. During this tour, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Discover the intricate artistry behind Chinese ceramics
  • Uncover the rich history and cultural significance of these masterpieces
  • Gain insights into Chinese aesthetics that have influenced art across the centuries

Whether you’re an art history enthusiast, a curious student, or simply eager to explore the world of Chinese ceramics, this tour promises to be an enlightening experience for all. See schedule page for the dates and location. Email if you have any questions.

4. Chinese Kunqu Opera workshop

Kunqu Opera is one of the oldest dramas in China with a long history of over 600 years and still performed today. It is famous for its gentle and clear vocals, beautiful and refined tunes, and the perfect combination of dance and acrobatic performances. It was listed as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by the UNESCO in 2001. Come to Kunqu workshop to taste Kunqu and learn some Kunqu singing with movements. See schedule page for the dates and location. Email if you have any questions.

5. Chinese Karaoke Hour

Come sing your heart out! Learn and sing along to popular Chinese tunes, immerse yourself in the language, culture, and pop songs of China. Have a blast with your fellow students–Don’t miss out! See schedule page for the dates and location. Email or if you have any questions

6. Traditional Chinese painting

Traditional Chinese painting, often referred to as “国画” (guóhuà) in Mandarin, is a rich and ancient art form with a history spanning thousands of years. It is characterized by its unique techniques, materials, and aesthetics, which distinguish it from other forms of art. Artists primarily uses brush and ink as its main tools.

Join us for an enriching and creative experience that will not only introduce you to the rich traditions of Chinese culture, learn ink-painting techniques step by step but also help nurture your own artistic talents. All materials will be provided. See schedule page for the dates and location. Email if you have any questions

7. Chinese Chess Workshop

Chinese Chess, also known as Xiangqi, is a game deeply rooted in Chinese culture, dating back over a thousand years. It’s not just a game; it’s a reflection of strategic thinking and a rich history. In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Discover the origins and history of Chinese chess, a game loved by millions.
  • Learn the fundamental rules and strategies that make Chinese chess an engaging and intellectually stimulating pastime.
  • Engage in friendly matches with fellow participants to put your newfound knowledge to the test.

See schedule page for the dates and location. Email if you have any questions