By Elaine Dunn
The Tweed Museum of Art (TMA) at the University of Minnesota Duluth will feature the art of internationally celebrated watercolorist Cheng-Khee Chee from May 12 through Sept. 20, 2015. Forty watercolors painted by Chee from 1974 - 2014, including “Duluth Depot” of 1974, the first painting Chee exhibited with the American Watercolor Society, as well as the monumental “100 Koi” completed in late 2014, will be on display.
Edited by Song Miou, Xinhua News
The Supreme People's Court (SPC) on April 15 streamlined procedure on accepting and hearing cases, another step toward an authoritative judicial system in China.
The rules, to take effect on May 1, state that any interference in court procedure will be severely punished.
To address difficulties for the public in filing cases, current accreditation by courts will be replaced by a case registration system. Authorities are determined to put an end to obstructive behavior by courts and officials meddling in cases.
By Pang Zhongying. China US Focus, April 1
It is quite unexpected that so many developed Western nations have joined other Asian nations in an enthusiastic response to China’s Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, an initiative that calls for the establishment of a multilateral financial institution to assist in infrastructure construction across Asia. The China-threat-theory-addicted Western media once again became excited, alleging that the development “signals the end of the American century and the inception of an Asian century” and that “China is enjoying its own Bretton Woods time.”
[NEW YORK] The Costume Institute’s spring 2015 exhibition, “China: Through the Looking Glass,” will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 7 through Aug. 16. Presented in the Museum’s Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, the exhibition will explore how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries, resulting in highly creative distortions of cultural realities and mythologies. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery. This exhibit coincides with the Museum’s year-long centennial celebration of the Asian Art Department, which was created as a separate curatorial department in 1915.
By Greg Hugh
Major General William S. Chen (retired) recently presented an autobiographical account of his life, incorporating some parallels with those of his father. The presentation was co-sponsored by Peking University and Tsinghua Alumni Associations. The presentation was delivered in English and was held on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The meeting room was filled to capacity and included a multigenerational and ethnically mixed audience.
By Greg Hugh
The annual Festival of Nations (FON) has been an event for the Chinese American Association of Minnesota (CAAM ) to both promote Chinese culture and raise funds since 1977. For four days starting April 30 through May 3 and with more than 200 volunteers, CAAM is involved in all facets of the festival. CAAM’s Chinese cafe, Chinese cultural exhibit, Chinese dance performances, Chinese calligraphy demonstration and Chinese bazaar have consistently been among the most popular attractions at the festival.
By Cheng RuZhao
The famous Chinese Renmin University Affiliate High School troupe (RDFZ), led by Mr. Tan DaSheng, deputy director of the Foreign Cultural Relations Bureau, Chinese Ministry of Culture, gave two spectacular local performances for Spring Festival events in February. Also accompanying the troupe were Miss Zhang Yi, director of Foreign Affairs of RDFZ; Miss Liu Xiaohui, vice principal of RDFZ and Miss Ya Na, art director of RDFZ.
By Elaine Dunn
There was a good buzz inside the Gramercy Park party room in Bloomington on March 8 where the Chinese Heritage Foundation was going to present an update on its “Dream of the Red Chamber” commission. A dream and vision by Ming Tchou, the founder of CHF, was inching ever closer to reality.