My Dream: A film by Wang Hong Hai

The Department of Art and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota present New Perspectives from China, a series of exhibitions, visiting artists and creative exchanges shared by the Beijing Film Academy and the University of Minnesota. The first event in this series of cultural programs is a film screening and reception with Wang Hong Hai, filmmaker, professor and vice president of the Beijing Film Academy.

C-100 Governor and cellist Yo-Yo Ma won the nation's highest civilian honor on February 15. President Barack Obama gave Ma and 12 other exceptional people the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony held in the East Room of the White House.

By Anthony James, Staff Writer 

reel_filmBale returns to China

Ending rumors that Leonardo Decaprio or Tom Cruise would take a role in Zhang Yimou's highly anticipated new film Jinling Shi San Chai (Nanjing Heroes), it was announced that the featured Hollywood A-lister would be Christian Bale. This would mark the return Far East of the critically acclaimed actor after his film debut in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun.

Mother Tongue

By Sophie Liu-Othmer

I speak Chinese to my dog

Baby, my precious son, my heart and liver*

How beautiful you are

Yellow coat, and those black eyes

Oh, they are even slanted like mine

One Hundred Years of Modern Turmoil

By Raymond Lum

The Birth of a Republic: Francis Stafford’s Photographs of China’s 1911 Revolution and Beyond

 By Hanchao Lu

 University of Washington Press, 2010, 240 pages, US$40.00

Photographs of people taking photographs of other people are fairly common, but those of people sitting on top of or emerging from a camera are indeed rare and unusual.  A  nearly two-page spread (pp. 180-181) in this delightful and important book records the young male staff of Shanghai’s Commercial Press draped over and around, and even exiting from, a huge real or faux camera, and includes the photographer himself, the American Francis Stafford.

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