By Jennifer Nordin, Staff Writer
Master Lei Yixin’s art will be displayed in "Harmonious Hunan" in Painting, Calligraphy and Photography: Art from Saint Paul's Sister City Changsha, China, an art exhibit July 8-18 at the College of Visual Arts Gallery. 

By Anthony James, Staff Writer
As a child of the 80’s it was difficult to anticipate a remake of a boyhood classic, and perhaps one of the greatest sports films of all time, with much enthusiasm. Re-watching the training montage, Pat Morita, rocking Joe Esposito and the tournament finale bring back a deep sense of nostalgia.  I have to admit that after watching the new Karate Kid trailer I was skeptical that the film, which pits a Detroit 12 year-old in the exotic realm of China’s kung-fu, would live up to the original. I am glad to report that I was quite wrong. The Karate Kid, though retaining much of the plot and even dialogue from the original, was able to take its own spin on the classic coming-of-age film where a bullied youth is able overcome his adversaries after being trained by a wise old teacher. While the fast kicks will sure entertain the whole family, the story’s undertones reflect on a trend of Americans who have moved to the PROC in its economic peak.

Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Works Showcase Nine Centuries of Artistic Tradition

 Twenty-seven iconic works of Chinese painting from the Freer's permanent collection will be on view June 12 - Nov. 28. "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting" offers an exquisite selection of rarely exhibited, light-sensitive works by well-known artists from the late 10th to the early 18th century.


By Lu Han
After months of preparation, “The Age of Crossover” Chinese music concert was held by Lidia Productions in the auditorium of Highland Park High School on May 16. It attracted an audience of nearly six hundred, which indicated its great success.

China: The Truth About Its Human Rights Record
By Frank Ching 
books_china-human rightsSynopsis
At a time when the world’s attention is focused on China, Asia-based journalist, Frank Ching, presents an intelligent and informed perspective on that country’s human rights situation. 
China is one of the great nations of the world, containing roughly twenty per-cent of the population of the globe. Its economy is booming, and its role on the world’s stage is increasingly influential. Yet this fascinating country is as complex as it is unusual, and a nation in which the population is denied many fundamental human rights.  
This powerfully written and incisive book throws light on China’s record today. From restrictions on free speech and worship to the lack of freedoms under the law, in the economy, in health matters and the environment, former Wall Street Journal Beijing bureau chief, Frank Ching, offers a well-informed perspective on what the inhabitants of this vast state might or might not do in the future.

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