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  • Pic. 1: Carved Tomb Panel from the sarcophagus of Yu Hong’s tomb. The twelfth year of the Kaihuang period of Sui Dynasty (592) Unearthed in 1999 from the tomb of Yu Hong at Wangguo village in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province Shanxi Museum 8

    Responses to Chaos: Art, Religion and Literature in Six Dynasties China (221 to 581 CE)

    Unless specially noted, all photos are credited to China Institute Gallery, Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries, on […]

  • The Silk Roads in Central Asia, Showing Ancient Kingdoms and Empires 1

    From Silk To Oil

    Travel the deserts and mountain passes of Central Asia with From Silk to Oil: Cross-Cultural Connections Along the Silk Road. This book of global studies […]

  • Colossal Buddha at Bamiyan in present-day Afghanistan (West Buddha surrounded by caves, c. 6th-7th c C.E., stone, stucco, paint, 175 feet high, Bamiyan, Afghanistan, destroyed 2001) 1

    Buddhist Sculpture from China

    Selections from the Xi’an Beilin Museum Fifth Through Ninth Centuries Introduction To the northeast of the royal city there is a mountain, on the side […]

  • Pic. 2: Dating to around 168 BCE, the Daoyin tu was discovered in the burial materials of Mawangdui 馬王堆 (near Changsha; Hunan) 1

    Noble Tombs at Mawangdui Resources

    Cosmic Journeys and The Search For Immortality (Grades 9-12) The character Xian, translated as “Immortal” or “Transcendent.” Is there life after death? Can one’s lifespan […]

  • Eillen Chang and 1940s Shanghai, China. 1

    Microcosm of 1940s Shanghai

    In this lesson, students will learn about 1940s Shanghai by reading and analyzing Eileen Chang’s short story “Sealed Off”. They will discuss change and continuity […]

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    Understanding Filial Piety

    This lesson will explore the Chinese value of xiao, or filial piety, through a discussion of selections from the Analects and Mencius and an activity […]

  • "Noble Tombs at Mawangdui" display of Lady Dai artifacts from the Hunan Provincial Museum 1

    Understanding History Through Artifacts

    In this lesson, students will examine Lady Dai’s tomb through an exploration of the artifacts found there. They will study the objects buried in Lady […]

  • Naxi Dongba Script - the one and only living pictographic script in the world 3

    Naxi Dongba Script and Pictographs

    During this lesson, students will learn about the Naxi–one of China’s fifty-five ethnic minorities–as well as the Dongba religion. Students will experience Naxi culture through […]

  • Quote of Confucius about learning 1

    Confucius (孔夫子)

    子曰﹕學而時習之,不亦說乎? Zǐ yuē, “xué ér shí xí zhī, bù yì yuè hū?” The Master said, ‘Is it not a pleasure, having learned something, to try […]

  • View of the Tongzi moat surrounding the Forbidden City , Beijing, China 2

    Investigating the “Forbidden” in the Forbidden City

    This lesson is intended to teach students about the concept of forbidden spaces through an interactive, hands-on activity based on the history and design of […]