• American Abstract Expressionists Franz Kline (above) was influenced by Chinese calligraphy. 2

    Chinese Calligraphy, the art of writing

    By Pearl Lau Title: Chinese Calligraphy, the art of writing Author: Pearl Lau Subject Area: Art, Social Studies, History, and Literacy Grade Level: K-12. This […]

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    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 […]

  • Pic. Left: Yuan Chin-ta, Piling Up Books (2005);Pic. Right top: The character for “to write” or “book” (shu). Calligraphy by Zhu Suiliang (596-658); Pic. Right bottom: The character for writing or a written composition (wen) From an inscription dated 156. 1

    Shu – Reinventing Books in Contemporary China

    Writing, Paper, and Printed Books in Pre-Modern China – 书在当代中国艺术中的再创 These web links and questions provide background for both contextualizing and appreciating China Institute’s first […]

  • Woodcut printed with oil-based ink Edition ( Artist: Wang Qi 王琦. Yibin, Sichuan Province, b. 1918 ) 1

    Woodcuts in Modern China

    Woodcuts have a long history in China dating at least from the Tang Dynasty (See Note1)(618-907 BCE), and for centuries they have contributed greatly to […]

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    Beijing 2008: A Photographic Journey

    Introduction As early as 1906 an article about competitive sports in the magazine Tianjin Youth voiced Chinese aspirations to host the Olympics. The promotion of […]

  • 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 […]

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    A Tang Newspaper

    With the participation of teachers from all over the U.S., the Teach China program develops multi-disciplinary curriculum units aligned with national standards. In July 2001, […]

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    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 […]

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    Along the Yangzi River: Regional Culture of the Bronze Age from Hunan

    China’s Bronze Age Cultures — an Introduction With every archaeological discovery of bronze age artifacts throughout China’s vast territory, we gain a more complete and […]

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    Understanding Decorative Motifs on Chinese Porcelain

    This hands-on activity is designed to be an inexpensive way for students to learn and appreciate the cultural significance of select symbols as they appear […]