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Artists Visit Advanced Chinese Class at UCLA

Artists Visit Advanced Chinese Class at UCLA

Award winners in paper cutting and folk dance come at the invitation of the Confucius Institute and others.

Chinese Artists Visit Advanced Chinese Class at UCLA

August 21, 2008

As part of his 10-day cultural visit to the Los Angeles area, Dongge Zhang (张冬阁), an expert in Chinese paper cutting, painting and calligraphy gave a lecture and demonstration in Mandarin Chinese on the art of Chinese paper cutting to students of the UCLA Chinese 100i class (Advanced Chinese). After giving an overview of the art of Chinese paper cutting, Mr. Zhang invited students to practice making different paper cuts including stars, owls, chickens, and xi (囍), the symbol for double happiness.

Mr. Zhang comes from Hebei province. An artist skilled in art, folk and ethnic history, one of his specialities is incorporating Manchu customs into his art work. Mr. Zhang has been the recipient of numerous awards both nationally and internationally, including the 8th China Folk Literature and Art Shanhua Prize winner.

During the last fifteen minutes of the class, students were treated to a dance demonstration taught by folk dance expert, Qumuayi (曲木阿依). She introduced students to various dance styles, including Tibetan dance and Dai (from Yunnan province) dance, and at the end of the demonstration students practiced Mongolian dance movements.

Qumuayi, of Yi nationality, is from Jingshan in Sichuan province. She has taught dance for fifteen years and currently teaches at the Beijing Dance Academy. Her students have won gold medals in national dance competitions in 2000, 2003 and 2006.

The visit by the two artists was organized by the UCLA Confucius Institute in partnership with the China Press, the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Center for World Languages (Language Intensives in L.A. Summer Program).