1999 Chinese New
Spring Festival Celebrates the Year of the Hare
February 27 & 28, 1999, Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-4
Celebrate the Year of the Hare, 4697,
at the Chinese Culture Center. In the Center lobby, an enormous silk
dragon will welcome you to join the festivities, including: Food: Sink
your teeth into savory New Year dumplings and pastries. Our experts will
show you how to make them right. Crafts: Skilled craftsmen will demonstrate
the art of making such things as paper fans and lanterns, clay whistles,
and woven straw animals.
Performances: In the auditorium, Bay Area artists will perform lively
Chinese folk dances, traditional music,
martial arts, acrobatics, and magic. Seeing Double…Lions, That Is!: And…when
the clock strikes noon on Saturday and Sunday, over the Portsmouth Square
Bridge will come two
fierce, dancing lions: the traditional New
Year Double Lion Dance! The Chinese Spring Festival is sponsored by
the Chinese Culture Foundation and is partially funded by Grants for the
Arts of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. Admission free.
Genealogy Exhibit In Search of Roots
February 6 - March 21, Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
You'll find in the community room an
exhibit of the ancestral and family photographs,
personal narratives, immigration documents, and genealogy trees of our
1998 In Search of Roots interns. Admission free.
Urban Yearnings: Portraits of
by Liu Qinghe, Su Xinping, and Zhang Yajie
February 13 - March 28, Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Oil paintings, ink-and-brush portraits, prints,
and lithographs capture the yearnings of present-day Chinese and the psychic
mode of contemporary China. Liu
Qinghe, born in Tianjin City, received a Masters Degree in Chinese
Painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, and in
1992 completed a residency at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid,
Spain. Su Xinping,
born in Inner Mongolia, graduated from the Tianjin Institute of Fine Arts,
received a Masters Degree in Printmaking from CAFA, and is currently Deputy
Head of the Printmaking Department at CAFA. Zhang
Yajie, a Beijing native, graduated from the CAFA Printmaking Department,
and teaches photography and art history at the Beijing Broadcasting Institute.Admission
New Year Walks
Saturdays, January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2 p.m.
One of the best introductions to Chinese
New Year is to take a guided stroll through the noisy, bustling streets
of Chinatown. During the holiday season, shops show off special window
displays and decorations.
Many stores put up spring couplets, which are short poems written on
red paper, auguring good business for the coming year. The color red, symbolizing
happiness, is seen everywhere, especially in displays of lai see, small
red envelopes containing money given to children as Chinese New Year presents.
Flowers are an important part of the New Year decorations, and the main
streets of Chinatown are bedecked with vendors selling plum blossoms, narcissus,
and other blooms associated with the New Year. $20 per adult, $8 per child
under 12. Call 415-986-1822 for reservations.
"Chinese New Year: Celebration and Tradition" by Gordon Lew
Saturday, February 6, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Gordon Lew is former Professor of Chinese Language and Culture at San
Francisco City College and whilom publisher of East/West.
Admission is free to Center members;