This summer, the CCC is happy to present a new weekend class on Chinese culture! It will be taught in English, and will only be offered to adults. The Chinese Culture Center will offer four sessions per year of Chinese Culture Class. Spring, Fall and Winter sessions are 10 weeks, and summer session is 8 weeks. The 2008 Fall Session will be held on September 27 – November 22 (break on Columbus Day Weekend, October 11). Dates are subjected to changes without notice.
Registration for 2009 Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall Classes
We are hoping to provide a comprehensive view of Chinese culture, with each class in the 8-week session focusing on a different element. Classes start on Saturday, September 27, from 2 to 3:30pm. There will be classes until November 22, with a break on the weekend of Columbus Day (October 11). You can sign up for the entire session, or come on a class-by-class basis.
Schedule: Saturday 2:00pm -3:30pm
Cost:$250 CCF Members
You may also purchase tickets on a class-by-class basis. For one class, the tickets cost $40 per CCC member and $45 per non-CCC member. All classes are first come first serve.
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What will be taught this Fall?
Week 1: Chinese Philosophy and History
Although it is obvious that Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism are
philosophical and spiritual cornerstones of Chinese society, it is also
true that these beliefs have widespread influences all over the world.
In this class, you will learn how these beliefs play a part in history
and how they are still affecting people today.
Week 2: The Chinese Language Part I
For Chinese people, language is more than just a vehicle for communication. In fact, calligraphy was considered one of the highest and purest forms of art. It was one of the three perfections, along with poetry and painting. Learn about how the unique language came to be, and how it serves as an expression of personal identity in both its written and spoken forms.
Week 3: Chinese Language Part II (Literature)
Do you think everything is a knock off of the Bible or one of
Shakespeare’s works? In this continuation of the second class, you’ll
see that Chinese literature began way before those early classics.
You’ll also learn about the exciting new contemporary works coming
from Chinese writers.
Week 4: Chinese Aesthetics Part I
China is known for its pottery and porcelain. It also has a place in
art history with the ancient works of Gu Kaizhi, Li Sixun, and Zhu Da.
Learn about these famous figures, and more! Topics will range
from home décor to fashion, from ancient art to modern design.
Week 5: Chinese Aesthetics Part II (Architecture)
After getting a sense of Chinese aesthetics from the fourth class,
this continuation will focus on Chinese architecture. You’ll learn
about the engineering ingenuity and thoughtful symbolism behind
famous buildings. Then, you’ll see how its modern architecture
represents the new China.
Week 6: Chinese Customs
Some Chinese customs may seem curious, but instead of thinking
of them as just another mystery, come to this class and learn
to understand them. You will find that while some are a result of
ancient legends, others derive from a unique culture and history.
They can reflect centuries of power politics, or ancient philosophies.
Week 7: Chinese Food
There’s more to Chinese food than the cheap greasy kind you get
for take out. Come to this class and learn about delicious
delicacies from different regions! You’ll also find that in China,
the history of wine is longer than that of tea. Learn about famous
Chinese types of both wine and tea!
Week 8: Chinese Diversity
So far, we’ve been using the word “Chinese” fast and loose. This
last class will be the most politically charged lecture of all. We will
consider what it means to be Chinese and which people it includes.
You will be introduced to the issues facing minority groups in
mainland China, as well as those faced by Chinese people
in other nations and regions.