May 16, 2016 |
With the recent 100th anniversary of the birth of preservationist Jane Jacobs, consider the history of one of the city's most iconic neighborhoods: Chinatown. Philadelphia is connected to one of the earliest instances of Sino-American relations. The 1784 journey of the ginseng-laden Empress of China to Canton (present-day Guangzhou) - the United States' first successful voyage to insular imperial China - was financed primarily by Philadelphian Robert Morris. The beginning of the city's Chinatown is often traced to the early 1870s, with the opening of Lee Fong's laundry on Race Street's 900 block.
May 13, 2016
ISSUE | FRANKLIN SQUARE Maximizing the park Criticism of Historic Philadelphia's Chinese Lantern Festival points to the misguided perception that raising money is easy for nonprofits ("Park fencing doesn't square," Friday). It is not, even for those as worthy as Historic Philadelphia. The organization's Chinese Lantern Festival represents the kind of experimentation, innovation, and creativity that nonprofits need. With government sources of revenue always at risk and philanthropy based somewhat on whim, nonprofits are wise to explore innovative ideas to supplement their revenue and gain self-sufficiency.
April 17, 2016 |
WHEN FRANKLIN SQUARE lights up next weekend with the 15,000-bulb Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival, the show's glowing dragons, pandas, lotus flowers, and pagodas will be the talk of the town. And 28-year-old Jessie Li will breathe a sigh of relief. Li is from Zigong, in Sichuan province, where the tradition of lantern festivals goes way back - to the Tang dynasty (A.D. 618–907) As a representative of the lantern-show company Sichaun Tianyu, she helped oversee the logistics of getting the big light show transported by container ship from China and assembled here.
April 30, 2014 |
Since 2006, Shen Yun ("the beauty of divine beings dancing") has been presenting programs designed to "revive 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture" through music and dance. On Friday, the 2014 edition of Shen Yun began a brief run at the Merriam Theater, where it charmed and astonished, but ultimately left this viewer feeling profoundly uncomfortable. Large-scale "folkloric" extravaganzas like Shen Yun have a venerable history - think Riverdance, or Philadelphia's Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.
July 14, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Monkey: Journey to the West , now settling in for nearly a month of hyperphysical, family-friendly performances at Lincoln Center, may signify the arrival of something more momentous than the show's buoyant, picaresque journey suggests: Chinese ticket buyers in the United States. "China is happening on a lot of levels, and it's happening in the arts world," says Nigel Redden, director of the Lincoln Center Festival. But not necessarily with the seriousness that usually characterizes a festival known to host ambitious endeavors by the Royal Shakespeare Company and modernist German operas that others don't touch.
February 3, 2013 |
Thirty-four years and what looked like a century ago, I traveled inside what was then known as Red China. With official United States recognition approaching, the People's Republic opened its doors. Having studied in Taiwan, I received a limited visa and missed the Great Wall and other sites. After teaching Chinese culture for 30 years, I returned in November. What we saw on my return was more contemporary than I anticipated, and being there was inspiring. Here were 12-lane highways intersecting modern, crowded cities; stores with merchandise aplenty; and a fashionably dressed, vibrant people.
October 11, 2012 |
Ann Boccuti says that when people look at her, a young Chinese woman, they assume she might not speak English. It happens even on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she's a 19-year-old sophomore. "I'm treated as an immigrant," she said in an interview. Boccuti, of Lansdale, spent the first 17 months of her life in a Nanchang orphanage before being adopted by a white couple and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs. She is unique. And one among thousands.
August 27, 2012 |
Ai Weiwei has become China's most prominent international artist in large part because he is also his country's most persistent and popular dissident. Last year, his growing celebrity prompted the Chinese government to arrest him at Beijing's airport as he was about to depart on a foreign trip. He was detained in secrecy for three months, charged with "economic crimes. " Since being released in June 2011, Ai, whose work was exhibited at Arcadia University in 2010, has been prohibited from leaving China.
January 19, 2012 |
Tears streamed down my face as the bus carrying our family and a dozen other Americans, all adopting parents, pulled out of Nanchang, the capital of southern China's Jiangxi Province, on a cold and rainy morning in January 1995. The 6-month-old baby girl I held in my arms had rosy red cheeks and inquisitive eyes. She had been abandoned when she was days old, left outside an orphanage in Yingtan City, about 100 miles to the southeast. Pinned to her clothing was a note written in crude Mandarin on red paper, a sign of good luck in China.
January 6, 2012
Friday Notes of laughter A lineup of comedians will perform at 10:30 p.m. Friday through a collective coordinated by High Note Humor's Kevin Hurley and James Cristiano. This week's show features comedian Anton Shuford at the High Note Cafe, 1549 S. 13th St. - known for singing chef Franco Borda and an operatic staff. The group plans monthly First Friday shows at this venue. Tickets: $10. Information: 215-755-8903, www.facebook.com/highnotehumor . Friday Jazz at the Point The fourth annual Somers Point Jazz Society Benefit Concert & Silent Auction will celebrate a new year of great jazz Friday with one-hour sets at 8 and 9:30 p.m. Featured will be the George Mesterhazy Trio with special guest Barry Miles.